Spring has finally arrived in Sweden, and this year’s Culture Night event on April 21st has made Stockholm a wonderfully vibrant city. This is a Saturday when many museums and workshops open to visitors for free and and offer a variety of events. Whether you are a fan of opera or a follower of iconoclastic fashion, whether you are interested in mime theatre shows or traditional opera singing, there will be something for you!
Written by: Boyao Zhang
I met up with my friends just when the evening was getting started, and we planned out our trip so that we could see as much as possible within the next six hours. Our first stop was the Concert Hall, where a group of talented young musicians performed Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio in B major, Opus 99. The vivid, lively performance signals the commencing of a beautiful spring in this calm and yet busy city after a long, dark winter.
Being a huge fan of modern dance, I persuaded my friends to go see the performance at Ballet Academy Stockholm, which turned out to be the absolute highlight of the night. The second we stepped into the house, we could smell the happiness, and liveliness in the air. And when I saw the satisfied, lovely smiles on people who came out from the previous performance, I knew the thirty-minute wait was going to be worth it (and i was not disappointed!). We were introduced to four pieces of brilliant performance from the young students. The chemistry sparkling out of the perfect combination between the music, the dancers, and the light made the performance simply sensational. You are in it. You are in the alluring songs. You are in the abstract body language. You are in the intimate but capricious relationship with your female friends. You are in the constantly changing relationship with your most intimate friends.
Being a student at one of the universities hosting the Nobel Prize ceremonies,I’ve been longing to go to the Nobel Museum. So during this Culture night, I seized the opportunity to visit it free of charge. I was excited to see some familiar names – for example, Ulf von Euler, that many of you might recognise was the name of the street leading to the previous building of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.
We concluded our endeavors of the evening with a night view on the roof of the Concert Hall. I and my friends are very much looking forward to next year’s Culture Night in Stockholm – and so should you!