Having worked at a number of Copenhagen’s leading cultural institutions, you might expect Jensen to be on a mission to culturally educate the suburbians of Ballerup. However, it is in fact the other way round. When the now 53-year-old commenced his new position in 2012, he began by asking the locals what they wanted from their local theatre and music venue. “Instead of just making a programme based on what I considered valuable, I threw a bunch of our people into the local community and gave them as their assignment to find out what people would actually like us to present for them,” he says.

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