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2006 is the national Renaissance year in Denmark. Exhibitions, arrangements and various activities all over the country will draw a historical link to this interesting period in which science came to play an active part in our view of life.

All year: Renaissance Year 2006

The whole country

2006 is the national Renaissance year in Denmark. Exhibitions, arrangements and various activities all over the country will draw a historical link to this interesting period in which science came to play an active part in our view of life, and where art, culture and architecture became ways of expressing individual feelings and thoughts. www.renaessance2006.dk, 0045 3347 3443

01 April – 30 October: A true original - Legoland

Billund

The one and only original Legoland is located in the rural heartland of Denmark. Legoland is a land of fun, games and learning - with surprises waiting around every corner. NEW this year is the wild Viking River Splash. With so much to do, why not stay an extra night at the Legoland Hotel - don’t worry - it isn’t made of LEGO-bricks! www.legoland.dk, 0045 7533 1333

8 April – 31 August: Rosenborg Castle celebrates its 400 YEARS ANNIVERSARY in style

Copenhagen

With a history dating back 400 years, Rosenborg Castle is still going strong. Several events will take place at the grandiose castle this year, starting with the exhibition ‘King Christian IV & Rosenborg’ telling the story of the colourful Danish King and his special connection to Rosenborg, where he lived until his death in 1648. www.rosenborgslot.dk, 0045 3315 3286

12 April – 24 September: Tivoli Gardens – NOW with the world’s tallest merry-go-round and Europe’s longest aquarium

Copenhagen

The most magical experience awaits visitors to the Tivoli Gardens in the heart of Copenhagen. Tivoli is Denmark’s most popular attraction with more than 270 million visitors since 1843. NEW attractions this year are the world’s tallest merry-go-round ‘The Star Flyer’, and Europe’s longest salt water aquarium containing more than 1,600 fish and several exotic sharks. This year, Tivoli also presents a completely refurbished concert hall and a new Wagamama restaurant. No wonder Tivoli inspired Walt Disney to create his own Disneyland. www.tivoli.dk, 0045 3315 1001

8 April – 23 June: The Old Town in Aarhus – a LIVING museum

Aarhus

The Old Town in the city of Aarhus is Denmark’s only three-star museum outside the capital area. It is a living and breathing experience of what it was like to live and work in a Danish market town in the good old days. The Old Town is a unique museum which has welcomed more than 3 million visitors over the last 10 years. www.dengamleby.dk, 0045 8612 3188

5 – 7 May: CPH ADD - NEW architecture and design festival in Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Over three intense days in the beginning of May, Copenhagen welcomes visitors to a brand new architecture and design festival with exhibitions and happenings all over the Danish capital. The design festival takes place at the same time as the popular Copenhagen Furniture Fair. www.cphadd.com, 0045 3325 7400 and www.furniturefair.dk, 0045 3247 2154

26 – 27 May: Aalborg carnival – Northern Europe’s largest

Aalborg

The Carnival in Aalborg is the largest carnival in Northern Europe with about 25.000 participants and more than 70.000 spectators. This year’s theme is “exotic – erotic” - capturing the very essence of the carnival: passion, desire and creativity. www.karnevaliaalborg.dk, 0045 9813 7211

2 – 4 June: Carnival in Copenhagen

Copenhagen

The Copenhagen Carnival has been a major cultural event since 1982 and this year will be no exception. The carnival takes place in Fælledparken, one of Copenhagen’s many parks, and will be packed with fun, food, music, dance and true carnival spirit. www.karneval.dk, 0045 3538 8504

June - August: Urban beaches in Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Not many big cities boast a harbour with water so clean that you can actually swim in it – but Copenhagen does. The Danish capital has set up bathing facilities along some of the city’s canals, offering a welcoming haven for busy city-breakers and locals. Some of the facilities even feature artificial beaches, palm trees, exotic cocktails, BBQ and low slung cushions and sofas. The perfect place to chill in the heart of the city. www.visitcopenhagen.com/press, 0045 3325 7400

June 23: Midsummer’s Eve – a great tradition

The whole country

Midsummer’s Eve is an important part of Danish culture. The celebration consists of lighting up large bonfires, which according to ancient myths keep bad luck at bay for the summer. Other traditional ingredients are a bonfire speech and singing Holger Drachmann’s Midsummer Song (Midsommervise, 1885). Why not experience Midsummer in two countries and take the 30-minutes train ride from Copenhagen across the Oresund bridge, and experience Midsummer in the south of Sweden, where traditions are quite different and include dancing around large maypoles and people wearing national costumes. www.denmark.dk

28 June: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek – REOPENING

Copenhagen

Following extensive renovation and rebuilding, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a museum of art and sculpture, re-opens on 28 June 2006. A donation of 100 million DKK from the Carlsberg Foundation has enabled the gallery to take a series of steps to becoming a museum for the 21st century. Probably the best museum in the world. www.glyptoteket.dk, 0045 3341 8141

29 June – 2 July: Roskilde Festival – BIGGEST IN EUROPE

Roskilde

The Roskilde Festival is Europe’s largest music festival. The trademark of the festival is lots of unpredictability, progressiveness and experimentation. Among this year’s artist will be Bob Dylan, Franz Ferdinand, Guns N Roses, Morrissey, Placebo and Kany West. You can enjoy the music and the special atmosphere with a good conscience as the Roskilde Festival donates part of the profits to humanitarian and cultural purposes. www.roskilde-festival.dk, 0045 4636 6613

2 July: North Sea Beach Marathon

West Jutland

Few people know that Denmark boasts more than 7,300 kilometres of fantastic coastline with bright sandy beaches. If you want to experience just some of its glory – 42.5 km to be exact – why not join 1734 runners from 12 countries at this year’s beach marathon. If you think you’ll get tired of all the running, you can bring your car on the DFDS ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg and see more of Denmark at your own pace. www.beachmarathon.com, 0045 7672 7405 and www.visitesbjerg.com

7 – 16 July: Copenhagen and all that jazz…

Copenhagen

The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is one of the greatest musical celebrations in Copenhagen’s cultural calendar. The festival boasts both Danish and world renowned artists and takes place in bars and clubs as well as outdoors, where various scenic places such as parks, squares and even tour boats are transformed into stages. www.festival.jazz.dk, 0045 3393 2013

August: Copenhagen Mermaid Pride

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the most gay-welcoming cities in Europe and offers several gay events throughout the year. One of the most popular events is the Copenhagen Mermaid Pride. This is an annual gay parade, where hordes of spectators line the route to watch more than 1000 participants jamming the traffic with floats, rainbow flags, dykes on bikes, screaming queens, leather people and much much more. www.mermaidpride.dk, 0045 4530 0161

3 – 6 August: Cultural Harbour in Copenhagen – FREE summer festival

Copenhagen

You can enjoy the gentle fountains, quiet canals and crashing waves in Copenhagen all year round, but every year in August a very special event takes place: Cultural Harbour. This annual festival means four days of dance, music, theatre, artistry and a variety of other events in the harbour area. The best part is that all activities are free! www.kulturhavn.dk, 0045 3366 3850

4 –13 August: UR-Hamlet at Kronborg Castle

Helsingør

In the historic courtyard of Kronborg Castle you have the chance to watch the fantastic theatre show UR-Hamlet. The large show involves no less than 48 performers from 25 countries and is directed by Eugenio Barbara. www.hamletsommer.dk, 0045 4928 2045

18 – 25 August: The Malmö Festival – Malmö at its very best… and maddest!

Malmö

Few festivals are as popular and well attended as the Malmö Festival, with more than 1, 5 million visitors over eight great days. Every year the festival starts with the popular and mad crayfish party at Stortorget – quite an experience! Over the next days more than 250 live music performances and concerts will take place, along with several cultural events, a food festival, an amusement park, handicrafts and much much more. All events are free of charge. www.malmofestivalen.se, 0046 4034 1271

24 August – 03 September: Copenhagen Cooking - things are really stirring in the Danish Capital!

Copenhagen

The first Copenhagen Cooking Festival took place in the Danish capital last year. The festival was a huge success, and this year’s programme looks even better. The festival is based on the finest products from the Nordic and Danish kitchen, and will take place in the Nyhavn canal area, at the Carlsberg Breweries, on open squares and in restaurants in central Copenhagen. The festival incorporates everything from exclusive gourmet restaurants to children’s kitchen and debates on healthy, nutritious and organic food. www.copenhagencooking.com, 0045 3355 7436

1 – 10 September: Aarhus Festival - WOMANIA

Aarhus

The Aarhus Festival has existed for 41 years and is one of the biggest festivals in Denmark. The title of this year’s festival will be WOMANIA, and women will indeed take the centre stage. The festival intends to bring into focus the images, symbols and perceptions of women as they have existed throughout the ages, and discover what lies hidden behind the façade of the female gender. This unique festival offers shows, theatre performances, concerts, opera, ballet, music, sport and much more. Most performances are free. The full festival programme will be available in August.
www.aarhusfestuge.dk, 0045 8940 9191

07 October: The National Gallery –REOPENING

Copenhagen

After extensive refurbishing, The National Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst) will reopen in October with a new visitor’s entrance, a new display spanning the new and old museum buildings and much more. The opening exhibition will include masterpieces from Mantegna, Cranach, Rubens, Eckersberg, Hammershoi to Matisse, Picasso, Nolde and Kirkeby. From this year you even get free entrance to The National Gallery as well as to the National Museum.
www.smk.dk, 0045 3374 8494

13 - 21 October: World Gymnastics Championships in Scandinavia for the first time!

Aarhus

For the first time ever, the prestigious Artistic Gymnastics World Championships are held in Scandinavia, and the stage is set for exciting and thrilling performances when world-class athletes visit the NRGi Arena in Aarhus. More than 600 gymnasts from 70 countries will come to the great sporting event. www.wch2006art.com, 0045 8629 7720

14 October: Night of Culture – explore Copenhagen’s culture in the cover of darkness!

Copenhagen

More than 750 cultural venues and events all over the Danish capital will be available to the public from 6 to 12 pm. Curious and adventurous pass holders can take advantage of the unique opportunity to experience an exciting evening of cultural exploration and to visit many buildings that are normally closed to the public. Approximately 300 venues are ready to welcome you. www.kulturnatten.dk, 0045 3325 7400

November – December: Christmas in Copenhagen!

Copenhagen

There is no Christmas like Christmas in Copenhagen. In November and December, the cosmopolitan capital of Denmark takes on an almost magical allure. In addition to soaking up the special Christmas atmosphere, there will be Christmas markets and events all over. And what’s even better, the fairytale Tivoli Gardens will be open for the season dressed in white and thousands of Christmas lights!
www.tivoli.dk, 0045 3315 1001

28 October – 03 November: NEW Copenhagen Music Festival

Copenhagen

In the week leading up to the MTV European Music Awards, the Danish capital will see a BRAND NEW music festival. If you like the sound of that, why not boogie your way to Copenhagen and join the many music performances and special MTV parties. The plan is to make the Music Festival an annual event, underlining Copenhagen as a cool and innovative city. www.copenhagenmusicweek.com

9 November: MTV EUROPEAN MUSIC AWARDS in COPENHAGEN

Copenhagen

Stars from the worlds of music and entertainment will descend upon Copenhagen for the 13th MTV Europe Music Awards. While stars like Robbie Williams, Madonna and Coldplay are at it on stage, why not join the special public MTV concert taking place in a yet-to-be-revealed park in Copenhagen or simply create your own party in the streets of the Danish capital. www.visitcopenhagen.com, 0045 3325 7400

11 November – end December: Christmas in the Old Town

Aarhus

The traditional Christmas exhibition in The Old Town in Aarhus comprises 30 exhibitions in 14 different historical houses and depicts the Danish Christmas traditions through a period of more than 300 years. Now this is pure old-world Christmas magic! www.dengamleby.dk, 0045 8612 3188

3 – 23 December 2006: Christmas in Malmö

Malmö

Imagine charming Malmö covered in snow and decorated with tens of thousands of Christmas lights – this would bring even Ebenezer Scrooge in the right Christmas spirit. In December, Malmö offers a variety of family activities and with more than 800 great shops; the city is the perfect place to take care of the Christmas shopping.

If you are there on 13 December you can join the annual celebration of Lucia. In the main square she appears with candles in her hair, and together with her attendants she will sing traditional Christmas songs. www.malmo.se, 0046 4034 1000


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