The summer festival in Luleå is like a sea of dance, energy and love that you want to immerse yourself in again and again. It continues into the fall with Kulturnatten (Culture Night) in September, and the indoor festival, Minus 30 Grader (Minus 30 degrees) in April.

Luleå harbour festival

In early July Luleå holds a big folk festival in the center of town using the motto “festive, popular and crowded”. The festival is free and has a varied artistic range with something to please everyone. A highpoint is the recurrent samba carnival organized by the organization Kultur utan gränser (Culture without Borders). In Norra hamn and Stadsparken many fun activities are held for young and old. There is also plenty of festival food ranging from popular classics like Langos to spicy and flavourful favourites.

The Power of Music

Luleå’s award-winning festival, Musikens Makt (The Power of Music), places focus on the power of music. In late August at Gültzauudden, the scenic park and the beach is teeming with excited people and a festival atmosphere. There are three stages including a stage located near the water. The performers that play at around 8:00 in the evening have the sunset as a backdrop giving the audience an even more magical music experience. The second stage is located in the woods and is called the Potatiskällaren (The Potato Cellar). Bookings are handled by Luleå’s own rock poet Mattias Alkberg, and the music is always honest and straightforward with some “punk heart and soul”. The third stage is located in the park and this is where the festival’s biggest names appear, and it all too often becomes the scene of – dance, dance, dance ... 

Luleå Pride

It started in 2012 as Sweden’s northernmost Pride Festival, sending the strong message that Luleå is a city for everyone. During the Luleå Pride festival, the city is filled with rainbow flags swaying in time to the music from Stadsparken. The parade is the festival’s highlight, and thousands of people participate by singing, dancing and raising their arms for equal rights and diversity. It is truly beautiful, and something you do not want to miss.

Culture Night

When summer is officially over, it’s not time to go into hibernation just yet – it’s time for Kulturnatten (Culture Night). In September Luleå sparkles with culture in all its forms. Want to go to a short film festival, art exhibition or theatre performance? Culture Night is perfect for recharging your culture batteries. And the icing on the cake is that all events and activities are free of charge. Just join in and enjoy.

Minus 30 degrees

Luleå’s own winter festival Minus 30 grader (Minus 30 degrees) provides a refreshing pop festival as the city festivals take a break for the season. The festival is aimed at young people, but of course, everyone is welcome. The festival stages play host to many well-known as well as local artists. Minus 30 degrees takes place in April at Kulturens hus (House of Culture).