November in Copenhagen can be moody: grey skies meet red treetops and in the evenings fog hangs over the water. Before the pre-Christmas wildness begins, this is the perfect time to gather friends and family to try out some of the city’s many restaurants, bars and coffee shops, or to re-visit old favorites. Besides Copenhagen’s great food scene, exhibitions, film screenings, sport events, and markets are going to lure you out of the house.
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Here are the best events in Copenhagen in this month:
Friday 25th October – Sunday 3rd November
Dating back to 1986, MIX CPH is Denmark’s oldest recurring and ever-active film festival and one of the world’s oldest LGBTQ+ film festivals. Run by volunteers, it shows an array of movies that bend gender and break sexual boundaries, affect the gender debate and reflect a diverse world. Find all the screenings and tickets on the website. On Saturday, 2nd November, the festival closes with two documentaries that transport you to the spectacular world of Vogue as well as a party at Refshalevej 185.
Friday 1st November – Saturday 9th November
This annual festival celebrates new, experimental music and sound art that go beyond genres and connect with other art forms. Find the full program, get tickets, or sign up as a volunteer on the festival website.
Friday 1st November
Hip hip hooray, julebryg is here! Today is the day when Tuborg releases their limited edition Christmas brew. The day is a party around the city, with people heading straight to their local bodega to get a bottle when it’s officially available at 8:59 pm. The beer is around for ten weeks only, but it’s still the fourth most popular beer in Denmark! Go enjoy this fruity, dark beer, which can be purchased in stores or most bodegaas around the city, while you can.
The Danish Mountain and Climbers’ Club and Blocs & Walls invite you to a screening of this year’s best climbing films. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost 100 DKK and are available via Billetto or at Blocs & Walls.
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd November
VeggieWorld, the trade fair for a vegan lifestyle, is coming to Copenhagen. Taste delicious vegan products, learn to cook with the best chefs, and listen to the inspiring talks of international guests, in short: experience that a plant-based lifestyle is actually really fun. Find the full program on the website.
Saturday 2nd November
Feeling sporty or just in need of a workout before going all in on the delicious Christmas food? Join this free Parkour Conditioning Class on Israels Plads. With body weight exercises, Marcus and Sander prepare you for the parkour. Get insights into this interesting sport or just join for the sake of physical fitness. From 9-10.30 am.
Free Coffee Workshop with Nordhavn Coffee Roasters at Reffen
Learn about the world of coffee and what it takes to turn the green beans into a delicious cup. From 4-5 pm.
Album release: Jens K Skarpladte Drømme at Kind of Blue
Celebrate the release of Jens K Skarpladte Drømme’s new album with a drink at the cosy neighborhood bar Kind of Blue. From 8-10 pm.
Sunday 3rd November
Since representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest, Benjamin Ingrosso has launched his first album „Identification“ which went straight up to number 1 in his home country. Join for a night of Swedish pop and experience the 21 year old Stockholmer live on stage. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets cost 190 DKK.
Monday 4th – Tuesday 5th November
Rite of Nothing – Imprint of Voices by Louise Alenius at Cisternerne
Don’t miss out on this new edition of Louise Alenius popular work “Rite of Nothing.” Having been launched in 2018 as part of Bloom Festival, it has now been developed into a digital and scenographic experience at the unique location of Cisternerne. Monday from 3-6 pm and Tuesday from 6-8 pm. There will be an additional event on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November from 6-8 pm.
Monday 4th November
Eksistensfilosofiens Kvinder (Women of existentialism)
In this event series, Eksistensfilosofisk Akademi og Litteraturhuset puts the spot light on the women of existentialism. For the kick off, Inger Christensen, one of Denmark’s most important poets, is introduced by Jon Auring Grimm. The second event, on 18th November, will be dedicated to Hannah Arendt. From 5-7 pm.
Tuesday 5th November
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Café Cadeau offers a free Danish language event. Learn from the Danish volunteers and don’t forget to order some drinks or food to support this non-profit initiative. From 7-9 pm.
Thursday 7th – 10th Sunday November
Dive into Irish culture at the annual Copenhagen Irish Festival. There will be theatre performances, concerts, dance and jam session. Find the full program on the festival website.
Thursday 7th – Thursday 14th November
“A Night at the End off the World“ by Assemble Theatre Collective
Assemble Theatre Collective presents an immersive theatrical experience based on Samuel Beckett’s iconic Krapp’s Last Tape. Set in an underground bunker in the heart of Copenhagen, this sensory theatrical production will captivate audiences with a uniquely intimate experience with only 15 seats. There will be performances on November 7, 8, 9, 13 and 14 at 7.45 pm and on November 10 at 2.45 pm. Tickets are 120 DKK and include an Irish Coffee, for reservations please email email@example.com.
Thursday 7th November
Are you into fonts? How about foil? Then your dream collaboration is here! Foilco is one of the world’s foremost foil stamping producers, based in the UK. Playtype, part of e-types, is a type foundry based in Copenhagen. Foilco’s event platform, Muliplicity is taking place for the first time in Copenhagen and the line up is full of experts and renown creatives. Whether you know much about lettering and printing or not, why not learn a bit more and attend this creative workshop from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm? The workshop is free. There will also be talks thorughout the day featuring a wide range of people from designers, graphic designers, and creative directors. Tickets for the talks can be purchased here.
At Taproom Bryggen, Amager Bryghus is kicking the door open with this cool event: To counterbalance male dominance in the beer industry, the stage is given to a great number of kick ass women representing 13 breweries. Come by, have a beer, and ask all the questions you might have. Everyone is welcome! From 3 pm – 0.30 am.
Friday 8th November
Fri Fredag – fri entré: “Leonard Cohen – Live in Dublin“ at Cinemateket
A concert film, a beer and some after work hygge – experience Leonard Cohen’s concert in Dublin’s O2 Arena just a short bike ride from home, in Cinemateket’s biografbar. Completely free; from 4-7:15 pm.
Critically-acclaimed Danish trio Marshall Cecil is known for its eclectic sound, a fusion of R&B, pop, hip-hop and rock. Join this intimate concert at research and design lab SPACE10 from 8.30-11 pm. There are only 100 tickets available, each for 95 DKK.
Saturday 9th November
Try saying that ten times fast! Love books? Want to get rid of some old books, or get a few new ones? This book swap is for you. Bring your old books to this book container at Garage Park NV and for each one you donate, you can choose another you like. You can also simply buy books for 30 DKK each. There will be coffee, nibbles, and lots of books to browse.
Are you looking for some additions to your home or wardrobe or maybe even the first Christmas presents? Go on treasure hunt at this indoor flea market in Nørrebrohallen from 10 am – 3 pm. Entry is free.
Kunsthåndværkermarked i Absalon
Stock up on ceramics, jewelry, prints and so much more when Absalon turns into a creative heaven. From 10 am – 3 pm you can browse the stalls of a broad range of designers and artists. If you get hungry, there will be coffee and freshly baked buns. Entry is free.
Tuesday 12th November
CBS Film & CBS Feminist Society Presents: “Venus – Let’s Talk About Sex” at Husets Biograf
“Venus – Let’s Talk About Sex” is a documentary in which Mette Carla Albrechtsen and Lea Glob, two female directors in their thirties, start an investigation based on their own sexual frustrations to understand desire from a female point of view. As an excuse to get more answers, they decide to make a film based on real women’s erotic memories and reflections. Café and ticket counter open at 6.30 pm and the film is screened (in Danish with English subtitles) at 7.30 pm. All ticket sales go to charity.
Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th November
Copenhagen’s biggest annual film festival, CPH:PIX, is hosting a smaller festival this year with four days of films. With just 20 films and a focus on new talent, particularly new Danish directors, it’s a highly-curated and exciting festival – a must-do for film-lovers! See the full program here.
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November
For three days, Bogforum transforms Bella Center into a haven for book lovers. Comic enthusiasts will be glad to hear that this year the area as well as the program dedicated to this genre have been expanded. If you are not into comics, no need to worry. There will be plenty of interesting arrangements with authors of all genres.
Find the full program on the website.
Friday 15th November
The times in which all new technologies have been welcomed with open doors are over. Today, tech is also scary. To help you navigate a few dark territories, the organizers of this talk have invited two speakers, entrepreneur, physician and author Imran Rashid and Digital Director as well as UX specialist Randi Hovmann. From 3-4 pm. Free tickets are available via Eventbrite.
Come and join this open poetry slam at Stardust. From 7.15 pm, tickets can be purchased at the door.
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th November
WomenHack CPH 2019 – Hackathon for women
Immerse yourself in the power of coding and come up with creative solutions for everyday and business problems. You will have 24 hours to work in a team on the challenge and present your solution to a panel of industry leaders, who will award the best ideas. The goal is to empower women to be more involved, so get your free ticket today.
It’s that time of the year again. Get your Christmas vibes going and take a stroll over the market in Haveselskabets have. There will be regional delicacies, arts, crafts and Christmas decoration for sale and Haveselskabets café is offering its famous kryddervin, along with coffee and cocoa. From 11 am – 5 pm.
Sunday 17th November
Browse vintage pieces in the beautiful 1920’s festsal of Store Kannikestræde 19 from 11 am – 5 pm. Tickets cost 40 DKK and can be bought with cash or mobile pay at the entry.
Guided Tour: Jacobsen and Rodin at Glyptoteket
With 39 works, the Rodin collection at the Glyptotek demonstrates an incredible range of materials and almost all the works were created in Rodin’s lifetime and commissioned directly by Carl Jacobsen. Join this tour and take a close look at the relationship between the artist and the patron as well as at Rodin’s working methods. The guided tours are free when the entrance to the museum is paid. There are a limited number of tickets, so come early. From noon – 1 pm.
Tuesday 19th – Sunday 24th November
Nordic Adventure Film Festival at Cinemateket
This festival was first held in 1996 and aims at presenting the most inspiring adventure and outdoors films to the local audience, at helping develop the production of adventure films as well as at motivating people to use film media when going outdoors. The best films will be rewarded in ten categories ranging from “Best Film Of The Year” to the more niche “Best Mountain Culture Film.”
Tuesday 19th – Saturday 30th November
One of Berlin’s coolest boutiques, Voo Store, will be holding a short pop-up at FRAMA Studio Store in beautiful St. Paul’s Apotek. Voo Store’s combination of aesthetically-considered lifestyle and fashion will fit perfectly into the FRAMA universe. Come check out brands like Paloma Wool, Dries Van Noten, Charlotte Knowles, and many more.
Tuesday 19th November
Join this free event in Nørrebro to hear about the journies of a handful of women entrepreneurs in Copenhagen. There will be presentations and networking. Come say hi – the founders of Scandinavia Standard will be there! Please note that tickets are free but currently sold out. you can check via this link to see if any spots have opened up.
Wednesday 20th November
Two months post-Techfestival, the organizers invite you to get together over a drink, catch up and talk about Techfestival 2020. From 5 – 7 pm.
Join this cooking workshop run by refugee and asylum-seeking women that aims to bring people together through food. There is cooking as well as discussion about life as a refugee in Denmark. All ticket sales go towards Trampoline House, the organization providing job training, counseling, and many other important services to refugees and asylum-seekers in Denmark.
Indvandrerdrenge er farlige? People & Punch vol. 5 at Ukirke
The format People & Punch creates a space to turn taboos upside down, with a cup of punch in hand and a smile on the lips. Dive into prejudice together with people who experience prejudice and people who know something about them. The keynote speaker of the evening, Aydin Soei, is one of Denmark’s most knowledgeable speakers when it comes to citizenship, radicalization, gang communities, integration and anti-school culture. Doors open at 6.45 pm.
Thursday 21st November
That the planet is in an ecological crisis is, especially post-Greta Thunberg, no secret. In this talk you will hear the latest news about climate research from Extinction Rebellion Denmark’s speakers. There will be time for questions and discussion afterwards. The event is free and will be held in English. From 6.30 – 8.30 pm.
Friday 22nd November
Community Talk: Limbo AccrA at SPACE10
Celebrate the final day of “Concrete Skeletons: Exploring the liminal space of an African Metropolis“ with this talk by curators Limbo AccrA about the themes central to their work and exhibition. “Concrete Skeletons“ features the works of ten African artists and explores the relationship between modernizing Accra and its future via the occupation of uncompleted property developments through an experimental variety of media including sculpture, photography, moving image. From 6-8 pm.
Saturday 23rd November
Since May, VEGA is hosting the new concept VEGA | ARTS in which music interacts with other modes of art. This time, Pussy Riot and performance artist Christian Falsnaes fill Store Vega. Russian feminist protest collective Pussy Riot is presenting Riot Days, a mix of music and documentary recordings based on Maria Alyokhina’s memoirs of the same name. The Danish performance artist Christian Falsnaes challenges group mentality and the balance of power between people, including that between him and the audience. Tickets cost 300 DKK and the event runs from 5-11 pm.
Best Of Boogielisten – 00’er-fest at Operaen Christiania
Don’t Cha wish there was a party dedicated to all the bangers of the sweet 2000s? You won’t have to walk A Thousand Miles (see what we’re doing here?), just hop on your bike and drive to Operaen Christiania. Check out the Facebook event for a chance to win a bottle of bubbles and free entry for you and two friends. Otherwise, tickets are 70 DKK at the door. From 10 pm.
Sunday 24th November
Get into the Christmas mood and gather some friends for pre-December hygge. Stay tuned for more information. From 10 am – 5 pm.
Live performance of “Louise Alenius, Tête – Step into the artist’s head” at SMK
The installation has been extended so in case you missed it, here is a last chance to see Louise Alenius’ Tête and join when the artist performs vocal improvisations inside the installation, a three meter tall wooden sculpture that is shaped like her head. Alenius will perform for an audience of one person at a time who, by sitting in the head, can direct their undivided attention to the music. The event takes place from 2 pm and is included in the standard admission to the museum.
Thursday 28th November – Sunday 8th December
Enjoy a huge range of exciting events, from traditional readings to children’s events and much more, during Copenhagen’s first BIPOC-centred literature festival. All events are free and take place at Øen in Nørrebro.
Thursday 28th November
International Lecture Series: Alexander Eisenschmidt
At this event of the International Lecture Series, architect, urbanist and theorist Alexander Eisenschmidt will focus on the productive tension between the city and architectural form and explore how the forces of urbanization often stimulate architecture’s spatial imagination. Admission is free. From 2-3.30 pm.
Have you always wanted to learn how silver items are made by hand? Then join this workshop at Darcy’s Kaffe for a hands-on learning experience. You’ll make your own jeweler’s wax cast while enjoying a glass of wine or a coffee. Then, over the following two weeks, your ring will be made in silver, polished, and sent to you. All tools provided; no prior experience necessary. Tickets are 750 DKK.
Friday 29th November
Absalon is kicking off Julefrokost season. Eat, drink, and dance in the sign of christmas every Friday and Saturday until 21st December from 5 pm. Tickets cost 250 DKK and are available via Billetto. Due to high demand, all dates are sold out but stay tuned for the chance of spots opening up. If not, keep an eye out for other options to indulge in this Danish tradition or simply organize your own Julefrokost – an introduction to the concept and recipes can be found here.
Saturday 30th November
Ready for some christmas shopping (for yourself or your loved ones)? Drop by the Arhoj studio on Islands Brygge, dig through all the odd, awkward, lucky mistakes, watch the production team in action, and enjoy a hot beverage from Elis Street Coffee. From 9 am – 5 pm.
Ongoing in November
In late October, Apollo Bar, Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Gyldendal, together launched the new format „Charlottenborg LIVE“: A free browse of Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s exhibitions and a live program with contemporary writers plus the option to join dinner for 100 DKK sounds like a Wednesday evening well spent!
Davide Ronco’s exhibition “L’ILLUSION DES SOSIES” is on display at Tableau from 18th October – 30th November. Literally translated, the title means “the illusion of lookalikes“. Sculptures moulded in discarded and used styrofoam present the leftover packaging in a new shape and, at the same time, transport memories of their past life.
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 builds on the heritage of Bauhaus. The exhibition is open until 1st December.
Tête by Louise Alenius has been extended so take the chance and experience this unique installation, a three meter tall wooden sculpture that is shaped like the artist’s head. The installation is on display until 8th December and on 24th November, there will be a live performance in form of a mini-concert by Louise Alenius. The event is included in the admission to the museum.
Danish Golden Age – World-class art between disasters at Statens Museum for Kunst
Statens Museum for Kunst presents the largest exhibition ever staged about the Golden Age of Danish art. Learn how the artists of one of the most creative artistic periods in Denmark have created the image of the Danish landscape and culture that we still celebrate today. The exhibition is produced in collaboration with Nationalmuseum Stockholm and Petit Palais Paris. It will be on display until 8th December.
Art & Porn marks the fiftieth anniversary of the legalisation of visual pornography and shows how the relationship between pornography and art has developed over the past five decades. What are the implications of changing the boundaries of what citizens may experience in public space? The group exhibition features artists such as Marina Abramović and Wolfgang Tillmans and will be on display until 12th January 2020.
American painter and poet Marsden Hartley has been called “America’s first great modern painter of the 20th century” and “one of the most intriguing art historical subjects of all time“ and, yet, he remains relatively unknown to a European audience. This presentation at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art marks the first major retrospective exhibition of his work in Europe in over 60 years. It is on display until 19th January 2020.
Confessions of the Piping System at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
This autumn, Kunsthal Charlottenborg presents the first-ever solo exhibition of the critically acclaimed Czech artist Eva Koťátková in Scandinavia. The scenographic exhibition “Confessions of the Piping System“ features surrealism and institutional critique. It is open until 16th February 2020.
Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
With „Generation Wealth“ Lauren Greenfield has created a unique document of 25 years of consumer culture which in the view of the artist has changed the values of the middle class to raw materialism, celebrity culture and undisguised narcissism. The exhibition is on display until 16th February 2020.
Vejen til Palyra (The Road to Palmyra) at Glyptoteket
„The Road to Palmyra“ is the first exhibition in Denmark focusing on the culture of the ancient city of Palmyra, an oasis in present-day Syria. In times shaped by globalization, migration and the meeting of different cultures, Palymira gained attention for its fascinating history of multiculturalism. The exhibition is on display until 1st March 2020.
Matters- Rethinking Materials at Designmuseum Danmark
In collaboration with art fair CHART, Designmuseum Danmark presents this exhibition of five young Nordic designers who rethink the use of material in the design process. The exhibition is on display until 29th March 2020.
Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at GL Strand and Nikolaj Kunsthal
The world-renowned novelist, poet, and singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen, has inspired generations of writers, musicians, and artists. “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything“ is the first exhibition entirely devoted to the imagination and legacy of the global icon from Montreal, Canada. But it’s not an archive of his work; it’s so much more. The exhibition will be on display until 13th April 2020.
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Header image: Alexander the Great on his Sickbed by Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Statens Museum for Kunst