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Lahti Symphony Orchestra: Fairy- Tale Concert (13 October)

Lahti’s Sibelius Hall impresses with its architecture, but also with its high-quality programme of classical music. The building houses the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, whose fairy-tale inspired concert combining music and animation will appeal to both adults and children this autumn. Two compositions by Maurice Ravel from the ballet Mother Goose are brought to life by animator Grégoire Pont.

Ankkurikatu 7, Lahti, Finland


Scandinavian Culture Calendar: October 2022

The Sibelius Hall in Lahti, Finland. Photo: Visit Lahti Photo Library

Halloween at Tivoli Friheden (15 to 23 October)

The Tivoli Friheden amusement park in Aarhus is the ideal destination for a bit of Halloween-themed fun. From hairy spiders to Denmark’s biggest horror ride, an escape room and gruesome extras dressed as apparitions and ghosts, you will be able to choose your thrill – and when it all gets a bit too much, sit down for a cosy bite to eat at one of the food stalls or restaurants, while admiring the decorations.

Skovbrynet 5, Aarhus


MIX Copenhagen Film Festival (21 to 30 October)

MIX Copenhagen was organised for the first time in 1986, which makes it one of the world’s oldest LGTBQ+ film festivals. In addition to film screenings and events for industry professionals, the festival also hands out the Lili Award, named after transgender artist Lili Elbe, to the Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short Film. This year’s programme is out on 1 October, but you can already listen to the festival’s podcast, called Coming Out of the Celluloid Closet.

Venues around Copenhagen


Royal Swedish Opera: Lunch Concerts (twice a week throughout October)

The Royal Swedish Opera is hosting a series of lunch concerts in its eye-catching Golden Foyer this autumn. A 340 SEK ticket covers a tasty lunch and performances by world-class musicians and singers. October dates cover works by Schumann, Schubert and others.

Gustav Adolfs torg 2, Stockholm


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The Swedish Museum of Performing Arts is a hands-on experience. Photo: Jonas André

Swedish Museum of Performing Arts: Guided tour for you and your baby (every Thursday in October)

The Swedish Museum of Performing Arts is not only a collection of 50,000 items, but also an interactive and immersive experience for visitors of all ages. Open until mid-January 2023, their current exhibition is the work of photographer Christer Landergren, who documented the Swedish jazz scene. You can also explore the permanent exhibition, On Stage, on 45-minute baby friendly tours which finish with a small performance.

Sibyllegatan 2, Stockholm


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Anna Ridler: Mosaic Virus (2019). Photo: Paula Virta / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art

In Search of the Present (until 15 January 2023)

EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art is always worth the short metro ride from the centre of Helsinki. In Search of the Present, one of several current exhibitions, is a series which began in 2016 and derives its name from a Finnish collection of essays published in the roaring, modernist 1920s. It looks into what connections between art, technology and nature look like in the 21st century. Artificial intelligence, and its potential for humanity, features heavily in the works of the 16 exhibited artists.

Ahertajantie 5, Espoo


Scandinavian Culture Calendar: October 2022

Sougwen Chung: Assembly Lines (2022). Photo: Paula Virta / EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art

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