SACC-Philadelphia Hockey Night
On April 9th, we hosted our third annual SACC-Philadelphia Hockey Night in the Wells Fargo Center. Despite our beloved Philadelphia Flyers didn’t have a chance to make it to the playoffs going into the game, we all had a great time cheering them on. The evening started off with a networking mingle inside the arena and we were very happy to get to know our new Blue & Yellow member, Larsson & Scheuritzel, better! We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events this year!
Symposium Stockholm 2015

Daniel Ek, CEO-founder of Spotify, and Ash Pournouri, founder of At Night Management (Avicii) have just released the details of the inaugural tech and music event, Symposium Stockholm, which will take place in the Swedish capital between June 8th and 13th. According to the American magazine Billboard, the Symposium will be a Nordic version of South by Southwest, an interactive and music festival taking place in Austin, Texas, each year. The Swedish organizers have said the Symposium would be “a meeting ground for the world’s most innovative individuals to come together and experience the creative capital of the world – Stockholm, Sweden.”
During the week in June, the city will host multiple music events such as the Denniz Pop Awards, the Polar Music Prize, Polar Talks, Avicii Fest, Summerburst and the Scandinavian Music Summit, but the centerpiece will be the Brilliant Minds Conference on June 11th and 12th, which will “bring together the world’s leaders in music, media and technology along with Swedish legends and her newest talents, in closed-door forums.” According to Billboard, Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus, Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström and Ericsson chief executive Hans Vestberg are all expected to take part in the conference.

                                                                                  Read more about the event here.
Walpurgis night – April 30th

At dusk on the last day of April Swedes gather on fields, hilltops, meadows to host a bonfire along with dancing, singing and inspirational speeches. The holiday of Valborgsmässoafton, or simply Valborg, is an ancient celebration that has developed from a ritual to scare off evil spirits and witches to a joyful celebration of the arrival of Spring. Choral singing can be heard from all corners of the nation (
see video below) where the lyrics often depict the transition from winter to spring. 
Valborg precedes Labor Day in Sweden (se below), and in many of the University Cities around the country, this is considered the largest holiday, where the festivities go on well into the morning of May 1st.

                                                                                    Read more about Valborg here.
Valborgskören 2007, Umeå - Sköna Maj
Video of The Valborg Choir of Umeå, in northern Sweden, singing Majsång (May song)

A Every first Tuesday of the month SACC-Philadelphia's young professionals are invited to International Happy Hour at Fadó Irish Pub. This is a great time to meet YP's from other international chambers and societies, and make great friends with future CEO's and leaders. No cost or RSVP necessary!

See you there Tuesday May 5th before you go on celebrating Cinco de Mayo!


Upcoming events at the American Swedish Historical Museum


National Day, Saturday, June 6, 12pm-4pm

What better place to celebrate Swedish National Day than at the American Swedish Historical Museum! Visit us on June 6th and enjoy free admission, Swedish themed children’s crafts and activities, and a special Swedish summer dessert.


Midsommarfest, Saturday, June 20, 4pm-7:30

Celebrate summer at our annual Midsommarfest, complete with food, drinks, homemade Swedish pastries, music, and maypole dancing, as well as crafts and games for the kids. This year will also include a performance by the Stockholm Boys Choir! Admission is $7 for Members, $10 for non-members and $4 for children 4-12. Pay at the door.


Smörgåsbeer’d, July 18, 5pm-8pm

Save the date for Smörgåsbeer’d and come sample beers from regional breweries, along with a spread of Swedish and American fare! Minimum age 21. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Old Swedes
Join us for family fun at this historical mash-up honoring the Colonial Swedes who were in Philadelphia before William Penn was born and the American Patriots who came later! Costumes are optional! Events include re-enactors, children’s games and crafts, moon bounce, pony rides and more! All attendees will receive a free raffle ticket for a drawing of a 40″ Samsung TV. Must be present to win at 4pm on May 2nd. Attendance is free. Proceeds benefit historic preservation efforts at Old Swedes Church.
May 2nd, 10am-6pm
at: Old Swedes Church
916 South Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Första Maj
May Day/Labor Day – May 1st

Following the celebrations of Valborg on the last day of April is the. This is definitely one of the most visible celebrations of the year in Sweden when locals celebrate with (more) singing, festivals, parades, labor processions and other festivities can be seen in almost every town and city of the country. In Stockholm people have gathered for a festival in Djurgården Park since the 19th century to enjoy processions and royal visits during Första Maj.
Mors Dag
Mother’s Day – May 31st

On the last Sunday of May Sweden celebrates Mother’s Day, where mothers around the country will be celebrated and honored. This modern festivity was adopted into Swedish culture in 1919 from the American tradition, which makes the manner in which it is celebrated very similar to the American celebration.
The tradition is however annually criticized for being more about corporate profits and consumption than about genuine celebration.

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