April in Copenhagen is a bit like a piñata: you don’t knouw what you get but it’s going to be a wild ride, that’s for sure. On a sunny day you can taste the beautiful Scandinavian summer on your lips. Then cloudy skies, wind, and rain take over and make you want to stay in bed, a cup of coffee within reach. Thankfully, Copenhagen’s cultural life is as diverse as its weather.
Here are the best things to do in Copenhagen this month:
Monday 1st April
Get a taste of Nørrebro in the city centre! Nitrogen ice cream concept ISTID launches their pop-up and will be serving ice cream and milkshakes from noon – 5pm during Depanneur deli hours for the rest of the coming summer 2019.
Tuesday 2nd April
Get out on the streets and let Copenhagen’s city architect Camilla van Deurs guide you through the best new architecture projects. The tour is organized by the Copenhagen Architecture Festival which takes place from 4th – 14th April. The event will be in English and tickets are available via the festival website.
Wednesday 3rd April
Every Year, the LGBTQ community celebrates individuals and organizations that have had a positive effect on the community. Join in Cirkusbygningen or watch the awards on TV 2 Zulu from 4 – 11 pm. Tickets are available here.
Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th April
Get your hands on one (or several) of the beautiful pieces by Danish clothing brand Won Hundred and jewelry brand Maria Black without breaking the bank. During their stock sale in Nørrebrohallen they offer up to 80 % off their minimalist, high-quality designs.
Thursday 4th – Sunday 14th April
Scandinavia’s largest annual public event with a focus on architecture, design, and urban development brings 11 days of films, exhibitions, seminars, walks, and talks. Go on a guided photo tour to the city’s most interesting new architecture or watch a documentary about Moscow’s city development just after the October revolution; there is something for everyone. Find the full program for events in Copenhagen as well as in Aarhus, and Odense on the festival website. From Thursday 4th – Sunday 14th April. For a more condensed list, check out our recommendations!
Thursday 4th April
Who will be this year’s most sustainable brand in Denmark according to Danish consumers? Over 200 brands across a variety of industries in Denmark have been analyzed; the top ten are unveiled in this ceremony. There will be an introduction to the Sustainable Brand Index and the chance to mingle. Admission is free and the event takes place in Danish and English. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
Bring on the sweet summer vibes and join Depanneur’s Italian-inspired happy hour. Every Thursday there will be special deals on Aperol Spritz, Negroni, and natural wines as well as some snacks. From 4 – 8 pm.
Friday 5th April
Coffee lovers alert! Every first Friday of the month, Coffee Collective’s roast master gives a tour of the popular company’s roastery, inviting guests to a cupping (fancy coffee language for tasting). The 150 DKK ticket price includes a bag of fresh roasted coffee to start off the weekend on the right note. No need for reservations, just show up.
Minimalist, affordable Japanese basics brand UNIQLO celebrates the opening of the brand’s first store in Denmark with special deals, coffee, tea from Sing Tehus, and cake from Andersen’s Danish Bakery. The doors open at 9:30 am, accompanied by Japanese Taiko drummers.
Friday Bar at Vinsupernaturel to Celebrate T-Shirt Launch
Celebrate the launch of the Vinsupernaturel x Soulland t-shirt honouring natural-wine advocates and purveyors Rosforth & Rosforth. The limited edition shirts will be available via both Soulland and Vinsupernaturel’s websites, as well as at Vinsupernaturel’s shop. Head to Gammel Kongevej 37 from 5 – 7 pm to party, drink some great natural wines, and purchase the shirt!
Saturday 6th April
Learn about music production, the famous Article 13, and meet electronic music-lovers in workshops and talks organized by Relevance Festival. Then stay for the party and dance until the early hours. Admission to the Knowledge Sessions events is free and tickets for the party are available via Billetto.
Look behind the scenes of the Royal Danish Ballet at this open rehearsal of Afterrite. Admission is free but follows the first come, first served principle. So come early to secure yourself a spot. From 11:30 am – 1 pm.
Sunday 7th April
The film “Los Olvidados,” about a group of destitute children in Mexico City, is one of the most well known works of director Luis Buñuel. As part of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival, the screening will be accompanied by an introduction by architect Tatiana Bilbao as well as a talk with Pernille Maria Bärnheim. From 11:30 am – 1:45 pm.
Monday 8th April
Snack and Blues is launching a venue within the lovely Copenhagen Zoo. From now on, you can enjoy your favorite burger in the sun while visiting a variety of wildlife.
CHART Architecture is an annual pavilion competition for students, young architects, designers and artists. The five winning teams will build their designs in Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s courtyard during the international CHART art fair from 30th August – 1st September 2019. The competition kicks off with a lecture by artist Lea Porsager and senior curator Pippo Ciorra about this year’s theme: materiality. From 5 – 7 pm.
Tuesday 9th April
Laugh for a good cause! Every Tuesday, Huset-KBH hosts a stand up session with new and experienced comedians to support Red Barnet Ungdom. Doors to Musikcaféen open at 7:30 pm and admission is 25 DKK.
Friday 12th – Wednesday 17th April
Research and Design Lab SPACE10 invites you to celebrate its first cookbook. Check out the exhibition and make sure to sample a few goodies from the newly opened Test Kitchen. The cook book Future Food Today is a collection of delicious, sustainable, and future-proof recipes and also includes guides to producing and sourcing food locally and sustainably with the help of alternative ingredients and technology. You can reserve your copy via the website or buy one at the gallery. From 10 am – 5 pm every day, closed on Sunday. Admission is free.
Friday 12th April
Tired of small talk? Dive into the big topics<. politics, religion, ecology, science, gender, or whatever else you are interested in - and have insightful conversations over a drink at Think’s Friday Bar. They serve beer, wine, soft drinks, and some snacks. Feed your mind and body from 8 pm.
“Drawing Attention” puts the spotlight on the art of drawing. Swing by the vernissage between 5 – 8 pm and be among the first people to see the exhibition which runs from 13th April – 22nd May.
Join the vernissage of the degree show of the graduates of The Art Academy. From video and painting to sculpture and performance art; the styles and modes of expression vary, giving an insight into the potential future of contemporary Danish art. The exhibition runs from 13th April – 19th May.
Monday 15th – Saturday 20th April
Laugh until your face hurts when performers from all over Europe and North America come to Copenhagen. Improv comedy is created on the spot, making it an especially entertaining and impressive experience. There will be more than 60 shows on two stages as well as workshops and dinners. Find your ticket on the festival website.
Monday 15th April
Mogli’s dreamy sound is inspired by her travels across North America in an old, renovated schoolbus. Let her take you on a journey to open plains and turquoise lakes. Doors open at 8 pm and tickets are 200 DKK.
Tuesday 16th April
Take this opportunity to hear about the latest data science research and applications. The event is part of the global Women in Data Science initiative, organized by Stanford University. The conference features exclusively female speakers and mentors from industry and academia who are doing outstanding work in Data Science. Tickets cost 100 DKK and include lunch and coffee. From 9 am – 6 pm.
Wednesday 17th – Saturday 20th April
Based on Paolo Genovese’s film “Perfetti Sconosciuti,” this play follows a group of friends as they turn a dinner party into a game. Every call, text, email or instagram notification that is received during the dinner has to be shared with everyone at the table. How much do we really want to know about our friends and partner? The new group PULS explores honesty, sexuality, and egoism in the digital age. Doors open at 7 pm.
Wednesday 17th April
The language of the internet is transforming. Memes, emoji, voice recordings and video-stories change our conversations and whose voices get amplified. In the World Wide Web series, Research and Design Lab SPACE10 explores how digital technologies empower people across the world. Language is the third and last event of that series. Curious? Get your ticket via Eventbrite. From 5 – 8 pm.
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st April
Get your dose of art on the easter weekend and browse the works of over 60 artists at Docken. The three day ticket costs 40 DKK on pre-sale.
Two of the most compelling underground films of the early 70s are screened at Husets Biograf. Both were created by Warhol’s in-house film director Paul Morrissey and star his most famous acting discovery, Joe Dallesandro. Doors open at 6 pm and the first film, “Trash,” starts at 7 pm. Admission is 60 DKK.
Saturday 20th April
Kaya Wilkins started publishing music on SoundCloud in 2014 while working as a model for brands such as Calvin Klein. Last year, she dropped her debut album Both. When she sings about mental health, alcohol abuse, and sex, her warm voice creates a feeling of intense intimacy. Doors to Ideal Bar open at 7 pm and tickets are 145 DKK.
Sunday 21st April
A black cat, a girl and a pinch of magic, the recipe for a cosy Sunday afternoon with the whole family. When 12-year-old Clara is scratched by a mysterious black cat, she discovers that she can communicate with the cat and that she belongs to a family of wild witches. Not only does she have a strong connection to nature and animals, her blood can also set free an ancient and evil witch. Watch Kaspar Munk’s powerful adventure, in Danish with English subtitles at 2:15 pm.
Monday 22nd April
First, Professor and China expert Jørgen Delman talks about contemporary China. After that, there will be a screening of the award-winning Chinese-French movie “Spring Fever“ by Lou Ye. The film is in defiance of a five-year ban on filmmaking imposed by the Chinese government. It is a poetic depiction of a love pentagon that blurs the lines of heterosexual and homosexual relationships. The talk is in Danish and the movie is screened with English subtitles. The event starts at 4:15 pm. If you can’t make this one, don’t worry: there will be another screening on 30th April at 9:15 pm.
Tuesday 23rd April
Science & Cocktails presents a debate on the current state of the climate. Speakers are Katherine Richardson, who studies the impact of climate change in the oceans, Jørgen Olesen who focuses on the effect of climate on agriculture and food systems, former head of climate research at the Danish Meteorological Institute, Jens Hesselbjerg, and Kirsten Halsnæs who has taken a leading role as an economist in the IPCC panel. Admission is free and the doors open at 7 pm.
Thursday 25th April
Fast forward to the year 2050 with this thought experiment in which speakers and participants are challenged to imagine a society 30 years from now. Free tickets are available via the Facebook event and via Eventbrite. From 5:30 – 8 pm.
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th April
Get some fresh spring air and treat yourself to yummy street food. Hans Tavsens Park turns into a culinary oasis with some of Denmark’s most interesting food concepts cooking up delicacies for you to try.
Get a taste of Nørrebro’s cultural life and join the several workshops, concerts, exhibitions and street parties taking place in the neighborhood. Find the program on the festival website.
Friday 26th April
&Tradition x 506 Friday bar
The courtyard café of Danish design company &Tradition celebrates the arrival of spring together with food lab 506. Be the first to get a taste of the new spring menu developed by 506, and check out the newly launched to-go picnic basket – perfect for lazy days in The King’s Garden just across the street. The celebration starts at 4 pm at Kronprinsessegade 4.
Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th April
Celebrate the beautiful cherry blossom and Japanese culture at the Sakura Festival. There’s nothing quite like those fluffy pink blooms, and they’re around for such a short time. The program will be available on the festival website.
Saturday 27th April
Welcome spring and flex your green thumb when Absalon turns into a plant paradise. There will be plants of all kinds as well as interior and ceramics for sale. Admission is free and doors are open from 10 am – 4 pm.
Sunday 28th April
Go on treasure hunt on this indoor flea market in Nørrebrohallen. Admission is free and the market runs from 10 am – 3 pm. If you’d rather free up some space at home, you can rent a stall for 275 DKK via Billetto.
Tuesday 30th April
Having started his career under the rap alias Young Coke while studying at Copenhagen Business School, Elias Boussnina is back under his own name and with a new sound. On his debut EP Shameboy from February, he pairs R&B/pop with electronic beats and builds on the success of last year’s single “05:30.” See him perform at Lille Vega. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are 145 DKK.
Ongoing in April
Every Friday from 4 – 6 pm, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your blini purchase. MULGEO is a blini bar having a long-term pop-up at Torvehallerne. Their fluffy blinis are topped with seasonal, local ingredients; a perfect bite! You can buy the blinis individually for a snack, or three for a meal. On Mondays from 2 – 5, they’re sharing information about oysters, including tasters!
In Marie Lund’s exhibition “The Thirst, six copper sculptures are placed in the gallery. Their shape is determined by a single form. Shown in full, in part, flipped, inverted, the sculptures appear like the grammatical conjugation of a single word unfolding or a body moving through different poses. The exhibition runs until 27th April.
Sonja Ferlov Mancoba at Statens Museum for Kunst
SMK is presenting the largest exhibition ever staged of the sculptures, paintings, collage and
drawings created by Danish-French artist Sonja Ferlov Mancoba. Inter-human connectedness and
a global outlook are core themes in her art as well as her life. The exhibition runs from 9th
February until 5th May.
Get inspired by the current exhibition on sculptor Sonja Ferlov Mancoba and make your own plaster sculptures and easter eggs with a twist. The workshop is free for everyone, however adults need a valid ticket for the museum. From 11 am – 4 pm on 13th – 22nd April (except of 15th April).
The exhibition celebrates and presents new works created by the graduates of the academy. From video and painting to sculpture and performance art, the modes of expression vary and give an insight into the future of contemporary Danish art. The exhibition runs from 13th April – 19th May.
See selected works from Glyptoteket’s stock rooms. Experience fine drawings, fragile plaster, and easily degradable materials such as cardboard, gravel, and rubber that are rarely made available to the public due to their delicacy. The exhibition focuses on materiality and sensibility and features works of artists such as Astrid Noack, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Mirò, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Until 28th April.
Bauhaus – It’s All Design at Designmuseum Danmark
Designmuseum Danmark takes part in the international celebration of 100 years of Bauhaus with the research-based exhibition “Bauhaus – #itsalldesign.” Developed by Vitra Designmuseum and
Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, the exhibition explores all aspects of this design school’s activities and how contemporary design passes and builds on the heritage of Bauhaus. From 14th March – 1st December.
Having been declared a “degenerate” artist by the National Socialist regime, Hans Purrmann was one of Germany’s most significant modernist artists. Kunstforeningen GL Strand is showing a retrospective of his works along with a selection of the artists who he collaborated with or was inspired by. These include Max Liebermann, Henri Matisse, and Mathilde Vollmoeller as well as writer Hermann Hesse. From 27th April – 15th September.
Jonas Phil’s artworks are painted directly on the surfaces of the original model planets from The Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen, which he purchased at an auction. Experience his creative expression situated somewhere between painting and sculpture as well as paintings on canvas that imagine other worlds. The exhibition opening event is on 12th April from 4 – 7 pm, and runs until 11th May.
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