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  • What's on in August


    The Way out West festival takes place in the beautiful city park Slottsskogen.


    There's a lot going on at the Gothenburg Culture Festival. Prepare for six days filled with art, culture and surprising moments.


    Snoop Lion is coming to town - and it doesn't cost much at all to see him.



    Agneta Eichenholz sings the lead roll in Daphne at the Göteborg Opera. Photo: Mats Bäcker.


    One of the works you can see at the Röhsska Museum's Picasso exhibition. Photo: Creative Commons.


    The sailing race Tjörn runt.


    You thought July was a crazy month? Wait until you see August. We have Snoop Lion (a.k.a Snoop Dogg), Gothenburg Culture Festival with 1200 different activities plus one of Europe’s best festivals, Way out West, coming up. And that’s not even half of it.


    Festivals

    The Way out West festival has its home in the heart of the city and is considered one of Europe’s top festivals. This year artists like Outkast, Queens of The Stone Age, Röyksopp & Robyn, The National and many more will head towards Gothenburg between August 7 and 9.

    Gothenburg Culture Festival is one of the largest culture festivals in Europe and takes place during six hectic days filled with music, art, performances and all sorts of culture. All the 1200 activities at the festival are 100 per cent free and whether you’re looking for opera, pop music, dance or kid’s stuff you can be sure to find it here.

    Artists like Imperial State Electric, Hardcore Superstar, Spiders and Hypnos will play at this year’s version of the mini rock festival Holmens Rock. The festival takes place on August 22 in Frihamnen, just next to the water.

    Listen up, synth lovers! Swedish synth legends Covenant and Daily Planet are two of this year’s headliners at the synth festival Electronic Summer, August 29-30.


    Music

    Snoop Lion, also known as Snoop Dogg, is coming to Gothenburg. The hip-hop legend seems to be in great shape and we expect nothing less than a spectacular show at Liseberg amusement park, August 2. Free with Göteborg City Card.

    Fan of rock and heavy metal? Don’t miss Machine Head as they visit Sweden and Sticky Fingers on August 22. Also, both Hammerfall and Gothenburg’s latest stars on the heavy rock scene, Graveyard, will play at Liseberg amusement park. Graveyard will perform on August 6 and Hammerfall on August 29.

    More in to punk music? Don’t miss The Damned at Pustervik, August 21. Though they formed in the 70’s they’re still going strong.

    If you like country music you should definitely check out Stacie Collins who will play at Liseberg amusement park on August 5. On her homepage she is described as ”A singer-songwriter and a bad-ass harmonica player”. Sounds pretty convincing to us.

    The German composer Richard Strauss died in 1949. If it wasn’t for this he would have celebrated his 150th birthday this year. To mark this occasion The Göteborg Opera will perform his opera Daphne for the first time ever in Sweden. The title role is performed by internationally celebrated soprano Agneta Eichenholz.


    ART

    For 40 years Vivian Maier worked as a nanny in Chicago. She was also an incredibly gifted photographer who took thousands of photos of people and the city. Few knew about these amazing pictures until a local historian discovered them by accident in 2007. After her death Vivian Maier has been acknowledged as the great photographer she was and her works are exhibited all over the world. From August 30 you can see them at Hasselblad Center.

    At Gothenburg Museum of Art you can see great works by van Gogh, Gauguin and Bernard. The exhibition, called Friction of Ideas, is a must for everyone interested in art.

    Also don’t miss Picasso on a Plate: Ceramics 1948–1971 at the Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts.

    Last but not least: At Urban Art Room the two graffiti artists Pase and Dr.Dax from the Swiss crew One Truth show their paintings.


    Sport

    This month’s there are many sporting events to choose from. There are sailing races such as Tjörn Runt, golf competitions like Göteborg Golf Cup, trotting races at Åby racetrack and multisport events like the Ten Island Race. On top of this you can see the skateboard elite perform at the Gothenburg Bowlbattle in the action park between the Scandinavium and Ullevi Arenas. If this isn’t extreme enough for you you should head to GBG Wrestling where wrestlers (the kind who wear masks and super hero outfits) fight with fists, tables and whatever they have at hand.