Lonely Planet Writer

The world’s first Klingon centre opens its doors in Sweden this weekend

Fans of hit sci-fi show Star Trek will be over the moon to hear that the world’s first Klingon centre is opening in Stockholm in Sweden today.  An interstellar collaboration between the Klingon Institute of Cultural Exchange and the Stockholm theatre, Turteatern, the doors of Visit Qo’noS have sprung open at the venue in the city.

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There will be live performances showcasing Klingon culture. Image by Visit Qo’noS/Chrisander Brun

Focusing in on the fictitious warrior race, the centre will give humans the chance to learn about their culture and traditions through live-performances such as a sing-along, opera and adaptation of Romyo je joloywI’ (better known on Earth as Romeo and Juliet).  The non-hologram live-act presentation is performed by the four Klingon ambassadors Ban’Shee, Mara, Morath and Klag, all from the House of Duras.

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Another Klingon Ambassador, Mara with a set of deadly knives. Image by Visit Qo’noS/Chrisander Brun

Visit Qo’noS is a non-profit fan fiction project and will run from 3 February  until 24 March.  The centre will be sticking firmly to Klingon’s roots and visitors to the centre will get tourist information such as a map of the Klingon capital, First City.

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Klingon Ambassador Klag in full costume at Visit Qo’noS. Image by Visit Qo’noS/Chrisander Brun

“Fans from all over the world have contacted us, and some will come all the way from US and Germany” Artistic Director Nils Poletti told Lonely Planet. “There are a lot of Trekker and SF fan associations in Sweden (such as Stockholm Trekkers, West cost Trekkers, Trekkers i Södra Sverge, Trekkers i Östra Sverige, Star Trek databas, Comicon, Närcon) and the Klingon Academy (Klingonska Akademien) is based here, but I think most fans have not yet come out as Trekkers…”

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The live-performances have been carefully selected with emphasis on tradition. Image by Visit Qo’noS/Chrisander Brun

Trekkies are known to be a passionate bunch and according to Poletti, the Klingon Ambassadors feel like the image of themselves spreading through the TV series Star Trek Discovery is misleading and incorrect.

“It is the first and only one of its kind on earth and in the entire Alpha Quadrant [part of the Milky Way where Earth lies, in Star Trek lore]” added Poletti. “And as a visitor you will get the possibility to try their cuisine, you will get to listen to Klingon opera, see Klingon theatre, and a chance to acquire useful lifesaving tips in your everyday interaction with Klingons and Klingon customs, so that you may plan your holiday to their great empire and the First City on the planet Qo’noS without risking  any discomfort and/or premature death.”

You can find out more information about the live-performance schedule here.