Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and the first one to join ICORN in 2009, housing its ICORN residents in accommodation in the centre of the city.
During the residency of ICORN guests, Aarhus expects them to contribute to the local and wider Danish cultural life and collaborate with the Literary Centre of Aarhus. Additionally, the ICORN is anticipated to participate in literary events, presentations and work with local and national cultural and educational organisations as well as other ICORN Residents in Denmark and beyond.
The Aarhus Alderman for Culture Rabih Azad-Ahmad says:
'Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of Danish democracy…Aarhus is a diverse and tolerant city and thus a natural base for a Refuge Network writer.'
Aarhus became the first Danish city to welcome a persecuted writer as ICORN Resident- Tendai Tagarira from Zimbabwe. Since then, Aarhus has welcomed its second ICORN Resident- Omid Shams Gakieh. You can find more information on them below.