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Tivoli releases summer 2011 attendance report, readies for fall & winter events

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen has finished the summer season and is now getting ready for fall. Halloween in Tivoli runs from 14 – 23 October. 15,000 pumpkins and 2000 bales of hay are on their way to central Copenhagen. Shows are rehearsed and shops filled with Halloween paraphernalia. Photos: Tivoli

Tivoli CEO Lars Liebst explains:

“The summer season ended with 162,000 more visitors attending than in 2010, thus Tivoli had a total of 2,773,000 visitors during the Summer Season 2011. The season began well with nice weather for the Easter holidays as well as the early summer, and attendance was better than expected. Guests enjoyed the new picnic lawn areas and the many new restaurants. This confirms our view that Tivoli continues to appeal to a large segment of the population with its wide variety of offers.”

“However, the heavy rain on 2 July set us back. Not only was there massive water damage throughout Tivoli. It was also the beginning of the wettest summer ever in Copenhagen. The initial lead dwindled as the rain continued, so we can actually rejoice that we still end up with an attendance 6% higher than in 2010, which was also very wet.”

“The Summer Season makes up two thirds of Tivoli’s opening days. Ahead lie both Halloween in Tivoli and especially Christmas in Tivoli with the Russian city as the big new attraction.
We choose to retain expectations for the full-year result, which is a year’s result of around 20 million DKK,” says Liebst.

Christmas in Tivoli: Enter “Father Frost”
On 11 November, Christmas in Tivoli opens with a new Russian theme. Among the attractions of the Russian city is a Tivoli version of St. Basil’s Cathedral known from the Red Square in the Kremlin, featuring a 21 m tower with onion domes and a carillon.

With an investment of almost DKK 10 million in the Russian city, Tivoli cements its vision of ongoing innovation. Inside St. Basil’s Cathedral, visitors can board a miniature version of the Trans-Siberian railway which will take them through Russian landscapes featuring pixies, angelic choirs and extravagant Fabergé eggs.

The Russian city has been two years in the making with Tivoli’s architects, set designers and gardeners drawing, travelling, developing new ideas and thinking out of the box. This means that the traditional Christmas tree at the fountain in front of the Concert Hall will be moved to the Russian city where it will rise as an iconic tower enveloped in thousands of lights. New stalls with towers and onion domes decorated with an abundance of ice crystals and spruce branches will be erected, creating a very special atmosphere in the Gardens. As usual, the Gardens will also be decorated with lots of lights, thousands of Christmas baubles and spruce trees.

In 2011, the traditional Santa Claus will be replaced by his Russian counterpart, Father Frost, who will enter the sleigh on the Open Air Stage in bluish, frosty colours. Traditionally he handles the heavy job of distributing gifts with the help of his grandchild, the Snow Maiden and she will join him in Tivoli also.


Music & dance performances
Tivoli Festival has revealed four of next year’s headline concerts, all with young singers who have successfully sung at The Met in New York. Audiences can look forward to hear Maltese world tenor Joseph Calleja (26 May 2012) singing Italian arias and songs, American tenor Lawrence Brownlee singing his the part of Nadir for his very first time in a concert performance of Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (1 July 2012), American tenor James Valenti singing French and Italian arias and, finally, an opera gala with tenor Charles Castronovo and soprano Ekaterina Siurina.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will present a total of 7 performances from 18 – 23 September 2012 and two different programmes.
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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