February may not be everyone’s favorite month in Copenhagen; the excitement about New Year’s resolutions has worn off and winter finally hits, leaving you with a month’s worth of the infamous Tuesday Blues. February, however, is also the gateway to spring; or at least the last chance to really indulge in the cosy, languid hibernation of Scandinavian winter. So let’s make this month worthwhile. As always, there is plenty to do in the city!
Here’s what’s happening in Copenhagen this month:
Sunday 27th January – Sunday 3rd February
This annual film festival approaches Judaism from many perspectives. Watch some of the selected films, join a dinner, or enjoy a concert. The venues are Cinemateket, Københavns Synagoge, and Verdenskulturcentret.
Tuesday 29th January – Friday 1st February
Get a sense of what’s going to be hot in 2019 at the largest of the Scandinavian fashion weeks. The festival includes the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF), a large trade show with a variety of designers and brands. There’s also plenty to see and do off the runway, so make sure to check out the free events and parties.
Wednesday 30th January – Saturday 2nd February
Combine fashion and short film at the 8th edition of Copenhagen Fashion Film Festival. The festival features a curated selection of fashion films from all over the world as well as a talk programme. On the last day it finishes off with an award show and final party. The location is open from 12.00 to 22.00 every day and admission is free.
Friday 1st February
Sindroms Magazine is an independent print magazine that curates colour across design, art, culture and food. The third issue explores the color white through the concept of a blank canvas. There will be an exhibition about the process behind building the white issue as well as talks, music, and drinks. From 5 pm at VALRYGG Studio.
Be the first to see one of the most important open exhibitions in Europe while Apollo Kantine serves the dish of the day for 85 DKK and DJs Slow Coach Club take care of the tunes. The Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition has been held annually at Charlottenborg since 1857 and, over the years, has presented works by great internationally renowned artists such as Alvar Aalto and Olafur Eliasson. The exhibition runs until 10th March.
Saturday 2nd February – Sunday 3rd February
Design Studio Aure produces work across art, object, and fashion design with a focus on timelessness and slow living. Having been founded by four Norwegian friends in Copenhagen, Aure opened up its new combined studio and shop in December. Along the own garments and artworks, you can find a small selection of other brands and local designers. The studio shop is open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 11 am – 3 pm as well as during Copenhagen Fashion Week, from Tuesday 29th January to Friday 1st February, from 11 am – 5 pm. Go check it out!
Saturday 2nd February
As part of the Copenhagen Light Festival, the historic North Atlantic House will be wrapped in waves from Martin Ersted’s organic light-art. The color scale is beautiful to look at, but actually conveys an important message as it reflects the past 150 years of global temperature rise. Pro tip: There’s an excellent view over the Copenhagen Harbor from the North Atlantic House. The installation can be seen again on February 9th and 16th. The lights are on from 5 – 10 pm on all dates.
Sunday 3rd February
Dive into the Danish Golden Age and Hans Christian Andersen’s Copenhagen in this free viewing of Glyptoteket’s collection of “Dansk Guldalderkunst.” The number of tickets is limited and there is a maximum of two tickets per person, so go early!
Monday 4th February – Sunday 10th February
The younger sibling of Copenhagen Pride reminds us that LGBTQIA+ is about more than a summer parade. There will be talks, performances, debates, and exhibitions culminating with a big party.
Thursday 7th February
Glyptoteket’s café Picnic opens with new name, concept, and interior. Try free samples and enjoy Prolog Coffee Bar’s coffee and Carlsberg’s beer. Don’t miss out when, from 7:30 – 8 pm, Lasse Askov from Picnic and journalist Rune Skyum-Nielsen talk about the joint experience of food and art. From 6 – 9:30 pm.
Friday 8th – Sunday 10th February
Celebrate three years of great beer over the weekend. The cosy bar will be hosting activities each day of the weekend including a “Friday bar,” a “Luksus Lørdag” (Luxurious Saturday) and Sunday with fun games and food.
Friday 8th February
MULGEO opens their long-term pop up at Torvehallerne! The menu based on the classic blini (small pancake), topped with local, seasonal ingredients, and paired with outstanding fruit wines and other drinks. If you have missed out on the food jury events in their test kitchen back in December and January, now is the chance to try out this new food concept. On the opening day from 3 – 6 pm, all blinis come with a complimentary glass of wine. Cheers!
SMK invites to this year’s first SMK Fridays and treats to talks, music, Friday bar and workshops to celebrate the opening of the Sonja Ferlov Mancoba exhibition. The works of the Danish French artist reflect her interest in inter-human connectedness and a global outlook. Throughout the evening, the sculpture garden turns into a haven for everyone craving drinks and food, served by Kafeteria, and music by DJ Jonas Visti. Admission is free and the event is from 4 – 10 pm.
Somewhere between snuggling-up-on-the-sofa-indie and euphoria-inducing electro-pop, Farao might be the perfect soundtrack for February. On February 8th, the Norwegian singer is coming to Copenhagen and will be playing playing at Vega’s Ideal Bar. Tickets are 145 DKK.
Saturday 9th February
Been looking for some beautiful ceramics but cant afford the usual price tag? This is the sale for you! For one day only, handmade Danish ceramics brand APATO will be hosting a stock and sample sale. You can get their pieces for up to 50% off. Head over early – everything will go fast. The sale is from 11 am – 3 pm.
Copenhagen Winter Pride Week finishes with a bang! Dance the night away to pop music and drag shows at Winter POP 2019 at Pumpehuset. Tickets cost 140 DKK in pre sale and 200 DKK at the door.
Sunday 10th February
Being a blend of viking epos and science fiction, Valhalla Rising follows the journey of the mute warrior One Eye played by Mads Mikkelsen. Aided by a boy, he escapes captivity and together they join a band of Christian Crusaders sailing to the Holy Land. The film starts at 2:15 pm.
Monday 11th February – Sunday 17th February
Enjoy Copenhagen’s thriving dining scene without breaking the bank. During Dining Week more than 200 high quality restaurants serve a three-course menu for just 215 DKK per person including mineral water. All of these menus are specially made for the festival, so you won’t find them outside this week. Additionally, cocktail bars are offering two cocktails for 111 DKK. Skål to that!
Wednesday 13th February
Brighten up your day with some swinging jazz, performed by six young Danish musicians. Tickets at the door are 150 DKK.
Alert to Murakami fans! Nitesh Anjaan’s film Dreaming Murakami follows translator Mette Holm’s work of making Murakami accessible in Danish. In this film, the worlds of literature and reality are blended into an artistic symbiosis. The film is in Danish with English subtitles. There is an additional screening on 17th February.
Thursday 14th February
Want to make some new friends, or maybe have a new romance, in Copenhagen? How about doing that over a bowl of warm pho? The Caribbean Housewife hosts another SOUPTinder mixer after last year’s smashing success. 65 DKK gets you a welcome cocktail and a medium bowl of soup. It’s fun, low-key, and about meeting nice people (not just getting a date) – exactly as Valentine’s Day, and every day, should be!
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th February
Enjoy a lot of gin and just a bit of tonic. On 10,000 m2 in the heart of Copenhagen, 71 stalls offer gin, home bar equipment, food, snacks, and mixers. The ticket includes one G&T. Additional cocktails cost 50 DKK and there will be plenty of free tastings. Entrance is 250 DKK.
Friday 15th February
Absalon’s iconic Friday party plus a drag party? Yes and yes. It’s 100 DKK for food and drinks from 6 – 9 pm, and after that it’s free entrance and free on the dance floor, baby. Get out there and have a good time with DJs Amanda Baun and Søren Righteous.
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th February
The large design and craft market is back at Øksnehallen in Vesterbro. Have a day of browsing some of the most talented artisans and designers around, and pick up a few gifts for yourself and your friends. Tickets are 35 DKK for early birds online and 50 DKK at the door. There will also be food and drink available for purchase.
Tuesday 19th February
Eat, talk, and share resources at this event series. For a suggested donation of 50 DKK, you receive soup, bread and a vote. Out of four presentations about social, cultural or sustainable ideas the one with the most votes is chosen. The winner goes home with the money donated to carry out the project and returns to a future SPIR event to share the project’s progress.
Wednesday 20th February
Kim Richard Adler Mejdahl, the winner of last year’s Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition Solo Award, gives an introduction to his work “Days of Al,” specifically created for the 2019 exhibition. After that, the film will be screened.
Thursday 21st February
London based multi intrumentalist Leifur James combines synth productions with acoustic instruments. The warm electronic landscape he produces shows influences from jazz and soul. The perfect soundtrack to relax on the last meters of the working week. Concert starts at 9 pm and tickets are 135 DKK.
Friday 22nd February
Brazilian jazz-funk powerhouse Banda Black Rio have been around since 1976, and their sound hasn’t been tired for even a second since. Founded by some of the most influential black Brazilian samba and jazz artists, Black Rio will blow you away with their unique take on American funk-meets-samba. This is a concert you won’t want to miss!
Get ready for a unique event: an overnight concert and exhibition. Claudia Comte’s exhibition examines the space between trees and how connections is as important to trees as it is to humans. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Rasmus Juncker turns biodata from tree trunks into music over an eight-hour solo concert. Bring your own sleeping bag and enjoy the ambient sounds of the trees after exploring Comte’s immersive work.
Saturday 23rd February
Watch the Oscar-nominated short films one day before the big Oscar show in Hollywood. There will be another screening on 28th February, while animated shorts are screened on 18th and 25th February. Tickets to each are 80 DKK.
Sunday 24th February
Let the Danish-American synthwave-duo The Midnight take you to a world of pastel colors and neon signs – with a soundtrack that is futuristic and retro at the same time. Tickets are 296 DKK.
Monday 25th February
This event will address the lack of female representation in the tech industry in Denmark.Mayor of Employment and Integration Cecilia Lonning-Skovgaard will speak, as well as others in the industry. There will also be time for questions and networking. The event is free: just sign up here!
Watch Javier Bardem in his break through role as the homosexual writer Reynaldo Arenas, struggling with suppression of his work and sexuality in Fidel Castro’s Cuba. The movie, directed by Julian Schnabel, is based on Arenas’ autobiography of the same name. In English with Danish subtitles.
Wednesday 27th February
Oak x Winterspring Salon Series: Design across disciplines
In this series of intimate salons that Oak – The Nordic Journal hosts at Copenhagen’s Winterspring Dessert Bar, the community of readers is brought in the tangible world to foster conversation. This time, Signe Bindslev Henriksen from Space Copenhagen and Margrethe Odgaard from Margrethe Odgaard Studio speak about design across disciplines. / From 16.00 to 18.00 / Winterspring Dessert Bar, Store Strandstræde 16, København.
Thursday 28th February
Learn about Spanish cinema (and practice your language skills along the way – but no worries, English subtitles will help you out) at Husets Biograf. In this instalment of the recurring Spanish Cinema Nights, you’ll see the movie El Pico from 1983. Covering topics as drugs, politics, youth, unemployment, and marginalization, El Pico is a good example of the Spanish Quinqui Cinema, popular in the early 1980s. Not a cinephile? The team has you covered and starts off the evening with a short introduction about Quinqui Cinema. Tickets are 50 DKK.
Ongoing in February
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.
From 1st – 24th February, Copenhagen Light Festival will be shining and sparkling all over Copenhagen. Combat the darkness of the month with events that glow, including “light walks,” exhibitions, parties, and more. Check the festival Facebook page for everything that’s happening.
The Blues Woman is back, thank goodness! Try Chef Amanda Yee’s delicious, hearty take on American Southern flavors; there’s a prixe fixe menu – traditional or vegan – for 450 DKK. This pop-up will be located at Sorte Firkant in Nørrebro, and will host dinners every Saturday starting on 16th February. It’ll fill up fast, so book now!
Statens Museum for Kunst 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.
Based on her novel Vinterbørn (Winter’s Child) from 1976, Danish artist Dea Trier Mørch created a series of linocut illustrations of everyday scenes. Trier Mørch puts emphasis on the beginning of life which is a far less widespread theme in the visual arts than death, and only attracted greater artistic attention in the advent of feminism in the 70s. In her works, she showcases the woman’s perspective. The exhibition runs until 28th April.
On 2nd February, 40 contemporary Danish artists take over GL Strand. With works ranging from large-scale, expressive paintings over sensuous video installations to human bodies in bronze and clay, the exhibition gives a broad and up-to-date impression of Danish contemporary art. For the first time, the artists’ association Grønningen is exhibited at Kunstforeningen GL Strand and for this occasion occupies all three floors. The exhibition runs until 7th April.
The Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition is one of the most important open exhibitions in Europe, and has been held annually at Charlottenborg since 1857. Over the years, it has presented works by great, internationally renowned artists such as Alvar Aalto and Olafur Eliasson. The exhibition runs until 10th March.
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