Tivoli in Copenhagen, Denmark, opens the summer season on 14 April. It will be a season of cultural events and entertainment, including a new Easter Festival, a Friday Rock programme with the emphasis on rock music and talented young performers, new family entertainment with Petzi on Sundays, 61 classical concerts in the Concert Hall, new food outlets and a greener Tivoli with grass in front of the Open Air Stage and the Pantomime Theatre throughout the season.
Tivoli also introduces a new price structure with free admission for children up to 8 years of age and reduced prices for adults. All this will happen during the summer season from 14 April to 25 September (both days included).
Denmark’s biggest Easter celebration
This year, Tivoli puts special focus on Easter and takes the opportunity to invite its visitors to Denmark’s biggest Easter Parade with the participation of chickens, Pierrot, Harlequin, Columbine, Petzi, and the Tivoli Boys Guard, among others. The Gardens will be filled with thousands of flowers in the colours of Easter. Among the many events will be a new, big Easter Parade and new Easter designs in the Gardens. This will all take place from 14 April to 25 April, both days included. Also during this period a new small village will be created in front of the Pantomime Theatre, and the biggest Gospel Festival in the Nordic countries will be part of the overall experience.
When Tivoli opens, pots and basins will be planted with thousands of daffodils, white narcissi and hellebores in the colours of Easter, and throughout April and May the sight of around 80, 000 tulips, 25, 000 ground-covering plants as well as white narcissi, crown imperials and common grape hyacinths can be enjoyed in the Gardens.
”Titanic – The Exhibition” moves into the Tivoli Castle
”Titanic – The Exhibition” about the world’s most famous maritime disaster is coming to Denmark for the first time. The exhibition offers a rare insight into life on board the legendary ocean liner, giving visitors the opportunity to experience reconstructed suites, letters from victims, and priceless original effects from the lost liner. In addition, there will be a special section about the 14 Danes who were on board. ”Titanic – The Exhibition” can be seen at the Tivoli Castle from 10 April. On that day 99 years ago, the unsinkable ship set off from the docks of Southampton to meet its tragic destiny.
Pop, rock and jazz on the bill
This year, Tivoli offers a larger selection of live music than ever before with extensive programmes in the concert halls and on the open-air stages. On Friday, 22 April, Pretty Maids will open Friday Rock on Tivoli’s Open Air Stage with a bang of a 30th anniversary concert, and the Friday Rock programme also includes concerts with the Swedish band Roxette and Danish singer/songwriter Tina Dickow. Admission to all Friday Rock concerts is free for visitors to the Gardens, and the 2011 programme includes a total of 23 concerts. It should also be noted that British rock legend Joe Cocker will perform on the Open Air Stage in Tivoli on 2 August.
The Tivoli Festival
The Tivoli Festival is the name of Tivoli’s ambitious classical concert programme which runs from May to September. Among the 2011 season’s top classical performers are tenor Jonas Kaufmann, whose performance takes place on 1 August, and soprano Renée Fleming, who will perform at the Concert Hall in connection with Tivoli’s birthday on 15 August. For more information, see www.tivoli.dk
Petzi’s World is open
Petzi’s World with its more than 40 activities for children has undergone a number of improvements this year, enabling the children and their relatives to seek shade on hot days. Petzi’s World is based on the world-famous stories about Petzi, and this year Petzi will be accompanied by his friend Old Salt on his walks round the Gardens every weekend throughout the season. Furthermore, there will be entertainment led by Petzi for children and the young-at-heart every Sunday up to the high season.
Tivoli’s Pantomime Theatre
In 2011, last year’s successful ballet, Catching the Bolero, and one of the popular H.C. Andersen pantomimes with production designs by H. M. Queen Margrethe II will re-premiere at the Pantomime Theatre. In addition to that, there will be the performances featuring Pierrot, Harlequin and Columbine. Once among the most popular forms of theatre in Europe, these pantomimes are today only performed in Tivoli – a piece of theatrical history that is still very much alive.
New NIMB Grill
The Nimb Grill & Bar will open in the former dairy at NIMB in 2011, offering steak and seafood from the grill with traditional, optional garnish and wine. The Nimb Hotel has been extended and now has 14 rooms. The hotel is included on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2011 as the only hotel in Scandinavia. At Restaurant Herman, which has a star in the Michelin Guide, head chef Thomas Herman continues to be dedicated to developing his unique kitchen, while the new Nordic cuisine of Nimb Brasserie creates a stir among guests and critics alike.
Free admission for children – reduced prices for adults
As something quite new, admission to the Gardens will be free for children under 8 years of age, and at the same time Tivoli reduces the admission fee for adults outside the school summer holidays. Up to and including June, the admission fee will be DKK 75 for adults compared to DKK 95 in 2010. From 1 July, admission for adults will be DKK 95, and throughout the season admission after 20.00 on Fridays will be DKK 125.
The new child-friendly prices will also affect the Multi-ride ticket. For a long time, Tivoli has wanted to abandon the principle of age differentiation as the visitors’ choice of rides is not necessarily age-related. Accordingly, in 2011 the price of a Multi-ride ticket will be DKK 195 for everyone, regardless of age. For visitors who want to try a few rides only, ride tickets will still be available at DKK 25 per ticket. Admission to Petzi’s World, the Pantomime Theatre and the entertainment on the Open Air Stage remains free. In addition, visitors are invited to bring their own picnic and enjoy it on the lawns in front of the Open Air Stage and the Pantomime Theatre.
Since Georg Carstensen opened the gates of Tivoli in Copenhagen to visitors in 1843, the Gardens have become a top amusement park featuring the Tivoli Boys Guard, 26 rides, playgrounds, booths, restaurants, special days and concerts. At 167 years of age, Tivoli is among the world’s oldest amusement parks, and its traditions and constant improvements make it a popular excursion spot for many visitors. Tivoli has about 4 million visitors every year, and 2010 saw the opening of the Tivoli Hotel, the first theme hotel in Copenhagen. Tivoli will be open for a total of 223 days in 2011, distributed on the summer season, Halloween as well as Christmas in Tivoli, which ends on 30 December.