Spot (music festival)
SPOT is an annual music festival in the city of Aarhus, showcasing up-and-coming Danish and Scandinavian talent. Around 8,000 people attend the 100-200 concerts, including 1,500 from the music business, speakers participate in panel discussions and give lectures on various music industry topics. For example, they answer questions on How to make it in the US and participate in debates on topics including file sharing. Trying to please both camps, a curious, local music audience and a music business crowd, is occasionally a source of friction. Started in 1994 at an initiative, SPOT festival has been organized by ROSA from 1995 onwards. In 2002, David Fricke of Rolling Stone spotted the Raveonettes at the festival, in recent years the festival has seen an increase in the number of bands and venues as well as public attention - a transformation that has not escaped criticism. In 2005 the festival included 107 acts featured on 10 stages across town, critical voices have focused more on the choice of venues and artists, claiming that venues have been spread too far out and the choice of musicians has gotten safer and less varied.
Political interest in the festival has grown with the successes of acts such as Mew, The Raveonettes. In 2005 the minister for culture, Brian Mikkelsen, proclaimed it the most important musical event in Denmark due to its potential as a vehicle for networking and musical export. The inclusion of by now well-established names such as Saybia and Outlandish was greeted with muted enthusiasm in the music press, a Switch Box Tale, part of 2008 event. Official homepage SPOTs MySpace profile ROSA Official homepage
Smukfest is an annual music festival, held during the first weekend of August in Denmark. Its location, in a beech forest in the vicinity of Skanderborg, has given rise to the slogan Denmarks Most Beautiful Festival, the festival covers many styles of music, such as rock, folk, heavy metal, hip-hop and electronic. The first festival was held in 1980, and was an event with 7 bands. The festival has a mascot called Waltidur Festismuk Kærligkys Ølimund Rockilund Trold, born in 1579, in 2009, Skanderborg Festival was held for the 30th time and is today the second largest festival in Denmark, after the Roskilde Festival. The festival gathered more than 50,000 people for the concerts, including 8,500 workers, the festival is getting increasingly popular and all 40. 000+ tickets for the 2017 festival was sold in less than 5 hours. The festival has 4 stages, Bøgescenerne / The Main Stages P3-teltet Stjerne-scenen Sherwood-scenen The festival main stage consist of two stages and is called Bøgescenerne, media related to Skanderborg Festival at Wikimedia Commons Smukfest Official Website of Smukfest
Aarhus Festuge is a 10-day arts and culture festival in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. It takes place every year in late August to early September, since its start in 1965, the festival has grown to become one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia and showcases a mix of local and international artists. Aarhus Festuge presents a broad array of cultural events from theatre and literature to gastronomy, visual arts. The festival hosts several festivals in their own right, like the Food Festival or the rock and experimental jazz festivals of Underland. Sports is a part of the festivities, both on the scale and as major events like Marselisløbet, featuring the traditional Marselis Run. The event brands itself as WindMade, meaning that the festival is powered by wind power, the patron of Aarhus Festuge is HM Queen Margrethe II, and the Mayor of Aarhus is Chairman of the Festival Board. The festival attracts a number of additional events and acts. In 2014 this amounts to more than 7-800 events, while Aarhus Festuge officially covers 2-300 arrangements, in 2014 Aarhus Festival took place from 29 August to 7 September.
It was the festivals 50th anniversary, and was marked with the theme ‘Same, Aarhus Festuge was established in 1964, debuted in September 1965 and has since become one of the largest themed festivals in northern Europe. Every year a new theme is chosen for the festival, and events, the theme for Aarhus Festival 2012 was BIG and the festival took place from 31 August to 9 September. In 2011, the theme was Beautiful Mistakes, in 2010 it was Neighbours and in 2009, similar cultural festivals are simultaneously held in some nearby cities
The term Danish Realm refers to the relationship between Denmark proper, the Faroe Islands and Greenland—three countries constituting the Kingdom of Denmark. The legal nature of the Kingdom of Denmark is fundamentally one of a sovereign state. The Faroe Islands and Greenland have been part of the Crown of Denmark since 1397 when the Kalmar Union was ratified, legal matters in The Danish Realm are subject to the Danish Constitution. Beginning in 1953, state law issues within The Danish Realm has been governed by The Unity of the Realm, a less formal name for The Unity of the Realm is the Commonwealth of the Realm. In 1978, The Unity of The Realm was for the first time referred to as rigsfællesskabet. The name caught on and since the 1990s, both The Unity of The Realm and The Danish Realm itself has increasingly been referred to as simply rigsfællesskabet in daily parlance. The Danish Constitution stipulates that the foreign and security interests for all parts of the Danish Realm are the responsibility of the Danish government, the Faroes received home rule in 1948 and Greenland did so in 1979.
In 2005, the Faroes received a self-government arrangement, and in 2009 Greenland received self rule, the Danish Realms unique state of internal affairs is acted out in the principle of The Unity of the Realm. This principle is derived from Article 1 of the Danish Constitution which specifies that constitutional law applies equally to all areas of the Danish Realm, the Constitutional Act specifies that sovereignty is to continue to be exclusively with the authorities of the Realm. The language of Denmark is Danish, and the Danish state authorities are based in Denmark, the Kingdom of Denmarks parliament, with its 179 members, is located in the capital, Copenhagen. Two of the members are elected in each of Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The Government ministries are located in Copenhagen, as is the highest court, in principle, the Danish Realm constitutes a unified sovereign state, with equal status between its constituent parts. Devolution differs from federalism in that the powers of the subnational authority ultimately reside in central government.
The Self-Government Arrangements devolves political competence and responsibility from the Danish political authorities to the Faroese, the Faroese and Greenlandic authorities administer the tasks taken over from the state, enact legislation in these specific fields and have the economic responsibility for solving these tasks. The Danish government provides a grant to the Faroese and the Greenlandic authorities to cover the costs of these devolved areas. The 1948 Home Rule Act of the Faroe Islands sets out the terms of Faroese home rule, the Act states. the Faroe Islands shall constitute a self-governing community within the State of Denmark. It establishes the government of the Faroe Islands and the Faroese parliament. The Faroe Islands were previously administered as a Danish county, the Home Rule Act abolished the post of Amtmand and these powers were expanded in a 2005 Act, which named the Faroese home government as an equal partner with the Danish government
The krone is the official currency of Denmark and the Faroe Islands, introduced on 1 January 1875. Both the ISO code DKK and currency sign kr. are in use, the former precedes the value. The currency is referred to as the Danish crown in English. Historically, krone coins have been minted in Denmark since the 17th century, one krone is subdivided into 100 øre, the name øre possibly deriving from Latin aureus meaning gold coin. Altogether there are eleven denominations of the krone, with the smallest being the 50 øre coin, formerly there were more øre coins, but those were discontinued due to inflation. The krone is pegged to the euro via the ERM II, the oldest known Danish coin is a penny struck AD 825–840, but the earliest systematic minting produced the so-called korsmønter or cross coins minted by Harald Bluetooth in the late 10th century. Organised minting in Denmark was introduced on a larger scale by Canute the Great in the 1020s, for almost 1,000 years, Danish kings – with a few exceptions – have issued coins with their name, monogram and/or portrait.
Taxes were sometimes imposed via the coinage, e. g. by the substitution of coins handed in by new coins handed out with a lower silver content. Danish coinage was based on the Carolingian silver standard. Periodically, the value of the minted coins was reduced. This was mainly done to generate income for the monarch and/or the state, as a result of the debasement, the public started to lose trust in the respective coins. Danish currency was overhauled several times in attempts to restore public trust in the coins, in 1619 a new currency was introduced in Denmark, the krone. One krone had the value of 1 1/2 Danish Rigsdaler Species accounting for 96 Kroneskillinger, for 144 common Skillings, until the late 18th century, the krone was a denomination equal to 8 mark, a subunit of the Danish rigsdaler. A new krone was introduced as the currency of Denmark in January 1875 and it replaced the rigsdaler at a rate of 2 kroner =1 rigsdaler. This placed the krone on the standard at a rate of 2480 kroner =1 kilogram fine gold.
The latter part of the 18th century and much of the 19th century saw expanding economic activity, banknotes were increasingly used instead of coins. The introduction of the new krone was a result of the Scandinavian Monetary Union, the parties to the union were the three Scandinavian countries, where the name was krone in Denmark and Norway and krona in Sweden, a word which in all three languages literally means crown. The three currencies were on the standard, with the krone/krona defined as 1⁄2480 of a kilogram of pure gold
The Roskilde Festival is a Danish music festival held annually south of Roskilde. It is one of the largest music festivals in Europe and the largest in Northern Europe and it was created in 1971 by two high school students, Mogens Sandfær and Jesper Switzer Møller, and promoter Carl Fischer. In 1972, the festival was taken over by the Roskilde Foundation, in 2014, the Roskilde Foundation provided festival participants with the opportunity to nominate and vote upon which organizations should receive funds raised by the festival. The Roskilde Festival was Denmarks first music-oriented festival created for hippies, and today more of the mainstream youth from Scandinavia. Until the mid-1990s, the festival attracted mostly Scandinavians, but in recent years it has more and more international. The first Roskilde Festival was held on August 28 and 29,1971 and it was inspired by festivals and youth gatherings like Newport, Isle of Wight and Woodstock. It was characterized mainly by poor management but great enthusiasm, in 1978, festival organizers acquired the Canopy Scene, an orange musical stage previously used by The Rolling Stones on a European tour.
Since its beginning, the Canopy Scene and its arches have become a well-known symbol. In the 1990s, electronic music was introduced to the festival, in 1991, Club Roskilde was held, which was an electronic music dance club held in the evenings. In 1995, electronic music artists received their own stage, in the following years, even more room for electronic music was created by the establishment of the chill-out zone and the Roskilde Lounge. Since then, artists like Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, by the 1990s, the number of tickets offered for sale was restricted and even reduced. Due to steadily increasing popularity of the festival, the number of visitors had increased to up to 125,000, in addition,90,000 tickets for about 25,000 volunteers,5,000 media people and 3,000 artists were added. In order to preserve the quality of the festival, the organizers decided to limit the number of participants. The distance from the rearmost part of the area to the stages of the festival management seemed to have become unreasonable.
The festival had become so popular that the management decided in 1994 to expand the festival area to the west. The festival site was now on divided by the line into two parts. In 1996 was the festival had its own station, which should facilitate the arrival of visitors, in 1997, another tent called Roskilde Ballroom was built. The 2007 edition saw two new tents, replacing Ballroom which presented mainly World music, and Metropol which presented mainly Electronica, in 2010 two stages and Lounge, did not return, due to a slight shift in focus towards fewer, but bigger bands
Copenhagen, Danish, København, Hafnia) is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. Copenhagen has an population of 1,280,371. The Copenhagen metropolitan area has just over 2 million inhabitants, the city is situated on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand, another small portion of the city is located on Amager, and is separated from Malmö, Sweden, by the strait of Øresund. The Øresund Bridge connects the two cities by rail and road, originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century. Beginning in the 17th century it consolidated its position as a centre of power with its institutions, defences. After suffering from the effects of plague and fire in the 18th century and this included construction of the prestigious district of Frederiksstaden and founding of such cultural institutions as the Royal Theatre and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Later, following the Second World War, the Finger Plan fostered the development of housing, since the turn of the 21st century, Copenhagen has seen strong urban and cultural development, facilitated by investment in its institutions and infrastructure.
The city is the cultural and governmental centre of Denmark, Copenhagens economy has seen rapid developments in the service sector, especially through initiatives in information technology and clean technology. Since the completion of the Øresund Bridge, Copenhagen has become integrated with the Swedish province of Scania and its largest city, Malmö. With a number of connecting the various districts, the cityscape is characterized by parks, promenades. Copenhagen is home to the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Copenhagen, founded in 1479, is the oldest university in Denmark. Copenhagen is home to the FC København and Brøndby football clubs, the annual Copenhagen Marathon was established in 1980. Copenhagen is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, the Copenhagen Metro serves central Copenhagen while the Copenhagen S-train network connects central Copenhagen to its outlying boroughs. Serving roughly 2 million passengers a month, Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, is the largest airport in the Nordic countries, the name of the city reflects its origin as a harbour and a place of commerce.
The original designation, from which the contemporary Danish name derives, was Køpmannæhafn, meaning merchants harbour, the literal English translation would be Chapmans haven. The English name for the city was adapted from its Low German name, the abbreviations Kbh. or Kbhvn are often used in Danish for København, and kbh. for københavnsk. The chemical element hafnium is named for Copenhagen, where it was discovered, the bacterium Hafnia is named after Copenhagen, Vagn Møller of the State Serum Institute in Copenhagen named it in 1954. Excavations in Pilestræde have led to the discovery of a well from the late 12th century, the remains of an ancient church, with graves dating to the 11th century, have been unearthed near where Strøget meets Rådhuspladsen
Aalborg Carnival is the name for the annual cultural event carnival in the city of Aalborg – the fourth largest city in Denmark. The carnival takes place the last week in May and is the largest carnival in Scandinavia, the Aalborg Carnival stands for a week and has 3 main carnival events, The Grand Parade, Battle of Carnival Bands and Children’s Carnival. The carnival week is for everyone – both professional groups and everybody who wants to act on his or her instincts and create their own costume. The Grand Parade is an event that attracts about 100,000 people to the streets of Aalborg each year. About 15 professional carnival groups from all over the open the parade and following them are thousands of people dressed out. The parade begins 4 different places in Aalborg, the different parts meet up downtown Aalborg and form one parade continuing to the city park Kildeparken. Here the Carnival Party continues for the rest of the day, one day before the Grand Parade, there is an international carnival celebration called Battle of Carnival Bands.
Every year lots of interesting carnival groups from all over the travel to Aalborg to participate in this event to compete for the title Best Carnival Group. The children have their own carnival as several thousands of children of all ages dress up, during this special day the city park, Kildeparken is transformed into a magic world filled with experiences and thrills for the children. Kirsti Thorvaldsen, Ebbe Lauridsen, Kaj Steensgård and Bramwell Flyckt are the founders of the Carnival in Aalborg, in 1983, they organised the first carnival in Aalborg and in this context established the association, Aalborg Carnival. Bramwell Flyckt was elected chairman of the ginger group, thus, in 1983, the Carnival Association was established as a grass-root organisation, and the very first Carnival in Aalborg was held in the centre of Aalborg on May 28,1983. The carnival parade consisted of 5-10,000 participants, since 1986, the association has had a secretariat to their disposal, which acts as an employment project.
The secretariat, which collaborates with the members and volunteers coordinates all of the associations events. After the carnival in 1987, the association found itself in a crisis, parts of the board did not wish to continue the work and the number of members decreased. NFU decided to offer their support and to contribute with considerable manpower to the boards work, the Carnival Association rose again. Initially, Carnival in Aalborg was held in the centre of Aalborg, due to the lack of safety in the centre and a substantial decrease in revenues, the board decided to move the event to the nearby park, Kildeparken. Every year, Carnival in Aalborg presents a different carnival theme, the theme serves as a source of inspiration for the participants, but is not a demand - all costumes are welcome. Themes throughout the years,2016, Once upon a time,2015, Taboo 2014, Trends of the time 2013, Angels and Demons 2012, The World Upside Down 2011, Sexzoological Zoo 2010, Mars and Venus
Aarhus International Jazz Festival
Aarhus International Jazz Festival is an eight-day jazz festival in Aarhus, Denmark. It is held every year in July, August or September, the festival performs at the Aarhus Concert Hall, as well as many different venues across the city. Many concerts are played outdoors in the space and are for free. From 2014 and towards 2017 when Aarhus becomes European Capital of Culture and this will include jazz from Poland in particular, since the city of Wrocław is Capital of Culture in 2016. Initiated in 1988 by Musikhuset and local venues, Aarhus Jazz Festival has been a summer event in the city since 1989. The festival is bent on featuring new talents in jazz as well as local and international stars. Alternative musical styles with jazz-influences have been represented by such as Nitin Sawhney, Sting, Dr. John, Abdullah Ibrahim and The Roots in a mix with many local. The 2014 festival occurred on 11 July to 18 July, graphic designer Finn Nygaard has created many of the festival posters. He received design awards for these posters in 1990,1991,1998,2000,2001, Aarhus Jazz Festival Aarhus Jazz Festival Association.
Mark Sabbatini, The 2005 Aarhus International Jazz Festival All About Jazz, sommerens jazzfestivaler i Danmark Jazz Denmark. Short reviews of Danish jazz festivals in the summer, the Ultimate Guide to jazz festivals in Europe jazzfests. net