Finally Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014


A Word from the President

Hej alla,
The Scandinavian Pre-Oscar Party 2014 turned out to be an amazing evening !!

Thanks to our fantastic sponsors and partners for making this event happen and also to our wonderful SACC-LA board members, marketing managers and volunteers who dedicated their time and passion creating this magical evening.  Fun to see so many familiar and also new faces at the event, thank you all for attending and I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did !!
The “Twin Visions” exhibition by two truly talented artists was an amazing extra addition to our event and we are so grateful to Jack Rutberg for hosting us at his extraordinary fine arts gallery.
Our member and main sponsor of the evening was Cutter’s Pizza and it was nice that the two Swedish brothers and owners of Cutter’s Pizza could also attend and enjoy the evening with all of us. It is a rare treat to now have Swedish Pizza in Los Angeles. 
We are always very proud to be working with so many great businesses and partners.  Please contact us if you need additional information as we happily want you to be able to get in touch and use everything from their services, food, drinks, candy to beautiful jewelry and arts plus much more.
The evening’s red carpet pictures will be up on our Facebook page over the weekend and lots of more pictures will be posted through out the next week on our website and social networks.  You can also read more about the event in the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet.
Sending lots of good luck wishes to all our Scandinavian Oscar nominees on Sunday !! 
Happy weekend !! Gudrun 


The Scandinavian Pre-Oscar Party 2014
27th of February


The Scandinavian Pre-Oscar Party 2014 turned out to be a great success and we are so happy that so many known and new faces joined us!  Over 300 guests came to celebrate Scandinavian film and the Oscars at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Gallery.  After the guests had arrived and had their picture taken on the red carpet they entered the gallery and enjoyed a lovely evening of mingling and nibbling on the Swedish inspired hors d’oeuvres that were served.
The talented singer Zara Larsson together with her mom on the red carpet.
Over 300 guests listening to SACC-LA’s president Gudrun Giddings’ welcome speech.

Actor/Director Peter Franzén together and with the three Oscar winner Per Hallberg.

Photographer: Kerstin Alm

Britt Ekland, Swedish actress and John Heilman.
Photographer: Kerstin Alm

SACC-LA’s guests had the opportunity to get a preview of the amazing art exhibition “Twin Visions – Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin” that is on display at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts starting Saturday, March 1st.
Among the attendees we also had a few Oscar nominees that will be representing Scandinavia on Sunday.  The Co-Producers Jessica Ask and Madeleine Ekman from the Danish movie “The Hunt” joined us and celebrated their nomination in the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.  The team behind “The Hunt” has already received a large number of awards, for instance won a Golden Globe in the category Best Foreign Language Film and the leading actor, Mads Mikkelsen, was awarded for Best Actor in both Cannes Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Co-producer of the Oscar nominated film “The Hunt”, Jessica Ask,  SACC-LA’s President Gudrun Giddings and Co-Producer of the Oscar nominated film “The Hunt” Madeleine Ekman.
Photographer: Kerstin Alm
The Screenwriter Kirsikka Saari and the Producer Elli Toivoniemi from the Finnish short movie “Do I Have to take Care of Everything?” also joined us to celebrate their nomination for Best Live Action Short.  See all the red carpet pictures on our facebook page.
The Silent Auction, which is a recurring and greatly appreciated part of our events turned out to be a hit yet again.  We would like to give an extra thanks to our Silent Auction sponsors.

Markus Manninen, the animation genius behind “Kung Fu Panda” and the Oscar nominated “The Croods”, is a happy winner of a Scandinavian gift bag from Shoop’s in the Silent Auction.

 The Film Composer Christine Hals, who has done Scandinavian herding calls and lyrics in Old Norse for the Oscar nominated “Frozen”, won the Led Zeppelin signed guitar in the Silent Auction.

A big thanks to all our amazing partners and sponsors who made this fantastic evening happen!


Swedish Medal Record
in the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

The Swedish Ice Hockey team

This year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi has gone down in history for Sweden.  The Swedish team collected 15 medals in Sochi, including two gold medals, seven silver medals and six bronze medals, which is a record.  It also put us in ninth place in the total medal league for this year’s Olympics.  Our latest and final medal came in the mens ice hockey final, the last day of the Olympics, when our Swedish heroes won the silver medal after an exciting game against Canada. 

Join SACC-LA for LA Big 5K
March 8th


Inspired by the campaign Spring140131 and the Swedish National Day of Running February 1st the SACC-LA crew has decided to participate in the LA Big 5K, which is the official warm up race for the ASICS LA Marathon. You are all very welcome to join our 3.1 mile journey through the rolling hills of scenic Elysian Park.

The plan is simple; we all meet up before the race and do a warm up session with the professional “Friskis&Svettis” trainer Carina Guter, directly imported from Stockholm, Sweden.  You will also get free Sports Drinks from Mighty Sport.  After the race we celebrate our achievement with a small potluck picnic close to Dodger Stadium.

Carina Guter, Friskis&Svettis trainer

What: LA Big 5K – warm-up race for the LA Marathon
Where: Sunset Gate, 1000 Elysian Park Ave, LA, CA 90090, map
When: March 8, at 6.30 am
Ticket: $35 registration fee to participate the race. Buy tickets at

Additional info: Please send an email to if you want to join the warm up and potluck picnic and we will send out more information closer to the happening.

SACC-LA’s Marketing Managers are preparing for LA Big 5K

Partnership Spotlight

Olsons Delicatessen
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Fettisdagen
4th of March
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Fettisdagen as it is called in Sweden, occurs on Tuesday the 4th of March. In Sweden and in the rest of Scandinavia, many people celebrate Mardi Gras by eating the famous Shrovetide bun (in Swedish “Semla” or “Fastlagsbulle”).  This pastry consists of a cardamom-spiced wheat bun filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream, and is often enjoyed in combination with warm milk. 

In Sweden, you can buy Shrovetide buns from shortly after Christmas until Easter.  Luckily, we don’t have to be located in Scandinavia in order to get hold of this delicacy in time for Mardi Gras.  The Scandinavian food store Olsons Scandinavian Delicatessen offers home baked Shrovetide buns as well as many other traditional Scandinavian foods, and takes us right back to the heavenly tastes of Scandinavia.

Olsons Scandinavian Delicatessen is located on 5660 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, and has been operating here since 1948 and has served as one of the few places in Los Angeles where Scandinavians have been able to get their favorite things.  In may of 2013 it was bought by Christian Kneedler, a long time resident and Swede.

Besides the seasonal availibilty of Semla, which is made by Swedcakes, Olsons also offer Scandinavian deli products such as skagenrora, different kind of cheese and meatballs.  There are a lot of things going on in this historical store.  Just recently Olsons started a collaboration with Gottegrisar who provides Swedish bulk candy.  We are also adding a cafe in the near future that will serve Scandinavian and other specialties.
What: Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/”Fettisdagen”
Where: Olsons Delicatessen, 5660 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles,  CA 90019, see map.
When: Tuesday, March 4


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