AARHUS FESTIVAL 2014 >
Aarhus Festival 2014 will take place from Friday the 29th of August to Sunday the 7th of September. The theme is 'Same, but different'.
In 2014, Aarhus Festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Like most living things that survive so many years, the event could not have been repeated for five decades without things changing.
The theme for 2014 refers to this: the Festival as a tradition with necessary, continuous change and the importance of time.
The theme also hints at existing differences, including those of a qualitative nature. Most of us have probably experienced how something as simple as a soft-boiled egg can be interpreted in many different ways and we know from the tourist trinket stalls the argument ”same-same, but different” when copied goods of a different quality than the original are loudly advertised.
Signs conveying the same message are different from country to country. In Mexico, one kiss on one cheek serves to acknowledge the other’s existence. A Spaniard would use one kiss on each cheek for this. In Poland they kiss thrice. In Denmark we shake hands or we hug.
As most of us know, the nature of death is so democratic nature that we will all face it at one point in our lives. But the perception of death differs wildly from person to person and from country to country.
Each of these areas alone comprises enough substance for an entire festival and there are many obvious subthemes and artistic conceptions to get to work with.
About Aarhus Festival >
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 patron of Aarhus Festival is HM Queen Margrethe II and the Mayor of Aarhus is Chairman of the Festival Board. The festival is held in late August and early September.
Aarhus Festival was first held in September 1965 and has developed into both an international festival and a major local cultural event.
For 10 days every year in August - September the streets and alleys, clubs, stages, galleries and museums of Aarhus are teeming with entertainment and events. Read more here.
Aarhus Conversations: Erica Jong >
Listen to this conversation that took place during Aarhus Festival 2012 with the American feminist, author and debater Erica Jong and journalist Stéphanie Surruge on gender, choice and love.