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Traditions at Lund

Founded in 1666, Lund University has a number of traditions which continue to be passed on to each new generation of students at Lund.

Students in costumes acting in a spex student theatre play

'Spex' - student theatre

Humour and talent are combined to produce Lundaspexarna student theatre - farcical comedy/musicals based on historical events, performed by a male cast. Spex is one of Lund's more eccentric traditions and dates back to 1886. In Boelspexarna, it is the women who take the stage to perform the hilarious comedy theatre/musicals. Other spex include the Faculty of Medicine's Toddyspexarna (since 1895), the School of Engineering's Jesperspexet and Var GladSpexarna organised by the Academic Society together with the nations and student unions.

Read more at the spex websites:

Girls at carneval blowing party horns

Lundakarnevalen student carnival

Lundakarnevalen is a student carnival, arranged every fourth year by some 5 000 student volunteers. The carnival is an old tradition in Lund, dating back to 1849, and each carnival has a different theme. The event features an array of shows, entertainment and food and drink, with all events open to the public. The carnival was most recently held in May 2014.

Read more on the Lundakarnevalen website

Lunds Studentsångförening - Lund University Male Voice Choir

A tradition from 1831, the Lund University Male Voice Choir is the oldest choir in Sweden and is today one of Sweden's top male choirs. The choir gives one major concert every semester, often with well known guest artists invited, but it is most famous for its annual 1 May Day appearance on the steps of the main university building, which is broadcast live on Swedish television.

Carolinae female choir is an award winning choir, ranked the 5th best female choir in the World Choir Games in Riga in 2014. The choir is named after Lund University's original Latin name: Regia Academia Carolina.

Lunds Akademiska Kör, the Lund Academic Choir, was founded in 1927, originally as a female choir, but today is a mixed male and female choir comprising current Lund University students, including PhD staff.

Bella Voce is a female, four-part choir comprising Lund University students and alumni. They are in popular demand for their spine-tingling "Lucia" performances - the Lucia celebration is one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden.

Watch the Lund University Male Voice Choir performance on 1 May 2010 (link to YouTube)

Read more about the choirs on their websites:

Panel discussion at Studentafton

Studentafton - an evening/interview with an invited guest 

Studentafton is a tradition since 1905 organised by the Academic Society where invited guests are interviewed in an intimate, informal setting with an audience of students on campus. Famous guests over the years include Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, Ingmar Bergman and Will Ferrell.

More information about Studentafton on their website

People gathered for Valborg celebration in Stadsparken in Lund

Valborg/Siste April - spring celebration

On 30 April, as spring approaches, Lund University students gather together for Valborg (Walpurgis Night), or 'Siste april' (the last day of April) for a festive celebration. The day usually starts with groups of students gathering together for a light breakfast with champagne and strawberries. During the day, students gather in Stadsparken (the city park) for barbecues and drinks, in the build up to the traditional Valborg bonfire and singing of songs in the evening.

Read more about Swedish culture and traditions

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Videos from Lundakarnevalen

Lundakarnevalen is held every 4 years - here is the official video from 2014.

Here is a video of the student carnival 2014 made by an international student, Zander Cowan (Pelham Island Pictures).