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About Heartland

About Heartland /

Heartland combines live talks and contemporary art with the greatest things from the music and food scene.

Heartland Festival

The festival takes places at one of the most scenic places in Denmark; in the gardens surrounding Egeskov Castle on the island of Funen. Heartland is created in collaboration with some of the most prominent and skillful people in their fields.

Heartland 2021 will take place May 27th – May 29th 2021.


Heartland curates to a quality-driven and culturally interested audience. Festival director, Ulrik Ørum-Petersen says:


“Heartland Festival is an attempt to create a festival unlike other existing festivals in Denmark. A festival that resembles successful international festivals such as ones seen in e.g. England and The Netherlands. To be able to create this type of festival in Denmark at one of the most beautiful spots in the world is a dream come true.“

Vivid talks and great culinary experiences

Heartland creates its program in collaboration with partners, curators, and advisors amongst the most capable in the country. Danish and international participants discuss and address the times we live in and the lives we lead today. In 2019 international names such as Jonathan Franzen, Vivienne Westwood and Judith Butler joined our Heartland program.


Read more about TALKS


When it comes to food, our ambition is to create unique experiences with emphasis on local produce and exclusive quality.


Read more about FOOD

Contemporary art and an international music program

The aim with presenting contemporary art at Heartland Festival is to elaborate on the contrasts between contemporary art, an open air space, and a castle from the 16th century.


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It is the festival director Ulrik Ørum-Petersens ambition to introduce Heartlands guests for a mix of international stars and the best from the Danish music scene, when he puts together our MUSIC program. At Heartland 2019 you could find names such as Solange, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Good, The Bad & The Queen and Die Antwoord on our program.


Read more about MUSIC