Where to go, what to see? It’s all happening here!

by:Larm (15-17 September)

This Norwegian festival is for those who want to spot fresh talent on the verge of success. Acts range from ‘riot grrrl lo-fi-cute-punk’ to Australian doom metal, and from futuristic soul from the UK to Danish jazz. The 25th edition of by:Larm is bound to be a special one.

Venues around Oslo


Helsinki Baltic Herring Market (2-8 October)

The Helsinki Baltic Herring Market is one of Finland’s oldest events, dating back to 1743. Fishers from all along Finland’s coastline make their way to the capital in their boats to sell fish, traditional, dark archipelago bread, and sea buckthorn products – known to keep away colds during the long winter. There is also a competition for the best pickled fish.

Market Square, Helsinki


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The Baltic Herring Market is a sure sign of autumn in Helsinki. Photo: Eetu Ahanen / Helsinki Partners

Another Surrealism (until 22 October)

Surrealism and Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art have a long-shared history: the world’s first exhibition of surrealist art with Dalí, Klee and others, took place here in 1935. Contemporary art, too, has elements of the surreal, which are explored in Den Frie’s new show, Another Surrealism, in which old and new works are exhibited side by side. This is a great opportunity to see lesser-known representatives of the movement.

Oslo Plads 1, Copenhagen


The Trigger: 150 years of police photography (until 31 December)

Stockholm’s Police Museum is a fascinating place, with a number of regularly updated exhibitions. The Trigger showcases more than 600 police photos, from mugshots to crime scene snaps and tools of crime. The photos tell a story of over a century’s worth of criminal activity – but also challenge us to look into the eyes of the changing face of crime.

Museivägen 7, Stockholm


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Stockholm’s Police Museum hosts engaging exhibitions. Photo: Kerstin Magnusson

Matisse: The Red Studio (13 October 2022 – 26 February 2023)

This might just be the region’s most exciting exhibition, this autumn! Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is landing in Copenhagen’s National Gallery (SMK) and promises to attract art fans from near and far. One of the highlights will be his work The Red Studio (1911), and, fascinatingly, three of the works depicted in it belong to SMK, and are thus reunited with the painting. The exhibition is a collaboration with New York’s MoMa.

Solvgade 48-50, Copenhagen


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Henri Matisse: The Red Studio (1911). Oil on canvas, 181 x 219.1 cm. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Succession H. Matisse/VISDA 2022

Ultima (15-24 September)

Are you a contemporary music fan, or ready to try something new? Then head to Ultima, the Oslo-based festival offering over 60 events, ranging from talks to art and children’s culture. This year’s theme is freedom in all its forms. This year’s Nordheim Prize for composing will also be presented to winner Jan Martin Smørdal, during a concert on 16 September.

Venues around Oslo


Scandinavian Culture Calendar: August 2022

Ultima in Oslo. Photo: Signe Fuglesteg Luksengard / Ultima

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