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ELIZABETH HANDLEY’S

 LECTURES, COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

F. LECTURES ABOUT SWEDEN

  1. THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF STOCKHOLM

  

(1 or 2 hours, with musical illustrations and PowerPoint slide presentation)

This lecture was inspired by our transfer from Johannesburg to Sweden eight years ago. We visit the magnificent buildings and enjoy the cultural events that have enriched our lives during this time, and continue to do so.

Stockholm, a beautiful old Nordic city, is located on many islands – large and small – on the east coast of Sweden. About a third of the way up from the south coast, it stands in the country’s third largest lake, Lake Mäleren, which merges with the Baltic Sea. Much of this lake-and-sea water freezes in winter, transforming the city into a winter wonderland.

Winter is when the cultural season gets under way, and concerts are performed in the blue Konserthus, in churches, and in a variety of quaint and interesting venues. Opera and ballet, theatre and film take place during this time, and booking well in advance is advised.

I share with listeners a glimpse of the famous artists who have performed here in recent years, with musical illustrations and slides. Included are the world-famous Millesgården sculpture garden, and opera performances in the historical gem at World Heritage Site Drottningholm Palace, the Palace Theatre.

We conclude with a few brief images of some of my other cultural highlights elsewhere in Europe that I have been fortunate to enjoy during our tenure in Stockholm.

 

2. SWEDEN THROUGH THE YEAR

(1 or 2 hours, with PowerPoint presentation)

    

This presentation is a colourful overview of the sights, flavours and activities that take place in Sweden through the year. From “Pre-spring” in March to “Late-winter” in February, each month has something beautiful, delicious, quaint or traditional to offer.

Included are all the significant Swedish festivals, both secular and sacred, some of which have origins in the pagan past. Whether indoor or out, warm or cold, whatever the weather, whenever the season, the Swedes have long since acquired a culture of decoratively festive events to entertain and delight through the year.

 

3.MY TRAVELS THROUGH SWEDEN

  

 

(1 or 2 hours, with PowerPoint presentation)

This presentation takes viewers on a journey through Sweden to all the magnificent places that we have visited during the past eight years that we have lived here.

Join me on a fascinating journey around this magnificent country, from Kiruna and the Northern Lights in the north, to Smygehuk – the southernmost point, from Gothenburg on the west coast to Stockholm’s furthest-most archipelago to the east. Viewers will see soft sandy beaches, densely dark forests, the magnificent High Coast, and snow-clad ski mountain slopes.

Included are historical towns and buildings, animal parks and nature reserves. We visit the famous glassworks of Småland, where Sweden’s world-class objets d’art are created, the picturesque islands of Gotland and Öland, and the fortress towns on the west coast, fortified against centuries of Danish invasion. Dramatic and quaint, imposing and pretty, Sweden has it all.

    

 

 

 

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