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Gothenburg Culture Festival 2015

Free admission

Gothenburg Culture Festival

Concerts, dance and open day! For two evenings in August, the Göteborg Opera moves to the Kulturkalas stage at Götaplatsen in Gothenburg. Our orchestra, choir, soloists, musical artists and our dance company will be offering a flavour of some of the works featuring in our new season. But the celebration kicks off with the opera house opening its doors for a family open day, culminating in a concert on the Main Stage!

Admission is free. See you there!


Friday, 14 August, 8:45–9:30 pm at Götaplatsen. Free admission.

One of Europe’s foremost modern dance companies performs excerpts from its internationally successful Noetic by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. 

Noetic, which was created specially for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and had its world premiere in Gothenburg in spring 2014, has received an enthusiastic reception from critics and audiences alike. Over the past year, the dance company has taken Noetic on tour to several countries, including Portugal, Holland, Canada, Germany and Belgium. Take this fantastic opportunity to see selected highlights from the production live in the open air!

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
Recorded music and song: The Göteborg Opera Orchestra, Shogo Yoshii (percussion), Miriam Andersén (vocals). Introduction: Adolphe Binder – Artistic Director, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

The Göteborg Opera Youth/Dance at Frölunda Kulturhus

Thursday 13 & Friday 14 August at 3:00-4:00 pm

The Göteborg Opera Youth/Dance (Unga/Dans) invites everyone to come and use their creativity during the Culture Festival at Frölunda kulturhus.

We’ll create a world made of light and movement, using projections, infrared cameras and your movements!

Come and learn more about invisible light. What do things look light in infrared? What can we use this light for? Come prepared to interact with colour, light and movement.

Näverlur of the year!

Saturday 15 August, 12:30 pm
The Göteborg Opera Foyer – free admission!

The Rune Selén Culture Fund’s Näverlur of the Year is awarded to an individual or group working in Scandinavia which is especially involved in promoting herding music, wind music, birch-bark horn and traditional “kulning” (a type of falsetto herding song). In case you were wondering, a näverlur is the aforementioned birch-bark horn traditionally used when herding. So now you know.

Gothenburg Piano Festival

Sunday 16 August, 12:00-8:00 pm
The Göteborg Opera Small stage 

The goal of the Gothenburg Piano Festival is to promote Gothenburg’s piano culture. “By and with children”, which is the theme for this year’s Gothenburg Culture Festival, will be an integral part of the Piano Festival program. Different styles of piano music will be presented by a broad range of pianists in the form of concerts, lectures and master classes. Participants this year include Staffan Scheja, a well-known profile in the Swedish and international piano world. During the lunch concert which starts at 12:00 pm, we’ll learn more about the Russian composer Alexander Skriabin, who passed away 100 years ago at the age of 43.

Open day

Wednesday 12 August, 12:00 noon–4:00 pm at The Göteborg Opera. Free admission.

On Wednesday 12 August, 12–4 pm, we’ll be opening the opera house doors to all inquisitive children and their adults. Come and explore the Story Tent, have a sneak peak at rehearsals, join our drama workshop, take a guided tour, dress up in our theatre costumes and get your face painted by our make-up artists!

Admission is free for all activities!
Some activities have a limited number of places.

All day: 

The SommarVerandan outdoor café and the restaurant will be serving a children’s menu (main meal including drink and ice lolly, SEK 89) from 11.30 am. The café opens at midday. 

• Try on clothes, hats and wigs from the Opera’s costume store.
• Theater make-up

At set times:

12:00–2:30 pm. (Entry times 12:00, 1:00 and 1:30)
Open rehearsal for Crazy for You
Open rehearsal for this season’s big musical Crazy for You on the Main Stage. (From 2:30–4:00 pm you can watch our theatre technicians taking down scenery in preparation for the evening’s big orchestral concert.)

12:15, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm
Guided tours behind the scenes at the opera house. Meet at the box office. Limited number of places, first come first served. Tickets can be picked up in the foyer from midday.

12:30 & 1:30 pm
Drama workshop with director Mia Ringblom Hjertner. Try out acting “for real” at our fun and educational workshop! Ages 8 years and up. 45 mins. Limited number of places, first come first served. Tickets can be picked up in the foyer from 12:00 pm 

12:15, 1:15, 2:15 pm
Story Tent.
Come and listen to the Opera’s own storyteller reading her favourite tales. 

12:45, 13:45, 14:45
Sing with Herr Gurka! Per Larsson plays songs from A Little Lennart

2:30, 15:00
Open rehearsal for The almost nearly perfect
Come along to an open rehearsal with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and choreographer Marina Mascarell for the season’s first world dance premiere: The almost nearly perfect. Limited places, first come first served. Tickets will be released outside the box office from 12:00 pm.

6:15-7:00 pm
Meet our CEO and our Artistic Directors in the foyer
Are you curious about our new season? Our management is happy to answer all your questions.


Wednesday 12 August, 7:00–8:50 pm, on the Main Stage of the Göteborg Opera.  Free admission. Tickets will be released from 12:00pm in the foyer - max. 5 tickets per person.

Tasters from the Göteborg Opera’s new season: excerpts from the operas Madame Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Věc Makropulos, Notorious, Macbeth and Hamlet, the musical Crazy for You and from the orchestral suite The Planets. There will also be a performance from the International Choir (a collaboration between the Göteborg Opera and the Swedish Red Cross).

Conductor: Per-Otto Johansson
Soloists: Ida Falk Winland, Annalena Persson, Tomas Lind
Musical Artists: Jenny Holmgren, Denny Lekström och ensemble från Crazy for you
The Göteborg Opera Chorus
The International Choir
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra 

Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director, opera/drama 

Running time:
1 hr 50 mins including one intermission.


Thursday 13 August, 7.00–8.10 pm at Götaplatsen. Free admission.

Tasters from the Göteborg Opera’s new season: excerpts from the operas Věc Makropulos, Madame Butterfly, Macbeth, Notorious and Hamlet as well as from the musical Crazy for You

Conductor: Per-Otto Johansson
Solister: Ida Falk Winland, Annalena Persson, Tomas Lind
Musical artists: Jenny Holmgren, Denny Lekström and members of the ensemble from Crazy for you
The Göteborg Opera Chorus
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra 

Stephen Langridge – Artistic Director, opera/drama

Running time:
1 hr 10 mins

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