Daniel Hansson – Sweden: Luciatåg in Malmö in Covid Time

Daniel Hansson
Conductor of the university ensemble Malmö Akademiska Kör based in the city of Malmö in Sweden

Sweden: Luciatåg in Malmö in Covid Times

a contemporary interpretation of an medieval ritual


Even though St. Lucia’s Day is not an official holiday in Sweden, it is one of the most popular Christmas traditions for many Swedes. The Ritual evolves around the figure of Lucia, coming with light and song. However, the challenging circumstances surrounding the pandemic forced the Malmö University Choir to challenge the concept of Lucia and reform it into a safe ritual with a sustained atmosphere.