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As Danish summer reaches its grand finale, city life in Copenhagen is at its best. Sun-baked bodies line urban swimming spots, outdoor seatings are filled to the brim, and events are picking up again. From festivals to film screenings and exhibitions to Copenhagen Fashion Week and Pride, there’s plenty going on in August.
Here are the best events in Copenhagen this month:
Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th August
Enjoy six days of independent theater in the heart of Copenhagen. Venues include Huset KBH’s Xenon as well as VOX Teaterhuset. Find the full program on the website.
Tuesday 2nd August
Swing by Møllegades Boghandel’s cosy backyard and dive into the literary universe of Lasse Raagaard Jønsson and Olga Liva Bruun. From 6-8 pm.
Saturday 6th August
Every August, Stella Polaris brings great musical acts, food, and a wonderful atmosphere to Frederiksberg. From 12 noon to 9 pm, the beautiful surroundings of Frederiksberg Have will transform into a festival ground. Admission is free.
Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th August
Over the last couple of years, Copenhagen Fashion Week has established itself as a darling of the international fashion scene. For many, especially the spring/summer edition is a highlight in the annual event calendar, drawing press, buyers, and fashion aficionados to the Danish capital to enjoy the latest Nordic fashion alongside the magic of Copenhagen summer.
With its newly launched CPHFW New Talent scheme, there’s a special focus on nurturing and promoting emerging talents from the Nordics. The three selected brands, A. Roege Hove, Latimmier, and P.L.N., are not only onboarded to the official schedule but are also receiving monetary support, mentorships, and more.
Copenhagen Fashion Week has partnered once again with TikTok to reach a wider audience online. SS23 also marks the last season before Copenhagen Fashion Week’s Sustainability Requirements come into effect – from January 2023, all shows and presentations on the official schedule must comply with 18 minimum standards, such as pledging not to destroy unsold clothes or using at least 50% certified, organic, upcycled or recycled textiles in all collections. Find the full schedule with invite-only as well as open events on the official website. Alongside Copenhagen Fashion Week, the trade fairs CIFF and Revolver will welcome brands and buyers to the city from 10th to 12th August.
Tuesday 9th August
Start off the week with Q’s electronic R&B, inspired by the 70s and 80s. Tickets are available for 235 DKK. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm.
Wednesday 10th August
Join when The Caribbean Housewife is preparing a summer-y four-course menu.
Feeling like a glass or rather four to go with the food? Add the wine pairing presented by Keto Ninidze – Oda Family Winery. The dinner is hosted at the Kitchen Collective in the meatpacking district.
Tickets are available from 425 DKK or pre-book the menu-wine combo for 700 DKK. From 7-10 pm.
MATE x Carine Roitfeld Bike Collaboration Launch Party
To mark the 19th issue of CR Fashion magazine, MATE e-bikes and Carine Roitfeld have collaborated on an exclusive set of 50 CR x MATE bikes. Join the celebration of this fun and fashionable partnership during Copenhagen Fashion Week with drinks, bites, and dancing. The event requires an RSVP, so respond to [email protected] before August, 9 at 12 PM, in order to get on the guest list. The event takes place at Landemærket 29, from 6 – 9 pm.
Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th August
Experience Danish as well as international artists, DJ sets, meditative soundscapes, and interactive installations by the waterfront.
O is a new festival bridging different creative practices with food and drinks. Quench your thirst with drinks from Empirical Spirits, Aeris cocktails, and Vin Super Natural or craft beers from ÅBEN, Mikkeller, and GAMMA.
Off stage, there will be the opportunity to attend long table dinners and tastings. Learn more and get your ticket on the festival website. Day tickets are available from 400 DKK and the full festival ticket costs 1200 DKK.
Copenhagen’s new three-day festival AiaSound is taking over Tiøren. The festival combines music with food experiences and community spirit. Find the program including Tobias Rahim, Steve Aoki, and Clara on the website. Day tickets cost 599 DKK and the full festival ticket 1299 DKK.
Thursday 11th August
Muuto store opening
Danish design brand Muuto is celebrating the opening of its first store on home soil with drinks and great music. Swing by Store Regnegade 12 to explore the Muuto universe and to mingle with other Scandinavian design lovers. From 4-7 pm.
Friday 12th August
Two years after the mega hit “Purple Rain” – Prince plays a gigolo from Miami who’s falling in love with a rich heiress at the French Rivera. The film is screened with Danish subtitles. The event starts at 7 pm and ticket cost 85 DKK.
Saturday 13th – Saturday 20th August
Celebrate love at this year’s Copenhagen Pride! Under the theme “freedom,” there will be an extensive human rights and cultural program featuring talks and more, including specific events for rainbow families as well as young people. The Pride Parade will take place on Saturday 20th August from 1 pm. Copenhagen Pride is volunteer-led; feel like contributing with your time? Get in touch via the website.
Sunday 14th August
Popular Grønt Marked is expanding to Vesterbro! Browse local delicacies such as small batch fermented drinks from Vesterbro’s Table Ferments or fruit from Kysøko every second Sunday of the month all through November. From 10 am to 3 pm.
Browse pre-loved clothing and enjoy plant-based food in the heart of Nørrebro. From 10 am to 4 pm. Can’t make it? There will be another edition on 28th August.
Monday 15th August
Experience the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, put on screen by Baz Lurmann (1996), with an introduction by Maria Jencel. The event begins at 8 pm and the film is screened with Danish subtitles. Tickets are available for 125 DKK.
Friday 19th – Saturday 20th August
“Celeste” at Mungo Park Theatre
Written by actor and activist Amelia Høy, “Celeste” is a one-man play about race, individual responsibility, and parenthood. The play takes place over one evening, as Thomas, a man in his 60s celebrating his birthday, calls his Black daughter. What follows is an introspective look at how people experience the past differently, and the willingness to admit wrongdoing (however unintentional). It’s a powerful show, held in an intimate setting. We highly recommend attending! Tickets are 100 DKK and are available here.
Friday 19th – Saturday 27th August
For this week in August, Copenhagen will stand in the sign of the opera. Experience great classics, newly written works, opera for the whole family, morning singing, international soloists, and much more. Dive into the program via the festival website.
Friday 19th – Sunday 28th August
Each year, Copenhagen Cooking celebrates the city’s vibrant food scene. This year’s program lists almost 100 events presented by the Danish capital’s eateries and passionate industry people. Find more information on the website.
Sunday 21st August
Bring your four-legged friend to Tivoli, meet other dog owners, and experience a special program on stage. Denmark’s largest organization for dog owners, the Danish Kennel Club, will provide tips and information on living with a dog and on what to pay attention to when getting one. Find more information on the Danish Kennel Club’s website.
Restaurateur couple Maggie and Carsten seem to have it all, a loving relationship, wonderful children, and a successful restaurant. But in their pursuit of a Michelin Star, they loose sight of what it means to be a family.
Monday 22nd August
From the bed room to Ideal Bar: Jacob Allen brings his intimate, lo-fi music universe to Copenhagen. Tickets are available for 150 DKK. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm.
Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th August
Experience and acquire some of the best contemporary art from Scandinavia and beyond at ENTER Art Fair. 75 galleries from 23 countries will present their artists in the raw, urban surroundings of Tunnelfabrikken in Nordhavn. Can’t make it but still want to get a sense of the event? Check out The Virtual Fair, an online platform powered by Artland that allows you to follow the galleries throughout the year. Here you’ll also be able to see 3D films of the exhibitors’ exhibitions at the physical fair.
MIGLIORINI communications agency will join forces with Enter Art Fair to present a curated lifestyle pop-up at The Audo in Nordhavn. You’ll find a selection of Danish and international lifestyle brands, such as Norwegian frankremme and French Fête Impériale. Open from the 25th to the 28th August between 11:00-18:00 Mon-Fri and 10:00-16:00 Sat-Sun.
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th August
As every year in August, CHART Art Fair takes over the beautiful surroundings of Kunsthal Charlottenborg, presenting leading galleries from the Nordics, an art book fair, and a broad public programme of talks, performances, and architectural projects. To celebrate the 10th edition of the event, CHART will launch a new collaboration with the iconic Tivoli Gardens: from 25th August to 25th September (during normal park hours), visitors will be able to experience a special exhibition inside the historic amusement park.
Friday 26th August
During Copenhagen Cooking, The Caribbean Housewife teams up with Tableau and Kitchen Collective to raise awareness for food waste. The Caribbean Housewife will prepare a series of social and interactive dinners using seasonal and local ingredients while Tableau will create a site-specific art installation from seasonal, locally sourced fruit and vegetables at different stages of growth. The four-course menu costs 425 DKK. Add four glasses of Danish organic wines from Vejrhøj Vingård for a package deal of 700 DKK. From 6-10 pm.
Saturday 27th August
Enjoy this cult classic with a festive ambiance! Come dressed as your favorite character and let an experienced Rocky guide take you throughout the evening. Doors open at 7 pm and the event starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 90 DKK.
Learn more about well-being and the good life as well as why the Nordics regularly rank among the happiest countries in the world. The Happiness Museum has been created by the Happiness Research Institute, a think tank focusing on wellbeing, happiness, and quality of life. Swing by every Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Fancy an in-depth read about the topic? In The Little Book of Hygge, Happiness Research Institute’s CEO Meik Wiking introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish culture and gives tips on how to incorporate it into your own life.
Experience a curated program of concerts among the Roman statues of Glyototeket. Every Sunday from 12 noon to 1 pm. Tickets cost 180 DKK and include entry to the museum throughout the day.
BLOX is hosting a Thursday bar and you’re invited. Come by for drinks, snacks, music and more, and experience the current exhibitions at the Danish Architecture Center which will be open until 9 pm. The event will take place every Thursday in August from 4 to 7 pm.
Displayed in The Small Salon, this exhibition casts the spotlight on French artist Paul Gauguin’s residence in Copenhagen, from November 1884 to May 1885. The focal point of the exhibition is the newly acquired painting ‘La neige à Copenhague’ (Snow in Copenhagen). Completed in 1884, it was created while Gauguin and his wife Mette lived in a ground-floor flat at 105, Gl. Kongevej.
Freedom, free love, liberated sexuality, and the ecstatic union with the other are central themes in Dorothy Iannone’s autobiographical and erotic images. Since the 1960s, the artist (born in 1933) has been creating paintings, drawings, books, video sculptures, and more which often resemble graphic novels. The exhibition will be on display until 11th September.
Working in the intersection between design and visual culture, Alex Da Corte conquers space with color. Louisiana presents the first in-depth exhibition of the Venezuelan-American artist’s work in Europe. A mix of early and new works is exhibited while specially designed floors, brightly colored walls, neon lights, and characteristic scents create the feeling of a parallel reality. The exhibition will be on display until 8th January.
South African photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi is known for capturing the complexity of experiences within the queer community. In collaboration with Tate Modern and Bildmuseet at Umeå University, GL Strand presents more than 100 photographs that represent Muholi’s career to date, from the very first body of work “Only Half the Picture” to the on-going series “Somnyama Ngonyama”. The exhibition is on display until 4th September.
For the first time in Europe, Copenhagen Contemporary brings together a wide range of artworks that can be attributed to the American art movement Light and Space. On 5000 m2, you can experience pieces by James Turrell, Helen Pashgian, and Bruce Nauman alongside contemporary European artists inspired by the movement like Olafur Eliasson. The exhibition stretches across all five exhibition halls and will be on display until 4th September.
Create your own art works inspired by the patterns, monsters, ornaments, and mythical creatures that can be found allover the museum. This new clay workshop lets children and their adults unleash their creativity. All art works will later be displayed on a huge exhibition wall. The workshop takes place every Tuesday to Sunday until 4th September from 11 am to 3 pm. Both, the entrance to the museum, and participation in the workshop are free for children and young people up to the age of 18.
The fifth exhibition of Louisiana’s series “The Architect’s Studio” presents Forensic Architecture, an interdisciplinary research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London. Working in the intersection of architecture, law, journalism, human rights, and the environment, Forensic Architecture investigates conflicts and crimes around the world.
The goal is to solve crimes against civilians by analyzing architecture and landscapes. Working with grassroots activists, international NGOs and media organizations, the Forensic team carries out investigations on behalf of people affected by political conflict, police brutality, border regimes, and environmental violence. The exhibition will be on display until 23rd October 2022.
Under the headline “The future is present“, Design Museum Denmark explores the role of design in shaping the future. Following the three themes Human, Society, and Planet+, the exhibition asks questions, proposes scenarios, and shows examples while putting a focus on creating conversations rather than providing concrete answers. It will be on display until 1st June 2023.
Every Sunday and on selected Saturdays, the Royal Ballet opens its doors for the entire family. Pull back the curtain and experience the magical world of ballet and opera. The tour is suitable for children from four to 12 years and takes 75 minutes. Tickets are available from 60 DKK.
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