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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Party With the Culturati in Aarhus


3. What to Do

Olafur Eliasson’s dramatic Your Rainbow Panorama sits atop the ARoS Museum.  

View the drab winter skies as a multi-hued wonder at ARoS Museum ($18 admission), a nine-year-old contemporary-art hub that received its crowning glory in 2011: Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s dramatic Your Rainbow Panorama walkway. Stroll around the circular rooftop installation and gaze at the city in shades of red, green, and blue before heading inside the ten-story building to survey the collection of Danish artwork and special exhibitions showcasing international artists. Through May 26, catch the works of Indian-British sculptor Anish Kapoor, French nouveau realist Yves Klein, and American installation artist James Byars.

Go from theater to dance hall to art gallery at Godsbanen—formerly one of the country’s largest freight yards—which was converted into a gigantic arts complex in 2012 by the municipal government in conjunction with local arts groups. The complex is home to ten art, film, and theater groups, with something different on tap each day and night. Upcoming events range from a Danish-language synth-pop showcase to a dreamy theater performance based on the music of the Doors to the artsy sideshow acts of Circus Krone.

Soak up more alternative culture at Bora Bora, a seven-month-old dance-and-visual-arts center that hosts cutting-edge performances like the upcoming …And It Ends Twice, a video art/modern dance collaboration between Copenhagen-based choreographer Tina Tarpgaard and Danish-Colombian dance guru Nelson Rodriguez-Smith. After the show, play a game of foosball and sip Tuborgs at the lively on-site lobby bar, HQ, which stays open until 3 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.

Stay up all night cruising the city’s eclectic live music scene. You’ll find dozens of diverse acts to choose from on any given weekend just by wandering down the narrow cobblestone streets of the Latin Quarter, from singer-songwriter sets over merlot at Love’s Bog & Vincafe to big-name Danish pop acts like Danser med Drenge (Dances with Boys) at oversize music venue Train to funk-soul-disco D.J. nights at popular Café Drudenfuss.

Published on Feb 8, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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