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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Frida To Attend 700th Anniversary For Childhood Town Of Torshälla

Frida To Attend Town's 700 Year Anniversary Celebrations

Anni-Frid to Torshälla August 19th 

Saturday, 19 August, the third call is held in the series Alar talks with. Alar Kuutmann meets the singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad and musician Gunnar Sandevärn.
A discussion with Frida and Gunnar Sandevärn, hosted by Alar Kuutmann will take place in Torshälla on August 19 at 4 PM. The one hour long event with free admission will be an open air stage event in the park Krusgårdsparken. After the discussion Frida will accept the Eskilstuna city's music prize that she already got in 2014, but was unable to collect back then.


Anni-Frid Lyngstad was born in Norway but moved as a little girl to Torshälla where she grew up with her grandmother. Anni-Frid was already singing as a child, and as a thirteen-year-old she began to tour Evald Eks orchestra. When she was 15, she started with Bengt Sandlund's big band. There she met her prospective husband, Ragnar Fredriksson, who played trombone but also pianist Gunnar Sandevärn. In 1964 and 1966, Anni-Frid toured as a vocalist together with Gunnar Sandevärn's trio. Gunnar Sandevärn then got a job as an entertainer on the Norwegian American Line, and Anni-Frid formed his own orchestra Anni-Frid Four with her husband Ragnar.

Anni-Frid won a talesuit 1967, appeared in Hyland's corner and then moved to Stockholm. There she met Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog who later formed ABBA - Sweden's largest music export throughout the ages.

During the 1970's, Gunnar Sandevärn was part of the hugely popular Ingemar Nordströms orchestra. He is also "dad" to a series of texts on the Swedish top, such as Göta channel, where do all the beautiful dreams take the road and Krylbo Central.
Now they meet again - in Torshälla - and of course there are a lot of musical memories from their common time on and off the stage.
The conversation with Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Gunnar Sandevärn will take place at the outdoor scene at Krusgårdsparken in Torshälla, Saturday 19 August at 16.00. The conversation will last for about an hour. Free entrance.
In connection with the call at Krusgårdsparken, Anni-Frid Lyngstad will also receive the Eskilstuna municipality's music prize. Anni-Frid was awarded the 2014 prize but could not attend the award ceremony.

For more information contact:
Alar Kuutmann, Project Manager and Program Manager, 070-555 29 80, alar.kuutmann@gmail.com (for general questions about the Alar talk series).

Annika Edetun Lahtinen, Anniversary Torshälla 700 years, 076-496 40 45, annika.edetun@eskilstuna.se (for questions about Torshälla 700 years and about the arrangement in general).
Görel Hanser, Mono Music, 08-555 196 08, Gorel.hanser@monomusic.se (for questions about Anni-Frid).
Anette Pallhed, Communications Manager at Culture and Recreation Administration, +46 (0) 73-950 67 94, anette.pallhed@eskilstuna.se (for questions regarding the Eskilstuna municipality's music prize).

Get to know the 700 year old town

Torshälla is a small town with great history. Everywhere memories and fragments of bygone times are seen, from Husberg's ancient remains to the old Kronokvarnen from 1628. The time passed has shaped and created the small town we are today - here you can read more about our history.

Became a city 1317

Although King Birger Magnusson gave Torshälla his city privileges as early as 1317, the history of the city goes further than that. The oldest parts of Torshälla church were built as early as the 12th century, and the city's name is said to be the same since the ancient times and the name Thorsharg.

Throwing and iron handling

Torshälla has a long tradition of forging and iron handling. The channel and currents created a good location for trade and industry and made Torshälla an important trading city. In 1829, Nyby Bruk, the ironworks, was founded today by Outokumpu.

The industry attracted labor

In the aftermath of World War II, Swedish industry emerged and the need for staff attracted foreign labor. Nyby Bruk was one of the companies in Eskilstuna who received foreign labor, of which the largest single group consisted of Finns.

Torshälla a cultural city

With artist names such as Allan Ebeling, Åsa Brandt and the Rolf Berg artist, Torshälla has become known as a cultural city. Even Torshälla Stenkärlsfabrik AB, founded in the early 1900s by Johannes Svensson, has made the city famous among artists. Today, Torshällen's Art Museum Ebeling Museum is a popular tourist destination with a permanent collection of works by Allan Ebeling and several temporary contemporary exhibitions.

I don't read Swedish, but I'm pretty sure they are calling Frida a Superstar in this article - and rightly so ! :D

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