• Chris O'Reilly

The city is our stage for Gothenburg Fringe 2018

Discover cutting-edge performances in in unique and unexpected places, as well as some classic venues when the Gothenburg Fringe takes place on 23-27 August.

A variety of fine Swedish and international artists performing comedy, dance, theatre, art, music, performance, film, circus and poetry will have a home across 13 venues from Esperantoplatsen to Majorna and they are ready to give the people of Gothenburg a weekend they will not forget.

We are taking the tagline of ‘The city is our stage’ very seriously, by complementing our more traditional theatre venues with unique and unexpected spaces and that is clear to see in our two main hubs for the festival – Draken and Gathenhielmska Huset.

Gothenburg Fringe is taking over Draken for the first time this year and what better spot to showcase some of our finest performers.

With its massive screen, Draken is the obvious choice to show some superb independent films. However, in true Fringe style, we are maximising the space available, with a variety of acts, in the main room and throughout the venue.

Comedy from the likes of Swedish group ‘Stand Up Yours’, theatre pieces from American performers Heather Massie and Valerie David and music from ‘These Heavy Clouds’ count among the many highlights at this impressive venue and there will even be a series of Open Mic sessions downstairs throughout the weekend.

To celebrate the Fringe’s first day at Draken, we have launched a special Friday pass, where the public can get tickets for four performances throughout the day for just 300 SEK.

Spiritual home of the Fringe

Anyone who comes to Gathenhielmska Huset to perform or see a show at Gothenburg Fringe is in for a special treat.

Having played host to the festival’s inauguration in 2017, this 18th century gem of the Gathenhielmska Cultural Reserve is playing a much large role this year as the venue for ‘The Opening’ on Thursday night as well as a number of headline performances, reflecting its role as the spiritual home of the Fringe.

Solo show ‘Cry, Blueberry’ will become well-acquainted with the garden over a five day-run, the house plays a key part in the immersive theatre piece ‘The Sea Widow’ and you could not find a more suitable musical performance than Mary Read – a theme show that mixes folk music, electronic soundscapes and acoustic music with stories about Mary Read, one of the Caribbean's most notorious pirates, sailing in the early 18th century.

Find detailed information about all venues and shows at Gothenburg Fringe 2018 here.

Tickets for these shows and many more across our 13 venues are available on the Gothenburg Fringe’s billetto page.

'The Sea Widow' public rehearsal at Gathenhielmska Huset / photo: Zainab Arshad

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