MEGA events and Full Moon events are spectacular outdoor, large-scale and cross-art form performances. Additionally, Aarhus and the Central Denmark Region has been awarded European Region of Gastronomy 2017 and therefore, Aarhus will be hosting unique gastronomic events throughout the year with the ambition to ‘Rethink Good Food’.
In 2016, Aarhus was ranked as the second best destination to visit in Europe by Lonely Planet. The city is known as the ‘City of smiles’ and with good reason, as it has multiple times been ranked one of the happiest cities in the world. In Aarhus, you can find world class museums, Michelin-starred restaurants cooking the best from the New Nordic cuisine, a beautiful coastline and an array of fascinating festivals. It is Scandinavia’s most stylish city for shopping and no less that a food heaven. The city has a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, which can be felt all the way from the streets in the old Latin Quarter to the cafés by the city centre canal. In short, Aarhus has something for everyone.
The list of cultural events taking place in Aarhus next year is long, but some of the highlights are:
• Red Serpent: The Danish Royal Theatre performing a Viking tale on the roof of Moesgaard Museum
• The Garden: A great new international art project, stretching more than 4 km launched by ARoS
• Tree of Codes: A modern ballet by Olafur Eliasson – the man behind Your Rainbow Panorama in ARoS
• The Bier Trilogy: Rethinking three of Susanne Bier’s movies for the stage
• Nothing: The Danish National Opera performing the prizewinning novel by Janne Teller
• Symphonic residents and Origins2017: Performing the 20th century through music
• Erasmus Montanus: Aarhus Theatre performing Holberg’s play with a sharp twist
• Complexity of Belonging: A daring, politically charged dance and theatre work
The Mid-Jutland Region, comprising 19 different municipalities, is renowned for its agricultural plenitude, forests, wild-life and ancestral places. Aarhus 2017 tempts you to discover the diversity of some wonderful landscapes, the regional varieties of cooking, the story telling and history of the cosy villages and the small townships. This can be experienced by attending some of the fascinating events in the surrounding area:
• Freedom Prison: Artists and musicians focus on the concept of imprisonment, freedom and limitations in The Prison in Horsens
• Watermusic: A spectacular site-specific performance taking place at the harbour of Randers
• Silkeborg Fireworks Regatta: River Art performed by European artists and fire workers. The regatta culminates with the European Championships in fireworks
• The 7 Deadly Sins: Various artists and seven art museums works together to rethink the seven deadly sins and society