The Aarhus Festival

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. 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. 

Highlights 2018

Shara Nova and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
When Aarhus Festival 2018 officially opens it will be to the sound of dreamy indie pop combined with classical music when The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra plays with singer and composer Shara Nova. Together they are performing the concert Seven Deadly Pearls in the Concert Hall Aarhus September 1st at 7:30 PM.

Skovbadet Ø
Skovbadet Ø is a 600 metres long forest pool at Aarhus Ø based on the Japanese term Shinrin Yoku, which literally means "forest bathing". Here the documented physical and mental healing effect of nature is used and prescribed by doctors as part of treatments. The Japanese have used Shinrin Yoku for thousands of years, now you can try the phenomenon on your own body during The Aarhus Festival.

Phobiarama is a powerful interpretation of the classical haunted house taking you on a guided tour of our modern culture of fear. During which your personal space is challenged and reactions you maybe didn't even know you had is provoked.

Groovy Grammy nominated jazz
Hear the sound of David Bowie's swan song when Donny McGaslin on saxophone and his band behind him occupy the scene at the one-day jazz festival Ujazz. Bowie was so fond af McGaslin's music that he asked him to help record the Blackstar album, which ended up being Bowies' last. McGaslin has been nominated for three Grammys and is known to explore new musical territories with groovy fusion sound that contains elements of jazz, rock and electronic music.
Ujazz takes place September 1st.

Events for everyone

Here you can dive into the wide programme of Aarhus Festival 2018.

Festival app

Download the Aarhus Festival app for iPhone or Android and take the programme with you.

The Theme

The theme for Aarhus Festival 2018 is "Bridging" and there will be build 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.

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Opening hours

31/08/2018 - 09/09/2018 Monday - Sunday

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