Calendar of Events- Autumn 2018

Autumn stroll at Djurgården
Photo by Jeppe Wikström/ 
I just posted an article about autumn art exibitions at museums and galleries in Stockholm, but there are a lot of other events and festivals going on this season to keep you busy. Below you will find a calendar of the bigger events and festivals happening in Stockholm. Of course there are many smaller events going on that aren't on the list. If you are staying at the Hotel Rival, contact me directly for more information!

December (a month filled with Xmas themed events and happenings, more info when the season approaches. You can also check my Christmas overview article from last year to get an idea of what to expect).
Winter views from City Hall (Stadshuset)
Next week I am traveling to Marrakesh to take part in the European UICH Congress and will be gone all week. Hopefully these past two articles will help you plan your autumn visit to Stockholm. I will be back working and blogging on September 11th! 

Autumn Art Exhibitions 2018

The National Museum re-opening on Oct 13th!
Photo by Hans Thorwid/Nationalmuseum
After a long, hot summer, the (sudden) drop in temperatures is a sure sign that autumn is right around the corner. The change in seasons means that we are looking for more indoor activities and, thankfully, there are some great art exhibits coming up at the main art museums and galleries in Stockholm to keep you busy. You can also check my list of summer exhibitions as many of the museums have exhibitions that last through September.

  • Fotografiska (photography)- there are a couple of exhibitions going on through September: Evelyn Bencicova "Merror" (until Sept 23rd) and Simen Johan "Until the Kingdom Comes" (until Sept 23rd). Two upcoming exhibitions are Noémie Goudal "Stations" (Sept 7th to Nov 18th) and Lars Tunbjörk "A Look From the Side" (Sept 14th to Dec 2nd). Considering the exhibit space, I am guessing that there will be two other exhibitions starting in October. I will add when they are announced. 
    Photo from Andy Warhol's first exhibit at Moderna in 1968
    Photo: Moderna Museet
  • Moderna (modern art)- their big fall exhibition, which I am really looking forward to, is Warhol 1968 (Sept 15th to Feb 17th) which celebrates the fact that Andy Warhol had his first solo exhibition in Europe at Moderna, 50 years ago! Another upcoming exhibition is Moderna Exhibition 2018 (Oct 20th to Jan 6th). 
  • ArkDes (architecture & design)- their ongoing exhibition is Public Luxury (until Jan 13th) and their upcoming exhibition is called Space Popular, Value in the Virtual (Sept 19th to Nov 18th). They also have a permanent exhibit on Architecture in Sweden
  • Millesgården (sculpture & art)- Most people come to visit the beautiful sculpture garden, but they also have a gallery with temporary exhibitions. Their upcoming exhibition is William Morris "More than Floral Wallpaper" (Sept 15th to Feb 3rd). 
  • National (classic art)- the big news is that they are finally reopening on October 13th after several years of being closed for renovations! The big opening exhibition will be John Singer Sargent (until Jan 13th). Looking forward to their reopening...
    Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville, Paris 1950
    Photo: Robert Doisneau © Atelier Robert Doisneau at Kulturhuset
  • Kulturhuset (mixed art)- home to multiple forms of culture, including some art galleries. One exhibition this season is of the photographer Robert Doisneau (Sept 7th to Nov 25th). 
  • Thielska Galleriet (fine art Scandinavian)- they have several current exhibitions through September. An upcoming exhibition this season is of the work of Swedish painter Ivan Aguéli (Oct 6th to Feb 10th ). 
  • Artipelag (art museum in archipelago setting)- their outdoor exhibition Detour is running until Nov 4th and in the gallery you have Bloomsbury Spirit running until Sept 30th. The new exhibit this fall is Margiela- the Hermès Years (Oct 26th to March 10th). 
  • Prins Eugen Waldemarsudde (fine art Scandinavian)- besides their permanent collection, they have several exhibitions this fall like Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Worpswede Artists' Colony (Sept 15th to Jan 27th), Helene Scmitz- Thinking Like a Mountan (Oct 6th to Feb 17th) and The Painter as a Photographer (Oct 6th to Feb 17th). 
    The Traitor by Georgij & Vladimir Stenberg, 1929
    at Liljevalchs
  • Liljevalchs (contemporary art)- their main autumn exhibition will be looking at Soviet poster art (Oct 12th to Jan 6th). 
  • Bonniers Konsthall (contemporary art)- they are reopening after being closed over the summer with their fall exhibition New Materialism (Sept 5th to Nov 11th). 
  • Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum (mixed art)- their first exhibition out is "Pillow Talk" by Ulla & Gustav Kraitz (Aug 29th to Oct 14th). Don't miss their upcoming exhibition with Swedish artist Jenny Nyström (Oct 26th to Feb 17th). 
  • Etnografiska (world culture)- They have an interesting exhibition this autumn that can fall under art... Feathers which looks at how we have used fathers throughout history in art, culture and fashion (Oct 6th to March 3rd).
    Portrait of Dagmar Assarsson, by Jenny Nyström
    at Sven-Harrys
    Photo by Per Myrehed

Museums With Free Entrance in Stockholm

Medieval Museum (Medeltidsmuseet)
Yes, it is true, Sweden is relatively expensive to visit. But there are ways of keeping your costs down when coming to Stockholm. For example, since 2016, all state run museums (as well as a few private ones) have free admission. These museums cover a wide range of subjects, from art to history to culture. Many of these museums are very child-friendly as well!
Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriskamuseet)
The list of museums in Stockholm, in alphabetical order, with free entrance:
  • Architecture and Design Center- The Stockholm center for architecture and design, housed in the same building as Moderna (modern art museum). 
  • Armémuseum (The Army Museum)- a look at Sweden's military past and peace keeping present.
  • Etnografiska museet (Museum of Ethnography)- dedicated to cultures and peoples of the world.
  • Hallwylska museet- art and history museum located in a palace from the late 1800's owned by von Hallwyl family. Some special exhibitions may have an entrance fee..
  • Historiska museet (Swedish History Museum)- focused on the history of Sweden... including the Viking era. 
  • Kungliga myntkabinettet (The Royal Coin Cabinet)- museum of economy as well as the history of money and finance.
  • Livrustkammaren (The Royal Armoury)- a look at Swedish royal history through their clothing, costumes, armour and carriages. 
  • Marabou Park (contemporary art gallery)- gallery located in the suburbs of Stockholm in a former cocoa labrotory. 
  • Medelhavsmuseet (Mediterranean Museum)- dedicated to the history and culture of the Mediterranean area (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, etc.).
  • Medeltidsmuseet (Museum of Medieval History)- how did Stockholm look in the Middle Ages? What was life like for Medieval Stockholmers? Actually not state run (run by the city), but still free entrance as of January 1st.
    Museum of Swedish History (Historiska Museet)
  • Moderna museet- Stockholm's museum of modern art. Certain temporary exhibits may have an entrance fee, but their permanent collection is always free to visit. 
  • Nationalmuseum (the National Museum)- Sweden's museum of art and design. Currently closed for renovations, they reopen in October.
  • Naturhistoriska riksmuseet (Museum of Natural History)- a look at the history of the natural world from dinosaurs to today. Entrance fee still for their IMAX theatre Cosmonova.  
  • Riksidrottmuseet (Museum of Sports)- museum of sports and the history of sports. 
  • Sjöhistoriska museet (Maritime Museum)- dedicated to naval and shipping history.
  • Skokloster Castle- one of the best preserved Baroque castles in Europe, with museum. Located just outside of Stockholm. . 
  • Östasiatiska museet (Museum of Far East Antiquities)- houses art and sculpture from the Far East (Japan, China, Korea, etc.). 
  • The Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren)

Have you seen the Sea of Stars?

If you keep up with all that is viral, it’s likely you’ve come across these pictures of the ‘Sea of Stars’.

Bioluminescence in the waters of Maldives is nothing new. All you have to do is trail your fingers through the water at night, and you’ll see a bluish glitter. These are phytoplankton in the water reacting to disturbance.

But glittery phytoplankton takes a backstage in the phenomenon now famous as the Sea of Stars.

The ‘Sea of Stars’ got famous because it lasts longer, and thus, shows up clearly on long-exposure photography. It lasts longer than typical plankton bioluminescence because these shoreline light shows are held by creatures called ostracod crustaceans. They’re tiny cousins of crabs and shrimps. When disturbed, they can glow up to a minute.

You can spot this phenomenon at various islands in the Maldives. But the most famous location for sightings is Vaadoo Island in Raa Atoll.

The phenomenon can be seen in varying intensities year-round. But it’s highly unpredictable. There’s just no telling when these little guys start lighting up the beach. It simply happens when the number of ostracod crustaceans that wash up ashore increases.

What we do know is that they glow more intensely during the waning moon and that sightings increase beginning from mid-year. If you’re lucky, your trip to the Maldives might just coincide with this stunning display!

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Street Shopping In Bali

As unlikely as it may sound, street shopping has now become synonymous with Bali. This popular holiday destination has become home to a plethora of markets, where you can find everything from home decor and jewelery to clothes and souvenirs, all handcrafted by local artists and craftsmen.

Teeming with irresistible goodies, some of these markets also sell island attire like sarongs, hats and lightweight shirts, prepping you for the Bali way of life.

In addition to these, Bali also has markets that sell tropical and fresh, locally produced fruits, vegetables and flowers. Besides the ensemble of shopping spots, the bargaining sessions and casual banter with local sellers add to the thrill of Bali’s street shopping experience.

Take a leaf out of our book and visit these street markets in Bali for the best shopping experience.

1. Ubud Art Market, Ubud

Conveniently located in the centre of Ubud, facing the Royal Palace, this widely popular market sells art products, souvenirs and accessories, all handmade and sourced from the surrounding villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan.

This is one of the most visited markets in Bali, because of the unique items on sale here and the overall ambience of the market – exciting, colourful and vibrant! If you’re not much of a shopper, this market is well suited for a leisurely stroll, too, to take in all its chaotic vibes. Put your bargaining skills to test here, as the prices are only as good as you are!

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Best For: Silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats, statues, kites and many other handcrafted goods.
How To Get Here: Jalan Raya Ubud main road, opposite the Puri Saren Ubud palace
Timings: 8am to 6pm

2. Kumbasari Art Market, Denpasar

This wholesale market receives most of its handicrafts from the art-producing areas of the island, such as Ubud and the central Bali highlands, but they also have a selection of arts and crafts from some of the on-site artists.

You’ll find anything from souvenirs to Balinese paintings at the 200-odd kiosks that are spread over 4 levels. While the market is open 24 hours, the various stalls have different timings. While the fruit and vegetable vendors appear in the morning, followed by the art stores, the food stalls open later in the evening. Once again, put your bargaining shoes on.

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Best For: Souvenirs, art items, silverware and mini sculptures, ornamental cloths, Balinese batiks in their raw form, or as ready-to-wear shirts, various classical and contemporary-style paintings
How To Get Here: Located on Jalan Gajah Mada, Central Denpasar, the market is opposite the Badung river, only half an hour away from the resorts in Kuta and Sanur
Timings: Open 24 hours

3. Tegallalang handicraft centre, Ubud

Famous for arts and crafts from the district by the same name, Tegallalang handicraft centre possibly has the longest stretch of art shops in the world, a feat not to be undermined at any cost. Home to hundreds of shops selling an eclectic mix of craft and home decor items, this street market scores extra brownie points for the scenic views of the neighbouring rice terrace fields it provides.

A perfect mix of shopping and leisure, this market and its adjoining areas are a breath of fresh air for visitors and inspiration to local artists.

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Best For: Furniture, typical Balinese curios, jewellery like rings, bracelets, necklaces, made from mother of pearl, shells, wood, stone, beads and resin.
How To Get Here: Continue up north from the eastern end of the Jalan Raya Ubud main road and head to Jalan Raya Tegallalang
Timings: 8am to 10pm

4. Kuta Art Market, Kuta

Is your trip to Bali even complete if you haven’t visited a beachside shopping street? The Kuta Art Market is a relatively small shopping area located near Kuta beach, with the backdrop of waves lapping against the shore.

If you can ignore the hustle bustle of traffic here, this market will turn out to be a treasure trove for all things quirky. Balinese masks, paintings, hippie-style clothing and souvenir pieces like fridge magnets and keychains are some of the most popular items on sale at  the Kuta Art Market.

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Best For: Souvenirs like guitar-shaped fridge magnets, keychains, beer holders and placemats, faux leather shoes and sandals, Bali print T-shirts and colorful sarongs and fabrics
How To Get Here: You’ll find this market where Jalan Bakung Sari and Jalan Kartika Plaza streets meet, adjacent to Kuta Sidewalk
Timings: 8am to 10pm

5. Sukawati Art Market, Sukawati

One of the most popular street markets in Bali, Sukawati Art Market is a great place to shop at if you’re looking to pick up art pieces at a bargain. Standing tall since the 80s, this busy marketplace is a hub for buying a wide array of items both by locals as well as tourists.

Before you give in to the temptation of picking up the first piece you lay your eyes on, it’s a good idea to survey the whole market so you pay the right price. Because of the multitude of options available here, the Sukawati art market is also a great place to pick up souvenirs in bulk to take back home.

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Best For: Paintings, carvings, clothes, sarongs, trinkets and souvenirs
How To Get Here: Sukawati Art Market is located along the Jalan Raya Sukawati main road, 20km northeast of Denpasar; 4 km from Batubulan’s performing art centres, and 10 km south of Ubud.
Timings: 8am to 7pm

6. Jalan Pantai Mengiat Shopping Street, Nusa Dua

Located in the upscale neighborhood of Nusa Dua, the Jalan Pantai Mengiat shopping street is a pleasant amalgamation of art shops, small bars and restaurants.

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The shops on this street are teeming with not only souvenirs but also reasonably priced jewellery, spa products and island wear, and are a refreshing change from the high-end boutiques and branded stores Nusa Dua is otherwise known for.

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Best For: Balinese sarongs, t-shirts, spa products, batiks, wood carvings and kites
How To Get Here: Located on Jalan Pantai Mengiat, Nusa Dua, in the southern of the island, over 1.5 hours away drive from Ubud, 30 minutes from Kuta, 10-15 mins away from Nusa Dua beach.
Timings: 8am to 10pm

7. The Taman Sari Market, Seminyak

The list of street shopping markets in Bali will remain incomplete without a mention of a traditional fresh/wet market. Although located in the posh Seminyak area, the Taman Sari market offers local fresh tropical fruits and flowers at a bargain and causes a sensory explosion of sorts from all the sights, sounds and smells.

During the day, the market sells necessities like fruits, vegetables, flowers, household items, meat and other groceries and, after sunset, transforms into a local night market flooded with food stalls offering delicious local cuisine like ‘bakso’ meatball soup, grilled chicken satay, and rice porridge.

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Best For: Tropical fresh fruits, vegetables, colorful flowers and readymade ‘canang sari’ flower offerings, meats, poultry, chicken and other groceries, cooking utensils and a variety of household items.
How To Get Here: Located on Jalan Tangkuban Perahu, it is a 1-hour drive south from Ubud and a 30-minute drive north from Kuta.
Timings: Opens at 5am

8. Guwang Art Market , Gianyar

With a close resemblance to the Sukawati Art Market, its neighbour provides a better shopping experience for those who want to avoid the crowds at the former.

A quintessentially Balinese art market just like its neighbour, the shops here also sell a variety of wooden handicrafts, textiles and souvenirs. Divided into 3 separate blocks each selling different kinds of products, visit this street market to get a taste of Balinese shopping experience, minus the crowd.

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Best For: Wooden items, souvenirs, textiles such as clothes in various motifs and colorful sarongs.
How To Get Here: Located in Gianyar, 40 minutes south from Ubud central and 5-10 minutes from Bali Zoo.
Timings: 8am to 5pm

9. Merta Nadi Art Market, Legian

Located on Jalan Melasti which is known to be pedestrian-friendly, this market is well-suited for a relaxed stroll while you browse through the wide range of items. Like any other Bali street market, the variety of goods from household decor to apparel to souvenirs will leave you spoilt for choice.

The dozens of shops and stalls are accompanied by restaurants and cafes where you take refreshing breaks between your little shopping sprees. While visiting this traditional Balinese street market, don’t get bullied by the overly eager sellers – haggle your way around to get the right price.

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Best For: Household linens, like vibrant batiks and traditional ‘ikat’ (tie-dye) cloths, ornamental fans, Balinese paintings and wood carvings, knock-off sunglasses and t-shirts
How To Get Here: Located on Jalan Melasti in Legian, it is a 1-hour drive south of Ubud and walking distance from Kuta beach.
Timings: 9am to 9pm

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