Fine art and popular art, global artists and local artists, huge free exhibitions and exclusive intimate performances; with more than 400 scheduled events, Aarhus 2017 will have it all. Overall the ambition has been to be as inclusive and democratic as possible in both process and result, explains Rebecca Matthews, CEO at Aarhus 2017. “Democracy is a very important part of Danish life, so in the bidding process we had a broad democratic consultation asking
10,000 people across the region what they expected from a cultural capital. The answer was that they wanted a broad and inclusive art and culture programme, but also a programme that looks at global challenges and issues that are pressing for us here in Denmark.”