One of Tivoli’s many new attractions in 2017 is the virtual reality twist being added to the Demon roller coaster, making it Scandinavia’s first VR roller coaster.
Little Friday, a new series of live concerts staged in the Orangery, a new 375 m2 pavillion with a stage, glasshouse and studio. Olafur Eliasson’s new lamps for Tivoli sway among the trees. Oriental treats at Kiin Kiin Piin To and organic vegetables at Gemyse are among the new gastronomic additions. Wednesday fireworks will be returning in style from May, doubling the number of fireworks during the summer. Tivoli’s summer season opens on 6 April with a new Easter theme, including more than 3,000 daffodils, accompanied by cute live animals and plenty of activities.
Tivoli’s summer season number 175 includes 172 operating days, and lasts up to and including 24 September. The opening day ends with a spectacular firework display.
Tivoli’s CEO, Lars Liebst, says:
”It’s important to us that we always refresh ourselves and develop Tivoli. This season, we have built the Orangery with a music stage, and added a digital dimension to the Demon, which is now a dramatic virtual-reality experience. From May, permanent Wednesday fireworks will be part of our large and wide-ranging cultural programme. Together with ambitious new culinary concepts reinforced by the Tivoli Food Hall opening in November, this will help realise our vision of being a leading international experience brand.”
New Easter theme
Tivoli opens this season with a new Easter universe with thousands of flowers in spring colours. Pierrot, Petzi, Flora and the Tivoli Youth Guard will be welcoming guests when Tivoli opens and performing later on the various stages. Inside Tivoli, there will be sheep for patting, rides, restaurants and stalls with Easter treats. The Easter theme can be experienced up to and including 17 April.
New Garden features
Tivoli’s summer season will open with a burst of Easter and spring colours. First, tens of thousands of daffodils and narcissi will bloom. In May, multi-coloured tulips will take over Tivoli’s flowerbeds. Brand new landscaping features have been added around the Orangery, the Chinese Pagoda and Gemyse.
Scandinavia’s first VR roller coaster
The Demon in Tivoli will be the first roller coaster in Scandinavia where visitors can explore a virtual-reality experience. At 77 km an hour, passengers will feel the effects of 4Gs, pass through 3 loops and experience a physical fall of 20 metres. Visitors can pay extra to add VR with fire-breathing dragons and demons from Chinese mythology, while fireworks explode around them as they enjoy the ride.
Since Tivoli opened almost 175 years ago, fireworks have remained part of the Garden’s DNA. Now Tivoli is doubling up on the number of fireworks compared with 2016. To celebrate the China-Denmark Tourism Year in 2017, the Wednesday fireworks will be inspired by a Chinese theme and Chinese colours. The Wednesday firework premiere will be held on 3 May at 22:45, and a brand new firework display will begin lighting up the sky on Saturday 6 May at 23:45.
New lamps by Olafur Eliasson
Internationally acclaimed Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has teamed up with Tivoli to create the Little Sun Light Swarm consisting of 33 large lamps suspended in the treetops alongside the Tivoli Lake. The lamps change depending on the direction of the light, and each lamp, is unique thanks to the lamps’ glass panels and suspension.
New gastronomic heights
Michelin-acclaimed Henrik Yde from Kiin Kiin is opening a new restaurant in the Chinese Pagoda, where he will be throwing open the doors to Kiin Kiin Piin To. Here, Asian culinary art is in the spotlight but with a new concept compared with Henrik Yde’s other restaurants. A new member of the Nimb family, Gemyse, nestles beside the Tivoli Lake with organic and green meals in the limelight. Another Nimb addition – Cakenhagen – will be opening vis-a-vis Nimb’s Moorish-inspired palace, where sandwiches, cakes and champagne will be served. Finally, Kaktus is the name of Tivoli’s new family-friendly taco venue.
Tivoli Ballet Theatre
Tivoli’s Ballet Company, Tivoli Ballet Theatre, will be performing every day at the Pantomime Theatre. Tivoli will also be celebrating Easter by performing the children’s ballet The Ugly Chicken. Later, there will be the very first performance of the Chinese-inspired fairy tale ballet Butterfly Lovers and premiere of the restaging of Cinderella, by Yuri Possokhov, Oh Land and H. M. Queen Margrethe. The new season also offers a modern ballet and romantic intrigues in the classic pantomimes.
60 classical concerts and one ballet guest performance
This year’s Summer Classic will include concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, and feature opera stars Lawrence Brownlee and Sarah Coburn as well as outstanding pianists such as Yuja Wang, Igor Levit and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Tivoli’s own orchestra, the Tivoli Copenhagen Phil, will be performing a series of symphonic concerts. This musical journey will travel to Rome, Russia and Leipzig. The Tivoli Copenhagen Phil will also be delighting audiences when the Summer Classic takes the children’s repertoire to a whole new level with the “concert production” Tivoli by night. With music as the driving force, Kirsten Dehlholm and Hotel Proforma will be staging a visual and enchanting fairy tale. In September, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will return to Tivoli’s Concert Hall with a selection of the world-famous company’s best works.
Friday Rock with international glitterati
This year, the programme for Tivoli’s Friday Rock will feature sure-fire international names such as Lil Wayne, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Brian Wilson and Erykah Badu. This will begin on the Open Air Stage on 14 April at 22:00 with Danish Pagefour and Gulddreng. The Orangery – Tivoli’s new music stage will be the setting for Little Friday events, where new Danish music will be in focus on 23 Thursdays, with artists including Blue Foundation, Blondage and Rumour Said Fire.
Events in Tivoli 2017
As the season progresses, Tivoli’s tradition for presenting a mixed bouquet of events will unfold. For example, 2017 will offer Music School Days, gymnastics days, Bunny Day, Denmark’s largest Gospel Festival, the Champions League final and Pippy Longstocking. Visitors can also look forward to a new partnership with the Danish Equestrian Federation, featuring the final of a new branch of sport called vaulting on a wooden horse on 23 April 2017.
Tivoli seasons in 2017:
The summer season 6 April – 24 September 2017
Halloween in Tivoli, 13 October – 5 November 2017
Christmas in Tivoli 18 November – 31 December 2017