Once a year, Aarhus Festival makes the city vibrant with life, energy and creativity. For 10 days in August/September every street and alley, club, stage, gallery and museum swarm with art and entertainment. Renowned traditions flourish side by side the new and unexpected.
Aarhus Festival has been an annual event since 1965, showcasing local, national and international artists. Through the years the Festival has been a great success and has grown into one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. From the beginning Aarhus Festival has been so lucky as to have HM Queen Margrethe ll as a patron, in 1965 as a crown princess and from 1970 as queen. Being the patron she officially opens the annual Festival.
photo Martin Dam Kristensen
Urban art, gastronomy and music
Each year, the Festival has a new theme, serving as a frame for the more than 1000 different events. The events vary widely and cover all aspects of art and culture. Nowadays the main focus is urban space art and architecture, gastronomy and music events and concerts.
A special event takes place during Aarhus Festival: the annual Food Festival, beautifully located by the seaside. Like Aarhus Festival, the Food Festival is a highly esteemed international event, gathering about 30.000 visitors and 250 participants each year. If you choose to visit, you can enjoy some of the finest and most innovative of Scandinavian cooking.
photo Martin Dam Kristensen
Unofficial opening – Down from the North
Local singer/songwriter Tina Dickow will alongside musical acquaintances from both Iceland and Aarhus unofficially open Aarhus Festival 2015 with a grand show for 10.000 people. The show aims to bridge the gap between her current home Iceland and her birthplace Aarhus.
Tina Dickow will invite artists from Iceland as well as local Aarhus-artists up on stage with her including Icelandic music’s hottest name right now, Ásgeir Trausti, and singer in the Danish group Folkeklubben, Kjartan Arngrim.
The concert will showcase the best of both places according to Tina Dickow, who is delighted to share her view on Icelandic music with Aarhus in a great one-off show in beautiful surroundings.
Aarhus Jazz Orchestra will team up with singer Michael Møller from the electropop trio The Mountains and do covers of indierock tracks arranged by Søren Møller as the supporting act before Tina and friends take the stage.
photo Les Kaner
5.30 p.m.: Entry to the concert grounds
7.00 p.m.: Aarhus Jazz Orchestra feat. Michael Møller
7.45 p.m.: Intermission
8.30 p.m.: Tina Dickow with friends
10.30 p.m.: End of show
We are happy to bring back the always popular Diane Spencer and also welcome new appearance at Aarhus Festival Bec Hill as part of this year’s comedy program.
This will be Diane Spencer’s third visit to Aarhus Festival, where she on previous occasions has entertained audience with her sophisticated language and somewhat dirty mouth, whereas it will be Bec Hill’s first appearance at the festival. Her creative style has led to several awards and great reviews. It’s intelligent and personal comedy at its best with two shows that in Denmark only will be performed at Aarhus Festival.
Diane Spencer (UK): ‘Power Tool’
Flight turbulence, celebrities and the quest for the perfect home are some of the key issues when the British comedian returns to Aarhus Festival. This time with her new show ‘Power Tool’, which is the sixth from the award-winning redhead. She is known for her storytelling abilities with which she combines dark humour and a sharp intellect as she entertains and shocks the audience.
”Her wacky and irreverent storytelling will charm, shock and uplift you” – Three Weeks
photo Steve Ullathorne
This innovative and modern opera is the result of the collaboration between Danish trio Efterklang and composer Karsten Fundal. Circling around a future universe where humankind as we know, is has seized to exist, the music consists of 11 melodic songs reflecting the different personalities of the composers. These songs will be performed live in concert form with eight musicians and five singers including famous opera singer Lisbeth Balslev and modern percussionist Ying Hsueh-Chen.
Doors open at 19.30.
photo Bjørn Giesenbauer
Five white rabbits are making The City Hall Park their home during Aarhus Festival. The up to seven-metre tall rabbits form the artwork ‘Intrude’
Striking different poses and enjoying the surroundings in the park, the rabbits appeal to the playful inner child in the audience. Dressed as fairytale creatures they bring up memories from our childhood.
Australian artist Amanda Parer created ‘Intrude’, which in line with this year’s theme ‘Light – more light’ will light up the park at night time.
photo Ness Vanderburgh
Last year Aarhus Festival conducted the streaming experiment ‘Death Lines’ where artists placed around the world performed together via digital technology. ‘Imagery of Perfection – A Global Concert’ builds on those experiences and adds artistic depth to the format. In Aarhus, the audience will be guided through a dystopian setting by playwright Christian Lollike with performances by Danish act Efterklang, throat singer Tanya Tagaq, opera singer Bae Il Dong and flamenco singer Carmen Linares. Connected via the internet and shown on big screens in Aarhus acts from Japan, Italy, Australia and USA will take part in this digitally interactive performance.
photo Line Gry
We look forward to welcoming you at Aarhus Festival!
At this moment, we are busy preparing lots of fascinating events for the 51st edition, with the theme ‘Light, more light – into the darkness, out in the light.’ This year the Festival takes place from August the 28th to September the 6th.
photo Martin Dam Kristensen