Baltic Sea Festival
The 68th Kullabygden Music Festival opens on July 6th with Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto performed by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra directed by Daniel Blendulf and with Janine Jansen as soloist. Other performers during the week include the soprano Gitta Maria Sjöberg with the klezmerband Mames Babegennush, Nisse Landgren plays with jazzguitarist Johan Norberg, Trio con Brio Copenhagen plays Bartók and Brahms with clarinetist Olii Leppäniemi and Lill Lindfors and Sven-Bertil Taube performs with Anders Ekdahl's Quartet.
Music at Lake Siljan - one of Sweden's oldest festivals - is arranged for the 44th time. The festival includes everything from folk dance to operaimprovisation, from the birch trumpet to the soprano saxophone, it includes Bingsjöstämman and courses in choral singing, kulning, violin playing and folk dance. Every day during the weeklong festival around Lake Siljan, there is dance in a village in the Dala landscape. But above all there are plenty of concerts.
That is the subtitle for this year's Lyckå Chamber Music Festival in the immediate vicinity of Karlskrona. The words most certainly tells us something crucial about what it is to start and run an arts festival. Lyckå Chamber Music Festival celebrates 30 years with honour. The program is dominated by Beethoven from the beginning to the end. But in the middle it picks up the anniversary of Benjamin Britten. One of the highlights is a portrait concert of the Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson with Lisa Larsson, soprano, Roland Pöntinen, piano and Kreutzer Quartet.
This year's edition of the Östhammar Music Festival moves from place to place in the municipality; Öregrund, Gimo, Alunda, Hargshamn, Österbybruk and Östhammar, and the artists that come to perform are of various kind. Such as Carrasco Dance Company, Rebaroque with Josefin Andersson, Monica Borrfors, Hazelius & Hedin, Calle Kristiansson, Tommy Löbel Swing Band with John Pohlman, Wille Crafoord and Mikael Ramel, the Romeo and Juliet Choir and folkpunk, New Orleans jazz, and much much more. The Fest ends with Swedish Pop-artists Yohio and Miss Li.
This summer The Swedish Composers Society (FST) and the Association of Swedish Music Festivals (SMF) has launched a new collaboration with the aim to spread the music of contemporary Swedish composers on the classic summer music festivals across Sweden. In 2013 the cooperation resulted in eight concerts with new Swedish music at seven festivals.