Lucia Oriental 2023

Lucia Oriental 20 Year Anniversary is over for this year. We will come back with information for next year’s festival 2024. Until then, thank you all who made this festival so amazing! Shimmies until next year.

Lucia Oriental 20 Year Anniversary


Friday 15 December

Lucia Oriental Gala Show

Open Dance floor with DJ Said

Saturday 16 December

Workshops & Bazaar

Evening Hafla

Sunday 17 December

Workshops & Bazaar

Lucia Oriental Gala Show

20 year anniversary – a night to remember

15 DECEMBER 20:00 (DOORS OPEN AT 19.30)

TICKETS: 290 SEK at Billetto


Join us in celebrating two decades of mesmerizing Oriental dance and music at Lucia Oriental’s 20th-anniversary event. Here’s what you need to know:

Star-Studded Lineup: We’re thrilled to present not one, but THREE extraordinary guest stars – Laura Zaray, Selina, and Annah Raqs. Each of these exceptional dancers brings their own unique style and experience to our show. Read more about our guests here.

Your Host: Martina von Schwerin will be your host for the evening and guide you through our fantastic show. She will also grace the stage with a live music performance alongside our talented musicians. Read more about Martina here. Arabesque Sweden, your other host for the evening, promises an authentic and exciting touch to the show that you don’t want to miss.

Live Music: Experience the wonder of live music when our talanted musicians enter the stage. Dyar Jalal and Ferhat Deniz Fors on percussion, and Filip Bagewitz on oud, will make your ears very happy. Read more about them here.

Culinary Delights: Savor a variety of light food and drinks available for purchase at the venue, ensuring a delightful experience throughout the evening.

Seating Options: Whether you prefer a cozy table or a standing spot, our flexible seating arrangements cater to your preferences. Arrive early to secure your preferred spot.

Wardrobe: We ask all our wonderful guests to leave their coats with our  wardrobe attendants, making sure you have a carefree and enjoyable evening. For just 30 SEK, you can enjoy the festivities without the hassle of lugging your coat around during the event.

Open Dance floor: After the show, we will open up the dance floor so we all can dance together into the night! DJ Said will spin the records for us with the best Arabic Club music, and if you need to refill some energy the bar will be open with refreshing drinks and lighter food.

And More: Our evening will feature additional phenomenal dancers, ensuring a night of unforgettable performances and artistry.

Don’t miss the grand celebration of Lucia Oriental’s 20th anniversary. Secure your tickets today to be a part of this enchanting journey through the art of Oriental dance and music. Join us for an evening to remember!

Stars of the Show

martina von SChwerin

Martina is the founder and producer of Lucia Oriental. 20 years ago she started inviting other teachers and oriental dancers to end the year together with students, aiming to invite an audience from outside the dance community to show the very diversity of art expressions that oriental dance can give. During the years the project grew bigger and venues like Gothenburg Concert house, the theatres Stora Teatern and Stadsteatern, the Museum of World Culture and the cinema theater Draken has been filled with the magic of oriental dance art. Martina is also the director of Arabesque Sweden as well as head teacher and manager of Arabesque Academy. She will be hosting us through the festival show and she will give workshops with live music. As a well experienced professional teacher she inspires with her deep knowledge of the culture and her passion of the art. As a dancer she is a performer known to capture her audience with great presence! 


Laura Zaray

Laura Zaray  is a versatile dance artist focusing in Oriental Dance, MENAT folklore and fusion for over 20 years. She is the leader of Zaray Dancers & Jawahir dance teams, trainer at prestigious CATT teacher training program and performer at several Bellydance Evolution productions. She has also performed in Egypt, the Library of Alexandria together with the Reda Troupe both as a soloist and as a group member.

Laura has gathered her knowledge throughout the years by participating in international productions both as a performer and a director. As a teacher she is thoughtful, creative and encouraging, always aiming to give the best training and education possible to her students.


Selina is one of Scandinavia’s leading belly dancers. She is trained in Egyptian, Turkish and Lebanese belly dance. Selina is often invited to other countries as a belly dance teacher and judge in national championships. Selina’s teaching techniques are described by other dance teachers as ”think outside the box”. She trains teachers, competitive dancers and professional performers.

Through the Middle East’s foremost agency for belly dancers in Lebanon, she has performed internationally. In addition to Europe, she has performed in Dubai, Qatar, Lebanon, Oman, Turkey, Tunisia, Iraq and China. ”In addition to technique, a belly dancer must understand the culture, the music and the history of dance. Only then can you dance oriental dance with feeling.”

Annah raqs

Annah has had a passion for dance all her life, starting with ballet at the age of 3. She has been studying Oriental dance / bellydance for 30 years, with focus on Egyptian-style Raqs Sharqi & folklore, and travels regularly to Egypt for further studies. She has studied for among others Aida Nour, Raqia Hassan, Khaled Mahmoud, Ahmed Refaat, Marta Korzun, Camelia of Cairo, Vanessa of Cairo, and Jillina Carlano. Since 2011 she runs Fireflow Dance Studio & Basar, based at her home studio in Northern Skåne, Sweden. She also leads Fireflow’s show group AlFayruz, and is one of the founders of Raqesnii Schwai, a non-profit dance network in the Skåne/Öresund area arranging haflas & other events.
Annah is known for her juicy hipwork & shimmies, her flowing & elegant movements, her musicality, and her vibrant stage presence. Annah’s main focus is to convey & support the dance as it is performed in it’s home settings, both as a social dance and professional entertainment. Improvisation, musical understanding, and cultural awareness are core components of every class she teaches.

Live musicians

Dyar Jalal – Percussion
Dyar is a talented percussionist that brings a wealth of rhythmic experience to our stage. With a love for percussion and a collaboration spanning over two decades with Ferhat and Martina, Dyar’s percussion skills form the core of our live music performance.

Ferhat Deniz Fors – Percussion
Ferhat started playing darbuka at Turkish weddings with his father, then studied music in high school and further at Musikhögskolan. He has played in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Belgium, England, Scotland, and Egypt among others. In addition to his amazing percussion skills, Ferhat is also an Artistic Director and the creator of Lucia Oriental’s logo.

Filip Bagewitz – Oud
Filip Bagewitz is a composer, songwriter, musician and stop motion animator based in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is a singer and a multi-instrumentalist, specialized in the oud but always searching for new sounds.


During the weekend 16-17 December we will have many different workshops to choose between. With plenty of workshops to pick from, the toughest decision you’ll make is deciding which ones you want to go to (or don’t decide and get a full weekend pass and take them all!). Get ready to explore, create, and be inspired.

Dance Floor Friday & Saturday

After the gala show on Friday night, you are welcome to stay and dance with us to Arabic club music with Gothenburg’s legendary DJ Said from World Music Oasis. You can read more about Said in an interview from Göteborgs Symfoniker.

If you need to refill your energy after all the dancing, the bar will be open where you can purchase refreshing beverages and lighter food.

Said will also join us to play for the Hafla on Saturday at Sockerbruket Arena, see Hafla info below.

Saturday Hafla PARTY

Gather your friends and family for a night of good food and dance at our Lucia Oriental Hafla! After a full day of inspiring workshops, we want to follow up with a party together at ”Sockerbruket Arena”. For only 295 SEK you get to savor the flavour filled dishes from Niko’s Greek-Turkish Kitchen, accompanied by a complimentary drink (select from wine, beer, or non-alcoholic options). During the evening you also get to enjoy dance performances and later we open up the dance floor for all to let lose to the rhythmic beats of DJ Said. The bar is open all night with low prices so you can cool down with a refreshing beverage after all the dancing.

Do you want to perform?
Please send us an email to

Where: Sockerbruket Arena, Sockerbruket 23, Göteborg 
When: Saturday 16 Dec from 19:30
Booking (Pre-Booking only, no purchase at the entrance!): Catch your spots by paying 295 SEK x how many people to swish number 123 360 40 63. Please write “hafla” in the message. We will announce here when it is fully booked. Last day to book your spot is 14 december. Please check this info before paying. And bring your swish receipt to show in the entrance. 


The bazaars will be open during the workshops if you want to expand your dancing wardrobe with something new.

Ingrid’s Bazaar  – Open Saturday and Sunday
Ingrid’s Bazaar have the basics all belly dancers need for trainings such as coin- and glitter hip scarfs and training outfits. Se her online shop here.

Selina’s Bazaar – Open Satuday
More info about Selinas Bazaar is coming soon. Until then you can go to her online shop.

Second Hand Market – Open Saturday and Sunday
The members of Arabesque Sweden are organizing a second-hand market, providing an opportunity for our clothing and accessories to discover new belly dance-homes.

Directions and information

Musikens Hus will be the venue both for the gala show and the workshops. However, the point of entrance is different depending on the occasion, see more info for gala show and the workshops further down.

Musikens Hus
Djurgårdsgatan 13
414 62 Gothenburg, Sweden

There is limited parking at the parking lot closest to Musikens Hus, but there are other parking avaible in the area. You might have to circle the area to find a parking space so keep this in mind if you come by car.

Public transport:
There are good connections with public transport. The nearest stop is Stigbergstorget and you can take tram number 3,9 & 11 here. 

Gala Show: Big Stage at Musikens Hus
Entrance through the main doors at the front of the building towards the street. In the foyer you are asked to hang your coats for the small fee of 30 SEK. You can purchase lighter food and beverages at the venue.

Workshops: Dance studio at Musikens Hus, 3rd floor
Entrance at the left side of the building (when standing in front of the building looking at the ”Musikens Hus” signs). The dance studio is at the 3rd floor. There is no changing room in the dance studio, but you can use the bathrooms at the first floor in the foyer if you want to.

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