Once again this year, traditional folk dancing will bring visitors of all ages together around the “pole of Saint John” to celebrate the summer solstice. Garlands of flowers, the essential symbol of Swedish Midsommar, will of course be worn. The evening continues with a concert by musicians fresh from the current Swedish music scene: VAZ and Adna.
Cape Verde-born Swedish sisters Jenny and Cecilia Vaz form a multi-talented duo: as both songwriters and producers, they are committed to addressing women’s issues in the music industry and founded the Studio XX music project in Stockholm. Their unique sound bridges the gap between Scandinavia and the West African diaspora, drawing inspiration from the harsh Scandinavian climate and traditional Swedish folk music. Their Afro-futuristic sound and their magical performances have made them into familiar figures on the Stockholm underground scene and in the international music arena. After a critically acclaimed album and collaborations with many Scandinavian artists, they were nominated for Swedish Grammy Awards in 2018 in the Producer of the Year and Best Alternative Pop categories.
Since her first EP in 2012, Adna has made three albums, the latest of which, Closure, released in 2017, has increased awareness of her music outside Sweden and Germany. Influenced by the music scene in Berlin, where she now lives, the young Bosnian-born Swedish singer has opened for Agnès Obel in France. Affiliated with the Despotz label, she sings melancholic, delicate songs in a minimalistic style somewhere between dream pop and indie folk.
17:00 Gates open
17:45 Dance #1
18:45 Dances #2
20:00 Adna Concert
21:00 VAZ Concert
Entrance is through the garden gate at 10, rue Elzévir.
Swedish specialities will be on sale at the event.