Kulturhuset – the House of Culture
Kulturhuset – in the heart of Stockholm
Address: On the square called Sergelstorg
Phone: 08-508 31 508
Opening hours, what’s on, etc: www.kulturhuset.stockholm.se
Subway station: T-centralen
Sergels torg webcam: http://www.webbkameror.se
There is always lots to do at Kulturhuset on Sergels torg. On any given day in the lecture hall, Hörsalen, you may find music, dance, drama or a lecture taking place. In another room, Kilen, you will often find young performers doing stand-up comedy, performance art and/or dance. International as well as Swedish authors meet their readers here, and the Stockholm City Theatre is also located in Kulturhuset.
Kulturhuset has activities that appeal to virtually every age group. On the fourth floor, you’ll find a children’s library called “Rum för Barn” or “Room for Kids”. Here you can take out books, experiment in the research corner, listen to stories (sometimes in English during the summer) or watch films. Rum för Barn is decorated with kid-friendly couches to curl up in, a pool of cushions and a play cabin made out of cloth. If artistic inspiration strikes while you’re here, you can go into the adjacent studio where a professional artist will help you get started sketching on your own.
Lava is a meeting place for teenagers from all over the world that “showcases Swedish youth culture,” as the travel agents say. Next to Lava is Serieteket, Sweden’s only specialist library for comic strips. Don‘t be surprised if they have an enormous number of your favorite comic books, most of them in Swedish of course, but many of them in English. It might be fun to find out what your favorite comic book character is called in Stockholm. In Swedish, Garfield is known as Gustaf, for example, and Donald Duck is Kalle Anka. You can borrow the comic books or read them here. And they even have comics for grown-ups.
Here are some tips for the adults you’re probably traveling with—and who may need a break from the fast pace of all the other activities available at Kulturhuset: At the International Writers Stage at the Café Panorama they can meet authors from around the world. They can also treat you to something to eat at the Café Panorama, of course, or enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in one of the other restaurants in the building.
If anybody in your travel party is missing the news from home, Läsesalongen, the reading room, has daily newspapers, magazines and periodicals from around the world. Here you’ll also find books, music, sheet music, CD-ROMS, videos and audio books that you can enjoy in a comfortable armchair.
At Café Access you can connect to the Internet and if you’re looking for souvenirs, Kulturhuset’s shops sell some cool ones that feature both modern and traditional Swedish design.
Don’t forget to see the comic books before you leave:
Address: Kocksgatan 11 (They have their own entrance!)
Phone: 08 – 775 65 00
Opening hours: www.kulturhuset.stockholm.se