Monthly Archives: February 2013

Swedish traditional dance workshop and folk music at the House of Sweden in Washington on Saturday, March 2

A WORKSHOP on traditional Swedish dance and folk music, followed by dancing, will be presented Saturday evening, March 2 at the House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. Washington’s Spelmanslag, a local organization of Swedish folk musicians, will join with the popular Swedish folk music group Skaran in leading the workshop.

THE PROGROM begins at 5 p.m. with a workshop in the traditional Swedish dance Hambo. This is followed at 6 p.m. by a social dance and performances with both bands playing traditional Swedish tunes. Additionally, there will also be baked goods and sweets for sale during the breaks.

THE AWARD-WINNING folk music band Skaran,, has been described as an explosive trio that charms audiences around the world with their fascinating instruments, contagious groove and energetic presence. The group is considered one of Sweden’s most popular folk bands. They are performing in the Nordic Cool Festival at the Kennedy Center Feb. 28.
Washington’s Spelmanslag is a local band consisting of friends who play traditional Swedish folk music.

Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance at


Folk-pop concert with Swedish artist Sofia Talvik will perform at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

SWEDISH singer Sofia Talvik will perform at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. She has played at several festivals in the U.S., including The Lollapalooza and SXSW, and is currently on an extensive tour in the country, with about 250 concerts in almost forty states. Her style is a unique blend of folk-pop or “Neo-Folk” – an American genre filtered through her Swedish heritage. She has been critically acclaimed for her fine live performances and stage presence. Her latest album “The Owls Are Not What They Seem” was released in 2012. For more information and tickets: and

Lena Engqvist Forslund, artistic director of ‘Giron S?i Te?ter,’ discussed the theater’s work and the Sami culture at a SACU luncheon in Washington, D.C.

The work of the Swedish theater Artistic Director Ingela Engqvist Forslund of Giron S?i Te?ter in Kiruna, Sweden (second from the right), and SACU board members John Hunter, Terrie Nelson and Karin Alexis Frenze.

THE WORK OF the Kiruna, Sweden,-based Sami theater group “Giron S?i Te?ter” (Giron Sami Theater) was discussed at a SACU (Swedish-American Culture Union) luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Artistic Director Ingela Engqvist Forslund gave an historical overview of the theater and its work, and discussed its relevance to the Sami people and its unique and artistic characteristics. The topic was Sami “The Theater of Sweden.” (“Giron” is the Sami language word for Kiruna, a city located in the far north of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle.)

GIRON SAMI Te?ter is an important part of the Sami cultural life. The purpose is to promote professional dramatic art of the Sami culture and the Sami languages, including pieces for children. The theater group performs at their stage in Kiruna and tours in Sweden as well as in Norway and Finland. Additional goals of the group are to stimulate the theater interest among youngsters and offer, when possible, theater education. Their next production is “S?rralaakan” - “Annorlunda” in Swedish or “Different” in English, which will premier with actress Anna ?dell on March 19 in Kiruna.

THE GIRON Sami Theater also collaborates with other theater groups in northern Sweden such as Norrbottensteatern and Tornedalsteatern, and with the famous Icehotel in Jukkasj?vi (

GIRON S?i Te?ter has its own stage and offices in Kiruna and was established in 1992 with the original name S?i Te?ter. It changed its name to Giron S?i Te?ter in 2009.

GIRON S?i Te?ter is in Washington in connection with the Nordic Cool series at the Kennedy Center. For more information:

Gustaf Sj?kvist’s Chamber Choir will perform at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 20

THE 33-MEMBER Gustaf Sj?kvist’s Chamber Choir - which was founded in Sweden 1994 – will perform at the Library of Congress (Members Room, also known as room LJ162, on the 1st Floor) on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 12:00 p.m.

THE CHOIR has been a very active part of the Swedish music scene, presenting performances in Sweden as well as touring internationally throughout the United States, Hong Kong and Germany.

THE REPERTOIRE  includes mainly contemporary music, but also classical oratorios such as Bach B-minor mass, Christmas Oratorio, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Verdi’s Requiem among others.

THE CHOIR HAS collaborated with many different soloists and ensembles, among them Barbara Hendricks and H?an Hageg?d. Gustaf Sj?kvist’s Chamber Choir has regularly appeared at the Music at Siljan Festival and been invited several times to The Taipei International Choral Festival in Taiwan. On June 19, 2010 the choir participated in the wedding ceremony between Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel at the Stockholm Cathedral.

THE PERFORMANCE at the Library of Congress is part of the Nordic Cool festival at the Kennedy Center (Feb. 19-March 17) in Washington, D.C., and the choir will also give a concert in San Francisco.

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SACU Luncheon to feature speaker Lena Engqvist Forslund, Artistic Director of Giron Sami Theatre in Sweden

LENA Engqvist Forslund, who is Artistic Director of Giron Sami Theatre in Sweden, will be the featured speaker at a Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) luncheon in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The topic is “The Sami Theatre in Sweden.”

THE SAMI THEATRE is coming to Washington in connection with the upcoming Nordic Cool series at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Engqvist Forslund will give an historical overview of the Sami Theatre and discuss its relevance to the Sami people and its unique and artistic characteristics.

THE LUNCHEON, which starts at 12 noon, will be held at the Pier Seven Restaurant in the Channel Inn on 650 Water Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. Member cost is $25 and non-members $29. Parking is available in the garage. For non-drivers the Waterfront Station of the Metro Green Line is convenient. For reservations: by Friday, Feb. 15.

‘Intimate Network’ – a solo exhibit with artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer – opened at The Fridge in Washington on Saturday, Feb. 2

Artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer in front of her work “Desires for Connectivity: Shauna & Jaime,” oil on canvas.

ON SATURDAY evening, Feb. 2, a solo exhibit – “Intimate Network” — with artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer opened at The Fridge in Washington, D.C. On Feb. 16, noon-2 p.m., there will be an artist talk and live mural painting, and the show runs through Feb. 24.

Artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer

THE EXHIBITION examines intimacy and relationships, and the artist chooses to paint people from her life that unravel the boundaries between personal and political. Her work documents her networks of family and friends within the LGBTQ community, and assert ideas about civil rights, marriage equality, polyamory and gender identity, and at the same time shows the private look at the inner workings of the artist’s life today.

Artwork by Lisa Marie Thalhammer

The Fridge is located at 516? Eighth St., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003. For more information:

The Fridge gallery in Washington, D.C.The Fridge is Washington, D.C.