THINK: Shahrzad Kiavash - What do you do when things don't turn out the way you planned?

Stage 1, Sara kulturhus, Skellefteå

Shahrzad Kiavash was 28 years old, healthy and happy when she suddenly contracted a very rare form of sepsis (blood poisoning). The doctors gave her minimal chances of survival. Miraculously, she survived, but at the cost of amputation of both her lower legs.

With this new, grim reality, she could have chosen to give up. Instead, she chose to gather her superpowers and work up a drive so strong that she not only managed to fight her way back to life, but beyond.

In 2015, Shahrzad Kiavash, with no previous experience, completed an Olympic triathlon; 1500 m swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running with prostheses. She could have been satisfied there, but she would move on to set new, higher goals.

Shahrzad Kiavash tells a story that can be thought to be heavy and sad with humor, warmth, seriousness and a twinkle in his eye. In addition to inspiration, laughter and tears, valuable keys, lessons and insights that can be used and applied by anyone are also promised.

This is a lecture about daring to be brave, about setting goals that may sound unattainable to others, about self-realization and about making the "impossible" possible!

The THINK lecture series at Sara kulturhus presents some of Sweden's leading speakers. With their insights and stories, the lecturers sow small seeds of thought in the audience's consciousness and inspire reflection. Sometimes transparent, captivating and clever. Other times creative, exciting and just a little wonderful.

Upcoming lectures:

Renata Chlumska, November 14

Sissela Kyle, December 12

Good to know before your visit:

Age limit: none.
Cloakroom: located adjacent to the stage for the event. The fee is included in your ticket.
Admission: about 30 minutes before the event starts.
Food & Drinks: not allowed in our scenes.
Hearing aids: available in all our stages, read more here.
Lift: located at stairwell B, left side.
Wheelchair spaces: All wheelchair spaces are accessible via elevator, stairwell B, left side. Please respect that wheelchair spaces are intended for wheelchair users. In case of violation, the ticket will be declared invalid on the spot and entry to the event will be denied. Tickets cannot be repurchased in the event of an incorrect purchase.

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Price information

Early bird price (31/8 – 19/9): SEK 225

From 20/9: SEK 320


Tickets are sold at Skellefteå Tourist Center and on the organizer's official booking page.

For more info about tickets tel. + 46 (0)910-452510 or

NOTE! There is no reservation of tickets, only direct purchases.


Length of the lecture: approx. 50 minutes.