The 1700s: The Enlightenment, masquerades and slavery

Taste, listen, watch and learn. The senses and the intellect will be greatly stimulated, when Aarhus from the 9th to the 18th of March gets out the powdered wigs and finest robes, and delves into the bright as well as the dark sides of the 1700s. You can listen to the trendy tunes of the time, be part of the eighteenth-century aristocracy, and learn more about everything from slave trade and great explorers, to masquerade and silk shoes.

The Festival of the Century is a new historical knowledge festival, presented by the Danish University Extension in Aarhus (Folkeuniversitetet) and Aarhus University.

Every second year you can experience history come alive across the urban landscape of Aarhus and the city’s cultural institutions. This year’s festival puts spotlight on the 1700s (the 18th century). In 2014 focus is on the 19th century, and in 2016 on the 20th century.

This year more than 150 events will make up a densely packed programme for the ten days of the festival with concerts, lectures, dinners, and activities to satisfy all age groups and everyone’s taste.

We warmly welcome you to a festival out of the ordinary. Look forward to historical experiences in the cross field of knowledge, art, and culture!

On your left side, you can read more in detail about the many festival events where speaking Danish is not necessary.