We have reached peak summer in Copenhagen. Looking at the city through rosé-tinted glasses (or white/red/beer/Aperol spritz-tinted ones, you choose!), it’s incredibly easy to fall in love with this beautiful place. The windows’ golden reflections dance on the facades, the canals invite you in for a dip, and everyone seems to be in holiday mode. Parties, movies, and markets: everything moves under the open sky with the sun shining down until the very late hours.
Discover the best events in Copenhagen this July:
Saturday 29th June – Saturday 6th July
Roskilde is one of Europe’s most famous music festivals and the largest rock festival in northern Europe. Headliners this year include Robyn, Janelle Monáe, Bob Dylan, and Cardi B. The festival seamlessly blends music, activism, food, and art. Get yourself a ticket or join as a volunteer via the festival website. If you’re not going but still want to get into the vibe, check out our playlist for this year’s line-up!
Tuesday 2nd July
Cyril Bernhard Trio fills the summer air with jazzy harmonies and rhythms when Kasper Lang turns Ofelia Plads into an open air concert hall. The concert is free and runs from 4:30 – 7:00 pm.
The curator of the exhibition “Homeless Souls” Marie Laurberg talks about the role of art in grasping and interpreting our time’s big conflicts. The lecture starts at 7:30 pm and is free for museum visitors.
Wednesday 3rd July
Drop by for a free tasting in the boutique and discover your new favorite summer wine every Wednesday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. After the tasting, the crowd moves to the bar where all the wines can be bought by the glass until they are out.
Friday 5th – Sunday 14th July
Copenhagen Jazz Festival celebrated its 40th edition last year and is an excellent way to get to know Copenhagen’s active jazz scene. There are wonderful concerts and events all over the city, from well known performers to emerging artists. Find the full program including many free concerts here.
Alongside Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Vesterbro-based hotpot restaurant Hot Pot Republic will be holding an ongoing food and jazz event. Enjoy a Sichuan-style hotpot, cocktail, and great music while you sit outside and enjoy the lovely weather (fingers crossed). Reserve tickets here!
Saturday 6th July
July is prime-time for Banana Club, with four of the legendary summer parties taking place on the 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th of July. The last event of the year, on the 27th, and finishes off with a bang – there will be an after party at Culture Box for everyone still keen to get down. All events take place on Halvandet at Reffen. Join the fun and dance barefoot in the sand from noon.
Sunday 7th July
Go on a treasure hunt when Vesterbro’s long central street Sønder Boulevard transforms into a loppemarked (flea market) every first Sunday of the month all summer long. From 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
Monday 8th July
The two bands DRØMMESPOR and ØYA take over the theater stage Xenon. DRØMMESPOR’s music is inspired by Latin American artpop and groovy Swedish 70s rock, while ØYA combines electronic and classical music with influences from 60s transcendental rock. Sounds like quite a mix for a summery Monday night, right? Doors open at 8:00 pm and the concert starts at 9:00 pm.
Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th July
Join hundreds of movement enthusiast from all corners of the world in a celebration of sharing, playing, exploring, and moving at Move Copenhagen. There will be workshops in eight movement tracks, including dance, natural movement, yoga, and parkour. In the evenings, DJs make you groove. Find the full program and tickets on the festival website.
Friday 12th – Saturday 13th July
The Copenhagen International Choreography Competition (CICC) is a platform to discover and promote emerging contemporary choreographers. Watch this year’s nine finalists perform at Dansekapellet on Friday from 7:30 pm. Tickets for the competition are available here. On Saturday there will be a gala performance featuring the winning pieces and new works by previous CICC winners.
Saturday 13th July
Find “alt mellem himmel og jord” (everything between sky and earth) at Absalon’s flea market. Clothes, lamps, or a new item for your ceramics collection; go treasure hunting and enjoy some coffee and freshly baked buns. If you would rather free up some space at home, you can rent a table via Billetto. There will be additional markets on Saturday 20th and 27th July. From 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
The annual urban takeover Bas Under Buen is exactly what the name suggests: bass under the highway bridge Bispeengbuen in Frederiksberg. All Danish artists, all for free! Join the party from 3:00 – 11:00 pm. In close proximity to the party, there will be a record fair from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. Just as the festival, the fair is dedicated to all arrays of electronic music. If you would like to put up a stall get in touch with the team via the Facebook event.
Sunday 14th July
Get yourself ready for wedding season, evoke some romantic memories, or bring your Tinder date along when Absalon invites you to practice the traditional Danish wedding dance on the boulevard. If all the moves make you thirsty, there will be wine for 50 DKK per glass. Tickets are available via Billetto.
Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th July
Concerts by Danish and international artists, accompanied by great food, right between the forest and the sea in magical Tisvildeleje await you at the summer festival Musik i Lejet just an hour from Copenhagen. Acts this year include Phlake, First Hate, Duckwrth, and Freja Kirk. These tickets sell out quickly, as does accommodation in the surrounding area, so act fast!
Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st July
Get a taste of the Danish upcoming music scene and enjoy summer nights in the city. The festival takes place on Onkel Dannys Plads in Vesterbro and all concerts are free. This is a great thing to do with friends or family on a warm night!
Monday 22nd July
Murderous Monday at Bastard Café Downstairs
Things are getting murderous at the Bastard Café every first and penultimate Monday of the month. Come by for hidden identities, secrecy, and bluffing. From 7 pm the night usually starts with Werewolf and then evolves to other games for as long as people feel like playing. Admission is free.
Thursday 25th July
Torsdag på taget at Glyptoteket
Experience Glyptoteket from a new perspective; enjoy drinks and snacks on the roof top while The Lake Radio takes care of the tunes. At 5 pm there will be an introduction in English to the current exhibition “Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory.” The Thursday bar is open from 5 – 8 pm and admission is free for museum visitors.
Friday 26th – Saturday 27th July
This two day local music and culture festival, held under Bispeengbuen in an actual car park at the border between Frederiksberg and Copenhagen, treats you to some free open air festival fun. It’s a very hip, chilled out vibe, complete with street food and drinks.
Friday 26th July
Come around when Denmark’s Mr. Swing King Gnags rocks at Tivoli. Get ready to swing under the summer night sky like it’s 1989.
Monday 29th July
SPACE10 has invited Vaibhav Chhabra, the founder of Maker’s Asylum in Mumbai, for a talk. Maker’s Asylum is a community space focused on fostering innovation through hands on learning. Having started out in a garage in Bandra (Mumbai) five years ago, Maker’s Asylum now has its flagship spaces located in Mumbai and Delhi and launched its third space in collaboration with the French Embassy in Jaipur last autumn. Just drop by and get inspired from 6 – 9 pm; admission is free.
Wednesday 31st July
„The Last Waltz“ by Martin Scorsese follows rock group The Band’s last concert in San Francisco in 1976. Before the screening, DJ Henrik Queitsch brings Woodstock vibes to Kungens Have from 4 pm and Restaurant SULT serves food and drinks. At 9.30 pm a Danish short film from the archive sets the scene for „The Last Waltz“ which is screened at 9.45 pm. Admission is free.
This summer, Charlottenborg Art Cinema is screening the iconic art film Der Lauf Der Dinge (1987) by Swiss duo Fischli Weiss. The film focuses on everyday objects that together create absurd chain reactions of collisions and explosions. The film lasts 30 minutes and is on view every half hour during opening hours, from 25th June until 10th August.
Using the architecture as a medium, Jesper Just transforms Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s south wing in a journey conceived around the reverberation of images, music, and spatial elements that embody the presence of something absent. “Servitudes” is shot at One World Trade Center and is the Danish artist’s most comprehensive video installation so far. The exhibition runs until 11th August 2019.
In collaboration with CPH:DOX, Kunsthal Charlottenborg puts Europe and the EU on the agenda with a group exhibition that explores stories and themes central to the upcoming EU elections. Artists include Wolfgang Tillmans, Sara Jordenö, Olafur Eliasson and Monica Bonvicini and the exhibition is accompanied by film screenings, discussions, and talks. Until 11th August.
The exhibition “What are you looking at?“ reflects on the art’s view on the world and features works by artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans and David Hockney from the Louisiana collection. From 24th May until 18th August 2019. From 2nd July until 16th August, Louisina Museum of Modern Art offers guided tours in English every Tuesday – Friday from 12 – 12:30 noon. The tours are free for museum visitors.
This exhibition is a conversation about exile and expatriation as a political and existential reality. It presents a number of international artists, many of which work from their own experiences and stories. The created art is both topical and timeless, universal and highly personal. As part of the exhibition, Ai Weiwei’s film The Rest about the European refugee crisis will be shown daily in Louisiana’s cinema at 11:30 am as well as 6.30 pm on weekdays. The exhibition is on display until 22nd September.
A safe and friendly space? In this art project, artists Elmgreen and Dragset challenge our ideas about “home.” Enjoy masterpieces by the Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi presented in unconventional company, juxtaposed with international contemporary art. The exhibition runs until 1st September. In July, there will be guided tours of the exhibition in English every Wednesday from 10:30 – 11 am.
Having been declared a “degenerate“ artist by the National Socialist regime and a close friend of Matisse, 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, Henrio Matisse, and Mathilde Vollmoeller as well as writer Hermann Hesse. The exhibition is on display until 15th September.
In June, Glyptoteket brings the work of French artist Pierre Bonnard to Copenhagen. Bonnard was, along with Matisse, one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century. He preferred to work from memory, imaginatively capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his unique handling of color and innovative sense of composition. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Tate Modern in London. On until 22nd September.
Designmuseum Danmark takes part in the international celebration of 100 years 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. On until 1st December.
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