Until 1 July, as part of the programme of activities prior to becoming European Culture Capital, Aarhus 2017, in collaboration with the Royal Danish Theatre and Moesgaard Museum, will present Red Serpent, an open air theatre event that recreates life in Viking times.
The theme of Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture is “Rethink”, and the aim is that becomes a long-term project, “to transform Central Denmark Region into a cultural laboratory”. “It will serve as a lighthouse for development and not only in cultural areas for which Aarhus has designed a full programme of music, shows, and museums”, the promoters explain. “It will also include reflections on where we live, what type of education we choose, how we travel and how we use the natural world around us”.
To achieve these goals, Aarhus is already brimming over with art, both in its permanent centres as well as in the special venues to be created for 2017. Among the permanent artistic features of the city are two flagship museums, of which the ARoS Art Museum
is the most important, and one of largest in northern Europe. Its most admired feature is a circular roof skywalk – or the “Your Rainbow Panorama” as it is known – designed by Olafur Eliasson, who used the spectrum of rainbow colours as his inspiration. With a diameter of 52 metres and 150 metres in length, this gives 360-degree panoramic views over the city. In the basement of the museum, meanwhile, the 9 Spaces Gallery provides another dreamlike space, with the journey between the two like Dante’s depiction of the journey from heaven to hell.