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Gothenburg Culture Festival 2021

It’s finally time for the Culture Festival!

  • Length

    Varies. See details below

  • When

    21 — 22 Aug 2021

  • Where

    Foyer and Small Stage, Göteborg Opera

  • Genre

  • Language


  • Price range

    Free admission (ticket required)

  • Accessibility

“The Gothenburg Culture Festival contributes to a more humane, enjoyable and sustainable society, and is a place where where the the cultural diversity of the city may be discovered.” Gothenburg City Council

During the Gothenburg Culture Festival on 21–22 August, we present a comical Bach cantata, brass ensemble, Serenade ensemble and sumptuous Grieg strings. Dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will also give unique performances for one person at a time.


Saturday, 21 August

Coffee Cantata by J. S. Bach
Foyer, 11.30am–12.00pm & 1.00–1.30pm

A comic Bach cantata with a coffee aroma. 2 performances, ca 30 min each.

Ensemble: Mia Karlsson, soprano, Daniel Ralphsson, tenor, Mats Persson, baritone, and musicians from the Göteborg Opera Orchestra.

The Göteborg Opera café opens at 11.00am.

Learn more about the Coffee Cantata


The Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg
Foyer, 2.00-2.30pm

Göteborg Opera's string ensemble


One on one
Small Stage, 12.00–5.00pm

1 dancer. 1 spectator. An unforgettable one-on-one meeting.

Dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani meets each spectator for a unique experience, performed on the Small Stage.

Audience places for One on one are now sold out.


Sunday, 22 August

Award ceremony: Årets Näverlur
Foyer, 11.00–11.45am

Annual cultural prize to a person or group active in the Nordic region who promotes Nordic folk music traditions such as grassland music and wind music.


Brass concert
Foyer, 12.30–1.15pm

Brass ensemble from the Göteborg Opera Orchestra plays music by Paul Dukas, August Bournonville and Henri Tomasi under the direction of Ingemar Roos. Serenade ensemble from the Göteborg Opera Orchestra plays music by Charles Gounod, under the direction of Gordon Hunt.

Dukas: Fanfare pour précéder La Péri
Bournonville: Bournonville for brass; arr: Andresen & Drage
Tomasi: Fanfares liturgiques
Gounod: Petite symphonie


Fröhliche Werkstatt
Foyer, 2.00–2.45pm

Serenade ensemble from the Göteborg Opera Orchestra plays Sonatin No. 2, Fröhliche Werkstatt, by Richard Strauss under the direction of Gordon Hunt.