The world of Aarhus Festival


The world of Aarhus Festival

Once a year, Aarhus Festival makes the city vibrant with life, energy and creativity. For 10 days in August/September every street and alley, club, stage, gallery and museum swarm with art and entertainment. Renowned traditions flourish side by side the new and unexpected. 

Aarhus Festival has been an annual event since 1965, showcasing local, national and international artists. Through the years the Festival has been a great success and has grown into one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. From the beginning Aarhus Festival has been so lucky as to have HM Queen Margrethe ll as a patron, in 1965 as a crown princess and from 1970 as queen. Being the patron she officially opens the annual Festival.

Urban art, gastronomy and music

Each year, the Festival has a new 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 more than 300.000 visitors each year. Nowadays the main focus is urban space art and architecture, gastronomy and music events and concerts.

A special event takes place during Aarhus Festival: the annual Food Festival, beautifully located by the seaside. Like Aarhus Festival, the Food Festival is a highly esteemed international event, gathering about 30.000 visitors and 250 participants each year. If you choose to visit, you can enjoy some of the finest and most innovative of Scandinavian cooking.

See you at Aarhus Festival!

We look forward to welcoming you at Aarhus Festival! This year the Festival takes place from August 26th to September 4th. Dates for the next two festivals are: August 25th to September 3rd in 2017, and August 31st to September 9th 2018.


Photo: Martin Dam Kristensen