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Aarhus, Denmark

Discover the European Capital of Culture 2017

Denmark

Discover the European Capital of Culture 2017

In 2017 the Cultural Capital of Europe will be Aarhus. Denmark’s second largest city will finally step out of big brother Copenhagen’s shadow and offer a year full of art, culture and surprising activities.

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Aarhus

Discover cultural Aarhus

Music, dance, art and theatre. In 2017, Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark, will be all about culture during its ‘reign’ as European Capital of Culture 2017. We have compiled a list of five must-do activities.

1. The Aarhus Story
A journey through time. The Aarhus Story is an exhibit that tells both locals and visitors of this harbour city’s development over the last few hundred years. The city’s history comes alive with beautiful film effects, photos, smells and sounds. This unique exhibition will be on display starting 12 April.

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2. Røde Orm
This exciting play takes you back to the barbarian days of the Vikings. Orm, the main character, is a slave on a Viking ship; watch as the fascinating story of love, friendship and rivalry unfolds. The play is performed on and around the roof of the Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus. Røde Orm will be one of the largest outdoor plays ever staged, so add it to your list if you visit Denmark between 25 May and 1 July.
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3. The Garden
A combination of art and festival is the best way to describe the cultural event ‘The Garden’. The Danish ARoS museum (a museum for modern contemporary art) is organising the exhibit, and the artwork will be displayed at various locations around Aarhus. From the ARoS galleries to the four-kilometre-long coastline of the city, you’ll be able to enjoy some great viewing. This exhibit can be seen from 8 April through 10 September.

4. Watermusic
The former industrial harbour of the neighbouring town of Randers will be transformed into a spectacular sight at night, with modern lighting, sound installations, 3D projections and water. This fabulous evening display will leave spectators speechless. The event only takes place on 2 and 3 September. Tickets will go on sale in March 2017.

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5. International Children’s Literature Festival
Aarhus 2017 and the Hay Festival are teaming up to organise the first International Children’s Literature Festival in Denmark. This festival will put children’s literature in the spotlight and the top 39 European children’s book authors have been invited to write new stories around the theme of ‘journey’. The new library Dokk1 will be both the literary and cultural heart of the festival. Mark your calendar for 25-29 October to attend this event.
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