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  • Cirkus Brazil Jack år 2019 i Tantolunden, under en jubileumsturné. Foto: Per Grahn.

    Touring classic circus

    8 February 2023

    Circus as an art form includes a number of different genres such as music, acrobatics and dance. The classic circus originated in the cavalry and man...

  • Bild från lajvet White Wolf’s Convention of Thorns i Polen 2017. Foto: Przemyslaw Jendroska och Maciek Nitka.

    Live action role-playing – LARPing

    LARPing or live action role-playing is a form of improvised theatre without an audience where everyone participates.

  • Clapping, chanting and singing games

    8 February 2023

    Clapping and singing games are traded orally from child to child without adult interference. The games contain a song or rhythmic speech, often combi...

  • Sagomuseet i Ljungby. Foto: Sagomuseet.

    Land-of-Legends programme – The Storytelling Network Kronoberg

    Legends are most often spread from mouth to mouth in meetings between people. It can occur from generation to generation, through associations, museu...

  • Skördemarknad arrangerad av Balingsta hembygdsförening i Uppland.

    The local heritage movement

    8 February 2023

    The local heritage movement consists of societies all over Sweden that are focused on spreading knowledge about the history, environment and culture ...

  • Riksspelmansskap or The Zorn badge

    The Zorn badge is an appreciated badge issued to merited musicians.

  • Fika

    The Swedish ”fika” can have multiple meanings, but it is usually associated with taking a break (e.g. from work) with one or more others, to socialis...

  • Smörgåsbord

    8 February 2023

    A Smörgåsbord is a collection of hot and cold dishes, which can be combined to form a full meal. The Smörgåsbord is eaten during annual celebrations ...

  • Gummekaka.

    Gummekaka (Christmas cake)

    In Torestorp and Älekulla in Västergötland, a round cake is baked on the day before Christmas Eve that is often shaped like a wreath – this is known ...

  • Peppermint rock making

    8 February 2023

    Peppermint rock is a (most often) white mint-flavoured confectionery stick with a red spiral along the whole stick.

  • Semlor

    8 February 2023

    Eating and baking semlor is a widespread tradition in conjunction with Shrove Tuesday. The tradition has existed since the Middle Ages, although the ...

  • Arbete i handskmakeri år 1924. Foto: Nordiska museet (CC BY-NC-ND).

    Glove making

    8 February 2023

    Glove making is the art of making and cutting out gloves in leather. It is important to be able to "read" the skin, which requires experience, to use...

  • ”Sillakassa” tillverkad genom bastabinne. Foto: Vänersborgs museum (CC BY).

    Bastabinne in Ödenäs

    8 February 2023

    Bastabinne is a technique which uses spruce bast to make baskets and other objects, and to make ropes.

  • French polishing and cellulose lacquer

    8 February 2023

    The technique for French polishing was developed in France in the 18th century. It became popular in Sweden at the beginning of the nineteenth centur...

  • Nyckelharpa

    Nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle)

    8 February 2023

    A Nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) is a string instrument with a relatively long slender body. When it is played it is held just below the chest, a bit lik...

  • Träbåtsvarvet Hälleviksstrands varv på Orust. Foto: Gunnel Ilonen/Sjöhistoriska museet (CC BY).

    Varvskompetens träskrov (wooden boats)

    8 February 2023

    Wooden boat shipyards have existed in Sweden since the Viking Age. In the 16th and 17 centuries several shipyards were built to build up a strong fle...

  • Ångfartyget S/S Saxaren i Stockholms skärgård år 1963. Foto: Arne Sundström/Sjöhistoriska museet.

    Steamship traffic

    8 February 2023

    In Sweden there is a living knowledge of how to drive steamships. Thanks to the great interest and voluntary involvement, there are about twenty-five...

  • Mjölkbunke tillverkad i trä. Runt laggkärl med tio stavar, samt två utanpåliggande vidjor. Foto: Teddy Hallingström/Skansen (CC BY-SA).

    Laggning of wooden vessels

    8 February 2023

    Laggning (staving) is an old technique for making wooden vessels. Archaeological findings show that staving was common on the European continent befo...

  • Artisanal glass

    8 February 2023

    Artisanal glass is the craft of making glass objects using various techniques. The craft is based on the melted glass and has been passed no from mas...

  • Foto: Föreningen Allmogebåtar.

    Clinker boat traditions

    8 February 2023

    Building clinker boats is an ancient technique in the Nordic shipbuilding tradition. The old technology is still in use along parts of the Swedish co...

  • Äldre trasmattor. Trasmattor kallades förr alnamattor eftersom de var en aln bred och sju alnar långa.


    8 February 2023

    The tradition of weaving rag-rugs grew during the first half of the 19th century and is connected to the tradition of placing rugs on the floor. Init...

  • Knyppeldyna skänkt till Nordiska museet år 1937. Foto: Lilian Blomdahl-Vadasz/Nordiska museet (CC BY-NC-ND).

    Vadstena lacemaking

    8 February 2023

    Lacemaking involves braiding threads with the aid of lace-bobbins and a number of flax threads. The threads are braided and patterns are created on a...

  • Nykomponerad finnväv av Annika Andersson. Väverska är Lisbeth Granberg. Hemslöjden 100 år – Nordiska museet 2012. Foto: Susanne Harrysson.

    Double cloth from Bohuslän

    8 February 2023

    Double cloth from Bohuslän is a woven using a technique which has existed in various forms in Sweden since the Late Middle Ages. In Bohuslän, this te...

  • Dräkter från Vingåker och Österåker, Sörmland. Ur boken

    Folk costumes

    8 February 2023

    Folk costumes as a symbol of local and national identity has been used in Sweden for around 400 years.

  • Making frieze

    8 February 2023

    Tucking or fulling is a method for processing woollen cloth to make the fabric thicker and more durable. A processed piece of cloth is called a friez...

  • Bild från Lottas Garfveri i Sigtuna. Foto: Håkan Olsen.

    Dressing of pelts/tanning

    8 February 2023

    Knowledge of how to utilise the skin from an animal and process it is generally known as dressing of pelts/tanning. Tanning is a craft where the fini...

  • Här framträder en kurdisk dansgrupp. Foto: Jonatan Werring.

    Hammarkullen Carnival

    8 February 2023

    The carnival in Hammarkullen is an annual event with roots in various parts of the world. Song and dance troupes from a number of different countries...

  • Knutsmasso i Gimo år 2012. Foto: Marlene Hugoson/Isof.


    In the past Christmas celebrations ended on St Knut's day, 20 days after Christmas Eve. Christmas was cleaned away and all that was left of the Chris...