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Helsingborg has had its own city symphony orchestra since 1912. In 1932, its concert hall, or Konserthuset, opened at Drottninggatan 19 (tel. 042/10-42-70). One of the finest examples of 1930s Swedish functionalism, today the hall is still the venue for performances by the 50-piece orchestra. The season opens in the middle of August with a 10-day Festspel, a festival with a different theme every year. Tickets are available at the Helsingborg Stadsteater City Theater, Karl Johans Gata (tel. 042/10-68-00 or 042/10-68-10; www.helsingborgsstadsteater.se), which dates from 1817 but is one of the most modern in Europe; of course, performances are in Swedish.

With a decor that includes crystal chandeliers and lots of original paintings (which often are rotated with works by various artists), Marina Nightclub, Kungstorget 6 (tel. 042/19-21-00), is set within the Hotel Marina Plaza. It admits only clients 24 or older. It's open Friday and Saturday from 11pm to around 5am.

An English-inspired pub that draws a busy and convivial crowd is Telegrafen, Norra Storgatan 14 (tel. 042/18-14-50; www.restaurangtelegrafen.se), where live music, especially jazz, is presented on either of two levels devoted to maintaining a cozy environment for drinking, chatting, and flirting. Live-music enthusiasts should also consider an evening at one of the largest jazz venues in Sweden, Jazzklubben, Nedre Långvinkelsgatan 22 (tel. 042/18-49-00; www.jazztime.nu). Live Dixieland, blues, Celtic ballads, and progressive jazz are featured on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights beginning around 8:30pm. Most other nights, based on a schedule that varies with the season and the whims of the staff, the place functions as a conventional bar.

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