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Number of overnight stays and good luck city branding as highlights for the Capital of Culture. Goodbye AARHUS2017, hello LEEUWARDEN2018. And: VALLETTA2018, may I have my potato back?

An ancient melody floats, crackles and drones through the town hall of Aarhus, Denmark. The city is close to being European Capital of Culture. That is why we hear the same song at the handover ceremony as when it was launched on 21 January. Then Aarhus celebrated the start of Aarhus, European Capital of Culture and 'Jeg drømte mig en drøm i nat' thundered through the Aarhus streets.

Heads of Aarhus' political and cultural life look on smiling as the #Aarhus2017 boondoggles the past cultural...

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Inger Stokkink

Inger Stokkink is a freelance correspondent in Denmark - in Aarhus, to be precise. Aarhus? Isn't that the 2017 European Capital of Culture*? Yes it is, and she writes about it for CulturePers. She is married, has two cats and a sailboat. * along with Pafos in Cyprus, by the wayView Author posts

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