Lizel Strömberg

Introducing: Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen
 
One of my ambitions for Kulturkalaset/Europride in Gothenburg was to make sure I did what I could to experience something new with the festival. It could be everything from tasting new food, walking to a new location of the festival or discovering new artists. In this post, I will be introducing you to Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen in a general sense and share my photographs that I took of them during EuroPride. 
Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen are a band from Malmö which formed 2015. Sanna Hansson as lead vocals, Phelix Jakobsson on the bass, Oskar Nyberg on the guitar, Kristian Lindberg on the drums and Hampus Hansson on the keys and backing vocals. They create music as they describe as quirky pop with cabaret influcences. The band have been doing numerous gigs around Sweden since their start. Sanna & The Swatchmen released their debut EP in 2017 named "Bye Bye Strawberry Pie" and it contains five songs:
1. Fun At All
2. Dream Girl
3. Theft
4. Can't Change A Man
5. Make It Worse
Whenever I discover new artists I like to do research, not only listen through the discography but I also look at their social medias to get a bit of a insight of who they are as artists. You can tell that they are still very small but you need to start somewhere right? They do have music videos for some of their songs, not as high production as some of the more streamed artists but it's nice seeing that they have some kind of video content out there. Even if it's not as high production yet, you can still get a feeling of who they are as artists and what kind if mindset they have for their music. 
I'm going to be honest, I had never heard about them before Europride and two of the main reasons why I decided to see their show was because I liked their style in fashion that they had an extra thought in their appearence that suits their music style. The other reason was because their music was midtempo and when I did my research they seemed energetic on stage which is always nice when taking photographs. 
I came one or two songs late to their show as I was taking photos somewhere else right before their set. It was the first day of Europride in Gothenburg which you could tell by the fact several of the tents around the area was not completely all setup for the event and the EuroPride/Kulturkalaset backdrop hadn't been put up on the stage yet. 
I liked that the band members were very interactive with each other but also made sure to take the audience in. Sanna Hansson, had good vocals and an expressive stage presence which I liked!
One particular song that I remember from Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen's set was "Drunk". I like the vibe of the song, a detail I liked in it was Sanna's vocals and Phelix backing vocals in the chorus. Phelix had such a bass sound in his vocal and I don't know if it was the speaker that enhanced it even more, but it really made an impact. 
It was raining a lot that day which made things harder for me to photograph but I ended up getting at least a couple of good shots. I do want to remind you that I'm writing this kind of post mostly based on my personal preferences, I'm mainly a photographer who loves music but don't have enough knowledge to review music in any way professionally.
I won't say that Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen's music is something I would listen to on a regular basis as their style has a more slower tempo than the music I tend to listen to nowadays, but their music is cathcy in a way. I could see myself listening to them once in a while when I'm in a mood where I don't need to be on my feet and being alert. 
When I get an opening to photograph the drummer of a set, I always take it! It's a bit of a shame how many photographers that doesn't take the time to capture photos of the drummers as well since they are too focused on the front figure.
This guy was basically everywhere on stage and it was so fun to see him doing the most with interacting with everyone! I liked the small details of their set with the feathers on the mic stand, matching outfits and Sanna's details in her outfit like her headpiece. 
Overall I enjoyed the set, it was fun getting to discover new artists. It's something about photographing new people which is a lot of fun since you never know what to expect from them. 
 
I hope you enjoyed this post, that you might found new music to listen to or liked seeing my photographs from the show. If you want to give a follow or get in touch with Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen you can find their Instagram below or get to know them more through their website: http://www.sannahansson.se/
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
Eventful week at EuroPride/Kulturkalaset
Kulturkalaset is a festival which takes place every year for 6 days in Gothenburg in the middle of August. This year I took vacation from work to being able to get as much as I could from the event to photograph, create new contacts and not feeling like I have to stress my way through the week. Taking vacation was probably my best decision that I made because the week turned out to be very eventful and I had several late nights with working with my photography. 
This post will be a short summary of my week at Kulturkalaset and EuroPride to give you a bit of insight of what I got to experience and who I met during the festival. I will also give you a sneak peek of some of the photographs that I took. 
When planning for this festival, I wanted to make sure that I didn't ended up only seeing people that I already know from before. I wanted to discover new artists, hear new music and photograping people I haven't before. I can't get stuck at only seeing people I know. That I need to look at other directions as well, find new people and getting footage of artists that might not have the same exposure as the mainstream artists. 
There was one act in particular which I think people were a bit suprised over that I went and photograph. It was the band Avatar, they are a metalband from Sweden and I'm so glad that I decided to see their concert. Let me tell you this, they actually had a staging! Not just a backdrop but a whole stage with moving platforms, props and their name visual in letter which had lights. It was so much fun to see the effort they had made with making their staging as cool as it was. I don't think I have ever seen a Swedish act done a staging with that much effort in it. I really appreciated seeing that. 
Of course, I attended concerts with artists that I know my followers want to see more of. A lot of these artists are people that I personally follow as well and know that I would appreciate photographing too. 
I actually had a conversation with another photographer about Darin. We both like him as an artist but after photographing him a couple of times, we know his signature moves that he ALWAYS does in his performances. That a lot of the photos that you take of him looks a lot the same, no matter if it has been months or even years in between them. I thought it was a bit funny hearing that from someone else. Haha
I ended up seeing LIAMOO twice that week but I didn't mind it at all. I have to say though, seeing him doing his own set was much more fun than the RIX FM Festival gig. 
It was very nice seeing Tove Styrke live. Last time I saw her was right after Swedish Idol so I don't even think I've seen her perform any of her own released music until last week. It was very nice seeing her and she was as bubbly as she always has been. 
Every time I photograph Loreen, the light conditions are horrible for a photographer. I get that she wants to create a mood on stage and I appreciate that. But as a photographer trying to get quality footage of her is very difficult. You will have to see my effort in my post about her gig that is coming. 
 I SAW ALCAZAR PERFORM A MEDLEY OF SOME OF THEIR BEST SONGS. I didn't even knew that I was going to see them perform, I just happened to be on the right location at the right time, which I'm very happy about. It was very dark that evening but I was living and was very happy about seeing them!
DJ Lundemo which I saw three times as Jasmine Kara was performing on her DJ set. I like her, something about her vibe was nice.
Some of the people that I saw performing through out the week which isn't in any of the photos in this post are: Janice, Wiktoria, SallySwag, Danny Saucedo, Alvaro Soler, Eleni Foureira and more! 
As always I payed a visit to the food markets in town, it's always a pleasure seeing the different food cultures. I bought the annual fudge, ate Thai food but I also tried new kinds of food such as an African dish. 
Walking the streets during the festival was very nice. It felt like I was in a completely different city and people were kind of a a different mood than usual. The streets were full of life and happy people that enjoyed the festivities. I also really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful colours of Pride through out the week.
Heading into the big week of the year, I had made more of a plan of what I wanted to photograph during the week to make things easier for me but also to not make me way too stressed out with not knowing where to go. It was also different this time because I was accredited as press which made things a lot more easier and I didn't had to wait around too long before the concerts to get a good spot to photograph from. 
The week turned out a lot more socially than I think I was prepared for. It wasn't bad thing but consider that I didn't felt that good the week before, I wasn't ready to being so outgoing that I was. I guess it was a good practice
I met a lot of different people through out the event. Numerous familiar faces from the past but also new ones that I bonded with. It's funny to see how people some times get so interested in what I do by seeing me photographing.  
One of the biggest highlights of EuroPride was definitely to meet Jasmine Kara! She was absolutely a sunshine trough all week! I adore Jasmine and her personality is one of the most wonderful I've ever come across. I can't thank her enough for all the love she showed me. The only times I've met Jasmine before has been very briefly at the afterparties of the Melfest finals. It was really nice getting time to actually talk to Jasmine and get to know her a bit more. I'm super happy that I've met her and can't wait to see her again!
Being at Kulturkalaset/EuroPride was a very learning experience. I came to realize that my photography really have had an impact of who I am today and it's something that I can't live without. My photography is one of the main factors that have helped me to being able to grow as a person and become more confident in who I am. If I didn't started or continued with my photography I wouldn't have had met the people I know, gained the experiences I have or becoming better at being social and maintaining conversations. 
Attending this event also made me realize that I need to do some changes in life. I need to work at getting more independent, get my driver license and cut out the toxic people I have in my life. I'm no where close at being where I want to be in life, there's so many variables in my life that affects me in a way that makes me hold back. I know it's a process and it takes a lot of work to get to a place where you want to be but as for now, I need to take babysteps.
I have lots of footage to show from the festivites of Kulturkalaset/EuroPride. Many stories and experiences to tell. I hope you will keep following my updates here and on Intagram as I will keep posting my photographs. Don't be a stranger, you are more than welcome to reach out to me, give me likes or comments on my content. I appreciate getting feedback!
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
 
 
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: https://goteborgskulturkalas.se/
(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! 📸✨

Ett inlägg delat av Lizel Strömberg 🇵🇭🇸🇪 (@lizelstromberg) 28 Jul 2018 kl. 1:07 PDT

 
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel