5 events in Odense to look forward to in summer 2021
The event scene in Odense, Denmark is slowly awakening. While the major music festivals got cancelled and are waiting for the big comeback in 2022, there is a number of local festivals and events to look forward to this late spring and summer. Find the sunglasses (or a rain coat), it's time to go!
Here's the list:
Odense Havnekulturfestival 2021
May 24 - 30
Okay, it may not be the summer yet at the end of May, concidering the weather in Denmark the past weeks. However, since 2016 on the last weekend of May, Odense Harbour would become THE place to be. This year Odense Havnekulturfestival (Odense Harbour Culture festival) is coming back strong with the full week of events and activities, happening in Odense Harbour and as far as the Flakhaven square. This year's theme is Art and Science.
The opening of H.C. Andersen's Museum
More details are still to be announced, but the date can already be marked in the calendars. While the city is planning a slow opening (read: many things still need to come to place), the new H.C. Andersen's Museum will definitely be a place to explore and experience this summer.
The museum, designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, covers an area of 5.600 square meters and contains a children’s house and an underground museum, which intertwines with a surrounding magical garden. On top of that, the museum will consist of a wide array of state-of-the-art technologies and approaches to set design, which will all add to the experience of Andersen’s magical universe coming to life. I can't wait to see it all!
July 9 - July 10
Last year, in a middle of a pandemic, a number of local cultural institutions and organisations came together and created a new festival in Odense. How cool is that? Lounge chairs, umbrellas, sand and music in the heart of Odense at Farvegården. Parasol is coming back in the begining of July.
Keep an eye on the lineup announcements and updates regarding the restrictions. Read more about the event on Facebook here.
(The photographs in the picture are made by Cosmin. Read an interview with him here.)
Dynamo Circus Festival 2021
August 4 - 7
Dynamo - a workspace for circus & performing arts has a number of performances planned during the months of summer. But in the beginning of August you are invited to 4 intense days filled with the new circus in the old warehouse at Odense harbour.
Acrobatic performances, aerial dances and other circus experience which makes your breath stop for a while, has been on the festival program in the previous years. Let's see what the 2021 brings on the stage. Fingers crossed.
Find out more in the months to come on the Facebook page of the event.
Odense International Film Festival - OFF
August 30 - September 5
Film enthusiasts, listen up! The country’s oldest film festival, simply known as OFF, is coming back this year in one form or another. With submissions from filmakers from all over the world, in the Academy Award-Qualifying, week-long short film festival, everyone will find something for their taste.
In addition to the usual categories, this year OFF, in a partnership with the Danish foundation THE WHY, focuses on the global plastic problems and will present 10 short movies in the new category: WHY PLASTIC?
More information to be found on the festival's website.
Fingers crossed we get to experience all these 5 events and more in the upcoming months! Which one are you looking forward to the most?