Niels Hausgaard (DK)

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Niels Hausgaard (DK)

Søndag 25. august: Bolero: 19:15
Music Programme 2019

Of course he will be with us again at Tønder Festival this year. The Danish poet, satirist, songwriter, polemicist and entertainer has been making a major personal contribution to Tønder Festival since the 1970s. This year, Niels Hausgaard turns 75, and we will celebrate him with a special concert at the festival. Of course he will be giving his own concert, taking his usual ample lee-room for improvisation. He is incomparable, reaching a uniquely wide audience on his annual winter and spring tours of the country – over 60 sold-out concerts – under the title Shake My Danish Hand – a reference to the current Danish government’s islamophobic and xenophobic policies. Niels Hausgaard is in his element in front of an audience, and anything can happen in the confrontation. As he writes on his home page, “The only thing that’s more tedious than learning by rote is hearing what others have learned by rote. Reciting hymns by heart has never been my thing.”

(Photo: Morten Rygaard)