Lars Ingvar Hirdwall, is a Swedish actor. Hirdwall was born in Stockholm, was educated at Gothenburg City Theatre stage school 1957-1960. Since the early 1960s he has been active as an actor in many films, TV series and on theatrical stages Stockholms stadsteater, he is well known in Sweden portraying obstinate or strange characters, like the eccentric neighbor in the many Swedish Martin Beck TV-movies made from 1997 on. He was often in director Lars Molin's productions. In December 1993, Hirdwall played the leading role in the Swedish TV company SVT's annual children's Christmas “Advent calendar” - Tomtemaskinen, one of the Pettson and Findus stories by Sven Nordqvist - with one 15-minute part shown each day until Christmas Eve. Hirdwall played the character of Pettson. Hirdwall received the Swedish Guldbagge Award for Best Actor at the 17th Guldbagge Awards for Barnens ö and the Thaliapriset prize in 1993. Hirdwall is married to the actress Marika Lindström, they have director Jacob Hirdwall and actress Agnes Hirdwall.
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Anna-Maria Hallgarn, is a Swedish musician and actress. She received acting training at Balettakademien’s programme for musical artists in Gothenburg, her performances include Kharmen at Gothenburg City Theatre. At Malmö Opera she has participated in Zorba, she has worked on musicals including Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde and Godspell. At GöteborgsOperan Anna-Maria Hallgarn has played the part of Vera in the newly-written pop and rock musical Grymt! that had its premiere on Skövde scene during the spring of 2008. Anna-Maria Hallgarn played nightclub performer Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, at the Göteborg Opera, Sweden, she participated in Björn Skifs show. During 2010-2012 She played Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at Göta Lejon. In 2011, Hair she played the pregnant, stoned Jeannie slipping further into drug addiction. At the Stockholm City Theatre. During 2012, Hallgarn played the bipolar mother Diana in Next to Normal, in the Wasa Teater, Finland, she performed the lead role in Carmencita Rockefeller - Princess of Japan, at the Göteborg Opera in cooperation with the Malmö Opera and the Helsingborg City Theatre, performed in southern and western Sweden in 2013 and 2014.
Between 12 and 27 April, the play had six performances at the Scala Theatre in Stockholm. The musical is based on a true story and written by the director and actor Rikard Bergqvist. Anna-Maria Hallgarn as Carmencita Rockefeller a mysterious woman who tries to seem normal, but her twisted personality plays games with people around her; the cast for The Last 5 Years, at Åbo Svenska Teater included Alexander Lycke. The musical was composed by American Jason Robert Brown. Åbo Svenska Teater's version was directed by Markus Virta, the costumes were designed by Lotta Nilsson. Swedish Dagbladet critic Bo Löfvendahl wrote: "Anna-Maria Hallgarn makes her more and more hollow-eyed revelation of the evening's most heartbreaking, with strong bearing capacity sue."Her 2002 album debut Rått & Romantiskt as a solo singer, was a set of covers. Inspired by philosophical Ulf Lundell's lyrics, Anna-Maria recorded the album in Stockholm and toured with concerts around Sweden. In 2014 she received the Annalisa Ericson Scholarship from the Annalisa Ericson Foundation, for talent in song and theater.
The scholarship was awarded after a performance of Carmencita Rockefeller at the Gothenburg Opera. 2017 Anna-Maria Hallgarn together with Erik-André Hvidsten, Johan Aspelin, Saara Lehtonen, Thomas Lundin, Richard Mitts, Tove Qvickström and Maria Udd, played in Wasa Teater's Ingvar! musical. The dotted story semi-based on the biography of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad. Ingvar! Premiered in Wasa Teater in Vaasa in September 2017, directed by Markus Virta, composed by Erik Gedeon, with lyrics by Klas Abrahamsson. In comedy show Grotesco Anna-Maria played in episode called Föräldramötet - ett kammarspel. 2000 – Flykten från hönsgården 2000 – Grinchen - julen är stulen 2002 – Klassfesten 2017 - Grotesco Anna-Maria Hallgarn on IMDb Anna-Maria Hallgarn Website
Jakob Anders Eklund is a Swedish film and stage actor. He portrayed the fictional police Johan Falk in 20 movies, his wife, Marie Richardson played his on-screen girlfriend in the trilogy of films The Third Wave, Executive Protection and Zero Tolerance. 2008 - Les Grandes Personnes 2003 - Daybreak 2003 - The Third Wave 2001 - Executive Protection 1999 - Zero Tolerance 1994 - House Of Angels - The Second Summer 1993 - The Ferris Wheel 1992 - House of Angels August Tusenbröder "Jakob Eklund". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-01-25. Jakob Eklund on IMDb
Helena Kristina Bergström is a Swedish actress and film director. From an acting family, she began her career in 1982, she has appeared on the stages of the Royal Dramatic Theatre and the Stockholm City Theatre, but is best known for her work in films. The Women on the Roof is considered a breakout role for her, her most awarded film is The Last Dance, for which she received the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Festival Awards in Montreal and Istanbul. Her husband, Colin Nutley, has directed her in several movies. In 2007, she directed for the first time, she is a screenwriter and a singer. Bergström was born in Kortedala, the daughter of actress Kerstin Widgren and Hans Bergström, a director, her maternal grandfather, Olof Widgren, was an actor. Bergström studied in Mississippi in the United States as an exchange student when she was a teenager, she is married to Colin Nutley, with whom she has two children and Timothy, a stepson, Daniel Nutley. They met. At the time, Nutley was was 20 years her senior.
They live in an apartment on Kungsholmen, an island in central Stockholm, where her grandparents lived. They have a house in the country, she first appeared in a movie directed by her father in 1978, entitled Sweet Home. Bergström embarked on a film career in 1982, working in the television mini-series "Time Out". A year she appeared in the satirical comedy series Vidöppet, or Wide Open in English. In 1988, she graduated from "Teaterhögskolan", the theatre academy, in Stockholm, after which she worked at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and at the Stockholm City Theatre. In 2008, she starred in a drama about Nobel Prize-winning author Selma Lagerlöf, she is known for her work such as Miss Julie and House of Angels. The Woman on the Roof is described as the role. Although it was not a box office success, it was praised by the film critics, she became more notable after her "vivid portrayal of a tough city girl" during World War II in 1939. In 1990, she received the Swedish Film Academy Kurt Linder prize and in 1992 Teaterförbundet Daniel Engdahl scholarship.
She has been directed by her husband in films including House of Angels, The Last Dance. Her husband has directed Bergström in films involving sex scenes. With Tove Alsterdal, a playwright and journalist, she wrote her first screenplay, Så olika, or So Different in English, she first directed Mind the Gap, released in 2007. In 2015, she directed her fourth film, A wonderful fucking Christmas! She is a singer, singing more than 100 songs of Édith Piaf at the City Theatre. In 2002, she recorded an album of Piaf songs. Helena Bergström on IMDb "Helena Bergström". Stockholm City Theatre
People's Houses were leisure and cultural centres built with the intention of making art and cultural appreciation available to the working classes. The first establishment of this type appeared in Tomsk, Russian Empire in 1882. Soon people's Houses became popular in England, Scotland and other European states; the term "people's house" was used in continental Europe for working-class community centres, these were associated with labor unions and parties. The first People's House was built in Tomsk in 1882, several more were erected in the capital of Russia, St. Petersburg during that decade. By the beginning of the 20th century the capital supported about 20 People's Houses: these provided entertainment, educational clubs for middle-class intelligentsia, petty officials, students and workers etc. A People's House included a library, reading room, tea rooms, a bookshop, a lecture hall with stage where activities such as Sunday school, evening classes for adults and choral singing might be held.
Some included a museum with various types of visual aids used in lectures in the course of systematic training, which were used for travelling and permanent exhibitions. The biggest and most famous People's House opened in Russia was built in Alexandrovsky Park in 1899-1900, opened by Tsar Nicholas II, after whom it was named "Etablishment for People's Entertainment of Emperor Nicholas II", or, in short, "People's House of Emperor Nicholas II "; this housed a concert hall, a theater, a public library and a restaurant. There was a small nominal entrance charge, with the only extra being charged for a seat at the theater; the English publication Contemporary Review noted these facilities, enviously commenting:"it is what our People's palace was intended to be and is not". More such People's Houses were built in other places in Russia; as a rule, they were built in the working-class neighbourhoods. People's houses were subsidized by the Municipal Dumas, country councils and donations of private individuals.
After the Revolution of 1917 term "people's house" was of use. Most people's houses were renamed into the worker's Houses of Culture. In the late 19th century, People's Palaces started being built in grim urban districts; the concept was to raise morale and morality through inspiring buildings which offered cultural nourishment. Costly, taking years to build and lavishly decorated, they were designed to provide a focal point for civic pride, venues for meetings and public events. Notably these were built according to neo-Gothic style, as promoted by Augustus Pugin and John Ruskin: Pugin believed the harmonious style of the architecture could influence morality, while Ruskin in his book The Stones of Venice examined the architecture of the Italian Renaissance mercantile republics, believing it expressed the spirit of freedom. Architects adopted these ideas in their building of People's Palaces in the north of England and in Scotland, both to assert the cultural credentials of those regions and to provide an improving influence over the citizens of burgeoning industrial towns.
In 1899 Joseph Rowntree and Arthur Sherwell proposed that People's Houses should be built as part of a programme by the Temperance Party to provide "recreations of the simplest and least exacting kind, such as would specially appeal to those to whom the stress of their daily lives leaves little inclination for anything more than physical relaxation and cheerful intercourse": that is, a viable alternative to the public house. In Western Continental Europe, the "people's house" is a generic term used to refer to proletarian community centres located in all cities; when the labour movement and trade unions began to organize towards the end of the 19th century, the workers were in great need for premises of their own where they could hold meetings without interference. Opposition against the labour movement from the capitalists and landlords was strong and workers were not welcome to use existing premises. Landowners forbade open-air meetings; the workers in many Western European countries decided to buy their own land and build their own houses.
The idea spread all over the country. Construction was funded through co-operative ventures, various forms of contribution and not least voluntary work. Most Western European "people's houses" were built along a similar model as the "Maison du Peuple" established in Belgium in 1899. Antecedents to the modern folkets hus in Norway were established by Marcus Thrane's labour movement in the early 1850s. While the movement itself was short-lived and the branches were few, Thrane's attempt was succeeded by the first "workers' societies" by parish priest Honoratus Halling in 1850, which were less politically radical. In 1864, Eilert Sundt established the Christian Workers' Society. However, when Danish agitator Marcus Jantzen came to Norway in 1873 to establish a social democratic union, he and his acolytes were prohibited from discussing politics, so meetings organized by Jantzen were held in the open air in Tjuvholmen; the first modern people's house was established in Vikersund in 1890, the oldest still existing is the People's House in Spjærøy
Sergels torg is the most central public square in Stockholm, named after 18th-century sculptor Johan Tobias Sergel, whose workshop was once located north of the square. Sergels torg has a dominant west-to-east axis and is divided into three distinct parts: A sunken pedestrian plaza furnished with a triangular-colored floor pattern and a wide flight of stairs leading up to the pedestrian street Drottninggatan, connecting south to Stockholm Old Town and north to Kungsgatan; this plaza is overbuilt by a roundabout centered on a glass obelisk and by the concrete decks of three major streets. North of this traffic junction is a smaller open space overlooked by the high-rise façade of the fifth Hötorget Building from where the avenue Sveavägen extends north; the site south of the square is taken up by the cultural centre Kulturhuset, which harbours the Stockholm City Theatre and hides the Bank of Sweden headquarters facing the square Brunkebergstorg behind. Klarabergsgatan leads west past the department store Åhléns City and Klara Church to Klarabergsviadukten and Kungsholmen.
Hamngatan leads east under Malmskillnadsgatan to Kungsträdgården and Strandvägen. Together with the underground mall east of the pedestrian plaza and the T-Centralen metro station and other continuous underpasses west thereof, Sergels torg forms part of a continuous underground structure a kilometre in length. Since its creation, Sergels torg has been much criticized for giving priority to cars at the cost of pedestrians, it has, among some quarters, become the main target for criticism of the much debated demolition of the central city district of Klara during the 1950s and 1960s. It is not dissimilar to but larger than the public space in front of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and much like its French counterpart remains the most popular space in Stockholm for meeting friends, for political demonstrations, for a wide range of events, for drug-dealers; this includes the fountain. Before the creation of Sergels torg, Brunkebergstorg was the most important public space in the area, the hub about which traffic revolved, the place where people would go to work and to find entertainment.
Albert Lilienberg was appointed city-planning superintendent in 1927, a year he produced the first proposal for a public square on the location in his general plan of 1928. In his proposal he envisioned a square whose north-south oriented axis would line-up with Sveavägen intended to be extended south across the square down to the waterfront with widened Hamngatan and Klarabergsgatan joining in from west and east. After this first proposal, the square is featured on every subsequent city plan produced for the area, with alternations in width and length. Notwithstanding the considerable number of revised proposals produced few were preoccupied by architectonic considerations, instead focusing on optimization of traffic flow. In the city plan Helldén produced in 1946, the square, still named Sveaplatsen, was conceived as similar to the present square, but still remained an unarticulated modernistic concept. In this proposal, the square was centred on a rectangular open space furnished with trees and ponds.
During the 1950s, continuously increasing traffic loads made separating pedestrians and car traffic desirable, several studies produced around 1955 focused on a lower level for pedestrians with cars on street-level with various openings to allow light down to the pedestrians. In 1957, a first official proposal presented a square similar to the present; the Chamber of Commerce was critical of the concept, concluding pedestrians on a lower level would produce poor business sites, an analysis which would prove correct. Their own proposal the following year, developed together with various authorities, reserved street-level to pedestrians while cars were confined below ground; this counter-proposal was however produced in only two months, which made it easy for opponents to pin-down its weaknesses. Helldén's proposal failed to impress the city as well, Helldén together with other hand-picked experts was therefore sent on a tour around Europe, including Coventry and London, to find a better solution.
In Stuttgart they could conclude that having pedestrians on a lower level required escalators, in Vienna the pedestrians hall Opernpassage gave them the inspiration to replace the central open space at Sveaplatsen with a round restaurant with glass walls, an aesthetic device intended to give the square an architectonic dignity. This newly introduced centre-piece resulted in a proposal for a fountain with a monument above it. For the shape of this fountain, Helldén consulted his friend, the mathematician and artist Piet Hein, who in less than in minute found a curve with a "continuously varying bending" and named it the superellipse. Before presenting his final proposal in 1960, Helldén added the triangular pattern to the pedestrian plaza and the wide stairs on its western side. A contest for the central monument in 1962 was won by Edvin Öhrström, with the 37 metre tall glass obelisk, named Kristall - vertikal accent i glas och stål; the sculpture completed in 1974 and since haunted by technical problems, never was a
Norra Bantorget is an area in central Stockholm. It is the traditional Social Democratic grounds of the Swedish capital, it is the location of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation. At Norra Bantorget is the Workers Movement's Archive and Library, Folkets hus. There are several monuments of working class leaders erected at Norra Bantorget, including a statue of August Palm and the Branting Monument. A street in the area is named after Olof Palme. Norra Bantorget is a traditional gathering spot for demonstrations, such as the ones arranged by the Social Democrats on May Day. There is a newly erected four-star Clarion hotel, Clarion Hotel Sign, located on the right side of the square as seen from the LO-building