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Festival: Stockholm Early Music Festival


June 1 - 6, 2021

Where is it?

The festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has since 2002 been held annually in the historical setting of Stockholm’s Old Town, in the special summer atmosphere of early June. The programme includes lunch, afternoon, and evening concerts and seminars.

How to get there? 

Stockholm's international airport is Arlanda. To get from here to Stockholm C you can take: 1) Flygbussarna Airport Coaches - offers transfer between Arlanda Airport and Stockholm C with departures up to every 10 minutes; 2) Pendeltåg (commuter train) direction: Stockholm C, Södertälje C; 3) Arlanda Express - from Stockholm C (also Stockholm’s main train station) take the subway one stop to Gamla stan (Old town), direction: Skarpnäck, Farsta strand, Hagsätra, Fruängen, Norsborg.

Local accommodation

There are a lot of hotels / hostels in the Old Town close to the concert venues. There are many tourists in June, so attendees should book accommodation in advance. The festival has cooperation with the Collector's hotels where the festival's artists also stay. Other hotels / hostels are: Scandic Gamla stan, Hotel Gamla stan, Castle House Inn, First Hotel Reisen, Hotell Skeppsbron, Hotel Sven Vintappare, Archipelago Hostel Old Town, Gamla Stan Apartments, Residence Perseus, ApartDirect Gamla Stan, Ramilton Old Town Hostel, Old Town Lodge, Castanea Old Town Hostel, Dockside Hostel Old Town.

What can tourists visit nearby?

Stockholm as the capital of Sweden is of course full of sights and attractions. Just in the Old Town you can visit the Royal Castle, Storkyrkan – the Stockholm Cathedral, the Museum of Medieval Stockholm, the Swedish Parliament, the Royal Opera, the Nobel Museum and the Swedish House of Nobility. Not far from the Old Town you can also find the Vasa museum, the ABBA museum, Skansen (the world’s oldest open-air museum, showcasing the whole of Sweden with houses and farmsteads from every part of the country).

What type of programmes to expect at the festival? 

20th-anniversary celebrating Stockholm Early Music Festival is the largest international event for historical music in the Nordic countries, presenting repertoire from baroque, renaissance, and medieval times. With variation and quality as its motto the festival highlights the diversity of early music, offering a programme of known and unknown music from all over the world, featuring well-renowned as well as young emerging talented Swedish and international artists, both soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestras and choirs. The programme includes lunch, afternoon, and evening concerts, a performance for children, seminars and this year also an 20th-anniversary exhibition.

What are the venues like? 

All the indoor venues are located in the Old Town and all close to each other: The German Church (Tyska kyrkan), The Finnish Church (Finska kyrkan), The Cathedral Parish Hall (Storkyrkosalen), The Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren) and Mäster Olofsgården. The main festival ticket office (open during the festival week 1-7 June only) is located at Tyska Brinken 13, next to the German Church.

Dress code

There is no specific dress code. The weather may vary. Usually the first week in June it is a nice and sunny time in Stockholm, but it is good to have in mind that it also can be rainy and windy.

Food & Drink

There is a great choice of restaurants in the Old Town close to the different festival venues, for example at Stortorget (the oldest public square in Stockholm). Some restaurants may need to be booked in advance, especially during the week ends.

Why should someone come to the festival? 

Enjoy the event on-site or through live online streaming! Listen to some of the world´s greatest musicians within the early music field. It's never too late for early music!

For full information and to purchase tickets please visit the Stockholm Early Music Festival site.

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