Culture on Campus

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Date: Monday 20 October
Time: 12:10 - 12:50
Place: Humanities Building, Vardagsrummet (open space living room)

Nina Ramsby is one of Sweden's popular artists right now. With an extraordinary presence and a never-ending curiosity, this multi-instrumentalist, sing-songwriter and producer has been involved in numerous genres in ten high-profile groups and projects including: the hard rocking Salt, the melancholy pop orchestra Grand Tone Music, the electronica band Baxter, collaboration with Nashville-based Brent Hunter in The World, and creative jazz in the Nina Ramsby Ludvig Berghe Trio.

Together with Martin Hederos (The Soundtrack of Our Lives and Hederos & Hellberg), Nina has also released the critically acclaimed albums "Visorna" (2004) and "Jazz" (2006) . On "Visorna" they interpret in their responsive ways of songs by Cornelis, Fred Åkerström, Eva Dahlgren and Barbro Horberg. Nina wrote Swedish lyrics on "Jazz" to songs by Nina Simone, Stina Nordenstam, Sade and Billie Holiday. The lyrics are about gender identity confusion, hate, courage, desire, God, consolation and forgiveness.

Since the spring of 2008, Nina has been out on the road and has performed in a more minimalist style. She plays alone with vocals and guitar with tremendous presence with interpretations of Bellman, Cornelis and Fred Å. Songs of sorrow, oppression, struggle, uprising and the art of seduction.

Nina Ramsby on Myspace

In addtion, the grand opening of the newly renovated Humanities Bulding will take place, with a speech by the Vice-Chancellor.


Date: Friday 24 October
Time: 12:10 - 12:50
Place: Ljusgården atrium, Teacher Education Building

The group ÁRA takes a prominent place between Sami tradition and visionary energy. Their first album titled “O” created new ways for yoik as an art form, a musical meeting that bridged cultural boundaries. With the new album Vuoste virdái (“Against the Stream”) Ára honors the people standing up for their origin, those who are proud of their tradition and history.

Youtube clip- Miessi

Youtube clip - Randi

ÁRA on Facebook


Date: Tuesday 4 November
Time: 18:30-21:30
Place: Aula Nordica

The county administration project ”Friskare skogsvatten” (healthier forest water) invites you to an evening about valuable water and sustainability with the world-famous nature photographer Mattias Klum.

Mattias is a photographer with a great environmental involvement. He is also a movie maker, director, writer and a fantastic lecturer. Mattias has worked on all the world’s continents and has been awarded numerous times for his projects. Now he comes to Umeå to show us his photos and talk about valuable water and organic sustainability.

For more information:
Friskare skogsvatten
Mattias Klum

The talk is free of charge. Welcome!


Copyright/Fotograf: Elin Berge

Date: Wednesday 5 November
Time:  12:10-12:55
Place: Ljusgården atrium, Teacher Education Building

Sven Björklund and Olof Wretling talks about the book ”Till häst genom Västerbotten” (By horse through Västerbotten).

In June 2014 Sven Björklund and Olof Wretling leaves Umeå (by horse) for a story hunt through three seasons in Västerbotten. Just as the Brothers Grimm did, but 200 years later. The book is a portrayal, through brushwood and depopulation districts, in which a new image of the county appears. Forget Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White – the classics of the modern era is here!

Watch trailer

Olof Wretling and Sven Björklund, from Umeå, are part of the popular humour group Klungan. They frequently appear on radio, tv series and have given numbers of critically acclaimed live performances throughout the years.


Date: Thursday 13 November
Time: 12:10-12:50
Place: Ljusgården atrium, Teacher Education Building

Peter von Poehl, born in Malmö, Sweden in 1972, is a composer and artist who has found great success in France, both with his own albums and with the films that he has written the scores for. He is currently launching three projects in Sweden: Waves, the release of his album Big Issues Printed Small and the film music for Lady Grey.

During this lunch we will hear music from the latest album, accompanied by the cellist Zach Miskin. It will also be possible, among the audience, to win tickets to Waves.

Waves by French choreography duo Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux, with new music by Peter von Poehl, will be one of the most ambitious dance productions of this year's European Capital of Culture. Eight dancers and composer and artist Peter von Poehl. He will play guitar and sing on stage, with the entire NorrlandsOperan's Symphonic Orchestra in the orchestra pit. World premiere at NorrlandsOperan in Umeå 21 November.

"We had heard Peter's film scores, which we loved, and we thought it would be interesting working with a Swedish composer for this project", says Héla Fattoumi.

Fun fact: Peter is the son-in-law of this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, Patrick Modiano!

Read more:
Peter von Poehl

In collaboration with NorrlandsOperan and UEFF (Umeå European Film Festival).


Copyright/Fotograf: Dan Hansson

Date: Thursday 27 November                                
Time: 12:10-12:50
Place: Ljusgården atrium, Teacher Education Building
Held in Swedish

Author visit - talk about the book Oberoende är stark (English translation: Independence is strong), by Pehr G Gyllenhammar and Anders Palmgren.

After fifty years in the spotlight, Mr Gyllenhammar now draws his conclusions about business conservative structures, greed, corruption, the media, the monarchy and the consequences of losing a whole generation because of unemployment. The book is honest and includes the raw truth about the state of things and what should be done. Gyllenhammar is an independent thinker with strong integrity. Often controversial in the Swedish business world but popular with people. He was several times voted Sweden's most popular man, who in recent years with international assignments has been able to study a Sweden in change from a distance.

Oberoende är stark is a collaboration with the publisher Anders Palmgren, twenty years after their joint book project, Även med känsla. Palmgren, a news editor at TV4Nyheter, contributes his perspective and writing expertise. The result is an unusual book that dares to question the society we live in today.

Pehr G Gyllenhammar, born in 1935, was CEO of Volvo during 1971-1983 and the chairman of the board during 1983-1993. In 2004–2007 he was chairmain of Investment AB Kinnevik and has many international assignments. Anders Palmgren, born in 1965, is a publicist with many years of experience in journalism and is currently senior reporter at TV4Nyheterna. His area of focus is finance and politics. 


Date: Thursday 4 December
Time: 12:10-12:50
Place: Ljusgården atrium, Teacher Education Building

The band started 2010 when violinist Anna Möller joined the brothers Arvid & Erik Rask and Mischa Grind, adding the final voice in Koloniens characteristic four-part vocals.

In their first year the band was invited to play abroad in Tanzania and Israel/Palestine, where they found inspiration and time to complete their sound, mixing folk music with pop and reggae grooves. Dynamic compositions that enters the twentieth century, but still stays true to the roots. In 2012, they released their debut album ”Clockwise”, followed by a wide tour throughout Sweden and a few concerts in Croatia and Cyprus.

- 2011 Winner of the ”Best Young Folk Act" Award.

- Named 2013 ”Newcomer of the Year” at the Folk & World Awards.

Kolonien has developed a distinct original sound, with a music style that stays connected to its roots. Since their start in 2010, Kolonien has performed over 250 shows in seven countries. 

Koloniens homepage

Youtube - Sammanhang

Youtube - Perfektion


Date: Friday 12 December
Time: 12:10 – 12:40
Place: Aula Nordica

Do you lose the Christmas season spirit during the darkness of December? Don't worry, we have the solution. It is widely known that the St. Lucia concert by the Umeå Student Choir in Aula Nordica always does the trick to brighten the holiday spirit. After the concert, you will soar away, as on soft snowflakes, humming your favourite Christmas songs. This is a can't miss event!

Important Ticket Information!  
Students and employees can pick up free tickets at the following locations:

  • Infocenter Universum
  • Service Center KBC
  • Umeå University Library 

Please arrive on time. Warm welcome!

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Jonas Ericson
Phone: 090-786 99 45
Mobile: 070-666 18 89

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Martin Gustafsson
Mobile: 070-3145850

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Universitetstorget 4, lvl 4


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