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Magical summer evenings in Tivoli

Lots on offer to entertain you with no extra cost once you have paid the entrance.

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By Bente D. Knudsen

Planning your trip to Tivoli by checking the events and the day’s program is really worthwhile.

This year Tivoli has launched a range of activities to entertain its guest during this pandemic summer season.

There is something going on every day, however if you are looking for weekend entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings are full of music and dance to delight you topped with the amazing evening light show, Illuminations, on the lake – which by the way takes place every evening.

The light show when dusk has fallen at 22:00 is a vast understated title. The light show itself is full of surprising elements with fire and music all combined in an elegant dance on the lake and in the surrounding trees. The best place to view it is to get in the front row on the bridge.

Don’t miss it – and get there in advance as once it starts, visitors rush to get a good view.

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Friday evenings the Tivoli Garden Party features three different music stages, and starting in September, when the last restrictions on large gatherings is levied, the Friday Night Rock evenings on the large open air stage, Plænen, resumes.

Saturday nights in August still have the wonderful soul and jazz singers Bobo Moreno and Miriam Mandipira who perform together with the Tivoli Late Night Orchestra, an orchestra of several wind instruments amongst them wonderful saxophonists.

They complement each other and give samples of old classics from jazz, soul, blues, to pop.

The stage is the small one called Orangeriet, placed right next to the lake. They give three performances, with short breaks in between, starting at 21:00.

Be early if you want to get a seat, there are several benches placed in a semi-circle around the stage.

Once the music starts, the music is so enticing as the singers and band put on an extraordinary performance that it attracts plenty of surprised visitors who did not check the programme in advance and find their way lured by the music to enjoy it.

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Not to miss either are the performances at the Pantomine theatre, placed right next to the main entrance and with plenty of seating possibilities, both benches and more comfortable deck chairs.

The stage has great ballet and comical performances on offer, they delight both the young and old, and no Danish is needed (or any other language for that matter) to enjoy the dancing and music.

A new Pantomine performance is the Tivoli Dreams, where music by Danish composer H.C. Lumbye accompanies the romantic lovestory as it unfolds.

Another new ballet will be put up from the 25 to 28 August when the ensemble, Dansk Danseteater, present a modern dance show inspired by the roaring 1920s on the Pantomine Stage.

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Starting 28 August until 5 September, the Tivoli Flower Festival will delight your senses, the gardens were always full of flowers but this year they seem to have grown in quantity, size, shape and form and even more so during the festival.

Finally, if you go on a Saturday evening, do plan to stay long enough to enjoy the fireworks.

They start at 23:30 and are fired from the top of the concert hall, the best place to enjoy it is on the spot in front of Plænen, and no need to worry about someone standing in front of you: you will need to look up into the sky to enjoy the splendour of the illuminated sky above Tivoli.

Tivoli has a very detailed English language website where you can find information about all the activities and events as well as a daily programme- find it here.

A small tip:

Tivoli is sadly lacking in tourists as more than 30 percent of turnover during the summer season comes from visiting foreigners who due to the epidemic and travel restrictions have stayed away this year. This means there is more room for residents to enjoy the park and support it at the same time.

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