Horsens is best known for its culture and entertainment events.Horsens New Theatre is a cultural centre which holds over 200 events annually.
The Crime Festival is organized by Horsens Public Library.Every year, many well-known crime writers visit Horsens.The last execution in peacetime in Denmark happened in the prison in 1892 when Jens Nielsen was decapitated in the courtyard.Carl August Lorentzen was a safe cracker who became famous for his escape from the prison in 1950 when he dug a tunnel from his cell and out to freedom.Several internationally known artists, such as Madonna, Iron Maiden, Joe Cocker, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, Bryan Adams, David Bowie, José Carreras, Helmut Lotti, Westlife, R. M., Paul Mc Cartney, Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, AC/DC, U2 and Snow Patrol have performed, or have performances planned in Horsens.
Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band Pretty Maids is from Horsens.
The city is home to Horsens Industrimuseum, a museum showing the history of the industrial society.
The museum shows technological development and developments in living conditions for workers. Peter Sørensen from the Social Democrats is mayor of Horsens.
One of the largest cultural events in Denmark is the annual European Medieval Festival on the last Friday and Saturday in August.
The town centre of Horsens is transformed into the largest medieval market town in Northern Europe with activities and entertainment for families and children of all ages. The Crime Festival - in Danish called Krimimessen - is an event for literary crime, mysteries and thrillers.
In the 13th century the city got its own legal code.