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Umeå University
Spring Ball 2018

Saturday 26th of May, Universum

An evening filled with fun and laughter for all students, employees and alumni from Umeå University!

Dress code: You choose what you feel comfortable with!
– dark suit
– long or short evening gown
– white tie and tails and white waistcoat
– national costume
– academic gown

The Menu

You can choose between meat or vegetarian main course. Please inform us of any food allergies or special dietary requirements when you book your ticket/s.


Cheesecake with chanterelles on homebaked lingonberry loaf

Main Course

Acidulated beef tenderloin with potato fritters and a red wine sauce
Vegetarian (vegan): Braciole with salsa verde


Cloudberries with a cream cheese crème and fried moss

The Entertainment

Al Pitcher

Al Pitcher was born in England but grew up in New Zealand. He started his standup career in London in 1999. Since then, he has performed at comedy festivals all around the world and has won several awards including Best Show 2009 at Leicester Comedy Festival and the Peoples Choice Award 2009 at the Sydney Comedy festival.

In 2010, Al Pitcher moved to Sweden and has quickly made a name for himself in the Swedish standup scene. In 2011 he won ”Best male comedian” at Svenska Standup galan and the following year he went out to do the celebrated and sold out ”Fika” tour, which was quickly followed by another successful tour the ”Påtår” tour in 2013 and ”Nääämen it’s Al Pitcher” tour throughout 2014/2015.

He then made ”Al Pitcher’s Guide to Sweden” in SVT’s talk show ”Robins”, and his “SVT Special: Fy Fan Sweden” was shown on SVT in January 2016 and had over 1 million views. In Autumn 2017 Al premiered his latest standup tour show “Sweden Syndrome”. He took it all over his new homeland Sweden as well as abroad to New York, London, Copenhagen and Amsterdam – performing the show for full houses! The show has given Al some of his best reviews of his career so far and it has been a complete sell out. The tour will continue throughout 2018.

On the 26th of May Al will be at Umeå University Spring Ball, so prepare to laugh until your sides hurt!


Säkert! is a project by Annika Norlin. Säkert! is a sarcastic statement meaning “sure” in Swedish. Annika also sings in her other project named Hello Saferide, where she always sings in English.

Her debut album Säkert! was released in 2007 and entered on 9th place in the album charts and managed to stay on there for 29 weeks. In 2008 the album achieved gold status in Sweden and at the Swedish version of the Grammys she won two awards, female artist of the year and lyricist of the year (Year of 2007). P3 Guld also gave her the award for female artist of 2007.

What started out as a side project is now a great success that you can enjoy at the Umeå University Spring Ball 2018 on May 26th!

The Bandwagon
Swing Orchestra

The Bandwagon Swing Orchestra is a Stockholm based band consisting of nine musicians with a shared passion for jazz and swing. The band met at university through involvement in various other bands and have been playing together since the spring of 2014. When not playing many of the members express their passion for swing music through dancing instead.

The Bandwagon Swing Orchestra has performed at, among other places: Stockholm Jazz Festival; Nant-in-Swing, Nantes; Søpavillonen, Copenhagen; Nochtspeicher/Swingwerkstatt, Hamburg; Chicago swing dance studio, the Swedish Swing Society and Stampen in Stockholm.

On the 26th of May they will be at the Umeå University Spring Ball and they will let you swing it and shake it until 2 am!

The Dance

A ball without Waltz dancing is not a ball.

The ticket price includes a Waltz and Lindy hop dance course. You sign up for the course during the purchase of the ticket.

The waltz has its origin in the 16th Century France. Waltz is a progressive dance, meaning that dancers travel along a path known as the line of dance. It is characterized by pendulum swing movements and incorporates general elements of ballroom technique such as foot parallelism, rise and fall and contra body movement.

Lindy hop, sometimes called jitterbug or swing, is an upbeat partner dance which is danced to jazz and swing music. The dance originates from the roaring 1920’s-1930’s New York. Many associate lindy hop with a high tempo but the tempo can actually vary from very slow to very fast. The acrobatic part of the dance is usually only used in choreographed routines. The dance is free and built on improvisation, the music and the connection between the two dance partners, the leader and the follower. After the Swdish introduction of Lindy hop in the 40’s and 50’s a new dance style was envolved during the coming decades, the Swedish bugg.

Date: Monday 7th of May, Monday 14th of May
Time: 19.00-21.00
Location: Universum, Restaurant Lingon
Teachers: Madelene Holmgren & Erik Lindahl,  Swingum

The Ticket

You can buy maximum two tickets, one to you and one to your date/friend/family member (even if he/she is not a student, alumni or employee).
If you want to make a group booking please email umuspringball@hotmail.com.

The ticket includes:

  • Three course dinner

  • Säkert!

  • Stand-up with Al Pitcher

  • Dance night with BWSO

  • Dance course

You are a
Student Union member*
395 SEK

You are a
495 SEK

You are a
UmU employee
or an alumni

The Afterparty

Entrance 21.30

  • Säkert!

  • The Bandwagon Swing Orchestra

The producers

Umeå University
Umeå University
Umeå Student Union
Umeå Student Union
Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology
Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology
Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union
Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

When will the afterparty tickets be released? 2018-05-08T09:42:15+00:00

We’ll realease the afterparty tickets on the 14th of May. The deadline for buying a ticket to the afterparty is on the 26th. It won’t be possible to buy a ticket at the door.

When is the deadline for buying a ticket? 2018-05-08T09:39:02+00:00

The deadline for buying at ticket to the ball is on the 21st of May at 15.00.

What student unions are entitled to the student union discount? 2018-04-17T15:08:13+00:00

All of Umeå University’s three student unions are entitled to the student untion discount. This means that you can choose the 395 SEK ticket if you are a member of:

  • Student Union of Science and Technology
  • Umeå Medical Sciences Student Union
  • Umeå Student Union

Students at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences are also welcome to the ball but have to buy the 495 SEK student ticket, regardless if they have the Skogis union card or not.

What is included in the ticket price? 2018-04-17T15:06:17+00:00
  • Dance course
  • Welcome cocktail at the entrance
  • Three course dinner
  • Stand-up with Al Pitcher
  • Jazz and Swing with The Bandwagon Swing Orchestra
  • Great company and an unforgettable night!

Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase at the bar during the whole evening.

I have food allergies 2018-04-17T10:49:57+00:00

You can inform us of any food allergies or special dietary requirements when you book your ticket/s!

Do I need to buy a fancy dress/dress suite? 2018-05-04T08:46:10+00:00

NO! You choose what you feel comfortable with!
– dark business suits
– long or short evening gowns
– white tie and tails and white waistcoat
– national costumes
– academic gown

Do I need a partner? 2018-04-17T12:19:15+00:00

No, you don’t need a partner. You can come to the ball with a friend, a family member or just buy one ticket for yourself and enjoy the dinner, the stand-up and the music!

Can we sit together with other friends? 2018-04-17T12:14:35+00:00

You’ll be seated next to your partner. Are there more people you’d like to share your table with? Let us know when you purchase the ticket and we’ll do our best to meet your request!


Michele Cicchetti, Project Leader
Umeå University Spring Ball 2018