Welcome to the GrowOP! Festival

International opera festival for families and children aged 0-14,
September 19th-24th 2019.

Enjoy the exciting performances of opera and music theatre, created specifically for children. Experience Operatoriet (The Exploratorium) – a free, creative playground for the whole family. Relax in the Festival Pavilion and enjoy food and drink, and maybe a pop-up concert. Enjoy the festival area around Musikhuset Aarhus with Filuren, Rytmisk Sal and Musikhusparken – and the Brobjerg Complex with the Children’s Culture Centre, Bora Bora, the Festival Pavilion in the yard and the special Glass Container.

Here you can find information about the full programme and the performances presented at the festival. 

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Here you can find information about the full programme and the performances presented at the festival. The festival venues are Musikhuset Aarhus (Filuren Theatre and Rytmisk Sal) and Brobjerg, where you can find Theatre Bora Bora and the Children’s Culture Centre.
Ticket price for public performances: DKK 75.

HeartBeat (HjerteLyd) is an invitation into a playful musical landscape where we delight in the joy of making music with our young audiences. Age 0-2½.
More info in Danish

The Goodnight Opera (Godnat, Sol)
One day the Sun decides that it doesn’t want to go to bed. How can we convince the Sun to resume its course? By playing some music, reading a book, taking it to the opera? We’ll do it all and see what happens. Age 2-4.
More info in Danish

The Ugly Duckling (Den grimme ælling)
Meet Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale about the duckling that is treated so badly for being different from the other ducklings. But in this version it stands out from the other singing animals because of its talent for dancing. Age 4-8.
More info in Danish

ABC (Knud Romers ABC)
Your senses will hop, skip and jump as you enjoy this artful, educational alphabet safari based on Knud Romer’s poetic. alphabetical fables and the letters jumbled into fascinating new combinations. Age 7+
More info in Danish

Where are you, Proserpine (Hvor er du, Proserpin)
"Where are you, Proserpine?" Is a mythological story about how the seasons were created , a Rococo opera about responsibility, love and respect – told from the child’s perspective. Age 8+
More info in Danish

The Judgement of the Völva (Vølvens Dom)
A Nordic opera about the state of the planet, and the opportunities we are given if we choose to care abut one another and all the species on the planet; to let hope prevail over anxiety. Age 9+
More info in Danish




Experience Operatoriet (The Exploratorium) – a free, creative playground for the whole family.

The HeartLounge (HjerteRummet)
Relaxation, quiet music, baby-changing facilities as well as space for older siblings.
Age 0-2½

The Good Night Room (GodnatRummet)
We create cuddly objects and small suns – and compose special lullabies for you to take home.
Age 2-4

The Set Design Workshop (ScenografiRummet)
Set design models in small boxes.  
From age 6

The Music Room (InstrumentRummet)
Compose and play an animal – with two professional musicians.      
Age 4-10

The ABC Room (ABCRummet)
Treasure hunt for things starting with A, B, C etc.         
From age 5

The ColoraCost Room (KoloKostRummet)
Dress up in costumes and sing like a true Rococo Mozart singer.     
From age 6

The Climate Struggle (Klimakampen)
Climate pictures and Climate Stomp workshops in the Glass Container (outside the Children’s Culture Centre).          
From age 9

Operatoriet (The Exploratorium) is free.


Food and Drinks – in the Festival Pavilion

Chill out in the Festival Pavilion in the old school playground at Brobjerg (next to Musikhuset), where you can buy food and drink or just relax. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to experience a pop-up concert or other surprises.

You can also buy food and drink at Café Johan R. in Musikhuset. Or take a break in the old playground or in the park nearby.

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The following companies are presenting shows at the festival:
Den Jyske Opera (Danish National Opera) Malmö Operan (Opera Verkstan), Holland Opera, Saum Nordic Opera, BaggårdTeatret / sART DanseTeater / Den Fynske Opera, AllMighty Productions.

Supported by:
Region Midtjylland, Aarhus Municipality.

International partners:
Reseo, Opera Europe, Fedora

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International Seminar: Making Sense Across Borders

As part of the second edition of GrowOP! International opera festival for children
Den Jyske Opera has the pleasure of inviting professionals from the fields of opera, music theatre and arts education to the opening seminar “Making Sense Across Borders”.

Invitation as PDF in English
Invitation som PDF på dansk


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