February might be Copenhagen at its most grey. The Christmas decorations have disappeared from the streets and the excitement for the new year (decade!) gives in to daily life. On the upside, this is the perfect time to fully embrace winter hygge; light some candles, share a homemade meal with your loved ones, and snuggle up on the sofa with a good book. On the downside, it can be a bit hard to motivate yourself to leave the house at all.
Luckily, there is plenty going on in Copenhagen that is worth the bold step outside. So grab your friends and family, hop on your bike (or the new metro, if the weather is just too much to handle) and enjoy all that this wonderful city of ours has to offer.
Discover the best events in Copenhagen, including films, concerts, festivals, markets, and much more:
Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd February
Sydhavnens Loppemarked på Teglværket
Go on treasure hunt in Sydhavnen from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entry to the flea market costs 20 DKK.
Saturday 1st February
Kabaret Kopenhagen presents: Twisted Twenties at Huset KBH’s Musikcaféen
We are one month into the 20201 so let Cabaret Kopenhagen take you back to the true roaring twenties with the first burlesque show of the new decade! Put on your sparkliest clothes, grab your friends, lover, or favorite colleague and pop the champagne! Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm, tickets cost 165 DKK.
FælledParkens Loppe is moving indoors, into Østerbro Stadion. Swing by from 10 am – 3 pm, entry is free. There will be entertainment, like face painting, for the kids. If you want to put up a stall, tickets are available via Billetto.
Launch of the new gallery wall SS20 at Framing People
Framing People is unveiling the new gallery wall which will be on display in the store all spring and summer 2020. The gallery wall is dedicated to the creative minds of Copenhagen and consists of special photographs by Lasse Bech Martinussen, Olivia Rohde, Emil Dupuis, Juan Vazgues and Malthe Milthers as well as one more photographer that is yet to be announced. The opening starts with snacks, beer, wine, bubbles, and cocktails at 6 pm. From 9 pm there will be an after party at Condesa.
Fernisering/Opening: Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling 2020
It’s that time of the year again: Charlottenborg Foundation and Kunsthal Charlottenborg invite to the opening of the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition 2020, one of the most important exhibitions in Europe since 1857. The doors open at 7 pm and besides the exhibition, there will be a speeches including the announcement of this year’s winners of the Solo Award and the Talent Award, as well as music. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Celebrations will go until midnight and the exhibition closes at 10 pm.
Sunday 2nd February
Browse second hand clothes, furniture and much more and support some students along the way. Admission is free, if you want to put up a stall yourself you can buy a ticket in Studenterhuset’s webshop. From 11 am – 4 pm.
Rusland-Kokus: “Putin’s Witnesses“ – Docs & Talks at Cinemateket
Russian documentary film maker Vitaly Mansky was hired to make a film about Putin up to his first election. In „Putin’s Witnesses“, he revisits his material from that time and reflects on how the recordings and the considerations concerning Putin’s political project look entirely different today.
After the film, DIIS Senior Researcher Flemming Splidsboel Hansen joined by the Russian journalist and political commentator Konstantin von Eggert will discuss what happened back then and what is going on now – exactly twenty years later. The film is screened with English subtitles and the conversation takes place in English. From 2-4.30 pm. Tickets cost 95 DKK.
Tuesday 4th February
With Czech Film Nights, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen hosts an ongoing monthly series dedicated to the best of Czech cinema. „Protector“ by Marek Najbrt deals with the Nazis’ rule over Czechoslovakia and tells the story of a Czech journalist who joins a Prague radio station that broadcast Nazi propaganda in order to protect his Jewish wife. Doors open at 6.30 pm and the screening starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost 50 DKK.
Wednesday 5th February
Who doesn’t dream of la dolce vita on these grey winter days? Federico Fellini’s iconic master piece turns 60 so comedy Husets Biograf and see it in a new remastered version. Doors open at 6.30 pm and the screening starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost 50 DKK.
Pizza and mushroom fans alert: This opera follows Voluptua who lives with a secret – she has a lover next to her husband and to be free she is planning to poison her husband with poisonous mushrooms on his favorite dish – pizza. The comic drama about love, adultery and murder will be performed in English. From 8.30-9.30 pm. Tickets cost 50 DKK and are available via Billetto. There will be a second event in February, on the 19th, as well as two events in March.
Wednesday 5th – Sunday 9th February
Copenhagen Fashion Film investigates and mediates fashion in a new way, by focusing on the close connections among fashion, film and artistic practices. This year’s edition is a bit different than usual: open-call is on standby till next year and instead the crew is presenting a small film selection with a focus on designer Pierre Cardin. On 5, 7 and 8 February, there will be screenings at Cinemateket. One highlight is the Danish premiere of the brand new documentary „House of Cardin“ on Wednesday, 5 February.
Thursday 6th February
DISIE Impact Talks: From Social Idea to Sustainable Business
DISIE aims to unleash the potential of sustainable entrepreneurship by creating new tools, provide action oriented knowledge and gather local and national ecosystems. Each month, another theme related to sustainable entrepreneurship is in the spotlight. Join the talk from 4.30-6.30 pm.
Only a bit more than one month into 2020 and you have already failed on all of your New Year’s resolutions? Swing by this edition of „Fuckup Nights“ and learn from other people’s (and your own) failures. From 6-9 pm.
Glyptoteket invites you to join for a rebellious evening. Learn about historical events such as the legendary slave rebellion led by Spartacus, listen to Beethoven’s Kreutzer-sonate Op.47 No.9 for violin og piano, which is characterized by a very rebellious spirit for its time, and watch Antigone by the Euro-British contemporary artist, Tacita Dean.
This film work shares its name with Sophocles’s tragic heroine, whose rebellious utterances against power ultimately resulted in her death. There will also be an activism workshop, where you can choose your own fight and work together to create your very own activist project. From 4-9 pm. Tickets cost 115 DKK and give you admission to the museum all day.
Manwatching is a funny and frank insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by an unprepared man. The show begins with a man being given a script they have never seen before. He reads out loud, for the first time, in front of an audience what has been described as “an unflinching interior monologue, spanning erotic Jane Austen fantasies and the musings of ideal male proportions” by Culture Whisper.
Following a successful run at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Assemble Theatre Collective will now premiere Manwatching in Copenhagen. The show is suitable for age 16+ and no booking is required. Just show up but come early as space is limited. Pay what you decide after the performance. From 7.30-9 pm.
Friday 7th February
This edition of Statens Museum for Kunst’s popular Friday Bar is dedicated to the big spring exhibition on Anna Ancher, one of the most important figures in Danish art history. The doors open at 4 pm with free bubbles for the first 1000 guests and in addition to the exhibition there will be talks, music, and workshops. The vernissage runs until 10 pm.
Colombia – lang og usikker vej til fred by Danish Institute for International Studies
Learn about the peace agreement between the Colombian government and Colombia’s guerrilla group FARC-EP. The event explores how the peace agreement is being implemented since having been signed three years ago, with a particular focus on the situation of social leaders and human rights defenders as well as the reintegration of former FARC EP members.
The recently returned Danish ambassador to Colombia opens with a broad perspective, according to which two Colombian representatives will give their perspective on the implementation of the agreement. The event takes place in Danish with translation from Spanish and will also be live streamed. Admission is free. From 2-4 pm.
In times of street protests in Paris, Barcelona, and Hong Kong among others, Mungo Park’s director, Anna Malzer, calls for an in-depth conversation about the nature of the demonstration – as well as how and why the theater interferes with the revolution. The invited panelists are French researcher and expert on European populism and revolution, Jørn Boisen, as well as the performing arts experts Sigrid Johannessen and Ditte Maria Bjerg. From 5-6.30 pm. Tickets cost 15 DKK and are available via Billetto.
Saturday 8th February
Female Features is an all female-cast sketch comedy and stand-up act based in Copenhagen. One hour, four women, four motherlands, four accents, four stories. Get ready! From 7 pm, doors open at 6.30. Tickets cost 60 DKK.
May el-Toukhy’s film „Dronningen“ explores the psychology of temptation when a middle-aged woman exploits her authority to seduce her young stepson and struggles to save her reputation and marriage. The film is screened with English subtitles and starts at 9.15 pm. There will be a second screening on 12th February at 4.30 pm.
From 10 am to 4 pm, Absalon is filled with all kinds of treasures. There will be coffee and snacks for sale so you can recharge. If you want to put up a stall, one table costs 350 DKK and tickets can be bought via the link.
Sunday 9th February
Do you have your Greek classics straight or do you need a little catchup? Learn about Sofokles’ Ødipus, name sake of the infamous oedipus complex. The tale is a masterfully painful depiction of misunderstood heroism and the intricacies of fate. From 3-4 pm. Tickets cost 115 DKK.
Husets Biograf is throwing its second Oscars nights with games, a Razzie Award Winner movie and even a red carpet. Join the fun, cheer on your favorite movie and make a bet who will win the awards! Entry and seating are free but as the cinema is small make a reservation via [email protected] to secure your spot. From 8 pm to 5 am.
Monday 10th – Sunday 16th February
Copenhagen Asian Film Festival is a new annual cultural event dedicated to the best Asian films – both the biggest blockbusters (new and old) and award winners in different genres. Off the screen, there will be a wide range of cultural experiences in the streets, art galleries, libraries, museums, restaurants and clubs of the city. The festival is about expanding the cultural horizons and showing the many shades of Asian culture.
Monday 10th February
Eksistensfilosofiens Kvinder (Women of existentialism): Colette Peignot
In this event series, Eksistensfilosofisk Akademi og Litteraturhuset puts the spot light on the women of existentialism. In this edition, Peignot is introduced by Jon Auring Grimm. She was a central part of the circle around the Collège de Sociologie and Acéphale.
In February, there will be a second event focusing on German Jewish philosopher Edith Stein on 24th February.
The second event, on 18th November, will be dedicated to Hannah Arendt. From 5-7 pm. Tickets cost 75 DKK and are available via Tikkio.
Tuesday 11th February
When art gives the city soul. Join when Bjarke Ingels is in dialogue with Canadian innovator, artist and author Douglas Coupland about the meeting between art and architecture and how this can delight all of us. From 5-8 pm. The event takes place in English and tickets cost 150 DKK.
Wednesday 12th – Saturday 15th February
Feral Festival at AFUK Akademiet For Utæmmet Kreativitet
This new alternative festival puts the spotlight on experimental circus and vogue, sideshow, video-art, performance and music to forget the grey winter. Festival hours go from late afternoon to night. Check out the website for more information and the programme.
Wednesday 12th February
This highly political film tells a story about the Algerian struggle for independence, mainly through the memories of Ali, a leading member of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN).
It was awarded “Best Film” honors at the 1966 Venice Film Festival. The film is screened in French/Arabic with English subtitles and tickets cost 60 DKK. Doors open at 6.30 pm.
Friday 14th February
From 6 – 8 pm, enjoy a fun friendship matchmaking event! Whether you’re looking for love or not, you can meet great people and enjoy delicious food. 95 DKK gets you an espresso martini and “Chocolate Kush,” a chocolate soup with coconut cream, chili ancho, and black salt. Topped with hazelnut, hemp seeds, edible flowers, CBD oil, vegan dulce de leche, and red chili. Get your tickets now; this event always sells out!
Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th February
Over 200 stalls await at this indoor flea market. Drop by from 10 am to 4 pm. Stalls can be booked via Markedsbooking.
Browse other vintage lovers’ offerings or free up some space in your wardrobe by putting up a stall yourself. Entry costs 35 DKK and stalls can be booked for 450 DKK via the Veras Vintage website. From 11 am – 4 pm.
Saturday 15th February
Zero Waste Rengørings Workshop -naturligt rent- med Ursi Koller
Learn how to make home-made cleaners with benefits for your own body as well as the ecosystem. The workshop takes place at LØS market in Jægersborggade from 3-5 pm. Tickets cost 100 DKK and include a cup of tea or coffee and some snacks.
Sunday 16th February
Shake your booty with professional guidance from 8-10 pm. The workshop is open to everyone and tickets cost 50 DKK.
Wednesday 19th February
Come and join the kickoff of the new series Sangskatten with community singing, speeches and cheers. Community singing or fællessang is a key aspect of Danish culture and relates to how present and shared history are experienced.
Over the next three years, VEGA and Sangskatten will conduct 45 events, create a fællessangs-kit and bring the joy of fællessang to every corner of Denmark. The event is free and starts at 5.30 pm, doors open at 5 pm.
Thursday 20th February
Future of Work Forecast at Talent Garden
How do we make work matter? Explore what makes work meaningful and learn from entrepreneurs and company leaders how they create cultures and teams that help employees grow. Get your free ticket via Eventbrite. From 9-11 am.
Escape the cold into the warmth of the cinema when Husets Biograf screens musical classic „Cabaret“ starring Liza Minelli and Michael York. Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to Cabaret! The screening is co-hosted by Huset KBH, Copenhagen Pride and Husets Biograf. Entry is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. The screening is in English and runs from 8-10 pm.
Swedish indie-pop band Amason is coming to Store Vega and invites you to have a mid-week dance to their dreamy yet eclectic sound. Their debut album won the Swedish Grammy and you might know their cover of “California Dreaming“ from 2016’s H&M Coachella campaign. Tickets cost 265 DKK and doors open at 7 pm.
Friday 21st February – Sunday 1st March
This annual film festival approaches Judaism from many perspectives. Watch some of the selected films, join a dinner, or enjoy a concert.
Saturday 22nd February
Filosofi og music – Mann, Adorno og Schönberg at Nationalmuseet
Learn about the relationship between philosophy and music when Herman Schmidt introduces Adorno’s music philosophy, Schönberg’s twelve-tone music and their influence on Mann’s masterpiece. Philosopher Stine Zink Kaasgaard hosts and directs, and pianist Kristoffer Hyldig treats you to some musical delights by Schönberg. From 3.30 to 4.30 pm. Admission is free for everyone with a valid ticket for the museum.
Sunday 23rd February
Do you know that you can cross 20 bridges in seven kilometres in central Copenhagen? Enjoy this gorgeous social run with Run Buddy Copenhagen, fundraising for 5 Skoler.
Danish on a Sunday: Cutterhead at Cinemateket
Add a bit of thrill to your next metro ride by watching this Danish production from 2019. Rie is a PR-coordinator visiting a tunnel boring machine to portray the well-oiled European cooperation in the Metro construction. When an accident suddenly occurs, she as well as Croatian miner Ivo and Bharan, a worker from Eritrea, seek refuge in an airlock.
While they put their lives and bodies in each other’s hands to survive the heat, pressure and mud in the claustrophobic cutterhead, they expose their radically different world views and are forced to reconsider their lives.
Taste the Waste: A dinner from surplus food at One Bowl
Foodsharing Copenhagen and One Bowl are joining forces to raise awareness for food waste by throwing a dinner party using surplus food. The dinner will be plant based/vegan friendly and on a pay-as-you-feel basis. From 6-8.30 pm. If you would like to volunteer please get in touch with the team.
Wednesday 26th February
Turnover’s sunny sound combines elements of jazz, disco and funk with indierock. Altogether is the fourth album of the trio which was founded in Virginia Beach in 2009. Tickets cost 205 DKK and doors open at 7 pm.
Ongoing in February
Vinterjazz is a nationwide music festival that brings jazz in all shapes and sizes to Copenhagen among others. The festival spans three weeks featuring more than 600 concerts, 150 venues and independent organizers from all across Denmark. Venues range from bars over hotels to churches and concert houses. Check out the program on the festival website.
Every Wednesday, Café Incita is hosting Folkekøkken with an environmentally friendly buffet and salad bar. From 5.30-8 pm.
Take this chance to get your hands on some of Normann Copenhagen’s timeless design pieces. The Stock Sale started in January but continues this month.
With his first solo exhibition, Michael Kvium explores the contemporary while male. The artist addresses current political issues, confronting us with various pitiless portrayals of the white, pale male. The exhibition is on display until 7th March.
In February and March, Absalon offers linoleum printing workshops. So get artsy every Tuesday from 4 to 6 or 7 to 9 pm. Tickets cost 100 DKK per session and are available via the website.
The first-ever solo exhibition in Denmark to feature artist, writer and filmmaker Roee Rosen (b. in Rehovot, 1963) includes the work „Vladimir’s Night“ (2011–14): an album of thirty-nine gouaches and verse that evolves around fetishism and power in satirical fashion. „Vladimir’s Night“ is inspired by the underground tradition of the unofficial Moscow artists of the 1960s and 1970 and depicts the protagonist Vladimir as both a young child and a political leader. Until 16th February.
SPACE10 Gallery: Technology and the Furniture of Tomorrow
How can the digital technologies at our finger tips unlock future opportunities in furniture design? The exhibition showcases a research collaboration between SPACE10 and industrial design studio Ransmeier Inc, in which they address the intersection between industrial design and technology. On display until 21st February.
The focus of the exhibition is Tacita Dean’s ambitious 35mm double Cinemascope film work Antigone, 2018. Set between the myth and the artist’s personal history, it is based on the name of her older sister and references the Greek tragedian Sophocles’s character Antigone who, over the years, has been interpreted as a brave and principled woman.
Dean’s Antigone is a personal, ambitious and stunningly beautiful work based on the gap between the other two plays in Sophocles’s trilogy, Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. The exhibition is on display until 23rd February.
From 10th to 23rd February, SMK is hosting several workshops for children of three years and older. The arrangement „ Vinterferie på SMK“ is inspired by artist Anna Ancher and is included in the entry to the museum. Children under 18 years enjoy free admission to SMK.
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.
In the location in København S, A. Petersen Collection & Craft lets you experience all aspects of design and artisan craft in the boutique, exhibitions, as well as workshops. Get taken away to the quirky and surprising universe of cabinetmaker Teis Dich Abrahamsen and designer Leise Dich Abrahamsen.
The installation celebrates the immediate enjoyment of forms in motion and colors in interaction and speaks to the visitors’ sense of wonder. The exhibition is on display until 29th March.
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. The exhibition will be on display until 13th April.
Hot Pink Turquoise: Ann Veronica Janssens at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens works almost scientifically to push the boundaries of the known using light effects, mists, color trails, and reflective optical illusions. Her exhibition „Hot Pink Turquoise“ is on display until 17th May.
Balletundervisning for voksne – begyndere at Det Kongelige Teater
Det Kongelige Teater hosts ballet lessons for adult beginners every Monday and Wednesday all the way to June.
Training goes from 7-8.15 pm but all participants are required to meet at 6.40 pm the latest. One lesson costs 100 DKK, 10 lessons 900 DKK.
Nightclubs and discothèques are hotbeds of contemporary culture where the avantgarde comes together to question the established codes of social life. »Night Fever.
Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today« examines the history of the nightclubT and how it merges interior and furniture design, graphics and art with sound, light, fashion and special effects to create a modern Gesamtkunstwerk. The exhibition is on display from 25th January to 27th September.
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