Finally Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Upcoming events  

Culture Collide Festival, October 10 – 12 

CESMI Conference, October 16,17,18

Young Professionals Business MixerOctober 16

Eliason Merit Award, November 22


Gold members 

A Word from the Presidents

Hej Alla
There are lots of exciting events coming up this month starting with Culture Collide’s “Sweden Happy Hour” on Friday October 11th between 4 and 6 pm, in Echo Park.  Please view more information below and hope to see you there !!
And for all our Young Professionals, there will be a great opportunity for everyone interested in acting, to get useful tips from our special guest, actress Liisa Evastina, during the YP Business Mixer in Santa Monica on October 16th.  
Last week we had the honor to announce the winner of the Eliason Merit Award 2013, Steve Angello.  Soon we will be able to reveal more information about the performances during this spectacular evening, so please stay tuned and like us on Facebook to receive the latest “news”. 

Happy Friday !!

Gudrun Giddings
President of SACC-LA

Kim H. Swartz

President of SACC-LA Foundation


Culture Collide 2013

Sweden Happy Hour – October 11th

We are proud to, once again, co-promote FILTER Magazine’s fourth annual Culture Collide Festival that will return to Los Angeles this October 10-12, bringing 3 days of incredible music, art, film and more to Echo Park.  As one of the most buzzed about festivals of the fall season, Culture Collide will welcome performances by some of our favorite international artists listed here.
”Sweden Happy Hour” is a popular feature during the event where fresh Swedish music is presented.  Niki & The Dove, Icona Pop and Laleh are examples of previous Swedish performers during the festival and this year Sweden is represented by The Deer Tracks, Like Swimming and Frida Sundemo.  They will perform during “Sweden Happy Hour” on Friday October 11th and they also have their own slots during the festival, so check out the schedule.

Check out what the Swedish press is writing about the event:

What: Sweden Happy Hour
When: Friday October 11th at 4pm – 6pm.
Where: Taix on 1911 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90026. See map here
Price: $30 for a 3-day wristband.
Tickets: Avilable for purchase at Ticketfly 

The Deer Tracks‘s songs often stride fearlessly into the forest primeval armed with a stuttering beat and a rattling arsenal of percussion.  Somehow they blend them all together with other natural found sounds and deliberately lo-fi digital artefacts that add bristles and grit to their relentless melodies. 

The music by Like Swimming is made out of acoustic indie pop with an electronic touch, always with the sweetest melodies and rhythms and with a slice of Swedish accent on every word.

Frida Sundemo is creating undefinable pearls of pop.  Easy to receive, hard to forget, wrapped with love.

CESMI 2013 – From Ocean to Shore
October 16-18


We are happy to be part of the inaugural CESMI conference in Los Angeles October 16- 18.  CESMI stands for “Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Maritime Industry” and the topics at the conference will range from ocean power and ship design to cargo handling in ports: “Ocean to Shore.”

Major investments are made by ship owners and ports to make the maritime industry more sustainable and more profitable.  The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will invest more than $8 bill in the next ten years in upgrades, infrastructure, and sustainability projects.  And, this is just the beginning.  We are talking about a major shift in the industry and it’s happening now! 
The CESMI – from Ocean to Shore Conference will put you right in the middle of these exciting developments. 
With major keynotes, about 20 speakers, and 3 panel discussions, this is going to be quite a unique maritime conference.  It’s clear focus will be on environmental sustainability, seen from both a port (“Shore”) and a shipping (“Ocean”) perspective.

Please take a look the schedule and read more about the CECMI conference on the webpage:

When: October 16-18. See schedule for details. 
Where: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 2800 Via Cabarillo-Marina, San Pedro, California 90731.
  See map here
Tickets: $325 per person for day 2 and 3. Register and buy tickets here
Special Discount for 
SACC-LA Members: To receive information about the special discount for SACC-LA members please send an email to:

For more information please contact us at: or 310-622-3616


SACC-LA’s Young Professionals
Business Mixer with special guest – Liisa Evastina, Actress 

October 16th

Find out how you as a young professional can get more involved, gain experience and a valuable network through the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles.

SACC-LA’s Young Professionals aims to be a network where you can interact with other young professionals and prospective employers.  On Wednesday October 16th we are hosting our next mixer at Bar Chloe in Santa Monica.  We have invited a special guest  – actress  Liisa Evastina who will give us useful tips on how make it as an actor/actress in Hollywood and inspire us to follow our dreams.  

Happy Hour prices in the bar until 8pm! 

When: Wednesday, October 16, 6.30pm-9pm
Where: Bar Chloe, 1449 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
RSVP to before October 11th




Last week, we were very happy to announce that Steve Angello is the 2013 Eliason Merit Award winner.  Steve Angello has performed in every corner of the world, headlined Coachella and sold out 20 000 seats at Madison Square Garden in nine minutes.  With a taste for fresh talent he started SIZE Records in 2003, a highly successful independent music label that represents artists such as AN21, Max Vangeli, Junior Sanchez, Tim Mason, Third Party and Qulinez.  As part of the former Swedish House Mafia trio, Steve paved the way for the future of Electronic Dance Music with songs such as ‘Miami2Ibiza’, ‘Greyhound’ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child’.  Steve Angello also runs a non-profit organization called Size Foundation, which aims to empower children and youth through education so they can create better lives.  Steve Angello represents what the Eliason Merit Award is all about, and it is a great privilege to host this event in his honor. 

Steve Angello:

Please enjoy a few of the many great articles already published about the Eliason Merit Award 2013 and Steve Angello.

The award ceremony will feature top performances, including a celebrity-packed after party in Steve Angello’s honor.  More details regarding the evening and the entertainment will be announced soon so stay tuned.

Get in to the right mood by enjoying the video from last year. 


Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive the latest updates first. 

When: Friday, November 22, 2013
Where: W Hollywood Hotel Rooftop, 6250 Hollywood Blvd, CA 90028, Hollywood

TEKO – A Swedish Fashion Delegation Visiting LA 


During Sunday to Tuesday the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles hosted a delegation from the biggest employee- and industry organization for textile- and fashion companies in Sweden – TEKO.  The days were filled with interesting company visits, meetings and seminars with focus on the textile and fashion industry in the U.S. 
The delegation was a first time and unique collaboration between SACC-USA, SACC-LA and SACC-San Francisco.  After the meetings in Los Angeles the delegation travelled along Highway 1 to continue the agenda in San Francisco.

The program in Los Angeles aimed to give an overview and understanding of the American and Californian market space with trends and predictions in the textile- and fashion industry, as well as insights on sustainable value chains and the future of textile production and manufacturing.

TEKO met with: California Fashion Association,  Sustainable Fashion LA, speaker Taryn Hipwell, Patagonia and learned more about 3D printing from Julia Koerner. 

Julia Koerner is a successful architect and member of the UCLA faculty.  Julia has recently done a big project involving a 3D-printed dress, which she presented for TEKO.  See examples of 3D-printed dresses below.  “Additive manufacturing technology is mainly used in Medicine and Car Industry but has become more and more of an interest to the design world,” says Julia Koerner and continues “Especially in textile and fashion design it addresses cutting edge design possibilities and emergent techniques of manufacturing clothes.”  

Julia Körner and the TEKO Delegation 

Hybrid holism dress, July 2012, Paris.  Photo Courtesy: Sophie van der Perre.

Voltage dress, January 2013, Paris.  Photo Courtesy: Michel Zoeter.

Swedish Beldina performing in West Hollywood

Beldina is one promising young vocalist from Stockholm currently based in LA.  With her “pop angel pipes”, as MTV Iggy best describes it, “she’s been deemed one to watch”.  Everyone attending the second day at The Swedish Affär in June this year remember Beldina’s magical performance at the Rockstar Mansion. 

This week Beldina performed at Don’t Tell Mama’s “Tempo Tuesday” in West Hollywood.  With her warm, strong soprano and charming persona she owned the stage and captured the audience from the very first note.  

Beldina performing at Don’t Tell Mama, West Hollywood, October 1st

“If the music makes you want to dance – then dance” was Beldinas encouragement to the audience when she entered the stage.  When she sang her theme song “What Can I Say” many people in the audience followed her advice as it was almost impossible not to.  

You can check out the “What Can I Say” music video here:

Visit Beldina´s webpage: and connect with her on Facebook: to check out her upcoming performances.


Internships at SACC-LA

Spring 2014


We are now searching four interns for Spring 2014. One intern within Communication, PR & Social Media, one intern within Accounting & Finance and two interns within Event Planning.  Take a look at the ads on SACC-LA’s webpage.

You can find all information about the application process and requirements SACC-USA’s webpage.

Application Deadline: October 20th, 2013

For questions please contact:
Paula Thelin
Tel. +1 323-309-5037



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