Let yourself be tempted by the abundance of culture on offer. All-year-round you will find film, theatre, art, lectures, musical events, markets and lots of festivals on the menu. You’ll be out of time before you know it.
Something to suit every palate
To the credit of a large, dedicated and versatile troop of locals and newcomers, Ærø has a cultural offering without age-related or topical barriers.
Native artists and newcomers to the island all contribute to a flourishing artistic and musical environment with concerts, shows and entertainment. Theatre, film and a variety of other exciting cultural initiatives are on offer throughout the year.
Experience the full bloom with festivals during the summer, or be entertained in winter by events arranged by local associations, concerts, exhibitions and lectures and talks by well-known and prominent figures.
The quaint cinema Andelen offers babybio and a café, and a showing of the latest releases from Hollywood all the way to fringe cinema. The repertoire changes frequently, offering the cinemagoer exciting renewal.
Island of tradition
Ærø has a unique island culture consisting of a curious and exciting mix of traditions from the main regional festivals.
At Easter the islanders, along with their children and guests, who are visiting from other parts of Denmark or even abroad , flock to their local beach to uphold the tradition of boiling eggs in salt water, grilling sausages on a bonfire and drinking beer, all in the often somewhat breezy spring air.
The beaches are also the venue for the hidebound Midsummer Eve bonfires accompanied by speeches made by local public figures. The turnout is always great, and of all ages, and the fires are impressive spectacles with a scarecrow-like witch on top ready to be sent off to Bloksbjerg. Twelfth Night and Shrove Monday also have their own very memorable customs, if you are lucky enough to be here at those Carnivals.
The finishing touch to the year is Christmas Ærø-style. November and December are abundant with cosy, traditional Christmas markets, Christmas tree celebrations (which include gentile rocking around the Christmas tree!) and other festive arrangements, with the opportunity to enjoy a fresh warm prune-filled Ærø-donut.