Anniversary party at Kortedala bibliotek
Kortedala bibliotek celebrates Gothenburg's 400th anniversaty with workshops, sea monsters and a Somali story time.
This summer, the public libraries in Gothenburg (Biblioteken i Göteborg) celebrate Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary! Eight of the libraries welcome everyone to anniversary parties with full-day programmes for all ages. Come and create, paint, see a concert, visit the book bus, listen to stories in different languages, meet with writers, have a free-of-charge book (if you’re 13–25 years old) or enjoy a children’s theatre show. There’s truly something for everyone! Check out what’s happening at a library close to you.
Incredible Creatures and Creepy Sea Monsters, 11:30 AM–12:30 PM
For centuries, people have told each other stories about the most incredible creatures and creepy monsters that lure in the depths of the ocean. But these creepy creatures do not really exist … or do they?
Come hang out with the maritime museum Maritiman to answer tricky questions and learn more about some fascinating (and scary?) aquatic creatures, real and imagined.
Age: 6–10 years, or slightly younger if accompanied by an adult
Tickets are retrieved at the counter 15 minutes before the programme starts.
Limited number of seats.
Create your own Portrait with Artist Linda Spåman, 11.30 AM–2.45 PM
Rumour has it that the world’s first selfie was made in ancient Egypt in 600 AD. One evening by the fireside, King Gyges is said to have noticed his own shadow dancing on the wall and to have outlined the contours of his face with a piece of carbon.
Through the centuries, artists have painted portraits of themselves and of the people around them, and in this has helped us understand the world, our life and the story about ourselves.
In a series of workshops during Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary, we will explore the art of the portrait, in particular the self-portraits created by people in Gothenburg.
No prior experience required.
Suitable for all ages.
Choir Concert – Pica Pica, 12.30 PM–1.30 PM and 2–2.45 PM
Oh my gosh – Gothenburg turns 400 years! Women from Gothenburg perform songs created by women in Gothenburg. The choir Pica Pica, led by Maria Apelmo and accompanied by pianist Teresa Indebetou.
Suitable for all ages.
Location: the entrance to Kortedala bibliotek
Drawing Workshop with Henrik Jonsson, 1–2 PM
The harbour city Gothenburg has welcomed seafarers from all over the world for 400 years. The travellers have brought many stories here – about sea monsters and weird-looking beasts from foreign countries, everything from Kraken to mermaids.
Come and create your own creatures and monsters at this drawing workshop with Henrik Jonsson, illustrator of the book series Pax and Kung Pow.
No prior experience needed.
Age: 8–15 years
Please register at: email@example.com
Limited number of seats. Drop-in subject to availability.
Somali Story Time, 2–2.45 PM
Come and listen to an exciting story in Somali.
Age: 3–6 years, accompanied by an adult
Portrait of a 400th Anniversary
Photo artist Karolina Henke interprets Gothenburg's Anniversary Celebration.
Place: Gothia Towers
The thing about Gothenburg
Exhibition: Explore the 1900s through beloved and hated objects at the Museum of Gothenburg.
Place: Norra Hamngatan 12
400 years of history
Experience a city in motion, dramatic stories and iconic objects in our four permanent exhibitions about Gothenburg’s history.
Place: Göteborgs stadsmuseum
With an Eye on Nature – Fossils, Feathers, and Photographs
In 2023 the Gothenburg Natural History Museum celebrates 100 years in Slottsskogen, with the exhibition With an Eye on Nature.
Place: Museivägen 10