The Aarhus Festival

Photo: Aarhus Festuge
Aarhus Festival is among the largest cultural events in Scandinavia and showcases both local, national and international artists. Aarhus Festival is highly esteemed and recognized both in Denmark and abroad.

Vester Allé 3

8000 Aarhus C

Vibrant with life

The festival makes the city vibrant with life, energy and creativity. Urban art, gastronomy and music. For 10 days every street and alley, club, stage, gallery and museum swarm with art and entertainment where renowned traditions flourish side by side with the new and unexpected. 

The theme for the next three years 2020-2022 is "In It Together", highlighting the need for community.

Highlights from 2019

The band TV·2 opened the Festival
They sarcastically call themself The Most Boring Band in Denmark but the audience were in for a concert that was everything but boring when TV·2 took the stage and opened this year's Aarhus Festival. 

The Open Heart
‘The Open Heart’ was a 12 hour interactive experience (from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) exploring the balance of power and the borderline between goodness and self-righteousness.

Voices Build BridgesSkovbadet ØCelebrate the sense of community and joy that occurs when singing together. Voices Build Bridges included workshops, concerts with different choirs and vocal ensembles and other performances that all point to the same conclusion: Singing together is good for you. 

Bell Orchestra + Aarhus Symphony Orchestra PhobiaramaCanadian ensemble Bell Orchestra performed music from their forth-coming album "House Music", their first in 10 years, alongside Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in a concert that celebrated experimental indie as well as classical music. 

Aarhus Streetart Festival
At the Aarhus Street Art Festival you could enjoy the sight of brilliant colors, thoughtful themes and marvelous motives when some of the world's best street art artists transformed the City Park into a giant street art gallery during the Aarhus Festival.

Understrøm - Undercurrent
Undercurrent was a free three-day music festival, located along Aarhus Å at Mølleparken, Immervadand under Sankt Clemens Bro. The programme was wide with different environments and genres. 

Festival app

Each year you can download The Aarhus Festival app for iPhone or Android and take the programme with you.

The Theme

The theme for Aarhus Festival 2019 was "Bridging". This meant that the festival aimed at building bridges across arts forms and established new connections between nature and city life, genres and novel experiences.

Each year, the festival has a theme serving as a frame for the more than 1000 different events and 100 venues. The events vary widely and cover all aspects of art and culture and gathers around a half million guests each year. The festival encompasses theatre, music, art and architecture in urban spaces, gastronomy, dance and everything in between to create a setting of curiosity, culture and creativity.

Royal affiliation and rich history

The patron of Aarhus Festival is HM Queen Margrethe II and the Mayor of Aarhus is Chairman of the Festival Board. Aarhus Festival was first held in September 1965 and has developed into both an international festival and a major local cultural event.

The program for the Aarhus Festival 2020 has not been released yet - but you can already start getting excited for a blast of a festival.

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Vester Allé 3

8000 Aarhus C

Opening hours

28 Aug 20 / 06 Sep 20


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