Popular street party celebrates 50th anniversary There is always something happening in Karlshamn, from a busy street festival to adventurous wildlife safaris, peaceful archipelago excursions and curious scientific experiments. By Malin Norman | Photos: Visit Karlshamn
During four fun-filled days in July, Karlshamn Baltic Festival (Östersjöfestivalen) puts on a free street party with a broad programme of national and international performances, markets and food stalls along its streets and squares, shopping and other activities. This year, the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary with Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw, DJ duo Rebecca & Fiona, and hard rock band Hardcore Superstar all performing at the opening concert on 20 July. During the festival’s Baltic Song Contest, performers from Sweden and neighbouring countries will compete in a grand musical battle. A new skateboard ramp will provide skating enthusiasts with a meeting place to practise, socialise and compete. For sports fans, the 2XU Island Challenge with a combination of swimming and running is not to be missed, and there is an array of other things to do, such as checking 64 | Issue 88 | May 2016
out the Carlshamn Classic Car show. With around 120,000 visitors per year, the festival is no doubt an important event. “This is a huge street party,” says tourism manager Lena Axelsson, “and the atmosphere is fantastic!”
Archipelago, wildlife safaris and science Apart from the festival, Karlshamn is known in particular for its closeness to nature. The archipelago is refreshingly unexploited, with opportunities to visit the islands by boat to find one’s own undisturbed bay. Nature reserve Tjärö is a gem with its charming accommodation and renowned restaurant, but there are plenty more. In addition to its coastline, the region boasts beautiful lakes, rivers and streams such as Mörrumsån, famous for its sports fishing opportunities and fish conservation. Eriksberg Hotel & Nature Reserve is also a great experience with wild boars, deer
and European bison, once owned by nature photographer and film maker Bengt Berg. During the summer months, visitors can even see the safari park from their own car. And for the more curious, Karlsham has its own science centre, Kreativum, with a focus on technology and natural science. Located in an old spinning mill, it is an experimental playground for young and old. Other recommended events are Karlshamn’s annual Culture Night in October and Sweden Rock Festival on 8-11 June in nearby Sölvesborg, with a programme of classical rock, hard rock, metal and blues. The list goes on and Axelsson sums up: “There’s always something happening here!”
For more information, see: www.visitkarlshamn.se and www.karlshamn.se/Ostersjofestivalen.
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