Petter Wallenberg is the creator of many cultural events mixing forward thinking music, arts and performance. His events have taken place at some of the most popular venues in Stockholm, such as The Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, Kulturhuset, Södra Teatern and Stockholm Public Library. As the founding director of Kulturföreningen Mums which since 2008 runs one of Sweden’s most popular alternative queer clubs (Mums Mums) he has created events like Sweden’s first vogue ball with Madonna’s choreographer José Xtravaganza and a performance art themed party with singer Robyn. Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter listed both Petter and his club Mums Mums on their list of ”Stockholm heroes” two years in a row.
Rainbow Riots Festival
Rainbow Riots Festival is a public event, created by Petter Wallenberg, that platforms performing arts, talks and workshops about LGBT issues around the world. It is the world’s first LGBT festival with a ’world’ theme, highlighting artists, activists and change-makers from countries where sexual minorities are criminalised. It is also a safe space for international actors, stakeholders and artists to meet, make connections and inspire each other.
In 2017 the first Rainbow Riots Festival took place in Stockholm, Sweden, during Stockholm Pride. The festival included seminars, workshops and live performances on the main stage of Stockholm Pride in front of a 6,000 strong audience. This was the first time Ugandan, Malawian and Jamaican LGBT artists ever performed together internationally, and the event received significant media coverage, including the cover of Sweden’s biggest newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
After Pride Uganda 2017 was stopped by the Ugandan authorities, Wallenberg and his team organised Rainbow Riots Festival in Kampala, which was to become the only Pride-related event that year in Uganda. The event took place in a safe space where we invited the grassroots community to an evening of performing arts that showcased and celebrated our collaborative music project with the Ugandan LGBTQ community. The event received widespread coverage in LGBT media around the world, with news outlets dubbing it ”Uganda’s secret Pride celebration”.
Stay tuned for upcoming Rainbow Riots Festival events around the world!
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The Underwear Party
The Underwear Party has become legendary. It takes place only once a year, during Stockholm Pride, and attracts visitors from all over Europe. The event has become one of the year's most talked about, loved and awaited happenings, where people of all sexualities, gender identities, body types and ages shake it up in just panties and briefs.
The Underwear Party’s creator Petter Wallenberg says:
"Everyone who comes to The Underwear Party for the first time says they certainly won’t dare to take off something, then it takes two minutes until they throw off their clothes and go nuts. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what type of body you have. There is a joy here that you will not find anywhere else. No clothes = no attitude. Peace and love. It is important in these times. Now we’re once again cavemen dancing half-naked in the cave!"
Th Underwear Party takes place once a year, always on the Thursday of Stockholm Pride.
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