Lizel Strömberg

5 Reasons to attend Göteborgs Kulturkalas
Göteborgs Kulturkalas is just around the corner! This year the festival takes place 14th - 19th of August. In this post you will get to know 5 Reasons to attend Göteborgs Kulturkalas and some recommendations of what you should see and what to think about when attending it.
(This event is totally free of admission, the only fee you need to pay is for everything that are for sale during the markets and food places.)
For those who are not familiar to Göteborgs Kulturkalas, it's a festival that takes place every year in the middle of August in Gothenburg for 6 days. It's one of the biggest culture festivals in Scandinavian. There's lots of different activities around the city of Gothenburg. You can experience everything from workshops for dance, crafts, art to seeing movies, theathers and to hear different kinds of music. At the festival there's also plenty of opportunities to experience new food from all the corners of the world. Here's 5 reasons of why you should attend Göteborgs kulturkalas:
1. Learn new things:
During Kulturkalaset, there's a lot of opportunities to learn something new. You can find different kinds of workshops through out the event. For example, last year we came across Twisted Feet Family, a dance acedemy who were teaching people how to dance. You can also create art, different crafts and even learn how to do origami. Another particular skill you can get to experience and get introduce to is various martial arts. 
2. Taste new food!
Kulturkalaset has all different kinds of food cultures throughout the festival area. If you ever wanted to experience a new kind of food, there's lots of opportunities to do so at this event. You can find various dishes, desserts and treats to taste. To name a few of the many different cultures/countries that are represented on the scene, here are some: Thailand, France, Poland, Germany, Spain, Turkey and one of the most recent additions is African food. Mind that, a lot of these food stands only can take cash and some of them use "Swish". The average price for a portion of food is around 50kr (4,60€/5,30 USD) to 80-90kr, almost never over 100kr. 
One thing I will let you have in mind when thinking about buying food is that it can get very crowded, specially around 12-1pm or 4-6pm since around that time a lot of Swedes usually go and eat. I would recommend you to visit "International Street Market" which is usually placed at Gustav Adolfs Torg. You can find numerous of different kinds of food but also handmade crafts. The people there are very friendly and are happy to help you out if needed. Most of the pictures in this post of food and the people working with it are actually from that market. 
3. Experience new cultures!
You can experience many different cultures at the festival regardless if it's when you buy food, seeing different performances or taking part of the activities in the program. One of the biggest events during the festival is the "Hammarkullekarnevalen" which is a big parade (carneval) which shows the traditional side of the clothing, music and dance of the Latin community. It's a very nice parade with lots of colours, smiling faces and fun! I highly recommend you to see this parade as it's one of the last things happening during the Kulturkalas. 
The parade usually begins around 1pm at the top of "Avenyn" by "Götaplatsen" and walks down to "Kungsportsplatsen" which makes it able for people to watch it anywhere down along the way of "Avenyn". It gets very crowded as many people wants to see the parade. If you want to get a good spot to be able to see everything I would recommend you to make sure to be there in time. 
4. Listen to various music!
One of the main reasons why people attend Kulturkalaset is to see and experience the concerts and street performances that happens around the streets of Göteborg. If you are a fan of Swedish pop, I highly recommend  you to check out Kulturkalaset and to see what it offers. Because every year, there's lots of artists performing both locals, mainstream artists in Sweden and international artists from different parts of the world. There are numerous stages such as "Kungsportsplatsen", "Kajskjul 8", "Bältespännaparken" and "Götaplatsen". The music that gets performed on the festival isn't only pop, but also dansband, hip hop, classical and more! On the last day of the festival it ends with RIX FM Festival. It's always a lot of people on these concerts.
If you are a fan of a particular artist and wants to que to get a spot, that's totally fine. People come and go as the day goes by, and even if people come there to start queing before you, it's not always certain that they will be there for the whole day. If there are numerous concerts happening on the same stage during the day, what you could do is to ask the people in front of you who they are there to see. If they happen to be there to someone else than what you have planned you can come up with a deal and change places so you can get front row for that particular artists you want to. I can't promise this will work but it's just an idéa and something I've done myself in previous years. 
5. With EuroPride, the event is bigger than ever!
Something that is different this year from previous years is that Göteborgs Kulturkalas has a collaboration with EuroPride which makes the festival even bigger than ever! EuroPride arrange workshops, lectures, spread well needed information/help to the LGBTQ community but also information to everyone else about the work they do, to decrease the prejudice and discrimination that the LGBTQ comminty face in everyday life. I fully support Pride and the LGBTQ community, I think it's important that these festivals are there. I like that the Pride festivals can create an event and venue for people to feel welcome no matter which sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity you have. You are welcome as long as you don't have the attention to harm anyone.
I'm looking forward getting to experience Europride for the first time and to see all the coloruful people that will be there. I will do my part in showing my support to the LGBTQ community with sharing photos from this event. It's not much but that's what I can do for the moment. 
With this being said, be careful out there. It will be crowded in the city during this event, even more so because it's bigger this year. Stay hydrated, be nice to one and other and look out for each other. One thing you should have in mind is that the public tranportation can be limited because of all the construction work and can be a bit of a hassle to take but you can always ask someone for help.
That was it for my 5 reasons why you should attend Göteborgs Kulturkalas. I will be on set to photograph the festivities around Göteborg all week. If you happen to be there and you see me, you are more than welcome to come ad say hi. Also if you know there will be an artist performing that you would want me to photograph, don't hesitate to reach out to me and let me know. I will have it in consideration when make plans. I will try to do most of this event, create content I will be proud over, get new contacts but also have a nice time with my friends experiencing the event. 
If you want to read more about Göteborgs Kulturkalas and look through the program, you can find all the information at:
(The information is available in english too for those who wants that.)
Make sure to follow me on my Instagram to catch the latest updates from Göteborgs Kulturkalas and to get a bit of an insight of how things looks like on set. You can find me at @LIZELSTROMBERG. There will be lots of other updates before the festival takes place if you want to get to know what I'm up to. 

Earlier this week, I went to Slottskogen to attend Diggiloo which is one of Sweden’s biggest shows. It was my first time seeing the show and I was very excited to be getting the opportunity to photograph it. There were lots of well known artists performing such as Charlotte Perrelli, Tommy Nilsson, David Lindgren and Mariette. I really enjoy watching the show and to hear all of the well known songs from these recent years but also from the past. If you want to get a glimpse of the show, go on my profile to see my saved stories. 📲 • • This photograph is of Marika Carlson (comedian), Ida Redig and Ola Salo. One of the things I really liked about the show was how their different outfits matched well together with the colour scheme of the stage for the various songs. My full blog post with more photographs from the show will be coming within a week. Stay tuned! 📸✨

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Until next time, ingat!
First time in Portugal
Taking a trip abroad is always nervousing but yet very exciting, no matter where you are going. My friend Linnéa and I, have been saving money for a couple of years to be able to take a vacation and visit a new country. Deciding which country to visit was very tricky and knowing what kind of city would fit best for our plans of exploring a new culture
There were a lot of options and after a lot of deciding we ended up booking a trip to Portugal. We hadn’t heard a lot of things about the country or the people but we thought it would be fun to visit Lisbon as it isn’t the first option for tourists to visit. 
As for the people who follow me on my Instagram know what a hassle it was for us to even leave Sweden because of cancelled flights, rebooking and accidentally mistakes. We ended up getting to Lisbon two days after what we originally planned. 
The first night we spent in Lisbon we only went out for dinner and got a bit familiar with our surroundings. This post will be about our first day in Portugal and visiting Oceanário de Lisboa and the harbor beside it. 
To be honest, I really dislike going to zoo or aquariums because I hate seeing how bad the conditions are for the animals in there. We ended up deciding to go there anyway since we thought it would be interesting to see how everything would be since Oceanário de Lisboa is the biggest aquarium in Europe. The aquarium was big with different levels with exhibitions and animals to see. Yet it felt like there wasn't that much to see. It was a bit sad to see the animals in that limited space they had.
One of the very few things that I liked about the Oceanario was the fact that they had a lot of information about recycling, what we are doing to destroy the enviroment and the life in the sea. They also gave information about how to decrease the littering we do and be better to help the enviroment. The information was presented for adults but also in a way for children to understand. Other than that, there wasn't that much to it. As I've been at several aquariums when I was younger, I don't think there was much more to this than I've already seen. But that's my opinion.  
Consider we already were by the aquarium, we decided to walk around the harbor to see the surroudings. It was lovely to walk around there and it wasn’t crowded with tourists. 
By the harbor there are also a cable railway which you could take to see a glimpse of how things looks from above. We wanted to take the opportunity to take at least one way with it to experience the cable railway and to see things from another perspective. It was a bit scary because it would be a bit windy and even the most smallest movement would make the carrige start wobble. 
This photograph of me is taken by Linnéa on the dock to the aquarium. The wooden planks that we were walking on were very wobbling and it was a bit scary walking on them, specially if someone would step on the other end of the same plank as you and the weigh of the other person would make the plank move upwards. 😅
During our walk we also found some kind of garden with beautiful flowers and trees. As both Linnéa and I are time optimists, walking around the harbor probably took much longer than needed. We stopped by almost anything that we saw which took our interest enough for us to take photos or take the time to look at it. 
As we wanted to do the most out of our trip, we had more in plans to do that day. We wanted to go to the vantage-points in town to see the city from a different view. But those pictures will be coming in their own blog post. That was it for this post. I hope you enjoyed reading a bit of a story about our first day in Portugal. More photographs and stories to come. 
Until next time, ingat!
Familiar faces from Melfest at Liseberg
A summer will never pass without me attending one of the shows at Lotta på Liseberg. The only lineup of all the 8 programs that I felt like I really needed to see live and was worth the hassle with buying ticket and attending it right after work was the one at 16th of July. The performing artists that evening were Mariette, Nano, Anne-Lie Rydé, Sandro Cavazza and Renaida. A very good lineup if you ask me!
I didn't had any access for this show since I did not get a reply about photo accredidation but I did my best with the option I had. I had managed to get a seat very close to the stage which I was very glad over since that would save me a lot of stress with getting my photos taken. 
Being on set was different this time, for this show I did not feel the pressure with getting photos and would just be fine getting one photograph of each one of them. I have loads of photos from being at Liseberg and it's difficult to play with angles and lights when you are seated.  
I'm not going to lie, I had totally missed the fact that Nano had released a new single after "Hold On". I haven't seen any promotion for it and I'm guessing his new song "Love Harder" was very new to most of the audience. It was nice getting to hear it for the first time in a live setting. It's a bit repeatative for my taste but if you want to check it out for yourself, I will put the video of his performance here. 
I'm not sure how familiar you are to the older generation of the swedish music. Anne-Lie Rydén has been in the business for a while and has actually been in Melodifestivalen a couple of times. To be honest, I did not know it myself, I had to google it. She has been releasing a lot of music over the years and one of her most well known songs are "En sån karl". 
Mariette is someone that I've seen numerous times live over the years but this was the first time in a while since I saw her outside of Melfest. It's really nice getting to see that she has become more confident on stage to step away from the guitar a little bit. I was pleasant surprised that Mariette performed her new single "Time to Spare" for the live broadcast and not "For You". 
The person that I was most excited to see that day was Sandro Cavazza. I've been following Sandro for about two years now. I first found out about him through Dhani Lennevald (A*Teens). I had heard him sing in videos on Instagram and knew that he had been the vocals on a lot of the major hits such as Avicii's song "Without You". Sandro is such a good singer and songwriter, I really enjoy his EP with songs such as "So Much Better", "Don't Hold Me" and "What It Feels Like". I got chills when I heard Sandro sing "High With Somebody" at Liseberg, his vocals were on point and you could tell that he was very happy to be there. I'm hoping that I will be seeing him again some other time but in his own set. 
I don't think anyone has missed the energy of Renaida. She's such pro and I adore her. "All The Feels" is still a bop and she delivers it every time. Hearing that song live brings back to Melfest and how fierced her performance was. It was so sweet to see all those small girls in the audience when they saw Renaida perform, their eyes was so big with admiration and they were smiling so much. She also performed her latest single "Loco Notion" which is also a bop. "Loco Notion" is her first single that she was in the making of the song. 
After the show, I wanted to say hi to people. I had my first encounter with Sandro and made sure to let him know that I really like his EP and hope that he will come again to do his own set. It was so much fun seeing how happy he was with seeing all the people that wanted to say hi and get a photo with him. Since I was soaking wet because the rain had poured down, I didn't want pictures with everyone I only wanted to have a bit of a conversation instead. I did take a photo with Sandro on my phone just to have that as a memory but the quality is not good enough for me to post here. It might come up on my InstaStory by the time this post gets published in case if you want to see it. 
I made sure to say hi to Mariette and let her know that I'm coming to Diggiloo in Göteborg. She was very happy to see me and actually introduced me to a photographer that often are on her gigs which was a very nice gesture. 
I also briefly met Renaida and told her that I've seen a lot of the international fans loves "Loco Notion" and are so happy that she has a music video for it. When I told her that, her whole face lit up and was so happy to hear that! 
There's not a lot more to say about this show. The rain was pouring down and I didn't want to stay for too long, specially because I had work early the morning after. That was basically it for this time. I hope you enjoyed reading this brief post and liked the pictures you saw here. Which ones of the photos did you liked the most? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time, ingat!