If this is your first midsummer in Sweden you are in for a treat. Join the midsummer celebrations in Bonnstan which start with the dressing and raising of the midsummer pole. Then follows a whole day of celebrations that includes dancing around the pole, riding a mini train, performances and speeches. Put on your best summer clothes, place a flower wreath on your head and come along to Bonnstan.
When: Friday June 23 starting at 10:45
For whom: Anyone interested in finding out what Midsummer is about.
What: Art exhibition by Malin Rost – At some point in life
"At some point in life" is the exhibition that Malin Rost has thought about for many years. Malin has always said that she will exhibit her artwork "at some point in life". It took a life crisis for it to happen. In this exhibition, Malin portrays things that have given her joy in life and refuge in recent times. Malin paints mostly in acrylic and most of what she exhibits is newly produced artworks. Nature, mainly the mountain world and portraits, are motifs the artist likes to paint, and preferably with a lot of colour.
Where: Galleri1, Stationsgatan 1, Skellefteå
When: Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25, 11:00–15:00
For whom: Those curious about art
What: Skellefteå's biggest flea market
Do you need to furnish your new home or do you need to have a clear out? This is a great opportunity for pre-loved objects to find new owners. It is also great for people-watching. Hotdogs, ice-cream and fika will be on offer.
Where: Folkparken, Mossgatan 28, Skellefteå
When: Sunday June 25, 10:00–14:00 and every Sunday until August 13
For whom: Bargain hunters
Cost: Free for those buying and 200 kronor for those selling. No need to book a spot, just show up.
What: Midsummer trot family party
This weekend there will be a big trotting party at the racetrack. Trotting races, lots of people and food. A festive occasion for young and old alike. Come along for a fast-paced evening at the track. First start at 19:30 including the big races Midsommarkransen and Cementcupen.
Where: Travbanan 1, Skellefteå
When: Saturday June 24, 19:30
For whom: Horse lovers
Cost: See the website for tickets.
What: Qigong at Nordanå
A Qigong try-out session in the tranquil Nordanå park. Qigong is a form of exercise that is based on performing slow movements while controlling the breathing, quieting the mind and listening inwardly. The group meets up near Nyborgsgården. In the event of thunder or torrential rain, the session will be cancelled. No prior knowledge or registration is required.
Where: Nordanå, near Nyborgsgården, Skellefteå
When: Monday June 26, 17:30
For whom: Those who want to slow the pace down
What: Try traditional Swedish dancing
All throughout the summer Skellefteå municipality are arranging dance evenings in collaboration with local dance groups. This Monday everyone is invited to try out traditional Swedish folk dancing. The dance group Guldstalaget will show how it is done and then everyone will try the dance together.
Where: Snäckan dance floor, Nordanå. In case of rain, Hallen, Nordanå is used.
When: Monday June 26, 18:00–21:00
For whom: Anyone with dancing shoes on
What: Theatre, crafts and painting
Paint, create, do crafts, try out theatre make-up, visit the book bus, listen to a fairytale, watch theatre performances and more. The activities are free and everyone is welcome. The day starts at noon with a theatre performance by drama teachers from the culture school, and it continues with other activities. Feel free to drop in.
Where: Sidtjärn, Boliden
When: Tuesday June 27, 12:00–15:00
For whom: Children. Everyone is welcome.
June 28 (runs until July 11)
What: Creative workshop – bird watching and insect evolution
Inspired by Oswaldo Maciá's exhibition The Theatre of Energy, the creative workshop explores the role of birds and insects in pollination, migration and the overall interaction in nature. In Konstverkstan, you can use different kinds of material to create fictitious insects and imaginative little birds. Drop-in, no prior knowledge is required, and the material is free. Stay as long as you want and if you do not finish in time, you are welcome to come back another day.
Where: Konstverkstan, Sara kulturhus
When: Wednesday June 28, 13:00–16:00, also June 29–30, July 3–7 and July 10–11
For whom: All ages welcome.
June 29–July 2
What: Summertime Music & Life Festival
The Summertime Music & Life Festival starts off on Thursday and runs over the weekend, the last day being Sunday. Entrance is free during the daytime. The whole of Thursday is also free of charge. There is something for everyone, from dance punk to accordion music. It is also a good opportunity to see some local music acts. Why not check out country rock from Norrland performed by the Umeå band Halm that is part of the Scandinavian Americana sound.
Where: Norrvalla, Skellefteå
When: Thursday June 29 to Sunday July 2
For whom: Music fans
Cost: Free during the daytime. See the website for ticket prices.
What: Go swimming
The summer is in full swing and as the temperature has been above 30 degrees the waters are now pleasantly warm but cool enough to be refreshing. As it basically never gets dark you can go swimming at any time. The only question is lake or sea. If you want a sandy beach try for example Byske havsbad. Or try one of the many lakes with municipal facilities such as jetties, toilets and changing huts.
Where: The Baltic or an inland lake
For whom: Those not afraid to get wet
Check out the Skellefteå municipality website with a map of where to go swimming.