What's on the programme for this year's Aarhus Festival?
Aarhus Festival August 29 - September 7, 2014 Aarhus, Denmark
The Aarhus Festival is one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia showcasing local, national and international artists. It is highly esteemed and recognized both in Denmark and abroad.
For ten days every year, at the end of August and beginning of September, the streets and alleys, clubs, stages, galleries and museums of Aarhus are teeming with entertainment and art. The programme encompasses a number of events featuring music, architecture, stage performance, gastronomy and much, much more.
In the fall and winter, the festival team starts researching and gathering inspiration for next year’s events. In the spring and summer, it gets truly busy at the office as the team starts to do more detailed planning, makes all of the arrangements, and writes about the events for publicity purposes.
Even at the moment when they were most swamped with work – shortly before the festival's opening – the team didn't hesitate in replying to Arterritory.com's request for an express-interview.
The Aarhus Festival was first held in 1965. What has been the most important event or turning point in the history of this festival?
In 2009, the Festival board was professionalized. Before 2010, the board members were only politicians, but in 2010 it was decided to change this. Thus, today the board members are representatives from the fields of politics, cultural life, the business world and educational institutions.
The Aarhus Festival showcases local, national and international artists. How do you find a balance between these various players in the festival’s programme?
Our production team stays up-to-date on what is going on in both Denmark and abroad. We do not choose an artist or event because of their nationality, but rather because they, in one way or another, reflect the Festival’s values of being on the cutting-edge of things and presenting exclusive events. Therefore, the quality of the artistic programme is more important than its geographical source, but we find that the best programme, naturally, is one that showcases a mixture of local, national and international artists.
Every year a theme is chosen to inspire the artistic programme of the festival. This year’s theme is “Same, but different”. What inspired you to make such a choice for the theme? And how is this thematic guideline revealed throughout the programme?
This year the Aarhus Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the theme, “Same, but different”, refers to the festival as being a tradition that also embodies necessary, continuous change – a festival that includes both beloved festival traditions and new experiments.
This year, for example, we have done a rethinking of some of the festival successes from earlier years, we're presenting concerts that are different than regular concerts, and finally, the theme has also inspired a wide range of sub-themes.
Could you please mention one or two super-highlights from each of the nine programme sections that shouldn't be missed?