Swedish Winter in Hong Kong
Get a taste of Swedish winter & culture
Between Dec 5th – 21st, the Consulate General of Sweden will host the Swedish Winter Project in Hong Kong. This is the second time the event will take place , and we will this year have a big focus on children. During the period, several events will be hosted – everything from meet and greet with Santa Claus to SwedTalks, where various topics will be covered. Lucia Celebration, a Swedish Winter Dinner, Reading corners for kids, a Creative studio where children can participate in ornament making, decorating gingerbread cookies, etc.
In collaboration with different external partners, SWEDTalks are a series of talks and panel discussions with interesting speakers on Sweden-related topics, such as sustainability and innovation. During Swedish Winter we will host two SWEDTalks but the concept will continue during the spring.
Dec 5 - Designing a sustainable future (SWEDTalk)
During this SWEDTalk we will explore different views and ways of creating a sustainable future through new innovative design.
Dec 7 - Lucia Celebration
Come and celebrate the festival of lights, a Swedish cultural tradition in St. John’s Cathedral, where choir sings and candles are lit. Bring light and warmth to the cold winter days!
Dec 10 - Swedish Winter Dinner
Official Swedish Winter dinner at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Special guest appearance by Benny Andersson. Performance by musical theatre artist Niklas Asknergård.
Dec 11 - Swedish Happy Wednesday @Happy Valley Race Course
Welcome to a Swedish edition of Happy Wednesday with Swedish food & drinks, fun activities and live ABBA music by a cover band. The main attraction is of course the popular horse racing, and this evening our Consul General Helena Storm and Benny Andersson from ABBA will present the trophies to the winners of a special Swedish Cup race
Dec 13-15 - Swedish Winter @TST
Have an early Christmas celebration with your family and us in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Promenade! Enjoy Swedish Christmas treats, meet the real Santa, watch performances by our renowned illusionist … Come and find out more!
Dec 16-18 - School Visits
Magic happens when Sweden visits schools! Charlie Caper, the renowned magician & illusionist will visit secondary schools to show the power of science and technology. Sophia Färlin-Månsson, creator of Dance A Book will share with primary school pupils the magic of reading by dancing the book content.
Dec 21 - K11 Movie Saturday
K11 offers two Swedish movies on 21st of December; the Swedish family movie Monky and the movie The Ice Dragon (11 years+). A very typical Swedish Saturday candy mix is provided to those who register prior to the event.
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SWEDISH WINTER INSPIRATION
A word from Helena Storm, the Consul General of Sweden
Welcome to Swedish Winter!
Swedish Winter is magic. It is cold and dark, but also filled with light and warmth. It is a time of the year when everything seems to slow down. When the sounds become more profound and the senses are being sharpened. It is a time of joy, but also a time of afterthought. It is a busy time, but also a time for family and loved ones.
It is in essence a very special time in Sweden and we want to share this experience with our friends in Hong Kong. That is why we have decided to put together the project called Swedish Winter. It will take place in December and include a series of activities related to Sweden. We will celebrate the tradition of Lucia in St John’s Cathedral and bring Swedish Christmas to Hong Kong.
In Tsim Sha Tsui you will be able to experience some of the traditions that Swedes celebrate during Christmas time including tasting the mulled wine (glögg), making your own Christmas ornaments (julpyssel), watching the Lucia choir sing and decorating your own gingerbread (pepparkakor). It is of course a challenge to achieve the winter atmosphere without minus degrees or snow, but we have tried our best. The Consulate General of Sweden loves this city and we want to bring something special for Hongkongers, and especially to children in Hong Kong. It is also an occasion for us to highlight the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
I am very proud that we have been able to bring the real Swedish Santa Claus from Tomteland in the deep forests of Dalarna to Hong Kong! You will find him and his little helper in Tsim Sha Tsui on 13-15 December. Money raised from Meet and Greet Santa in Tsim Sha Tsui will be donated to Operation Santa Claus, a charity campaign supporting the local community for improving their lives.
During Swedish Winter in December we also want to showcase Sweden as one of the world’s frontrunners in terms of innovation and sustainability. Our pavilion at DesignInspire this year is all about sustainable development and how Sweden works to implement the 2030 Agenda. We will also launch a seminar series called SWEDTalk where experts from Sweden and Hong Kong will talk about topics and solutions to some of the challenges we as a world and Hong Kong face today.
We could not arrange all of this without the support of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) in Hong Kong. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Ming Wai Lau for this continuous support. You will find all our sponsors at the back of this magazine, but I would like to thank Volvo for delivering joy to the children in Hong Kong; IKEA and Croucher Foundation for helping us to bring together our activities at Tsim Sha Tsui; Pear and Carrot for ensuring that original Swedish food and beverage are served during Swedish Winter. Also, the Swedish Institute has given us support in all the areas that Swedish Winter incorporates.
Lastly, I would like to say that if you have not yet met the king of the Swedish forests – the elk, you now have the opportunity. Thanks to MK Illumination you can enjoy its majestic appearance in Hong Kong.
I hope that you will enjoy Swedish Winter as much as we do! Looking forward to seeing you in TST!
SWEDISH WINTER MAGAZINE (full version)
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SPONSORS & PARTNERS
We wish to say a huge THANK YOU to the following sponsors and supporters who have made Swedish Winter a reality.
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
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