Festival City

Gothenburg has become an important fixture on the international summer festival map. Every august, Slottsskogen is invaded by music fans for the Way Out West festival, which in recent years has attracted artists such as Prince, Neil Young and Kanye West. On a smaller scale, Knarrholmen festival takes place on an island to the west of Gothenburg and features mostly local indie talent. GAS (Gothenburg Art Sounds) festival spotlights experimental music, while Clandestino focuses on world music artists. Gothenburg Culture Festival (Kulturkalaset) is an eight day extravaganza with free gigs and masses of other entertainment, and the city also plays host to a popular jazz festival.

The Gothenburg String Theory

The Gothenburg String Theory began as a musical project in 2009 and has gathered together many Gothenburg-based artists to perform their music in new surroundings and with different instrumentation. Inspired by a similar event in Berlin, artistic directors Sebastian Gäbel and Nathalie Barusta Gäbel offer a new take on classical music, taking the sounds of local musicians such as Wildbirds and Peacedrums, Pacific!, Silverbullit and The Skull Defekts, presenting their music with visual accompaniment and garnering much critical acclaim in the process. They collaborated with internationally renowned Gothenburg artist Jose Gonzalez on his sold-out European tour in 2011, granting international exposure to this unique project.

Symphonic Sounds

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra are one of Scandinavia’s leading orchestras and were granted the title ‘National Orchestra of Sweden’ in 1997. They regularly perform a wide repertoir. Here you can watch our previous principal conductor Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra performing Mahler’s Symphony No.6.