Our Christmas gift for you is the Swedish writer and journalist Viktor Rydber's beautiful and philosophic poem TomtenThe poem was illustrated by Swedish artist Jenny Nyström, and first published in Ny Illustrerad Tidning in 1881. 

Midvinternattens köld är hård, 
stjärnorna gnistra och glimma.
Alla sova i enslig gård
djupt under midnattstimma.
Månen vandrar sin tysta ban, 
snön lyser vit på fur och gran, 
snön lyser vit på taken.
Endast tomten är vaken.

Read the poem in its full length and translated to English here

We hope you all will have a Christmas eve filled with love, food and art.




Early Art <3 great sampling. One of Sweden's most shining stars when it comes to the art of sampling is Lorentz. Där dit vinden kommer pominently features a sample from one of composer Hans Zimmer's (Interstellar, The Lion King, Gladiator, Rainman) songs from The Thin Red Line - Jisas Yu Holem Hand Blong Mi. If you're in a hurry - listen from 2.40. Enjoy!

Tips! See Lorentz and awesome jj live at Dramaten on the 27th of December. Just sayin'. 


Banner photo credit: Patricia Reyes / Sony Music 



Up for some Persian dance tonight? Visit Södra Teatern for an evening full of dance! 

Said about Shahrokh Moshkin Galam:
"There was no way of pegging his style. From the whirling dance, he moved into something wholly original. With classical Persian music sounding in the background, he performed elements of flamenco, Persian, Indonesian, martial arts, Indian Kathakali dance, and strangely enough they all blended seamlessly with one another!" - Angella Nazarian, Huffington Post.

Photo credit: Riksteatern / Södra Teatern


Adi Nes + Jazz + Kompis at Fotografiska

Today you get two openings in one! 

Fotografiska yesterday launched and initiative with Kompis Sweden where until the re-election March 22nd all who contribute to new and established Swedes meet though Kompis Sweden gets free entrance.   How about that for Christmas?

We suggest you bring a new friend and head over there tonight to have a look at the new exhibition Narratives by young homosexual Israeli photographer Adi Nes, as well as to listen to some live jazz performed by Martin Wirén kvartett. The show starts at 7 pm so get there a bit early to have time for both!

Photo from: Fotografiska


Sculpture after sculpture

Don't miss the exhibition Sculpture After Sculpture at Modena Museet before if closes in January. It brings together the work of Katharina Fritsch (b. 1956), Jeff Koons (b. 1955), and Charles Ray (b. 1953) in a far-reaching examination of three innovators whose parallel endeavors have reinvented the traditions of their art form. A perfect occasion to go see Jeff Koons' famous Ballon Dog. 

Today they're open until 8 pm!

Photo credit: Moderna Museet


Golden brunch

Winter mornings in Stockholm can be gloomy. However a great breakfast can really light them up. How about some golden pancakes to start of your day? The talented stylist, yoga instructor and food creative Belén who arranges Breakfast & Yoga events around the city has this amazing recipe that will make any morning beautiful. These pancakes are super easy to make and anyone can eat them as they're free from eggs, gluten, baking powder and dairy. And we do suggest you put saffron in them (it is Christmas after all).  

Who says you cannot eat art for breakfast? 

Free pancakes

recipe from In the making by Belén

"... they also turn out delicious by changing the turmeric for a pinch of saffron. Maybe this is something to try out during the Christmas days..." - Belén
Free pancakes, In the making by Belén


Free pancakes
4 bananas
1 cup almond flour
1 cup oat flakes (gluten free, if you like)
1 cup coconut milk
4 tbsp applesauce
3 tbsp physillium husk
½ orange
A small piece of fresh ginger
A small knob of fresh turmeric or 1 tsp turmeric powder (or saffron!)
½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped
½ tsp nutmeg powder
A pinch of sea salt
Fresh fruits to serve (in this case pomegranate)
A handful crushed unsalted almonds
Maple syrup to garnish (you can also use agave, brown rice syrup…)
Coconut oil to fry

Free pancakes, In the making by Belén

Cashew cream
1 cup cashews (soaked overnight or for at least 4 hours. Soak them in water together with a tbsp of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice)
1 orange
¼ cup nut milk or coconut milk
A pinch of vanilla powder and ground cinnamon

How to

Squeeze the orange to make some juice. Place the oats in your food processor to make flour out of it. Add the bananas, oat and almond flour, coconut milk, applesauce and physillium husk into your blender and mix on high speed until smooth. Add the orange juice, ginger, turmeric with the rest of the spices and salt and mix one more time. (The dough should remain kind of thick but with a soft consistence, easy to stir with a spoon). Add some coconut oil with a brush in a pancake form or melt some spoons of coconut oil on a hot skillet. Take approx. one tbsp spoon of pancake mix and pour it on the hot pan (1 tbsp of mix = 1 pancake). Spread it slightly with the back of a spoon. Cook in medium-low heat. Check if the bottom had started to browned and then flip the pancake, cook it little bit more until it is ready.


Free pancakes, In the making by Belén

Place the cashews in a strainer and rinse them under fresh water. Squeeze the orange to make some juice. Add all the ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a smooth and creamy texture.* You can place it in a container and keep it in the fridge if you like to have it more as a yogurt than a room temperatured cream.


Free pancakes, In the making by Belén

Small tips

Enjoy the pancakes with some cashew cream, fresh fruits, nuts, cacao nibs, coconut flakes… find your favourite garnish! For the ones who like them sweeter, drizzle some maple syrup on the top!

*Photo and recipe: Belén Vazquez Amaro



Celebrate Lucia at Skansen! Lucia concerts are given at 11:30, 13:00, 14:30 & 16.

About the Swedish Lucia tradition: In the old Swedish calendar, the longest night of the year fell on 13 December. The winter solstice is now on 20-21 December, but the idea of Lucia night as the darkest, longest night lives on. The festival is named after the Catholic Saint Lucia, whose name day is 13 December. The name Lucia comes from the Latin word “lux”, meaning “light”. - Skansen.  

Photo credit: Elin Torstensson


Raymonda at the Opera

A loving tribute to the classic ballet, award-winning Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg makes his first classical ballet which now runs at the Royal Opera. Raymonda is a love story set in a unique scening with inspiration from dance paintings of the 1800 century masters Edgar Degas and Henri Toulouse-Lautree, about a female ballet dancer who is drawn to two different men. 

See it before the last show - why not tonight at 7 pm?

Source & photography: Operan



Go enjoy some arty dance tonight! Fredrik Benke Rydman's new show Stop. Play. Rewind. - The monopoly Game mixes modern dance with street, together with tailor made music from Kleerup and Mando Diao, among others. 

Photo credits: International Scene of Contemporary Dance Scene / Sweden



Join the rest of the world in celebrating the 2014 Nobel Prize winners by visiting the exhibition Nobel Creations at the Nobel Museum today. 

About the exhibition: "With the help of fashion, music, design and illustrations, students from Beckmans College of Design and the Royal College of Music have created free interpretations of this year's Nobel Prizes." 

Photo credits: Beckmans College of Design


Bake some breakfast

In spirit for a lazy sunday? Turn on the Christmas music and bake some yellow gold for breakfast. These are the classic Swedish saffron buns with a twist. Who said baking is not an art?

Saffron buns with almond paste, Early Art / shellsten

Saffron buns worth waking up for

Makes about 30-48 buns


1 g saffron
150 g butter
3 dl milk (plant or cows)
2 dl vanilla curd cheese (vaniljkesella)
50 g fresh yeast
1/2-1 tsp salt
1 dl sugar
1 egg
ca 1,4 l flour

150 g almond paste

Oven 225°-250°C
5-8 min

How to

With a pestle and mortar grind the saffron with a pinch of sugar into a fine powder. Pour in some of the milk and mix. Melt the butter on the stove, add the milk, salt sugar and saffron mixture and heat to 37°c. In a bowl crumb the yeast and pour a little bit of the warm mixture over - steer to dissolve the yeast. Add the rest of the milk & butter, the vanilla curd cheese. Mix and then start adding the flour and work until the dough has reached a soft but not sticky consistency. It should come of the edges of the bowl. Let rise under a towel for 30 min. 

Knead the dough on a floured surface and divide into two. One piece at a time; roll out into a "rectangle", about 2/3 cm thick. Shave cold butter evenly over the dough and butter the surface evenly, add grated almond paste on half of the dough and fold over. Give the folded dough a few strokes with a rolling pin cut in 2 cm thick strips and twist into buns. Put on a tray and let rest under a towel for another 30-40 min. Before baking brush with whipped egg and top with shaved almonds.

Recipe: Sofia Hellsten, adapted from Vår Kokbok
Photo: Sofia Hellsten


Wrapp up some art

This evening you should head over to Upplandsgatan 57 at 5 pm. Arrivals Art (remember our very first event at NAU Gallery? The same people are behind this fantastic art web shop) are hosting an opening evening for their pop-up Christmas shop. Perfect for getting your Christmas shopping done.

Who wouldn't want art for Christmas?