UK artists join Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture

Aarhus in Denmark, alongside 18 other municipalities in the Central Denmark Region and Pafos in Cyprus, is celebrating 2017 as European Capital of Culture.

The central theme of the year, "Let’s Rethink", asks important questions about what is kept and what is let go as we move into the future. Cultural partnerships and collaborations will be formed and touch on every aspect of Danish culture, from contemporary architecture to pageants of the country’s Viking past. Danish and other European masterpieces will be reworked, new icons will be invented and prototypes and experiments can all be expected from this exciting, creative year of culture.

A number of UK artists will be making an impact on this event, including a colaboration with Hull, UK City of Culture 2017.

  • Nathan Coley – One of Scotland’s best-known artists has devised ten temporary illuminated text works known as ‘fairy light attractions’ that will be shown at a number of key locations across Jutland under the title 'The Same For Everyone'
  • Anohni – Aarhus 2017 Artist-in-Residence will record with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, develop new work in mixed media, present several exhibitions as a visual artist and collaborator in venues across the city, and perform for one night only in a unique live concert at the Musikhuset Aarhus on the 18 November 2017
  • 2097: We Made Ourselves Over  Presented by Blast Theory, this commission is in collaboration with Hull, UK City of Culture 2017. The audience will take a journey through a fictional city merging Aarhus and Hull through technology, social media platforms and audience interaction
  • Rebecca Louise Law – Investigating the sin of 'pride', Law uses a floral installation in an exhibition at Skovgaard Museum, Viborg, to remind us that pride comes before a fall as decaying flowers comment on the passing of time, the definition of beauty, and on the ephemeral and momentary

Find out more at British Council's website below.

Image of ‘The Flower Garden Display’d’ by Rebecca Louise Law. Image (C) Nicola Tree from


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