Klassiske Dage, Classic Days is a unique concert and cultural event for children and adults. Since 2005, the festival has invited some of the world’s finest classical musicians to Holstebro in Denmark once a year. From 2018, the festival has been expanded with the concept of Classic Days – Year-round, so that in Holstebro and the Central Jutland region you can experience even more concerts at the highest level, both in a top-professional setting and combined with the area’s young talents.
Classic Days are initiated by the international Danish flute player, Janne Thomsen. She has won international competitions and played with the world’s most prominent musicians, such as Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov and Joshua Bell. Now she brings her colleagues from the big scenes around the world to Denmark. Janne Thomsen also performs on Classic Days.
Locally the festival embraces Classical Days broadly and collaborates with, for example, primary schools, Holstebro College, Holstebro Music School, Orchestra After School, Royal Danish Ballet School Holstebro, Black Box Dance Company, Ensemble Mid-West, Odin Theater and Holstebro Film Club.
Every year, one or more of the festival's soloists teach the most talented instrumentalists from the Danish music academies.
The festival presents annually a world premiere of a new composition:
2005 Peter Helms, Danmark
2006 Michael Berkeley, England
2007 Willy Stolarczyk, Danmark
2008 Philippe Hersant, Frankrig
2009 Frans Winther, Danmark
2010 Karsten Fundal, Danmark
2011 Yuval Gotlibovich
2012 Eric Tanguy
2014 Karsten Fundal
2015 Jacob Lorentzen
2016 Peteris Vasks
2017 Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen
2018 Anders Mogensen (jazz) og Harald Haugaard (folkemusik)
2019 Bo Holten og Frederik Zeuthen
2020 Bent Sørensen
International quality concerts are offered at reasonable prices right in the middle of Holstebro town and everyone is welcome! Music is the language of the whole world and can create contact and life across nationality, culture, religion, origin, age groups and gender. Music requires only one condition, that you can hear. Anyone who opens his mind can also learn to listen and open to the treasure trove of experiences that lie in the world of music.
The festival is financed by national funds, Holstebro Municipality, Ministry of Culture, private sponsors and ticket revenues.