Denise Burt

Graphic arts and design for music

Festival identity: Athelas New Music Festival 2010

Athelas New Music Festival 2010 was held at the Republique Theatre on Østerbro. Lasting 8 days and featuring more than 25 concerts, the festival was a big event on the Danish art music scene. A main theme of the festival was “New sides to Carl Nielsen” and Denmark’s national composer was reinterpreted musically in many ways throughout the festival.

Carl Nielsen was also reinterpreted for the festival graphics where he appeared in a street poster campaign wearing a black t-shirt and tattoos – to the surprise and amusement of the Danish public. The Danish media were quick to pick up on Carl Nielsen’s new look – I was interviewed live on Denmark’s Radio P2 before the opening concert about why I had given Denmark’s National Composer tattoos.