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  • What's on in July

    Patti Smith.

    Gothia Cup.

    Louise Hoffsten will be one of the artists at the Sunkälla Festival.

    Don't miss some of van Gogh's finest work in Gothenburg this month.

    African Masterpieces.

    This month stars from all fields gather in Gothenburg. How about Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and van Gogh? Here are our top picks of the month.


    Music lovers will have a lot to do in July. Bob Dylan will perform in The Garden Society (Trädgårdsföreningen) on July 15, Patti Smith will visit Liseberg Amusement Park on July 30 and indie stars Phosphorescent will perform at Pustervik on July 7. Some of the other artists in this month's pipeline are Sebastian Bach, Kansas, Laleh, and Dwight Yoakam.


    Gothia Cup, July 13-19, is the world's largest youth football tournament and takes place in Gothenburg every year with more than 4,000 matches between 1,600 teams from 80 different countries.

    In July skateboard enthusiasts will take over the Slottskogen city park for two days of contests, exhibitions and just plain skateboarding for everyone. Don’t miss Skateland, July 25-26.

    Stena Match Cup draws the world's best sailing teams to Marstrand for a thrilling battle on water. Join the party June 30 – July 5.


    A visit to the Gothenburg archipelago is always a treat and to go there for a festival could be a memory for life. The islands Styrsö and Asperö will host three different festivals this month. At Styrsö, American country artist Doug Seegers will visit Wrong Island Root Festival (July 25-26) and Swedish blues star Louise Hoffsten will play Sunkälla Festival (July 11-12). At Asperö and the Festival del Mar it’s more about alternative pop with a lot of the city’s upcoming bands on stage.


    On July 19 the Gothenburg Museum of Art opens one of this year’s most prestigious exhibitions. Friction of Ideas features some of the finest works by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Émile Bernard – three artists who knew each other and collaborated during an intense period in the history of art.

    The summer exhibition at Göteborgs Konsthall (the Gothenburg centre for contemporary art) is all about nature, flowers and artistic ecosystems this year. Definitely a must for art lovers!

    At Röda Sten Art Centre Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen investigates issues such as identity, culture, religion, gender and social relations in her videos, paintings and sculptures.

    More summer exhibitions

    The Museum of World Culture puts Africa in focus with the acclaimed exhibition African Masterpieces that tells the interesting story of the kingdom of Ife. At the museum you can also see a photo exhibition by one of Sweden’s most respected photographers, Jens Assur. The exhibition is called Africa is a great country.

    The Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts presents a lesser known side of Pablo Picasso – his work in ceramics. The exhibition is called Picasso on a Plate and includes about 70 different objects. The exhibition From the Coolest Corner is a must for anyone interested in Nordic jewellery, contemporary art and fashion.

    The dinosaurs are back at Universeum Science Center! The monsters are very realistic and this year there will be not only a volcano but also a hamburger bar on the roof where the exhibition is held.