Culture in Aalborg

Aalborg has many cultural experiences to offer regardless of whether you prefer music, theatre or art exhibitions. National and international artists often play concerts or exhibit art in Aalborg, where you will also find an exciting underground music scene.

Culture for everyone

Aalborg’s culture is easily accessible and at several venues you may actively participate in the artistic process. Snobbery is not characteristic of the mentality of people from Aalborg. On this page, you will find some of the cultural experiences available in Aalborg. Most of these are located within a relatively small geographic area.

The Student House in Aalborg in DenmarkInternational students night at Studenterhuset

At Studenterhuset (in Danish) in the centre of Aalborg you can meet up with other students and enjoy a cup of coffee or go to concerts with Danish and international bands. International Evening is held every Wednesday, which gives you the opportunity to meet other international students. You can also attend presentations, participate in a number of different activities, e.g. salsa, and you may choose to become a volunteer at Studenterhuset. Studenterhuset welcomes everyone and prices are student-friendly.

Café Klostertorvet in Aalborg in DenmarkCafes in Aalborg

If you want to enjoy delicious food and drinks with your fellow students in the city centre, or just relax with a cup of coffee or tea, you can visit one of Aalborg’s cafes. Try, for instance, Café Klostertorvet (in Danish), where seats are available both inside and outside.

Concert at the Student House in Aalborg in DenmarkConcerts in Aalborg

Aalborg has both small, intimate music venues and a concert hall big enough for international artists. At Studenterhuset (in Danish) and Skråen (in Danish) you can listen to well-established as well as upcomming bands from both Denmark and abroad. You will find the city’s alternative music scene at 1000FRYD (you could also visit them on Vegan Tuesdays). You should also visit Huset ('The House'), where Friday nights are dedicated to indie music at "Klub Husfred". Huset is also known for their jazz concerts, and their vegetarian buffet! Attend concerts at Musikkens Hus ('House of Music'), the new venue by Aalborg's harbour front. Large concerts are usually held at the sports and culture centre Gigantium (in Danish), which is located close to campus in Aalborg East. Here, you'll also find a large swimming pool!

The art museum Kunsten in Aalborg in DenmarkArt exhibitions in Aalborg

If you are interested in art, Aalborg also has a lot to offer. KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art exhibits modern and contemporary art, and in Kunsthal Nord (in Danish), which is located inside the culture house Nordkraft (in Danish), you can experience Danish and international contemporary visual art, handicraft and design. You can also visit the Utzon Centre at Aalborg Harbourfront, where you can enjoy different forms of architecture, design and art. This is also where AAU's programme Art & Technology is located.

The art cinema Biffen in Aalborg in DenmarkCinemas and theatres in Aalborg

You ought to visit Biffen Art Cinema (in Danish) if you like non-mainstream quality films for connoisseurs. Here, you can also participate in film festivals, meet film directors, etc. If you are interested in theatre you can enjoy plays at e.g. Aalborg Teater (in Danish), which is the olderst theatre in the city, or at Teater Nordkraft (in Danish). At Morskabs-Theatret (in Danish), Det Hem'lige Teater (in Danish) and Transformator (in Danish) you can experience amateur theatre and more experimental and transgressive shows.

Carnival in Aalborg in DenmarkCarnival in Aalborg

If you like carnivals, you may participate in the popular, annual carnival parade in Aalborg, which is the largest of its kind in northern Europe. Aalborg is full of life on this festive day when thousands of dressed up people dance in the streets. The carnival parade finishes at Kildeparken, where different artists entertain. You may also enjoy the carnival parade as a spectator.