The Utzon Center functions as a venue for diffusion and innovation, where art, architecture and design interact with exhibition, education, conferences and culinary experiences – an apt tribute to the Danish architect Jørn Utzon (1918-2008), who grew up in Aalborg. The Utzon Center was inaugurated on the 28th of May 2008, and it stands as the first of a number of cultural initiatives on Aalborg’s new waterfront. Besides different exhibitions, the front hall of the building towards the water, displays a 30 year old yacht with distinctive curvature of its stern forms, known as Spidsgatter. The yacht was designed by Jørn Utzon’s father, Aage Utzon. The Obelske Auditorium on the 1. floor has a beautiful view over the Limfjord and is a perfect room for meetings and other arrangements and the library is a pearl in itself.
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Nordkraft is the central culture house in Aalborg and includes a theatre, a music venue, a cinema, a sports centre and much more. For instance you can find Skråen – the most popular music venue in Aalborg – which presents great concerts and stand-up shows through the year. Biffen is the independent cinema in Aalborg and screens films, movies from festivals, short films, short features and silent movies on its 3 screens in Nordkraft. You can also visit Kunsthal Nord. KunstVærket, the regional centre for dissemination, education and production of art in Northern Jutland, displays their works in Kunsthal Nord. In Nordkraft you will also find DreamHouse who host small creative entrepreneur firms and Aalborg University’s sports education. If you’re after a nice lunch or a delightful dinner then visit Restaurant Azzurrs in Nordkraft. Architectural, Nordkraft has a lot to offer. The architects has during the restoration kept much of the old power station’s look which gives the bulling a unique expression.
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The House of Music is Aalborg’s new concert building and was finished in 2014. The House of Music is designed by the international acclaimed Austrian architectural design firm, Coop Himmelb(l)au and the vision is that this house is to be the symbol for the whole region together with a cultural driving force for growth and development.
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