Oslo International Theatre Festival (12 to 16 March)

Oslo International Theatre Festival offers a great opportunity to see exciting black box theatre in central Oslo, with most performances either in English or with English subtitles. The programme is eclectic: TOM mixes the myth of Orpheus with the British unemployment office, Figuring Age incorporates film, dance and theatre, and the closing party with DJ MORSTAQ invites you to bop.

Venues around Oslo


Stockholm Filmfestival Junior (8 to 14 April)

Looking for a film festival for kids and teens aged 6 to 19? Stockholm delivers it. The programme includes 30 films from 25 different countries, accessible in a hybrid format both online and at the cinema. This year’s theme is artificial intelligence, and the festival asks what is true and what is fake. Some of the screenings are already sold out, so early booking is recommended.

Cinemas around Stockholm


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Stockholms Filmfestival Junior. Photo: Stockholms Filmfestival

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Charles Sandison: Behind the numbers, 2015, Le Palais de la Bourse, Brussels. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Charles Sandison

Tampere Art Museum

The Tampere Art Museum is reopening on 24 February, following extensive refurbishment, with two interesting exhibitions by artists with links to the local area: Tuula Lehtinen’s With Pleasure (until 5 May) explores the theme of beauty through different media, and Charles Sandison’s (also until 5 May) poetry of light computer-generated installations look into biology, artificial intelligence and more.

Puutarhakatu 34, Tampere


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Tuula Lehtinen: Van Os II, 2023. Oil on canvas, 120 x 95 cm. Private collection. Photo: Tampere Art Museum

Who Is an Animal? (17 May to 18 August)

Once upon a time, the consensus was that humans and animals have little in common, but that picture has changed as we have gained more understand- ing of the similarities between us. HAM Helsinki Art Museum’s upcoming Who Is an Animal? exhibits 80 works exploring the different aspects of being an animal, rom how animals have been depicted by humans to their agency.

Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8, Helsinki


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Esko Männikkö: Untitled, 2005. HAM Helsinki Art Museum. Photo: Yehia Eweis

Odeum (concerts throughout the spring)

Lund is a picturesque and ancient univer- sity town in Skåne, southern Sweden, and well worth a weekend trip. Lund is also home to the Odeum music centre, which is part of the university. The centre’s spring programme includes a variety of concerts to suit all tastes, from Richard Strauss’ Metamorphoses from 1945 (on 17 March) to a concert on tomorrow’s classical music stars with guests from Princeton University (on 19 March).

Paradisgatan 4, Lund


After Nature: A New Reading of the Glyptotek’s Paintings by Writer Josefine Klougart (until 18 August)

The Glyptotek art museum in Copenhagen is taking a fresh look at its extensive collection of paintings of nature by incorporating literature, art and set design in a “three-dimensional essay”. Author Josefine Klougart looked at paintings by Edgar Degas and Vincent van Gogh among others before writing an essay in seven chapters, scattered into seven rooms of art at the Glyptotek.

Dantes Plads 7, Copenhagen


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After Nature: A New Reading of the Glyptotek’s Paintings by Writer Josefine Klougart. Photo: Ana Cecilia Gonzalez/Glyptoteket

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