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Welcome to Esbjerg Municipality

In the Municipality of Esbjerg, we look forward to conduct "April festival - Theatre for Young Audiences" in the spring of 2022. We have had the pleasure before, when we hosted the festival in 2010, and we know that it will be a magical week. It is something very special to experience the many talented theatre people and terrific performances occupy the municipality’s towns and let the imagination run free. We hope that many children, young people and families get a glimpse into the marvellous world of theatre.

The beautiful southwest corner of Jutland

Esbjerg is located in the beautiful southwest corner of Jutland in Denmark, and our municipality is one of the largest in the country. Here lives approx. 115.000 people, and the capital is Esbjerg, which with approx. 72.000 inhabitants is Denmark’s fifth largest city. In just 150 years, Esbjerg has grown from almost nothing to a dynamic small city with energy as the driving force. In contrast to the young Esbjerg, we have Ribe, which is the Nordic region's oldest city and exudes history and a very special atmosphere. The station town of Bramming also contributes to the municipality's versatility, just as our many vibrant and active local communities are a great strength.

Ribe has its very own charm and historic atmosphere. Photo: The Municipality of Esbjerg

Culture in everyday life

In the Municipality of Esbjerg, culture is an important part of everyday life. We believe that cultural experiences create joy and pride and help to put our municipality on the map. We have strong cultural institutions in all genres, and their activities are to the great joy and benefit of both the audience and performing artists.

Our cultural school has a long and proud history and plays an important role for the breadth as well as for the development of talents in music, visual arts, drama and ballet. The Ministry of Culture has designated Esbjerg as a talent municipality, and in fact the Esbjerg Cultural School was the first in the country to set up basic courses where young artists can explore and develop their talent alongside their schooling. We have the same opportunities in the world of sports, where Esbjerg is Team Denmark’s elite municipality and therefore has very good conditions for the sports talents.

With us, we are happy to be active, and with the sea as our nearest neighbour, it is natural to seek out the waves. On the new harbour island, Esbjerg Beach, a new maritime centre will be erected, and it will be a mecca of water sports activities, which will be ready for use in the spring of 2022.

At Esbjerg Cultural School students of all ages work with theatre. Photo: Niels Linneberg

National Park and world heritage

We are surrounded by unique nature, and we are so lucky to belong in an area that is both a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Wadden Sea and the Marshlands are one of the world’s most valuable tidal areas, where you can experience seals and blackbirds or take a trip out on the shallow waters to collect oysters. Out in the Wadden Sea is Mandø island, which is well on its way to becoming a Dark Sky Park, where darkness gives nature and wildlife peace, and at the same time there is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the sky full of stars.

In the Municipality of Esbjerg, we think green and have set an ambitious sustainable agenda. The goal is to be CO2-neutral by 2030, and we would like to be at the forefront of the green transition. This applies both at home on our own track and globally, where Esbjerg is Denmark’s representative in the association of the world's leading energy cities.

The Wadden Sea offers special nature experiences. Photo: The Municipality of Esbjerg

Welcome to Esbjerg!

We hope that you will get a sense of all this when you visit the Municipality of Esbjerg for April Festival 2022. We look forward to welcoming you and hope you will have exciting and eventful days here with us.

Welcome and enjoy April Festival 2022.