Perfume Genius | Way Out West – August 11, 2017

It was with great enthusiasm that my fellow audience members and I welcomed Perfume Genius – dressed in a white tank top, tailored beige plaid pants with elaborate details on the knees connoting musketeer boots, shiny black semi high-heeled shoes and a thick fake gold chain around his neck – on stage in Slottsskogen on…

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Film of the Fortnight: Songs from the Second Floor

Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Roy Andersson Roy Andersson is arguably Sweden’s greatest and definitely Sweden’s most singular living filmmaker. There are many things that set Andersson apart, among them the imagery that has become his hallmark – bleak tableauesque scenes devoid of cuts and close ups – and an unmistakable absurdist tone. The…

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The humans behind the numbers: unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden – part 2

This article is the second part of a series, launched by The Beautiful Wild, on the situation of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden. (The first part, which contains background information, you can find here.) The aim of the series is to share the thoughts and experiences of some of these individuals, too…

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The humans behind the numbers: unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden – part 1

This article is the first part of a series, launched by The Beautiful Wild, on the situation of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan seeking asylum in Sweden. The aim of the series is to share the thoughts and experiences of some of these individuals, too often obscured behind numbers and terminology like “a wave of refugees”….

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Patrick Wolf |Stockholm Music & Arts – July 30, 2016

The announcement that Patrick Wolf was to play at Stockholm Music & Arts, an annual festival at the island Skeppsholmen in the Swedish capital, came as late in the day as it was pleasantly surprising. Patrick’s recent European Wildsound Tour had missed out on Sweden, as well as on the rest of the Nordic countries,…

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Afghan Tales, Crossroads and Playground at Världskulturmuseet

This summer, all those interested in topical subjects such as climate change, identity politics and the situation in Afghanistan should pay a visit to Världskulturmuseet, The Museum of World Culture, in Gothenburg. The same goes for all those who never really thought or cared about such matters. The latter category may very well make up…

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Film of the Fortnight: The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal (1957) Ingmar Bergman Say Swedish film and most people think of Bergman. Say Bergman film and most people think of The Seventh Seal. It isn’t uncalled for. The Seventh Seal is a masterful drama dealing with all the themes expected of a movie written and directed by the man who is frequently…

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We Can Make It So Much Better Together – Join Us In Giving

The writers at The Beautiful Wild want to say thank you for reading this year. We created a challenge with a group of friends (hello #Wolfpack!) to do acts of kindness “together” this year by getting involved in our local and global communities. We hope that our articles have managed to inspire you this year and…

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Art Review/Travel Tip: Sandgrund Lars Lerin Konsthall

The probability that you, my dear reader, will visit Karlstad – Sweden’s 17th biggest city and the capital of Värmland County – I estimate to be next to nothing. If you one day nonetheless do find yourself in this city where the sun, somewhat misguidingly, is said to always shine, I highly recommend that you…

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Song of the Day: Adna “Run, Lucifer”

The Swedes make some wonderful music, don’t they? Here’s a Swedish lady producing amazing tunes. Stop and listen to her beautiful new single, “Run, Lucifer,” the title track off her just-released album.

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