January 21Margrethe opens Aarhus Capital of Culture
Queen Margrethe is among the 1,300 specially invited guests who help to mark the opening of Aarhus as European Capital of Culture 2017. Upon arrival, Her Majesty was received by Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard and Prime Minister Lars L?kke Rasmussen. The Queen is patron of the "Aarhus 2017", which during the year will be folded out with plenty of cultural offerings - not just in Aarhus, but throughout the Central Denmark Region.
After the show at the Concert Hall, Queen Margrethe along with 80 children from Engdal School participated in a procession with a fleet of 4,000 illuminated ships on a walk through town and down to the waterfront. Along the way, the procession followed by 1,000 choristers who sing about the hopes, fears and dreams.
Aarhus want ECOC to create a cultural laboratory, where participants, among other things, can contribute to rethink solutions to future challenges.