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Mon 12 Dec

LUCIA
Lights and Songs

8:30pm | St. Stephen’s Cathedral


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Listen to a concert with Lucia-procession on the occasion of the Swedish Festival of Lights. Choirs from Sweden and the Czech Republic illuminate St. Stephen's Cathedral with Christmas spirit.

On 13 December, Sweden celebrates Sankta Lucia - one of the country's most popular cultural traditions. The Lucia celebration has its roots in a rich mix of pre-Christmas customs. During the longest night of the year according to the old calendar, people began to drive away evil and celebrate the return of the longed-for light and Lucia. The atmospheric Lucia procession is led by Lucia with candles in her hair, followed by maidens and star boys all dressed in white. Seeing and hearing the Lucia procession coming in the dark and singing in choir is one of the most typical Swedish experiences.

The concert is the result of a cooperation between the Swedish and Czech embassies. From 1 January 2023, Sweden will take over the EU Presidency after the Czech Republic for six months, and this evening represents a symbolic act of handover.

Adolf Fredriks Music School in Stockholm is the most prestigious music school for youth choirs in Sweden. The focus on choral music enjoys a high international reputation. The Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri is one of the most renowned music ensembles in Europe. The choirs perform in North America, Asia and Europe.

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