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9 October 2023

1. Gothenburg’s Anniversary Festival, June 2–5

At the beginning of June, Gothenburg’s Anniversary Celebration began with a free festival for everyone in Frihamnen. The grand opening, where Götheborg of Sweden fired a salute, was then followed by four days of glorious festivities.

On the festival’s 70,000 square meters, you could experience the festival programme from three different stages, enjoy food from five different food areas, try over 30 activities and much more. The festival had 300,000-350,000 visits.

During the festival, the anniversary project Prototyping Gothenburg and the new harbour bath in the park Jubileumsparken were inaugurated.

Photo: Hampus Jerkfelt
The three stages offered everything from pop music and symphony orchestras to dance bands and rock. The biggest stage was under the big blue tent.
Photo: Tim Kristensson
On the first day of the festival, an opening concert was performed by Gothenburg Symphony and several famous Gothenburg artists.
Photo: Tim Kristensson
In addition to music, visitors could take part in circuses, comedy shows, children's shows, dance performances and more.
Photo: Peter Kvarnström / Göteborg & Co
The classic rock band Europe closed Gothenburg's Anniversary Festival.

2. Jubileumskompassen in the park Bältespännarparken, May 27 – September 3

In Jubileumskompassen, you could experience the programme from a stage every day during the summer and get information about the celebration. Jubileumskompassen was located in the middle of town, in Bältespännarparken, and welcomed all passers-by to sit down in a sun lounger and meet anniversary experts, as well as enjoy the programme of the day from the stage.

Photo: Marie Ullnert
From the opening weekend of Jubileumskompassen in the park Bältespännarparken.
Photo: Camilla Sundberg / Göteborg & Co
Dinn Dinn Bulo offered a musical fairy tale based on a traditional Senegalese fairy tale about children's right to be heard and respected.
Photo: Camilla Sundberg / Göteborg & Co
Dog Day was a very popular day. Among other things, a dog fashion show was organised

3. Prototyping Gothenburg, June 2 – September 3

On June 2, Prototyping Gothenburg was inaugurated – a three-month long urban exhibition with a focus on sustainable urban development. During the summer, visitors could experiment, take part in exhibitions, talks, lectures, guided tours and much more. On the same day that Prototyping Gothenburg was inaugurated, the prototype Omställningslabbet (The Transition Lab) was also opened. Prototyping Gothenburg has also had a walkway with audio guides where you could learn more about various landmarks, prototypes and sustainable transformation in the city.

Photo: Marie Ullnert
Prototyping Gothenburg's transition lab was activated throughout the celebration.
Photo: Marie Ullnert
In the prototype The Breeze, plastic from the sea was transformed into a playful installation.

4. Celebrating 100 years in Gothenburg, July 8

Several of Gothenburg’s most popular destinations have turned 100 this year. Two of these birthdays coincided during Gothenburg’s Anniversary Celebration Gothenburg Botanical Garden and Gothenburg Natural History Museum. On July 8, they invited to a party.

The highlight of the party in the botanical garden was the inauguration of the new cultural gardens – a brand new facility with cultured plants. And for the museum, it was the opening of the anniversary exhibition “With an Eye on Nature – Fossils, Feathers and Photographs”.

Both children and adults wanted to celebrate Gothenburg Natural History Museum on July 8.
Photo: Maria Sjöstedt
Gothenburg Botanical Garden inaugurated new cultural gardens at its 100th anniversary celebration.

5. The Final Weekend, August 31 – September 3

The end of Gothenburg’s Anniversary Celebration offered a variety of large events and unique experiences. Some of the events are recurring, such as Gothenburg Culture Festival, Frihamnsdagarna and Ö-festen on Ringön. But other events made this anniversary year extra special, and that included the Anniversary Parade, the Anniversary Fireworks set to music, Göteborgsvarvet Marathon, Prototyping Gothenburg, the digital event Gothenburg Island Festival and the closing concert with Miriam Bryant at Kungstorget.

Photo: Marie Ullnert
The whale went first in the Anniversary Parade, which here approached its goal at Götaplatsen.
Photo: Martina Lundborg
The free art group Meeting Plays participated in the parade with, among other things, the 400-year-old, a time traveler created especially for the 400th anniversary.
Photo: Martina Lundborg
Many gathered by the Gothenburg Opera House to take part in the Anniversary Fireworks up close. During the fireworks, music with a Gothenburg connection was played in collaboration with Mix Megapol.
Photo: Martina Lundborg
Miriam Bryant performed at Kungstorget on Sunday and ended Gothenburg Culture Festival and Gothenburg Anniversary Celebration.

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