SM-veckan (the Swedish Championships Week) is the largest event ever held in Skellefteå. With 27 Swedish Championship events, 3,500 potential championships and a TV audience of a million or so it is easy to think that SM-veckan is all about sports, but there is so more to it.
Sm-veckan is big. Probably the largest sports event ever hosted by Skellefteå. Also, the scale of the event has never been bigger than it will be in March 2018. It will be held across a range of stadiums throughout Skellefteå and Project Manager, Sinnika Sjunnesson promises that there will be lots to experience, both as a spectator and in the areas where events are held.
— SM-veckan is an amazing sports event but also a popular festival where music, dance and other stage entertainment takes place alongside the sports events.
SM-veckan is organised twice a year in Sweden. Once in summer and once in winter. It is not unreasonable to suggest that SM-veckan is as close to a ‘national Olympics’ as you can get.
SM-veckan was first held in 2009, at which time, Swedish Champions from 5 different sports were selected, in 2016 there were 15 and in 2018 there will be 27. The organisers estimate an audience of at least 75,000. The event is of course broadcast by Swedish national television, through both streaming services and traditional TV — and more than a million viewers are expected, as interest has increased year by year.
SM-veckan in Skellefteå will of course have its own entry cap. In addition to being a comfortable, pleasantly warm cap, it serves another purpose. It will grant you entry to all of the sports
events during the week, offering an excellent opportunity to discover new sports.
— You can of course buy tickets for single events too, but the idea is that the cap is supposed to be the ticket to everything. SM-veckan is the perfect time to go exploring. Why not go to a
casting, a dance event or drive a bumper car?
The cap also works as a ticket for the hop-on/hop-off buses that go between the stadiums.
— SM-veckan really is for everyone and we hope to have many younger visitors. Entrance to the events is free for people aged 17 and under. This is an amazing opportunity to see Sweden’s best athletes. Sinnika also outlined the plan to build a big play park for children at Vitberget, with lots of fun activities.
These festivities are free for everyone. At Möjligheternas torg activities will be organised from Tuesday to Saturday with a different theme every day. At Vitberget, the festival area will be
filled with exhibitions, children’s activities and food tents.
SM-veckan is held 20/3-26/3, 2018, throughout Skellefteå.