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What’s On in Copenhagen: May 2024

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Early summer is finally taking hold of Copenhagen and we’re more than ready. Copenhagen events really heat up this time of year, as the wonderfully bright evenings call for sunset drinks, dinners outside, or perhaps an after-work run around the lakes. If the weather plays along, this is the time of year to embrace outdoor living.

As the streets fill with life and the event schedule is picking up, there’s plenty to do in the Danish capital. As for rainy days, exhibitions and screenings will keep you entertained.

From community dinners to exhibitions to markets to yoga, here are the best events in Copenhagen in May:

 

Wednesday 1st May

International Workers’ Day

1st May is International Workers’ Day. Celebrate labor activism and solidarity in Fælledparken. Not quite sure what this is all about? Read up on the history of International Workers’ Day here.

 

 
 

Heartfulness Meditation at Good Habit Studio

Good Habit might be primarily known for their supplements but with the new studio, the team has now created a space to share practices for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Kick off your Wednesday with some meditation in great company. The Heartfulness meditation runs for 30 minutes, starting with the first half guided by Thorkild May and the second half being silent. It’s an efficient practice for mental resilience, clarity, and a way to dive deeper into yourself and discover your heart. From 7:15 to 8:15 am.

 
 
 

Friday 3rd May

SCEND Pop-Up at Vestergade 12A

Copenhagen-based technical sportswear brand SCEND is hosting a pop-up to celebrate the launch of their “Ascending Collection.” Stop by to browse and to meet the team from 10 am to 4 pm. Stay tuned via their Instagram!

 

 
 

Audo Social Club

Wrap up the week at Audo Restaurant and try their cocktails and snacks. From 5 to 11 pm.

 
 
 

Saturday 4th May

Aperó Club by Omada & Friends with Botiga

Saturday afternoon done right: taste a selection of bubbles, vermouth, and other delicious Catalan treats from Botiga at Omada Wine & Deli from 12 noon to 8 pm. Come for “la hora del vermut” and stay for the vibes.

 

 
 

Pussycat Dolls Dance Party at Absalon

Learn the steps for the choreography of Pussycat Dolls’ 2000s hit “Buttons“ and swing your hips at the party after. Join for the choreography session by instructor Nick Hvidtfeldt from 8 pm or the party from 10 pm. Tickets for the full evening cost 100 DKK, for the party only 50 DKK.

 

 
 

Thursday 9th May

Yoga and Long-Table Dinner at Audo Restaurant

Wellness concept RAVE is teaming up with design house and creative space Audo for an evening of communal wellbeing. Join for a soothing yoga class including breathwork and aromatherapy in the Audo penthouse, followed by a long-table sharing-style dinner. From 5:30 to 8 pm. Tickets cost 450 DKK.

 
 
 

Friday 10th May

Canvas Couture: Bridging fashion and fine art

Fashion designer Nikolaj Storm and artist Margarita Howis have joined forces to present “CANVAS COUTURE: Bridging fashion and fine art,” an interdisciplinary exhibition that blends art and fashion in an upcycled universe. Join from 6 pm for exhibition and Friday bar. After the opening event, the works will be on display at the Nikolaj Storm boutique.

 
 
 

Saturday 11th May

Mother’s Day Flower Workshop at Pura Utz

Female-powered Guatemalan-Danish brand Pura Utz is organizing a flower workshop in their newly opened Nørrebro Tienda. Come by to create a bouquet for your mum and check out the new flower drop alongside a selection of fresh flowers available for purchase. From 11 am to 3 pm.

 
 
 

RAVE x Dóttir: Hot Club Yoga

Looking for an intentional way to unwind on Saturday night? Together, Dóttir Hot Yoga and RAVE Yoga have prepared a unique fusion of movement, breath, and live DJ beats. Immerse yourself in intentional flow, connect with your breath, and groove to the rhythm of the music. Afterward, connect with fellow yogis over refreshments and deepen your sense of community. All levels are warmly welcomed. From 8-9:30 pm, tickets cost 325 DKK.

 
 
 

Sunday 12th May

RAVE Yin & Yang Flow at The Lab

Start your Sunday with yang (powerful) and yin (depending) yoga, followed by filter coffee and yin/yang treats in the beautiful industrial surroundings of The Lab. From 11 am to 12:30 pm. Tickets cost 150 DKK.

 
 
 

Folkets Festival at Vega

Dive into the world of Nordic folk music with Danish String Quartet and more. Besides concerts, there’ll be jam sessions, workshops, and Nordic food. Tickets are available for 390 DKK.

 

 
 

Tuesday 14th May

Wooden Sculpture Workshop with Atelier Cph & Matcha Session at Audo House

Unwind with a soothing matcha session with Piohni and learn how to create your own, original wood sculpture with the guidance of Sara and Mandy from Atelier Cph. From 5-7:30 pm. Tickets cost 650 DKK.

 
 
 

Wednesday 15th May

What are we eating tomorrow? at Bremen Theater

Join when Claus Meyer and Nikolaj Kirk, moderated by Martin Kongstad, discuss the future of food. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the event starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets are available from 350 DKK. Please note that this event takes place in Danish.

 

 
 

Thursday 16th – Sunday 26th May

Pop-up art sale with Rodløs

For two weekends, Rodløs allows you a glimpse into the Danish art scene. If you’re on the hunt for some interesting artworks to grace your walls, stop by to acquire pieces by Peter Rolsted, Stine Stubdrup, Emil Kock, and Signe Borch (first weekend) as well as Julius Storgaard, Silas Wirén, Ata Sander, and Johan Dam Westermann (second weekend). Join the vernissage on the 16th and 23rd May from 5 to 8 pm. Stay tuned via Instagram.

 

 
 

Friday 17th May

Food Wine Music at Apollo Bar

Food, wine, and music or the holy trinity of a Friday night – brought to you by Apollo Bar together with Pierre Jancou, Anders Frederik Steen, and Frederik Bille Brahe. Book your table and enjoy wine by Gustav Klint alongside live music by Anenon and a DJ set by Emil Broomé.

 
 
 

Sunday 19th May

Danish on a Sunday: Attachment

With this event series, Cinemateket opens up the world of Danish cinema to non-Danish speakers by screening movies in original language but with English subtitles. This edition is dedicated to the “Attachment,” a horror romance from 2022. The movie follows Maja, a has-been actress who falls in love with Leah, a young Jewish academic from London. The screening starts at 2:15 pm and tickets cost 90 DKK.

 
 
 

Syrian Brunch with Kinan at Casamadre

Experience the rich and vibrant taste of Syrian brunch when Kinan takes over Casamadre, serving up a selection of traditional dishes. Take a seat at the communal table and share the joy of good food and great company from 12 noon.

 
 
 

Wednesday 22nd May

Film, Tapas, and Cocktails: Fahrenheit 451

What better mid-week break than an evening with tapas, a drink, and a good movie? In “Fahrenheit 451,” Julie Christie plays not only one but two lead roles. The science-fiction drama by François Truffaut is based on the novel of the same name and takes place in a totalitarian society. Tickets cost 245 DKK.

 

 
 

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th May

Bloom Festival

Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Søndermarken in Frederiksberg, Blooms aims to inspire reflections on nature, science, and ourselves. Come by for a mix of talks, concerts, literature, food, and more. Admission is free. Learn more on the website.

 
 
 

Friday 24th May

Housewife Roast – Strawberry Sensation

Strawberry season has a special appeal. Not only do they taste fantastic, they also symbolise the beginning of summer. In its honor, The Caribbean Housewife is hosting a themed edition of her Housewife Roast. Here, strawberry is the protagonist, including rare white strawberries; considered a luxury with a price tag to prove it.

Experience how strawberry can be experienced in various flavors ranging from sweet, smoky, zesty, tart, salty, umami, nutty, cool, and spicy. The unique signature dishes are paired with local, Danish organic wines by Nina and Niels Fink from Vejrhøj Vingård or kombucha. Tickets cost 850 DKK.

Scandinavia Standard readers receive 20% off with the code scandinavianstrawberry, valid until 19th May or sold out.

 

 

 
 

Saturday 25th May

Varieté Vixens present: Mayday Cabaret

Get ready for a Saturday night out in the spirit of cabaret! Prepare to be mesmerized as divas seduce your senses with their moves and wit, blending classic elegance with a modern twist to keep you on the edge of your seat and begging for more. Tickets cost 175 DKK. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 pm.

 
 
 

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Huset KBH

Silently regretting that you never watched this iconic movie or can’t wait to rewatch it? Join for a mix of rock musical and horror movie with a dose of sexual liberation and punk. Doors open at 7 and the screening starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 90 DKK.

 

 
 

Wednesday 29th May

Morgenbooster: Designing for What If

Explore Futures Thinking and its role in design and learn how this methodology opens doors to understanding tomorrow’s challenges today. From 9-10 am.

 

 
 

Ongoing Events in May

Good Habit Studio

Known for its supplements, Good Habit Studio has now set out to create a space to share practices for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. At the studio, the team is hosting a mix of meditation and yoga classes, some weekly and others biweekly but always powered by a lovely community. Check out the website for more information.

 
 
 

French Film Mondays at Grand Theatret

Dive into the world of French cinema with this event series by Institut Francais – every Monday. Check out the program via the website.

 

 
 

Grønt Market

Get your fix of fresh, seasonal produce and meet the people who grow it: Grønt Market’s mission is to build a strong connection and community between farmers and eaters. The market takes place every Sunday but each week in another part of town, from leafy Frederiksberg to vibey Vesterbro to industrial Refshaleøen – find the calendar on the website.

 
 
 

Movement Lessons with Zozo

Looking to get your body moving after a long winter? Zozo is passionate about helping women move towards a better body, mind, and spirit! She’s offering private running coaching, private yoga sessions, or private dance classes. Classes can be held in your personal space, or anywhere in Copenhagen or Malmo where you feel comfortable.

Are you interested in training for a race or just improving your ability to run? Set up a free 15-minute consultation to assess goals and capabilities.

If you want to take a more gentle approach to yoga or work on your flexibility, Zozo is a certified Kemetic yoga teacher and will guide you in a holistic approach to yoga. Or perhaps you want to create joy and self-empowerment by moving your body through dance? Zozo will choreograph an easy-to-follow dance that you work on together. Learn South African Amapiano and Afro Contemporary dance; it’s perfect for beginners!

— 1 Hour Private Yoga Session: 650DKK
— 45 Minutes Private Running Coach: 550 DKK
— 1 Hour Private Dance Lessons: 550 DKK

Get in touch with Zozo by email, or DM at on her on Instagram.

 
 
 

Pierre Jeanneret & Le Corbusier Exhibit at Ruby Atelier

Ruby Atelier opening new exhibition, showcasing original furniture by Pierre Jeanneret from the 1950s-1960s designed for the infamous Chandigarh project. The exhibition offers a unique journey into history, showcasing authentic pieces that not only exude timeless elegance but also carry the rich heritage of the Chandigarh project. Each piece is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship and a bygone era of sophistication.

The exhibition will feature a large collection of furniture, including very rare and limited pieces that we’re excited to unveil. It runs from 24th May – 7th June.
 
 
 

 

 
 

ÅBEN Pop-Up kitchen

Brewery and beer bar ÅBEN is much loved for its delicious brews and industrial yet chic interior but the team’s also hosting regular kitchen takeovers in the back part of the space. Gather around the counter of the open kitchen or install yourselves at one of the tables and get ready to enjoy a menu served by changing hospitality players.

 
 
 

Børnebiffen at Cinemateket

This event series aims at delivering high-quality cinema for children between four and six years old. Find the program on the website.

 

 
 

Leïla Guinnefollau: Wonder Awaits, au seuil du merveilleux Institut français

With “Wonder Awaits”, French, Copenhagen-based artist Leïla Guinnefollau invites viewers to explore enchanting landscapes frozen in eternal spring, where familiar objects take on a magical aura. Through various mediums such as watercolor, ceramics, and blown glass sculpture, the artist immerses the audience in a mysterious and dreamlike narrative, evoking influences such as Henri Matisse and Leïla Menchari. The exhibition will be presented in the new exhibition space dedicated to emerging contemporary art in Institut français’ new premises in Frederiksberg. It will be on display until 22nd May 2024.

 
 
 

Niels Pugholm: Yet Another Doom at Møstings

All across varying time periods and cultures, the stylistic form of the doom narrative is typically the same. In the exhibition “Yet Another Doom,” the audience is led on a cyclical journey through each of the four stages of the doom myth: the existing, chaos, destruction, and the flourishing. The exhibition is on display until June 2024.

 

 
 

Women’s Lives at The Workers’ Museum

Learn more about the known and unknown women of labor history. Discover stories of struggles, everyday life, equality, and equal pay. Explore the right to one’s own body and a place in history. This new exhibition at The Workers’ Museum gets up close to Danish women’s lives over the last 150 years.

A poster with the word kniddeliv on it.

 
 
 

Tove Storch: Slumping at GL Strand

With five new works created specifically for Gammel Strand, Danish artist Tove Storch explores subtle, unassuming gestures and showcases sculptures on a grand scale. Slumping is a craft technique within glass art and slang for exhaustion and laziness.

In the exhibition, Storch demonstrates her unique understanding of the capabilities of materials as she tests their different strengths: Can silk break down metal? How does the liquid shape the solid? How does time affect shape?

Through her choice of colors, motifs, and attitude, the works intertwine with archetypal narratives of the body, romance, and sexuality, gently shaking free from fixed interpretations. The exhibition will be on display until 20th May 2024.

 

 
 

After Nature at Glyptoteket

“Nature no longer exists. That wild, untamed nature, untouched by human beings, is a thing of the past.” So states the author Josefine Klougart in her essay “After Nature.”

Glyptotek’s new special exhibition “After Nature – A New Reading of the Glyptotek’s Paintings by Writer Josefine Klougart“ is a kind of 3D essay, combining the author’s texts with with masterpieces from the Glyptotek’s collection.

These masterpieces include French painters Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Rousseau as well as Danish painters such as Christen Købke, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, and Johan Thomas Lundbye. The exhibition runs until August 2024.

 
 
 

Roni Horn at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Born in 1955, American artist Roni Horn is considered one of the biggest names and most versatile talents in contemporary art. Her work often revolves around identity and reveals subtle undertones, secret messages, and erotic signals when her work’s shown in dialogue with a number of great movie classics. The exhibition will be on display until September 2024.

 

 
 

Genskin (Reflection) at Thorvaldsens Museum

Dive into the depths of ancient history and learn about the cultural, artistic, and societal significance of Etruscan mirrors. The exhibition explores how these artefacts have mirrored the Etruscan way of life, beliefs, and their enduring influence on modern artistry, notably that of Bertel Thorvaldsen. The exhibition will be on display until September 2024.

 

 
 

Taryn Simon: Start Again the Lament in Cisternerne

Experience this extensive sound installation by multidisciplinary artist Taryn Simon in the unique surroundings of Cisternerne. As sound and visiting bodies move through repeating archways, the installation merges darkness and light. “Start Again the Lament” explores how we mourn individually and collectively, considering the anatomy of grief and who we choose to guide us through it. Until November 2024.

 

 
 

Little Table, Cover Thyself! at Design Museum Denmark

There’s something special about the art of table-setting and the way a decorated table sets the scene for special and everyday occasions. Experience how table-setting has changed over time and admire the collection of plates, figurines, jugs, and more. All the way through 2025, seven of the museum’s historical tables are decorated with items from the renaissance until today.

 
 
 

Guided tour: Highlights & Introduction at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Every Thursday from 2-2:45 pm, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art offers a guided tour of the museum’s collection and architecture. The tour is free for everyone but you need to pick up a ticket at the entrance up to two hours before the tour. This ticket is free for everyone with a valid ticket to the museum.

 

 
 

David Shrigley at Galleri Wallner

David Shrigley is one of the most popular contemporary artists. Galleri Wallner will be presenting a solo exhibition dedicated to the British artist.

The cover of a book with a man's face covered in clouds.

 

 

 

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Kay Litzinger

Kay is a creative multi-hyphenate with a focus on lifestyle and travel. After growing up in Germany and stints in Stockholm and Mexico City, he's now based in Copenhagen. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.