Aarhus 2017 official opening

January 20, 2017 – January 21, 2017 all-day

To kick off its year as European Capital of Culture, the Danish city of Aarhus is hosting a whole load of events on January 20th and 21st 2017.

Aarhus in Denmark is one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2017

Pic: Stan Shebs (CC)

The theme is ‘Rethink’ and in light of this, the entire Aarhus region is inviting both its inhabitants and visitors to ‘experience things the Danish way, with fun, warmth and a sense of optimism that what we create today will be useful and important for tomorrow’.

On January 20th, children across the region will create statements, visual installations and pieces of music about their ‘land of wishes’ to creatively imagine the future of their region and country. But the following day is when celebrations really kick into gear, with larger-than-life musical performances, concerts and community bike rides taking place across all municipalities.

If you miss these opening festivities, Aarhus has a busy agenda of events throughout 2017. Visit aarhus2017.dk for a full program of events or check out our great guide to free things to do in Aarhus.