Aarhus is European Capital of Culture 2017.

Aarhus 2017 – Update

Fast becoming recognised as a new Nordic city destination, Aarhus is European Capital of Culture 2017.

City guides by the international press:

A fresh crop of Aarhus city guides by the international press sheds new and inspired light on the city. Condé Nast Traveller highlights the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene. National Geographic lists Aarhus among the Best Winter Destinations 2017 for the city’s splendid new cultural offerings. The city’s art scene and top-ten attractions are also spotlighted by The Huffington Post. And The Guardian (UK) offers readers a cool-hunter’s guide to the city.

For a rundown of international press coverage of Aarhus 2017 in multiple languages, click here.


Highlight Aarhus 2017 events:

Website and online programme

Røde Orm (performance in Danish)

Embark on the Red Serpent saga, one of Scandinavia’s most famous tales about a young Viking whose adventurous journey takes him to mainland Europe and the Middle East before he conquers his true love. This epic open-air production – one of the biggest outdoor performances ever staged in Denmark – will be performed by the Royal Danish Theatre on the roof of Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus (25 May - 1 July 2017).

The Garden
The Garden is an art festival like no other. It will consist of outdoor installations stretching for over four kilometres through the city centre and the coastline surrounding the city. As well as being the largest outdoor exhibition during Aarhus 2017, it’s also a great way to discover the city in a different light (8 April - 10 September 2017).

Nominated as Aarhus 2017 Artist-in-Residence, Oscar-nominated singer Anohni –­ who also fronts Mercury Prize-winning group Antony and the Johnsons – will help you escape in her poetic world and present her new album of songs arranged and recorded in Aarhus with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (18 November 2017).

Jorn + Munch
Two of the greatest Scandinavian artists, Denmark’s Asger Jorn and Norway’s Edvard Munch, will be celebrated at a major exhibition in the nearby city of Silkeborg, thanks to a unique collaboration between Museum Jorn and the Munch Museum in Oslo. The exhibition highlights a sense of kinship between the artists in how they viewed the great themes of life. The exhibition includes 50 works by Munch and more than 60 by Jorn (11 February – 28 May 2017).

Tree of Codes
Tree of Codes is a unique performance in its genre, bringing the oldest ballet company in the world – the Paris Opera Ballet – together with renowned artist Olafur Eliasson (designing the sets) for a unique performance at the frontier of modern dance and classical ballet. The show previously played to packed houses in New York (27-29 April 2017).

Set to take place during the full moon, Watermusic is a visually mind-blowing experience featuring incredible lighting, 3D projections and aerial acrobats. At the heart of the event will be a performance by acclaimed Danish singer Oh Land, who will take you, together with a 300-voice choir, through mythical stories of mermaids and dark sea creatures. Not to be missed (2-3 September 2017).

River Art 2017
River Art is a tribute to an old Danish tale which takes its audience through dances, pyrotechnical performances and beautiful light sculptures reflecting on the water. The audience can watch the spectacle from the Aarhus harbour or onboard the Hjejle Fleet. The event climaxes with an impressive firework display (15-19 August 2017).

The food
Along with being European Capital of Culture, Aarhus and Central Denmark Region have been awarded the title of European Region of Gastronomy in 2017. A trio of Michelin-starred restaurants, Bib Gourmands and a host of eateries, gastro-pubs and food markets puts Aarhus on the gastronomic world map. Make your taste buds sing with the New Nordic kitchen or treat yourself to delicious street food in cool surroundings with the locals (all year).

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Read the Visit Denmark Aarhus Guide for the travel trade here.

Read more about Aarhus 2017 here

Read the VisitDenmark guide to Aarhus 2017 here.

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