Seafaring City & Creative Harbour Front
Where traditional crafts merge with creative industry
Aarhus’ new, urban harbour front presents a huge, international hub of knowledge, culture, creativity and international exchange and enterprise. Aarhus harbour front is a creative harbour front and as such characteristically hosts education, city planning initiatives, and specifically in the South Harbour also spaces for art and creative enterprises and projects.
Coming towards the harbour front from the Inner City, award winning DOKK1, library and citizens’ center, and Filmby Aarhus, one of the biggest media operators in Northern Europe, present themselves as light houses for open innovation, digital creative industry and citizen engagement, and as strong contributors to Aarhus’ sustainable growth and strong international interface.
As a commercial harbour Aarhus Harbour expands from the harbour front, in a huge and growing infratructure of 1.800.000 m2 with spearheading container terminal, omniterminal and ship-to-ship services. The capacity for transport, commerce, and exchange and the dynamic development of harbour infrastructure build on and enhance the Northern European tradition for the seafaring, shipping and international trade, a living heritage of Aarhus as harbour city.
As backdrop for Aarhus Walks on Water, just across the harbour from DOKK1, we find Baltica Gade with a concentration of local, upscaling fashion brands. In Baltica Gade we also find OSK Ship-Tech, longterm and award winning experts in naval architecture and marine engineering, who – in a blend of naval architecture and rising creative enterprise – contributes expertise for the construction of the Aarhus Walks on Water floating runway.
Change happens where city meets sea.
The Consortium behind AWOW 2017
Aarhus Walks on Water builds on a multi-stakeholder consortium and is hosted by 2017Academy, a strategic partnership between Aarhus University, VIA University College and the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 and Greater Central Denmark, in collaboration with Headstart Fashion, this.festival by Filmby Aarhus and Interactive Denmark.
Aarhus University and VIA University College form the larger higher education hub in Region Greater Denmark, representing in total more than 100.000 students, educators and researchers and covering more than 8 campuses throughout the region. Both institutions are engaged in regional development and in recruiting and retaining creative talents in collaboration with public institutions and private business. AU and VIA hold research and development expertise within the field, representing an extensive network of expertise.
AWOW is an Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture commissioned event in collaboration with More Creative and Central Denmark Region.
Central Denmark Region
City of Aarhus