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.
Shara Nova and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
In 2018 Aarhus Festival officially opened to the sound of dreamy indie pop combined with classical music when The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra played with singer and composer Shara Nova. Together they performed the concert Seven Deadly Pearls.
Forest Bathing - Skovbadet Ø
Skovbadet Ø was 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. In 2018 you could try the phenomenon on your own body during The Aarhus Festival.
Groovy Grammy nominated jazz
Ujazz is a returning one-day festival during The Aarhus Festival where you can experience top international jazz artists with great originality. The artists will mainly feature new or improvised work where they are testing the limits and experimenting.
Aarhus Street Art 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 is a free three-day music festival, usually located along Aarhus Å at Mølleparken, Immervad and under Sankt Clemens Bro. The programme is wide with different environments and genres.
The theme for Aarhus Festival 2018 was "Bridging". This means that the festival aimed at building bridges across arts forms and established new connections between nature and city life, genres and novel experiences. "Bridging" will also be the theme in 2019.
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.
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.