With its 311,000 inhabitants, Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and a part of the Central Denmark Region, where 1,250,000 people live.
Aarhus is the Danish host of the European Capital of Culture in 2017. The theme is RETHINK and is backed by the Central Denmark Region and all of the region's 19 municipalities.
The theme for the City of Aarhus' 2017 is RETHINK. However, RETHINK is actually much more than just a theme. It is a mindset. A progressive way of thinking, which is all about acting and thinking openly, differently and better today than we did yesterday. A further development of every area of society that is going to help shape our common future.
The European Capital of Culture title was created by the European Council of Ministers and awarded for the first time in 1985.
The purpose of the European Capital of Culture is to bring the people of the European nations closer together by emphasising the richness of European cultures. In this way, the European Capital of
Culture contributes to increasing knowledge of the individual countries' cultures throughout Europe.