This week in “I have lived in Sweden for one year and still have not done this super-Swedish thing*”, I’m going to guide you through what a Spex is!
The student nation I’m a part of (Östgöta Nation, Uppsala) have their annual Spex showcasing this week. But what is a Spex? Why should you go to one?
I haven’t been to one before (to my SHAME), so I’ve enlisted the help of Östgöta’s two Spexmästares Tim and August to help explain what a Spex is and why you should go and see one (and get involved with one too):[if lt IE 9]><script>document.createElement('audio');</script><![endif]
What makes a Spex special? What about it is particularly Swedish?
How are the themes of a Spex particularly oriented towards students?
Are there many roles for international students?
Where in Sweden is this a tradition**?
When is Östgöta Nation’s Spex on?
And if you’re based in the Uppsala/Stockholm region, you can buy tickets for this week’s performances here!
* Maybe I’ll also do blog posts on “How am I surviving here when everyone is obsessed with Swish and I don’t have it” and “I want to live in Sweden forever but if you put surströmming in front of me I am going back to the UK.”
**Did a quick Wikipedia search, and Linköping and Gotebörg are two other Swedish students communities who also do Spex!