Hands in the air, this is where it’s at!

Oskarshamn has always enjoyed a rich cultural life. We’ve had everything from choir and rock festivals, to major folk festivals in the attractive harbour area. Now the city’s cultural life has grown even more, and there’ll be a great deal on offer in summer 2019.

Cultural Director Peter O Ekberg looks elated as he gives details of the city’s cultural offering for summer 2019.

“For a medium-sized municipality, the range of events is really something,” he says. “It helps put Oskarshamn on the map and shows that we are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to cultural experiences.”

So what is it exactly that the Cultural Director is so excited about? Well, the list is long all year round, and it’s even longer when summer comes along and the tourists start arriving.

“Last year, what we call ‘Sommartorget’ (summer square) was a huge success,” explains Attraktiva Oskarshamn’s Johanna Asp, who has been putting together the packed programme, with the help of Peter and other organisations. “We’re now expanding Sommartorget and adding Tuesdays, which are aimed especially at families and children.”

Since last year, there’s also been the ‘Blå torsdag’ (Blues Thursday) concept.

“Last year it was just about blues,” comments Peter’s colleague Emelie König. “But this year both swing blues and soul music will feature on Thursdays in the square, combined with national celebrities such as Timo Räisinen and Augustifamiljen.”

Latitud 57
Blues Thursday will premiere on 4 July, when Lilla torget in Oskarshamn will play host to P4 Nästa and Lisa Miskovsky and her band. A little taster before the Latitud 57 music festival kicks off on the Friday.

The Department of Culture is working with Attraktiva Oskarshamn and Brädholmen Event to organise the experiences that are part of Sommartorget. The Department of Culture also runs another of the summer’s main events: ‘Lörda’!’ Lörda’! (Swedish for Saturday) takes place at Döderhultarens plats outside kulturhuset on...well...Saturdays.

“The aim this year is to present a choir every Saturday from 8 June until 10 August,” explains Emelie König.

And then there’s the city’s flagship festival, the award-winning Latitud 57. This year will be the 11th festival and on top of that it has picked up the prestigious LiveApan award for “Event of the Year 2019”. LiveApan is an award that was established by the leading tour companies and it is presented every year to coincide with Sweden Live Music Conference.

“It’s a fantastic endorsement,” says festival director Christian Åberg from the organisers, Brädholmen Event.

Christian and his companions have had a busy winter and spring, booking the right artists for this year’s Latitud 57. And we can only note that they have once again succeeded in putting together a real celebration of music on 5 and 6 July.

“We’re extremely proud this year to be able to present acts such as Ulf Lundell, Linnea Henriksson, Weeping Willows and the metal band from Gothenburg, Hardcore Superstar.”

Before summer 2019 comes to an end, there’ll be just enough time for another Oskarshamnfest.

“Our last Blå torsdag immediately runs in to an entire weekend of partying with Oskarshamnsfesten,” says Peter O Ekberg. “Once again we will be putting female artists in the spotlight.”

Oskarshamnsfesten takes place on 16 and 17 August.