Aarhus or Århus is the second-largest city in Denmark and the country’s main port. It is located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula in the geographical center of Denmark.
The organisers – Musikhuset Aarhus and other local venues – wanted to establish an event with international stars and new talents in jazz. There were many reasons for starting the Aarhus Jazz Festival in 1988.
AARHUS JAZZ FESTIVAL
Furthermore, Aarhus was stagnant and quiet in the summer – a time with a potentially great jazz audience of both locals and tourists.
Today Aarhus is full of activity in the summer and the Jazz Festival’s original ambition of presenting international stars as well as new talent and currents in quality jazz remains.
This strategy makes the program of Aarhus Jazz Festival unpredictable and also familiar to the audience.
The strategy also helped the Festival achieve its international renown – not only as an subsection of Copenhagen Jazz Festival, but in its own right.
Like all good festivals, the Aarhus Jazz Festival is continually evolving. The whole city is backing the eight days of jazz, more and more venues are added.
The Aarhus Jazz Festival Association is separated into two units: The Executive Committee and the Secretariat.
The board and the secretariat manage the general planning of the festival including an overall program in Danish and English, website, facebook, posters, T-shirts, banner in the streets of Aarhus, general publicity, and press.
The association organizes approx. 50 concerts at Klostertorvet and Bispetorvet, whereas the main part of the concerts, is organized by the individual venues/cafés respectively.