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European Capital of Culture 2017

In 2017, Aarhus was the European Capital of Culture with the main theme ‘RETHINK’.

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    Aarhus – European Capital of Culture 2017

    In August 2012, Aarhus was designated European Capital of Culture 2017 by an international jury after an intensive selection process.

    As European Capital of Culture 2017, Aarhus celebrated what is both traditional and new within a wide spectrum of fields including art, theatre, dance, music, literature and the disciplines of cooking, architecture and design. We were creating Spectacle and Speculations – Celebrations, Contemplations and Provocations, and brought the entire region together for a year of fun, festivities, fireworks and feasts.

    Read more in the official Aarhus 2017 magazine (opens in new window)


    More than anything else, Aarhus 2017 was about rethinking. The theme ‘Let’s Rethink’ indicates that Aarhus 2017 wanted to transform the Central Denmark Region into a cultural laboratory, where alternative solutions could find a foothold and grow.

    Read more about Aarhus 2017 (opens in new window)

    Sidst opdateret: 29. august 2023