Questions and Answers about the finale - Aarhus

European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 - THE FINALE

Saturday 9 December 17:00 – 18:00 at Aarhus horbour and 14:00 – 05:00 in Aarhus city centre.

On Saturday 9 December, the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 will invite people to the official finale of the culture of capital year.

The whole closing ceremony at 17:00 - 17:30 in Hvide Sande, will be shown on a large screen at Aarhus harbour, at Mellemarmen behind Dokk1. After the live streaming of the event in Hvide Sande, activities will continue at the Port of Aarhus, where a unique year will be remembered using sound and images. The public can look forward to a narrative that Aarhus poet Mads Mygind has created specially for the finale. The show will last for 20 minutes and end with a two-minute fireworks display.

Once the show ends at Aarhus harbour, the public will be invited to enjoy a huge musical festival across the whole of Aarhus city centre. A large number of well-known and new music venues will host more than 75 free concerts with Danish and international bands. Some individual concerts will already begin at 14:00.

You can also see the installation Plant a Light in the greenhouses in the Botanical Garden. At Bispetorv, the winner of Rethink The Hit, Jens Gustav, will perform with young talents from the city. Aarhus Musikskole (music school) will perform a family friendly show at Officerspladsen. 

To see the entire Aarhus 2017 finale programme, click here

How do I get an overview of the venues? 
See a map of the venues here 

How do I participate?
The finale is free to attend. You don’t need a ticket. 

For the finale at Aarhus harbour, there will be special public areas at Mellemarmen and Mindet.

See map of event spots here

Is there access for walking-impaired people and wheelchair users?
There will be a special area for wheelchair users on the balcony at Dokk1. The elevator under the main stairway can be used.

With regard to the concerts staged around the city centre, please contact the specific event organiser’s website for more information.

Can I take pictures and record video during the events?
Yes - please do! We want you to share the evening with the rest of the world. We encourage everyone to take their own pictures and make their own videos. Use #aarhus2017 and #aarhus2017finale to share them with us. We will post pictures and videos on our social media platforms on an ongoing basis throughout the evening.

Where can I find information?
All of the information you need is available on our website here

The website will continue be updated until the finale.

Social media
You can follow the event as it unfolds on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Snapchat and on #aarhus2017 and #aarhus2017finale

For an overview of our social media, click here 

Can I purchase food and refreshments?
You will be able to purchase food and refreshments at the finale event at the harbour of Aarhus.

The city’s bars, restaurants and cafés will be open as normal.

You will be able to purchase food at some of the individual venues. Please check the individual venue’s Facebook events. For an overview, click here:

Will the finale still take place if the weather is poor?
Since it’s an outdoor event, we encourage everyone to check the weather forecast and bring plenty of warm clothing. And suitable footwear.

If the weather is poor, we encourage people to visit our website or our social media platforms before leaving the house. In the event of a cancellation, this will be stated on the website and on our social media platforms.

The city will not be closed to traffic in connection with the finale, so roads and parking spaces will be open as normal. However, Mellemarmen and Mindet will be closed to traffic from 14:00 – 19:00. And Dokk1 will also be closed to traffic coming or going during this period of time.

To see parking options, see the map here

Can I use public transport links?
Since the city will remain open to traffic before, during and after the finale, the city buses will operate in accordance with the normal Saturday timetable. For buses and bus timetables for Aarhus and Central Denmark Region, click here:

Relevant bus timetables:
City buses: For times for city buses and bus stop locations, click here:

Trains: For trains to/from Aarhus Central Station, click on and

Buses: For regional buses, click on

Driving in own car: If you are driving to the finale in your own car, start your journey in good time and use the car park areas outside the city centre.

The normal taxi ranks in the city will be in use.

Telephone numbers for taxis in Aarhus:
Aarhus Taxa: +45 89 48 48 48
DanTaxi Aarhus: +45 86 16 47 00

Where can I book overnight accommodation?
We recommend that you book overnight accommodation with the following partner hotels:

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus
Scandic Hotel Aarhus
Marselis Hotel - Aarhus
Wakeup Aarhus

To find and book overnight accommodation at other hotels, click here: