Frost Festival 2018 Breaks Through the Danish Winter With Lights and Music

“The Wave,” an art installation for the Frost Festival, at Ofelia Plads on Friday, Feb. 23 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo By Holden Aguirre

 

By Holden Aguirre

The Frost Festival, presented in Copenhagen each February since 2011, pairs musicians with distinctive lighting concepts and venues in celebration of Danish winter.

“We use the cold and dark weather during the winter in Denmark to make events where light design has a significant influence on the event,” said Eva Laskø, head of communications for the Frost Festival.

Two guests wait outside for the Mozart i Midten concert, part of the Frost Festival, at the Idræthuset on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo By Holden Aguirre

Laskø said light is a major piece of the festival and the event could simply not exist if it took place somewhere with a different climate.

This year’s festival offers more stand-alone light installations than prior festivals, like “The Wave” at Ofelia Plads or the “Skygazer” exhibition at the historic Round Tower in the center of Copenhagen.

Musicians perform Mozart in the Idræthuset, an old sports arena, surrounded by unique and colorful lights on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo By Holden Aguirre

Light was used to bring new feeling to a concert of Mozart’s work just this past the Tuesday.Held at Idræthuset, an old sports arena, the show was a pure Frost Festival creation.

“The Wave” at Ofelia Plads in Copenhagen.
Photo By Holden Aguirre

 

This article is intended for an American audience interested in international music festivals.