Ticket to Future Festivals secretariatc/o Municipality of Horsens, Cultural DepartmentRådhustorvet 4DK - 8700 Horsens
The historic buildings of the former Horsens State Penitentiary now houses FÆNGSLET, a cultural institution that encompasses The Prison Museum, conference facilities and venues for events, festivals and concerts. The characteristic and authentic buildings provide a unique setting for the conference. With its 1400 m2 Magasinet, the original warehouse, is perfect for both conferences, trade shows, concerts etc. Magasinet is the main room for the TTFF conference. The small prison cells of the old prison ward are perfect for the more in-debt discussions that will take place Thursday afternoon. During the discussions, groups of eight attendees get a chance to meet some of the speakers in a more intimate setting.
Since 2006 when the last inmate left the former Horsens State Penitentiary, intense work and effort have been invested the cultural institution FÆNGSLET (THE PRISON).
In the heart of FÆNGSLET stands The Prison Museum where the Museum of Horsens has created a unique experience of the life behind walls through sound, film, photos and belongings – ideally situated within the authentic surroundings of the old penitentiary.
The former prison yard where inmates used to enjoy fresh air and exercise is today a venue for concerts, festivals and sports events. Additional rooms are leased to artist groups and other organizations who wish to make use of FÆNGSLET on weekdays and weekends.
In the Prison Shop which is also home to the city’s tourist information there’s exciting merchandise to be found, coffee, crime fiction and several products made by inmates in Tønder Jail.
In the old 2. EAST cell block a shared office space is open for the city’s businesses, cultural and educational institutions to lease and participate in creating an inspiring and highly innovative environment for everyone.
FÆNGSLET SleepIn is situated in the prison’s old sick ward. The building has been carefully renovated in order to fulfill the requirements for housing the new “voluntary” overnight guests. However, the authenticity has not been compromised. One example is the old radio in the cells that has been preserved in working condition and the graffiti by former inhabitants that still covers the cell walls.
Take a tour around FÆNGLSET.
Each year during the last weekend of August, the European Medieval Festival invites you on an amazing journey more than 500 years back through the ages.During the conference you can see how the area is transformed into a medieval market. And the festival opens Friday afternoon just when the conference ends.The European Medieval Festival is many things: a medieval fair with various arts and crafts for sale, a medieval music festival, a place for theatre, shows and performances, and a living museum with working exhibitions and opportunities to interact with historical groups.FÆNGSLET sets a fantastic stage for the medieval market with its hundreds of interesting stalls as well as music, theatre, and tournaments.
The European Medieval Festival seeks to combine cultural experiences with historical presentation to erase boundaries between entertainment and education. The goal is to create a cultural event that shines a light on an important era in European history and that communicates historical knowledge to a broader audience than would normally visit a traditional museum.
The European Medieval Festival strives to show all sides of medieval life as authentically as possible: art, craft, music, the bustle of the market, and the ways and customs of daily life. This also means that you will not find an honest cup of coffee or a dollop of ketchup to go with your sausage – these items were simply not available in Denmark circa 1350.
The festival aims to present a festive, historical and cultural programme with a high level of music, theatre, crafts, trading, tournaments and medieval food. Every year, the festival presents musical groups, street performers and theatre groups, jousting knights and combat shows, and a huge market with approx. 120 stalls, craftsmen, and encampments. Participants come from countries such as Denmark, Germany, The Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, and more.
The festival also aims to be an event that brings all of Horsens Municipality together across public institutions, businesses, clubs/associations, and ordinary citizens. The festival hopes to help strengthen collaboration across sectors and establish new connections in the public sector as well as local businesses. The European Medieval Festival is for instance an important event for the many local clubs and associations that participate with sales and food stalls. For their members, the festival can be a bonding experience; they can make a profit on volunteer work, and create publicity for their activities.
The Ticket to Future Festivals Conference takes place in the city of Horsens.Horsens Municipality is a vibrant community known for its cultural events and concerts of world-famous artists. But in Horsens, we also cherish the offbeat ideas, and the many creative artists turn the municipality into a cultural hub with new experiences waiting around the corner. The city hosts a variety of festivals ranging from children- and youth theatre to the Middle Ages, classical music, drawing, and crime fiction.
The official conference hotel is the four star Hotel Opus located just 15 minutes’ walk from FÆNGSLET. The hotel is designed by Kim Utzon Architects and decorated by architect Mikael Mammen. Hotel Opus offers 129 attractive standard rooms. All rooms are tastefully furnished and come with all the basic necessities to make your stay comfortable.
An unforgettable and extraordinary experience awaits.The Prison Museum contains the world’s largest prison collection. Walking through the old state penitentiary’s historic buildings, the museum portrays the 153 years of prison life as seen by both inmates and prison personnel. The guided tour covers all four floors of The Prison Museum and is an in-depth, personalised journey through the penitentiary’s historic buildings.
The Ticket to Future Festivals conference is a part Aarhus 2017, European Capital of Culture. The theme of the year as a culture capital is Let’s Rethink - a mindset for change, innovation and courage, and a progressive way of thinking and acting smarter. During the year as European Capital of Culture, Aarhus will celebrate both the traditions and the innovations that culture can produce. As the capital of culture, Aarhus will examine our Danish DNA and take delight and pride in its unique history. We will ask the questions of what to keep and what to let go as we move into the future. We will examine our past in order to better shape and understand our future.
Why not visit Aarhus and the Aarhus Festival when the conference ends? Once a year, Aarhus Festival makes Aarhus vibrant with life, energy and creativity. From August 25th until September 3rd every street and alley, club, stage, gallery and museum swarm with art and entertainment. Renowned traditions flourish side by side with the new and unexpected. Aarhus Festival has been an annual event since 1965, showcasing local, national and international artists. Through the years, the Festival has been a great success and has grown into one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia.