The exhibition spaces and gardens will be closed on 6 June as we prepare for the evening event.
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Midsommar + Fête de la musique

Once again this year, we’ll be celebrating summer and music in the garden! The programme features traditional Midsommar singing and dancing, followed by a concert by Jelly Crystal.
Crowded garden of the Institut suédois with a music band on a stage.

Midsommar is an ancient summer tradition celebrated in the countryside and gardens with family members, friends and neighbours. People wear colourful clothes and flowers and dance around a flower-decked pole. Sometimes they even dress up as frogs – it’s all part of the fun. For the second consecutive year, the singer Eskelina will be leading the singing and guiding our steps.

At 7:30 pm it’s time for the baritone-voiced glam rocker Jelly Crystal to take the stage. His early songs took on art-rock, but in recent years, he’s expanded his range to funk, soul, and R’n’B, all coming together under his alt-pop umbrella.  His taste and the regard in which the Swedish music scene holds him are proven by the names he’s worked with: Alice Boman, Stella Explorer, Seinabo Sey, Mr. Tophat, and more. In 2021, he released his debut album Freak Show, which gained support from the likes of The Line of Best Fit (“A singer with real star power!”), Wonderland (“If you’re a David Bowie fan, be sure to check out Jelly Crystal.”), UNCUT (“Starry-eyed debut”), and i-D Magazine (“His artistry is proven to have no bounds.”). At the end of 2023, he released the critically acclaimed album Prince.

As soon as the gate opens and throughout the evening, café FIKA will be selling Swedish drinks and specialities – as well as alternatives for people who aren’t keen on pickled herring!

In partnership with IKEA.

Useful information

  • Admission free through the gate at 10 rue Elzévir.
  • Gate opens at 5:30 pm.
  • There will be two dance sessions lasting 20-30 minutes each.
  • The traditional singing and dancing will be followed by a concert by Jelly Crystal starting at 7:30 pm.