Highlights of the anniversary celebration
We have been celebrating Gothenburg's 400th anniversary all summer. Here we list some of the highlights.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.