September: the beautiful in-between time when summer and autumn gently shake hands. Copenhagen is drenched in golden light, berries and apples call at the farmer’s market, and the first leaves begin to change colors. On warm days, it feels like summer might stay forever; on the colder ones, we happily cosy up in our favorite sweaters. Everyone is back from their summer vacation, so there is plenty going on in Copenhagen this month, today, and every day!
Here are the best events happening in Copenhagen this month:
Friday 23rd August – Sunday 1st September
This festival is dedicated to Copenhagen’s food culture and includes events, workshops, and meals all around the city. The program is offered in collaboration with local restaurants, craftsmen, and food communities and is divided into different themes such as “At Home With“, “Sound of Food“, or “Unique Locations.” Whether you are after fine dining or a relaxed glass of wine, there is something for everyone. Find the full programme on the festival website.
Monday 26th August – Sunday 8th September
ZULU Comedy Festival brings more than 100 shows to Copenhagen and Aarhus. Venues include Huset KBH, Bremen, and Islandsbrygge Kulturhus. Go and have a laugh!
Thursday 29th August – Sunday 1st September
Enter Art Fair is a new and ambitious international art fair taking place on Refshaleøen. The first of its kind, it combines the art fair format with a digital art fair experience powered by Artland. Artland is a dedicated platform for contemporary art that connects galleries with collectors on a global scale.
Friday 30th August – Sunday 1st September
It’s that time of the year again: CHART art fair is back in town! CHART is the leading event of its kind in the Nordics and has been named as one of the “top 5 destinations for art and design lovers in August“ by Architectural Digest. Celebrate art, design, and architecture while exploring new frontiers in the space between these practices. Besides the exhibitions, there will be film screenings, concerts, performances, and festivities. Most events will take place at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.
Sunday 1st September
Just in time for the new semester, Studenterhuset is organizing a flea market. So stock up your closet or get the missing pieces for your apartment from 11 am – 4 pm. Besides some bargains there will be croissants and coffee.
Since 2000, Danske Madanmeldere crown „ Årets Ret“, the Dish of the Year, in order to foster innovation in Danish gastronomy. There will be three categories, HAV featuring everything related to the sea, LAND featuring all meat and vegetable dishes and SØDT & OST, meaning sweet and cheese. The event takes place on Israels Plads from 10.30 am – 2.30 pm.
Wave goodbye to the exhibitions “I Have Grown Taller from Standing with Trees” by Claudia Comte and “LENGUA LLORONA” by Donna Huanca and join for an Art Walk with free beverages. The art educators lead walks at 3 pm, 4 pm, and 5 pm. Access to the exhibitions costs the same as regular entrance, the Art Walks are free. From 3 – 6 pm.
Monday 2nd September
The American president Donald Trump is coming to Denmark and people take to the streets to protest against his sabotage of the global fight against climate change and his discriminatory policies. Trump’s brand of right-wing politics is gaining power in Denmark and across Europe and this protest wants to set a sign against this development. The Demonstration takes place at the US Embassy Denmark from 5 – 8 pm.
Wednesday 4th – Saturday 7th September
The documentary film festival “Syrian Doc Days” is dedicated to documentaries that try to make the complex chaos in Syria understandable. Meet mothers, fathers, brothers, daughters, and friends, and get a glimpse into their lives. Besides screenings, there will be lectures, debates, and cultural activities, such as concerts and poetry readings. Find the program and tickets on the Cinemateket website.
Wednesday 4th September
Are you new in Denmark or do you just want to network in an international atmosphere? Join in the Copenhagen Central Library and exchange experiences from 5:30 – 8 pm.
What can the boom of the Golden Age in art, spiritual life, education, and democracy teach us today? Join the salon and jointly explore this inspiring time in Danish history through stories and conversations. The event is included in the regular entrance ticket and goes from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th September
This year’s Techfestival deals with the hot topics of biohacking, data, and human rights. In times in which half of the world is online and eight out of ten of the world’s biggest companies are tech companies, tech shapes our everyday lives and relationships. Thus, Techfestival brings together experts and thinkers from Denmark and abroad in order to explore how tech can contribute to a better future. There will be over 200 events including a talk about data sovereignty by „the Robin Hood of Data“, Barcelona’s Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer Francesca Bria, and an interactive session about how Augmented Reality can be used to educate about Sustainability. Find the full programme and tickets on the festival website.
Friday 6th – Sunday 22nd September
Golden Days celebrates the 30th year after the fall of the Berlin Wall with a historico-cultural festival dedicated to the year 1989. The fall of the Berlin Wall marked a turning point in world history and in more than 150 formats including talks, concerts, and exhibitions, Golden Days explores what we can learn from these times.
Saturday 7th September
Get inspired by the clean lines of the opera’s beautiful lobby, Olafur Eliasson’s light sculptures, and the views of Copenhagen Harbour. Come onto the stage and behind the scenes in this guided tour in English. Tickets are 120 DKK and can be bought via the website of The Royal Danish Theatre. The tour starts at 12 noon.
Knud Romer and the young German writer Simon Strauss meet in the banquet hall of Charlottenborg and talk about European literature, identity, and education. Both are writers and debaters, Strauss published his second book „Römische Tage“ (Roman Days) in June and Romer recently published the book „Map of Paradise“. The talk is organized by ATLAS magazine in collaboration with Kunsthal Charlottenborg as part of the Golden Days Festival. The talk will be in English.
Ever heard of hurling? The sport has been a big deal in Ireland for years, and if you’re interested in getting a look at this fast-paced, highly-skilled sport (imagine ice hockey meets lacrosse, but with a rugby attitude), then come watch some of the games! The tournament takes place from 10 am – 6 pm at Kløvermarkens Idrætsanlæg. Entry is free.
Sunday 8th September
Istedgade celebrates the diversity of Vesterbro with music, drinks, kids’ activities, a flea market, and much more. The celebration takes place on Istedgade between Abel Cathrines Gade and Gasværksvej. From 12 noon – 5 pm.
Thursday 12th September
After last year’s success, Spring for Livet dagen is back. Come and get active! There will be free food and various activities for seniors. No tickets required, just come by Nørrebrohallen between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm.
Join for a night full of dance and music when Joaquín Grilo is dancing flamenco at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The event starts at 8 pm and tickets cost 325 DKK.
Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th September
Huset-KBH is celebrating Film Noir with a three-part festival presenting all movies on authentic old-school celluloid. Tickets cost 50 DKK per film.
Friday 13th – Sunday 22nd September
The seventh edition of Musikfilm Festivalen is offering the broadest program in the festival’s history. Celebrate the 50th birthday of legendary Woodstock Festival by watching the documentary or watch the cult film Quadrophenia, there will be more than 30 films to chose from so get your groove on.
Friday 13th September
As part of Musikfilm Festival, Cinemateket screens Oasis playing at the City of Manchester Stadium, completely free and with a DJ.
Red Lama and Moon Loves Honey play in Byhaven and as usual admission is free. The restaurant serves some food and the bar is packed with beers, natural wines, and refreshing cocktails. While Red Lama is representing the Danish psych-scene, Moon Loves Honey is serving a mix of pop and rock. Byhaven opens at 3 pm and the concerts start at 6.30 pm.
Join for some techno fun and let these ladies make you move. Dance the night away at Hallen I Skoven from 10 pm.
Saturday 14th September
Sindroms is launching the fourth issue and you are invited! If an all-pink Saturday is your thing then look no further. The Pink Sindrom explores the complexity and brilliance of pink, decomposing the colour through the lens of 5 states of mind associated with it—youth, naivety, euphoria, intimacy, and artificiality. See, hear, smell, touch, and taste pink in an experiential exhibition and get your copy. From 5 – 8 pm.
Hej Søster Fest puts female talents in the spotlight and creates a meeting point for women to support each other in a male-dominated industry. Singer Fallulah is the face behind the concept and has personally selected the acts which represent all kinds of genres. Get ready for a good time! From 5 pm – midnight. Tickets cost 310 DKK and are available via Ticketmaster.
Khalid is coming to Copenhagen. Join in the Royal Arena and dive into his musical world, somewhere between pop, R&B, and electro. From 8 pm.
Sunday 15th September
Flat, fast, and scenic, the CPH Half course features some of the biggest highlights of Copenhagen. Put your running shoes on or just come and support the athletes. From 11.15 am – 4 pm.
Cars are banned from Nørrebrogade on this Sunday and instead the street is filled with all kinds of activities for adults and kids alike. From 2 – 6 pm.
Join this walk along the canals of Christianshavn and discover Copenhagen’s new bridges from 5 – 7 pm. There is currently a waiting list but keep an eye out for spots that open up.
To celebrate the international anniversary of democracy, Glyptoteket invites you on a tour that will take you back to the early beginnings of democracy. Often Greece is referred to as the cradle of democracy but how did democracy work in ancient Greece, and is it at all comparable to our modern democracy? There is a limited amount of free tickets available and they can not be preordered. Pick up yours when buying your regular museum ticket.
Wednesday 18th – Thursday 19th September
Design Matters means two days of exploring digital design through competent, visionary, nerdy, engaging talks, workshops and discussions about the work and role of digital designers – now and in the future. It is a conference but with a festival vibe, so nerdy talk plus crafts, food, and music. Sounds like fun? Get your ticket via the website. From 1.30 – 2.30 pm.
The biggest Tech and innovation summit in Scandinavia is gathering the startup community and is buildings bridges to the world. More than 7,000 people from all across Europe will come together for two amazing days in Øksnehallen to experience the latest tech innovation, get insights into the Nordic startup and tech scene and much more. Find more information and tickets on the website.
Friday 20th – Saturday 21st September
Kern1 Vintage Chanel Jacket Pop-Up at The Audo
Well we can’t think of a more elegant pop-up than this one! Kern1 sells pre-owned Chanel jackets from a range of eras and styles, and if you’ve ever wanted to own one of these beautiful pieces then now is the time! Go see them, try them on, and find the one that’s right for you. The incredible setting of the new hotel/cafe/workspace The Audo will make it feel all the more refined. Friday’s pop-up is from 11 am – 6 pm, while Saturday’s goes from 11 am – 2 pm.
Friday 20th September
Youth Climate Strike
Organized by and for kids, this demonstration takes place at Rådhuspladsen at 12 pm. The goal of the strike is to demand change within the Danish government and EU Parliament as it relates to climate law, including ending the use of fossil fuels. Adults are also welcome. If you can’t attend this one, there will be another event on the 27th (see more below).
Help Randers Regnskov purchase land in the Ecuadorian rain forest in order to maintain its protection. The programme includes a welcome drink, a surprise stand up show, a concert by Malte Ebert, an artist show as well as a DJ. Exclusive guests receive a glass of welcome champagne and a 3 course dinner with included wine menu. The event starts at 5 pm and the minimum age is 21.
Henrik Vibskov is well known for the spectacular art installations featured in his shows. One of his electric art pieces “Radish Arm Charm” will be presented at this all-day celebration of the new boutique designed by Clover Studio. Elias Gozal takes care of the tunes, so join the fun from 11 am – 8 pm.
This autumn, Kunsthal Charlottenborg presents the first-ever solo exhibition in Scandinavia with the critically acclaimed Czech artist Eva Koťátková. The scenographic exhibition “Confessions of the Piping System” features surrealism and institutional critique. The opening event starts at 5 pm.
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd September
The Copenhagen Web Fest is an international film festival showcasing and connecting new talent in the web series and new media world. It is the first web fest in Scandinavia. Find the full programme and tickets on the website.
Saturday 21st September
Taking place in the heart of Copenhagen, International Citizen Day informs and inspires around the themes housing, career, and leisure life through talks, fairs, workshops and activities in a festive setting. Meet, engage and network with public authorities, private organisations and local communities at DGI-Byen from 10 am – 3 pm. Sign up via this link.
Monday 23rd September
The Australian indie rock boys from The Rubens are coming to Copenhagen. Start off your week with a dance. Tickets cost 135 DKK and the concert starts at 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm.
Wednesday 25th September
Get rid of your heart aches in this new edition of Gyldendal Love. Your host of the night, Anders Haahr Rasmussen, has written the book “En Fandens Mand“ and the panel consists of sexology professor, debater, critic, poet, and writer Christian Braugaar, TV host and writer Sara Bro, and journalist, TV host, and writer Mikkel Frey. The panel will respond to both, the audience’s love dilemmas as well as those that Tove Ditlevsen was confronted with as the letterbox manager at “Familie Journalen“ from 1956-1976. The doors open at 6 pm and the event starts at 7 pm.
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September
Knitting enthusiasts, this one is for you. Knitwork is celebrating its 5th birthday with workshops, stalls, talks, and much more. Find your tickets here.
Friday 27th September
Why not use your lunch break to demand systemic change in our climate laws, from both the Danish government and EU Parliament? This demonstration takes place at 12 pm Ofelia Plads and is the adult counterpart to the Youth Climate Strike taking place on the 20th (see above). Children are, of course, also welcome at this one. See you there!
Saturday 28th September
“Bohemian Rhapsody,“ the film about worldwide rockstars Queen, is screened in this edition of sing along at Cinemateket. Celebrate their groundbreaking sound and singer Freddie Mercury from 3 pm.
Sunday 29th September
The time has come, Cityringen M3 finally opens its doors to the metro! 17 new stations will help to bring the different parts of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg tighter together. To celebrate, there will be live music and an opening ceremony on Rådhuspladsen from 1 – 4 pm and a program for families on Solbjerg Plads in Frederiksberg from 12.30 noon – 4 pm.
Ongoing in September
King Frederik VI built the Chinese Tea House and Chinese Island in Frederisberg Have in 1802, and if you haven’t already explored the beautiful architecture and setting, then now is the time! In collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Hot Pot Republic will be serving hot pot while patrons listen to music planed on traditional Chinese instruments. This event takes place on the 8th, 14th, and 15th of September; tickets can be booked here. If you’d like to see the music but don’t feel like a full meal, there will be Chinese street food available as well.
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.
Richard Mosse works in the cross field between documentary and art and challenges our perspective on conflict and disaster in the world’s hotspots. His latest video installation „Incoming“ focuses on the flow of refugees towards Europe using military camera technology. The exhibition is shown 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, capturing the spirit of a moment 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 on display until May, it will be shown in Copenhagen until 22nd September.
This exhibition is a conversation about exile and expatriation as a political and existential reality. It presents a number of international artists, many of whom work from their own experiences and stories. The 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.
Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist has worked with video technology since the middle of the 1980s. She has continuously explored, challenged, and exploded its potentials, rules, conventions, and limitations. “Åbn min lysning” is her first major presentation in Scandinavia. The exhibition is on display until 22nd September.
Get inspired by the bursting colors and pleasing patterns of Thierry Feuz. The titles of the individual works are taken from several different languages giving the exhibition an air of mystery. 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 builds on the heritage of Bauhaus. The exhibition is open until 1st December.
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.
This autumn, Kunsthal Charlottenborg presents the first-ever solo exhibition 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.
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.
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