25 March 2020

Anniversary projects

The City of Gothenburg's anniversary projects are sprung from ideas from the citizens of Gothenburg's. The projects help to fulfill the 400-years anniversary's goals and vision. They also add value to the city through unique solutions and events that are sustainable in the long term. They are of a different nature and represent a diversity and breadth. The projects are considered to have the potential to make a lasting impression for the future.

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City of Gothenburg's anniversary projects

The vignette film
The vignette film

During the fall of 2022, Gothenburg's 400th anniversary and Göteborg Film Festival announced a contest allowing anyone, professionals and amateurs alike, to submit an entry and compete to create Göteborg Film Festival’s most viewed, most widely discussed film: the vignette film. The winner of the vignette film 2023 was Fabiana, which will be directed by Johanna St Michaels and Kristina Meiton.

Gothenburg’s Anniversary Festival
Gothenburg’s Anniversary Festival

Gothenburg has turned 400, and it’s time we celebrate! Welcome to the festival in Frihamnen, June 2-5.

400 GREEN YEARS
400 GREEN YEARS

In 2023, a garden exhibition will tell the story of Gothenburg’s 400 years of green history. However, the journey through the centuries begins now. Join us amid the greenery and find out more about how the city’s green environments have developed and why they will be so important in the future.

100 years in Gothenburg
100 years in Gothenburg

Gothenburg celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1923, and the anniversary events have made the city more attractive, wiser, more enjoyable and more dynamic ever since. As Gothenburg celebrates its 400th anniversary, the city will continue to build for future generations – and you’re invited to join the celebrations!

Prototyping Gothenburg
Prototyping Gothenburg

As a part of the Gothenburg's 400th Anniversary Celebration in the summer of 2023, the city's public spaces will become an exhibition arena under the name Prototyping Gothenburg.

Gothenburg’s Jubilee Map
Gothenburg’s Jubilee Map

Places and stories from all over Gothenburg. Created by people of Gothenburg to Gothenburg's 400th anniversary.

Breakwater Publishing and Aino Trosell
Breakwater Publishing and Aino Trosell

The book Varvsslammer (Shipyard`s Clatter) was published on 23 April 2021. It consists of fictional texts by the author Aino Trosell inspired from the work on the shipyards in Gothenburg. The novel is interleaved with pictures from the shipyard`s history. In 2022, the publisher will also publish the book Arven efter varven (The Legacy of the Shipyards) by art photographer Lena Öritsland.

The Anniversary Song
The Anniversary Song

When Gothenburg celebrated 350 years, Lasse Dahlqvist wrote his most played songs "Välkommen till Göteborg" (Welcome to Gothenburg). Gothenburg's 400th anniversary and The Brewhouse Award attracted songwriters to write the official anniversary song for the 400th anniversary year. During The Brewhouse Award in January 2020, the winning entry, "Vi vill leva, vi vill dö i Göteborg" (Gothenburg, You're my home), written by Katarina Hemlin, was presented.

Glimpses of Gothenburg’s History
Glimpses of Gothenburg’s History

Glimpses of Gothenburg’s history take you on a historical journey around Västra Nordstan. Nine historical events, each with a unique story. During the summer of 21 citizens of Gothenburg and visitors could experience Glimpses of Gothenburg's history's installations and filmed dramatizations in the historic quarters around Kronhuset via QR codes. You can continue to experience the glimpses here.

GBG Form 2021
GBG Form 2021

2020 The Brewhouse Award added a new competition category in collaboration with Gothenburg's 400th anniversary – The design competition GBG Form 2021. Three design products were chosen as official merchandise for the anniversary.

Artscape
Artscape

Artscape was a street art festival that took place all over Gothenburg 25 July – 21 August 2016, as part of the initiative during the focus year 2016 - Culture. In 2021, Artscape returned to the city and created new large-scale mural art.

Land Art
Land Art

2017 was the year when Göteborgs Stad, through its 400th anniversary, focused on creating a greener city. As part of the work, the city adorned with, among other things, natural art works in seven places that were accessible to everyone. Land Art is an art form that takes off in the landscape and uses nature as a source to create installations that are meant to last for a longer period of time.

Hisingsbron
Hisingsbron

Hisingsbron is located in the middle of central Gothenburg. The new connection connects the city center across the water and unites the city's two halves into a green and close city. Hisingsbron has been open to pedestrians, cyclists, cars and buses since Sunday 9 May 2021. On 16 August, the bridge opened up for trams.

BoStad2021
BoStad2021

The need for more housing is an issue that has been raised by many residents in connection with our 400-year anniversary. The goal of BoStad2021 was to find a new way of working that shortens the time from idea to completed homes and to build 7,000 homes in addition to the regular production. The project ran from 2014-2021.

Your Place in the City
Your Place in the City

"Your Place in the City" uses the urban development web as a platform to invite people on our journey towards the new city. By showing how questions about attractiveness, security and participation can be taken into account during a period of heavy construction, Gothenburg sets a bold example that is well worth visiting.

Rain Gothenburg
Rain Gothenburg

Taking rain as our starting point we will work together to make our city even more attractive to live in, run a business in or visit. On average, it rains every third day in Gothenburg, which is not always appreciated. When the city asked the people of Gothenburg how they want to celebrate the city’s 400-year anniversary, their wishes included getting closer to the water and turning rain into a resource.

Pop-Up Göteborg
Pop-Up Göteborg

This initiative aims to provide sites with temporary building permits for cultural and creative businesses, such as handicrafts, small-scale design, art and crafts, artisan food, etc.

Democracy and Young Influence
Democracy and Young Influence

During consultations with residents about the anniversary initiatives, one of the desires expressed was to increase young people’s opportunities to get involved and have real influence. The main purpose of this project is to provide opportunities to increase residents’ participation and influence, with a special focus on children and young people. It is also the ambition to showcase democracy and the developments that have taken place in the century since the Swedish people gained the right to vote.

Smart Transport
Smart Transport

Smart transport aims to identify and highlight sustainable transport while meeting the challenges the city faces in providing future mobility and transport.

Gothenburg City Triennial
Gothenburg City Triennial

Gothenburg City Triennial is a platform for discussing and jointly creating a city. A forum for discussion and debates concerning the most urgent city development issues in which both industry and the general public are invited to contribute. Together, we are exploring new ways of using, giving and creating space in the conversation about the city.

Side by Side by El Sistema
Side by Side by El Sistema

In 2023, the international music camp Side by Side by El Sistema celebrates its 10th anniversary. Side by Side is a yearly event where children and young people can discover the joy and beauty of music, be inspired by each other and find their driving force towards their own dreams and goals. The application is open until February 8.

Gothenburg Tales
Gothenburg Tales

Gothenburg Tales aims to give people a stronger sense of belonging, identity and connectedness in Gothenburg – whether they have recently moved here or lived here for generations. A large number of personal stories have been collected to give insight into residents’ experiences and lives.

Integration through the docks at Eriksberg
Integration through the docks at Eriksberg

This is a collection of historical boats and working boats from various eras and home ports. Strong emphasis is placed on bringing in people of different ages and backgrounds. This promotes an exchange of ideas and knowledge about how these boats were maintained and sailed. There are various organised activities, courses in seamanship, talks about our cultural heritage and ongoing maintenance work. The docks will also be an appealing day out for many residents of the city and visitors.

Blueways, Greenways and Oases
Blueways, Greenways and Oases

The aim of this anniversary initiative is to create social, cultural and ecological meeting places in the city. In response to the wishes of residents, blueways and greenways will make it easier for people to get around and meet others from different parts of the city, relax and enjoy culture and nature.

A more accessible archipelago
A more accessible archipelago

This initiative aims to improve transport links from the city centre to the archipelago and vice versa, and at the same time put the archipelago on the map. Among other things, this work has led to more departures to and from the city centre in summer and all year round. This is an ongoing initiative in collaboration with various stakeholders, including the Västra Göteborg District Administration, the Municipality of Öckerö, Göteborg & Co, Västtrafik and Styrsöbolaget.

Jubileumsparken in Frihamnen
Jubileumsparken in Frihamnen

The park Jubileumsparken is the result of the people of Gothenburgs' common wish for more green areas in the city, and to get closer to the water. The playground Utflyktslekplatsen is the first permanent part that is built by Jubileumsparken. In June 2023, when the big celebration starts, a new public bath will be added to the location.

Urban Gallery of Gothenburg
Urban Gallery of Gothenburg

The Urban Gallery of Gothenburg is an outdoor mobile exhibition, of and by the city´s districts. The gallery provides an opportunity for people from different parts of the city to meet and communicate. The mobile gallery is constantly showing various exhibitions at different places all over Gothenburg.

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