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Saturday, May 18th
17. mai family picnic
Scandinavian Cultural Center – 206 Waltham Street – West Newton, MA 02465

Schedule of Events:
12:30 – Gather for 17. mai parade at the entrance to the SCC
12:45 – Step-off time for the parade
1:00 – Welcome and tale for dagen
1:30 – Lunch
2:15 – Games for the children

Music by UUSF Protest Band

Tickets for lunch will be sold as people arrive. (CASH ONLY)

Adults: $15 (smørbrød, beverage, and dessert)
(Additional smørbrød may be purchased for $10 each.)
Children: $5 (pølser m/lompe, beverage, and dessert)

Posted: February 26, 2024 | In: Past Event Uncategorized

Fiber artist Elizabeth Hunter returns to our Nordic hall with her show: rya rugs… coming of age.

Her pieces reach beyond that of a woven rug and tackle topics such as deforestation and aging.

On display through May 15th | Contact us for viewing times


I first learned to weave on an inkle belt loom at a girl scout meeting when I was ten. In high school, I drove from my home in Stamford, CT. to nearby Greenwich to learn floor loom weaving from fabric designer Klara Cherepov.

Simplicity, color and shape are key elements of Scandinavian design. They consume me from time spent in Oslo, Norway; Reykjavik, Iceland; Torshavn, Faroe Islands and Landskrona, Sweden. Sculptural knitter Katherine Cobey taught me that fibers can speak and be political.

I hold a BA in English from the University of Connecticut; a MA in journalism from American University; a certificate in weaving and design from Fri Untervisngens Tegne og Vevstue, Oslo. I am a former Maine Crafts Association board member; the secretary of the Pastel Society of Maine; and a volunteer at the Brick Store Museum. My work has been shown all over New England. I live in Kennebunk.


Rya is an ancient pile weaving technique dating from the 9th century when Vikings introduced Scandinavia to textiles traded from Russia and the Byzantine Empire. The pile is created by using the Turkish Ghiordes knot across a row on the loom. After each row of knots, the shuttle is thrown several times to form the back of the rug.

The woven rugs, which imitated sheep- skins, were worn by mariners against the frigid cold at sea. They were also used in carriages and as bedding.

Rya rugs are probably most associated with the Scandinavian mid-century modern era, with their bold color and graphic design.


Posted: February 14, 2024 | In: Art Past Event

SACC-NE invites you to to celebrate their newest corporate partner, IKEA!

Enjoy a Spring Mingle event, in collaboration with their newest corporate member, IKEA! Be part of an insightful panel discussion featuring representatives from various IKEA departments, offering insights into their sustainability initiatives and future plans, followed by networking and Swedish Fika!

This promises to be an evening filled with inspiration, networking, and discussions centered around sustainability and innovation.

Thursday, May 23rd | 6-8pm | FREE with registration

Posted: May 1, 2024 | In: Featured Event Uncategorized Upcoming Event

Come participate in a fun and relaxed night of Swedish sing-along! Most songs will be in Swedish but we’ll make sure to include some songs in English (such as ABBA of course!). Song booklets will be provided. If able, please bring a small plate/bowl of finger food, snacks or dessert. Cash bar with beer, wine and alcohol free drinks. Questions or song requests? Email Jenny Bonham-Carter at

Friday May 31st |  7-9:30pm | FREE with registration | register here



Posted: April 30, 2024 | In: Featured Event Uncategorized Upcoming Event

**Please note this screening is at the West Newton Cinema**

Sweden’s submission for the Best International Feature Film Oscar stars Payman Maadi (the star of the Oscar-winning A Separation) as a wrestler from Iran who has moved to Sweden as a refugee with his wife and their daughters.

Belmont World Film observes World Refugee Awareness Month with two films that spotlight the resilience and courage of displaced individuals. Through these powerful stories, we honor the strength and determination of refugees worldwide, inviting audiences to deepen their understanding and empathy for those forced to leave behind everything they know in search of safety and a brighter future.

Speakers: Film maker, educator, and programmer Homa Sarabi, originally from Iran, who teaches 16mm film making and collaborative design studios at Emerson College, where she is a faculty fellow with the Engagement Lab, as well as Dr. Kasra Tabatabaei, a native of Shahreza, Isfahan, Iran, and a post-doctoral scientist of biophysics and quantitative biology.

Monday, June 3rd | 7:30pm | tickets

Sponsored by the Consulate of Sweden.
Co-presented by the Iranian Association of Boston and the International Institute of Boston

Posted: May 13, 2024 | In: Featured Event Film Upcoming Event

Based on the book by celebrated Icelandic author Jon Kalman Stefansson.

The Village is brimming with stories and if you listen carefully it might tell you some: of the Manager who dreams in Latin and leaves his career for Astronomy and old books, of a translucent boy who carves moorland birds, of an open-air affair and a rock that is chiseled to dust.

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If you are interested in buying the book, we have included our affiliate link:  Summerlight… And Then Comes the Night Book 

Saturday June 8th | 1pm |  $10; $5 for SCC&L Members

In Icelandic with English subtitles | Drama | 110 min | tickets


Posted: April 29, 2024 | In: Featured Event Film Upcoming Event

Trine refuses to fly. When the 18-year-old climate activist gets invited to an audition at the famous Opera House in Oslo, she only has days to travel over 1500km. On a road trip through the beautiful landscapes of Norway, her passion for music and her environmental idealism are put to the test.

(Won the 2023 Hof Critics Award for the Best Production at the Hof International Film Festival)

Saturday, May 11th | 1pm | $10; $5 for SCC&L Members

In Norwegian with English subtitles | Drama | 79 minutes | tickets


Posted: April 29, 2024 | In: Film Past Event

Join us for a Boston Design Week event with Swedish-born, Providence based, Pernilla Bergquist, of Pernilla Interiors.

Step into the world of design with Pernilla Bergquist, celebrated for her innovative approach to interior aesthetics. Pernilla will take you on a journey through the transformative power of color and pattern, revealing the secrets behind creating spaces that truly resonate with beauty.

This session will include a Q&A segment, allowing attendees to engage directly with Pernilla and delve deeper into the nuances of her design philosophy. Whether you’re a seasoned design professional or a passionate enthusiast, “Unveiling Beauty through Color and Pattern” promises to be an enriching experience that transcends cultural boundaries and celebrates the universal language of design.

“Pernilla is an unabashed, fervent fan of color… She loves to push clients out of their comfort zones.” –Rhode Island Monthly, February 2024 Issue

Saturday, May 4th | 1pm | FREE with registration | registration opens March 25th


PERNILLA was born and raised in Göteborg, Sweden. She co-founded Kreatelier, the fabric and interior décor store on Hope St. in Providence before starting her own design and decorating firm in 2021. Pernilla Interiors specializes in home & commercial projects— a single room refresh, perhaps, or a complete makeover of a home.





Posted: February 27, 2024 | In: Lecture Past Event

At this unique celebration, adults and children come together to picnic in the grass, make flower crowns, and dance to authentic Swedish music around the maypole.

Admission includes a boxed lunch from the Kaffestugan that you can enjoy on the lawn.

For a midsummer sauna experience, click here

Saturday, June 22nd | 11am-2pm | $15-$30 | tickets here


Posted: May 1, 2024 | In: Featured Event Upcoming Event