June in Copenhagen: the month featuring the longest days of the year is finally here. Get ready for sunlight until ungodly hours, pastel-colored skies, lush fields, refreshing dips in the canals or ocean, and dinners eaten outside. Make the most of these endless summer days; there’s plenty happening this month.
Find out about the best events happening in Copenhagen this month:
Wednesday 29th May – Sunday 2nd June
This year’s edition of Copenhagen’s Distortion brings street parties, a festival site, and night events to the city. Find the full program on the website. Our favorite part is the wild, kinda gross, and totally packed street parties; it’s Copenhagen at its most grungy.
Thursday 30th May – Saturday 1st June
Heartland Festival combines live talks and contemporary art with music and food, what’s not to love about that? The festival takes place in the scenic gardens surrounding Egeskov Castle on the island of Funen. The line up features music by Solange, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Die Antwoord, talks by Vivienne Westwood and Guy Standing and art by Henrik Vibskov, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Olafur Eliasson among others. More information and tickets can be found on the festival website.
Saturday 1st June
TEDxFrederiksberg hosts its inaugural event at The Royal Academy of Music with a wide range of topics offered through the famous TED Talk format. There will be three sessions of three to four talks each, as well as networking breaks and an after party with food and drinks catering by Meyers. Tickets including catering are 650 DKK and are available via the website. From 12 noon – 9 pm.
Sunday 2nd June
Go on a treasure hunt when Sønder Boulevard transforms into a loppemarked every first Sunday of the month all summer long. From 12 noon – 5 pm.
Award-winning film Boyhood by Richard Linklater follows the childhood and adolescence of Mason as he grows up in Texas. It’s a unique film that follows the same actors over 12 years and is made up of vignettes. Cinemateket screens the movie at 7.30 pm making it the perfect Sunday night treat.
Tuesday 4th June
Sommeraften-Workshop: Liu Xiaodong inspired portraits at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Over the summer, Louisiana organizes 14 sommeraften-workshops with different themes. For this one, you’ll be inspired by Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong’s Greenland paintings and create your own portraits with blue ink. Tickets are 135 DKK including coffee/tea and material but exclusive of admission to the museum.
Wednesday 5th June
Take this opportunity to shed your many titles such as “attentive mom,” “strong businesswoman”, or “high-achieving student” and connect with your unique self. With a different theme each month, this event series focuses on creating a space to slow down and navigate new perspectives on what it means to be a woman in today’s society. The event takes place from 6:30 – 9:30 pm and is free for everyone, though donations to the centre are welcome.
Grundlovsdag, the Danish Constitution Day, celebrates both the 1849 signing of the original Constitution and the adoption of the current 1953 Constitution. Offices are closed and many businesses will be only open until noon, if at all – the perfect opportunity to spend a summer day with the family or sleep in, if you can!
Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th June
The third edition of the Copenhagen Underground Film and Music Festival features a diverse program of DIY films by artists from all over the world. The events take place across the city and are donation-based. The money raised goes to Doctors Without Borders. Each day will feature at least one film block and Digitalism will headline this year’s music program on Sunday.
Respond is a three day festival focusing on how technological solutions can solve some of the world’s most urgent challenges. Talks, presentations, debates, activities, and workshops by creative change-makers and experts explore possibilities for a sustainable future. Tickets are available via the website (99 DKK for adults and free for students) Included in the ticket is access to The Solution Expo where organizations display and discuss their sustainable solutions.
Thursday 6th – Sunday 16th June
Celebrate ten years of one of Europe’s leading festivals for national and international contemporary photography. There will be exhibitions, workshops, seminars, photo tours, and much more all over Copenhagen and at the festival centrum on Refshaleøen.
Thursday 6th June
Join and celebrate the most inspiring Danish organizations utilizing sustainable technologies, from small businesses over cities and universities to NGOs. A variety of actors will share solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals as well as the technology to bring these into action. The ticket costs 165 DKK and gives you access to the awards, The Solution Expo, and the Respond Festival.
FuckUp Nights is a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure. Join for the Copenhagen edition and learn from people’s fuck ups. Extremely inspiring! From 4:30 pm.
Friday 7th June
Villa Kultur invites you to its summer party. Join for hygge, cocktails, its very own beer KULTURBRØL, and tunes by DJ duo Nobles from 4 – 10 pm.
Saturday 8th June
The community center Trampoline House has been fighting to ensure an alternative living and working situation to the Danish asylum system for eight years. Join the birthday party featuring an art exhibition, speeches, live music, dancing, and much more. For organizational reasons, the team asks you to sign up via the website.
Buy fresh produce such as vegetables from the Farm of Ideas, fresh pasta from Mirabelle Restaurant, or oysters from Fiskerikaien when the Relæ Community brings together some of their producers and friends for a farmers market. From 11 am – 4 pm.
Watch six drag queens, a drag king, and a bio king compete for the throne. The competition consists of three parts: one song chosen by Draghouse, a roast, and a song picked by the performer. The winner will be chosen by the judges, the audience, and Draghouse. Show up and cheer for your favorite, or for everyone! The doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm. Tickets are 260 DKK.
Sunday 9th June
Browse vintage clothes, kitsch, and art while catching up with friends at one of Vesterbro’s biggest markets. If you would like to put up a stall yourself, get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. From 10 am – 4 pm.
Watch the Royal Danish Ballet perform while enjoying a casual picnic. The Kongelig sommerballet is a very special experience that takes place in different locations during June. Join the performance from 4 – 5:30 pm; admission is free.
Monday 10th June
In collaboration with some of Denmark’s best chefs, Venezuelan restaurant Taller hosts a charity dinner at BÆST Upstairs to support those hit by the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The 1.500 DKK ticket includes a full food and wine menu, with all proceeds going to the Barriga llena Corazón Contento foundation who help feed hundreds of Venezuelans every day. From 5:30 pm.
Thursday 13th June
Experience Glyptoteket from a new perspective and enjoy drinks and snacks on the roof top while The Lake Radio takes care of the tunes. The Thursday bar is open from 5 – 8 pm and entrance is free for those who have already purchased a ticket or are members.
Friday 14th – Thursday 20th June
The third edition of Copenhagen Fin Tech Week brings 60+ international speakers from over 15 different countries to the city. Join the keynotes, panels, networking sessions, and workshops. You’ll also get a chance to meet with the FinTech startups showcasing on stage. Find the full program as well as tickets on the website.
Saturday 15th June
Take the whole family and explore Frederiksberg fire station from 10 am – 1 pm. There will be plenty of activities for all ages and admission is free. Ba-bu ba-bu ba-bu!
Come and join when Elmegade, Birkegade, and Egegade throw a market and street party. As the event focuses on sustainability, the market stalls will be accompanied by workshops for children to learn about throw-away mentality and a photo exhibition about fast fashion. If you would like to put up a stall, tickets for private and professional sellers are available via the Facebook event. From 10 am – 5 pm.
The Union is throwing a support party and invites you to an evening of BPOC (Black and People Of Colour ) art and culture. The goal is to raise money to organize and continue the creation of The Union – Cultural Workers’ Union for Black and People of Colour. The event goes from 6 pm – 1 am. Learn more about black-owned businesses in Scandinavia with our guide.
Sunday 16th June
Take this last chance to see the exhibition “Perfect Poses?” featuring masterpieces by French artists such as Rodin. From 2 – 3 pm there will be a guided tour by the curator Rune Frederiksen. The event is free for those who have purchased a ticket or members.
Harsh circumstances reign in the countryside in the middle of the 19th century. With another harsh winter approaching, the farmer Jens faces the unbearable choice of making a deal with the rich neighboring farmer against his morals in order to secure his family’s survival. The film is screened at 2:15 pm and features English subtitles.
Wednesday 19th – Saturday 22nd June
With their motto “celebrating ten years in hell,” Copenhell brings heavy metal back to Refshaleøen. Join Denmark’s biggest metal festival and enjoy top acts such as Slipknot and Tool in an industrial setting, just a stone’s throw from the city centre.
Wednesday 19th June
In collaboration with ATLAS magazine, this edition of “Charlottenborg Art Talks“ is a panel debate with the topic “After the Election-” Further information will be available on the website of Kunsthal Charlottenborg.
Thursday 20th – Monday 24th June
Over these four days, a handful of renown restaurants in Copenhagen invite refugee chefs to take over their kitchens. The chefs create dishes from their home countries; the idea is to highlight both the skills of the chefs and cuisines that are not as well known in Denmark. Restaurants participating include ILUKA, MADEINITALY, and Birkesmosegaard. Enjoy an unforgettable meal!
Thursday 20th June
Enjoy Mads Battefeld’s sushi from 25 DKK a piece and the selection of orange wines from 60 DKK per glass at the Rødder & Vin:Bar. No menu, no list, no reservations, just join the line and order. From 5 pm and until sold out. We recommend that you get there early!
Friday 21st June
Join and celebrate the best university startups from all over Denmark. At the Award Show, the winners of the four categories Green, Digital, Health & Product, with a prize of 20.000 DKK each, will be announced. The four best startups live-pitch on stage and the audience will have the opportunity to vote for the winner of the National Startup Competition 2019, awarded a prize of 120,000 DKK. Tickets are free and available via Eventbrite. From 1:30 – 7 pm.
Explore art in a relaxed atmosphere, drink in-hand, at Statens Museum for Kunst’s version of the popular Friday Bar. The program varies from event to event but is always a mix of art talks, music and film. From 4 – 10 pm.
Saturday 22nd June
After last year’s success, Fælledparkens FamilieLoppe is back. Inspired by Parisian markets, the market is situated next to a playground so that the children can enjoy themselves while parents browse. Besides the stalls, there will be various activities such as face painting, photography, and a toy swap. More information as well as tickets for sellers can be found via the website.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a rock musical, a horror film, a celebration of sexual multiplicity, as well as a founding artifact of the punk revolution. Huset KBH screens the cult film at 8 pm. The ticket counter opens at 6.30 pm.
Sunday 23rd June
Celebrate the summer solstice and the feast of Saint John the Baptist by joining one of the traditional bonfire parties. The most popular spots can be found here. Enjoy a beautiful, (hopefully) warm night!
Come on board when the kulturtårnet boat leaves from Knippelsbro for CPH Village to celebrate Sant Hans. In the container village, there will be barbecue, games, live music and a pop up bar. The boat tour, including a voucher for a grilled snack, is 95 DKK and the event at CPH Village is open for everyone. The boat leaves at 4 pm.
Friday 28th June
YouTube stars KSI & Randolph are coming to Copenhagen. The two Brits have been working and rapping together since 2011 and are now touring Europe with their New Age Tour. Store Vega opens its doors at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets are 265 DKK.
Saturday 29th June – Saturday 6th July
Roskilde is one of Europe’s most famous festivals and the largest rock festival in northern Europe. It seamlessly blends music, activism, food, and art. Get yourself a ticket or join as a volunteer via the festival website.
Ongoing in June
Do as the Italians do: enjoy a relaxed pre-dinner snack and drink session with friends and family. Every Thursday, Depanneur Deli is serving an Italy-inspired happy hour from 4 – 8 pm.
Start the weekend with a gorgeous view over Copenhagen, various DJ line ups and a cold drink. Every Friday and all summer long, Hotel Danmark opens up its roof top terrace, for free and for everyone. From 4 – 11 pm.
In “Perfect Poses?“ the collections of Copenhagen’s Glyptoteket and the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon are brought together to present the French sculpture from a new angle, working from the poses of the sculptures. Admire works by such great artists as Rodin or Dalou while live activities focus on bodily ideals and the body as a means of expression. The special exhibition runs until 16th June.
Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist has worked with video technologies since the middle of the 1980s and has continuously explored and challenged its potentials, conventions, and limitations. “Åbn min lysning” is her first major presentation in Scandinavia. The exhibition is on display until 23rd June.
Using the architecture as a medium, Jesper Just transforms Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s south wing into 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 yet. The exhibition runs from 15th June until 11th August 2019. The opening event is at 6 pm on 14th June.
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. The exhibition is accompanied by film screenings, discussions, and talks. Until 11th August.
The conceptual exhibition “What are you looking at?“ explores how art reflects 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.
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.
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 colorists 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, where it was previously on display until 6th May. From 7th June until 22nd September 2019.
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. Until 1st December.
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