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What’s On in Copenhagen: February 2023

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With the arrival of February, festive lights are disappearing from the streets and windows, and people have settled back into their routines. In short: the holidays season is behind us and 2023 is in full swing. The days are getting longer and every ray of sunshine reminds us that spring is getting closer day-by-day. So brace yourself for the cold and leave the couch to enjoy all that Copenhagen has to offer.

Here are the best events in Copenhagen in February:

Tuesday 31st January – Friday 3rd February

Copenhagen Fashion Week

Copenhagen Fashion Week is taking over the city and that means shows, parties, events, and plenty of fashionable people from allover the world. The AW23 season is the first season where all brand smust meet 18 minimum standards for sustainability in order to take part. The 30 participating brands include seasoned show horses GANNI, Saks Potts, and Stine Goya alongside growing labels like (Di)vision and Holzweiler as well as emerging brands such as Selam Fessahaye. Find the full schedule including exclusive and open events via the website.

Want more Danish fashion? Check out our full guide.

 
 
 

Wednesday 1st February

Opening of Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s Spring Exhibition

Join for the opening of the 166th edition of Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s Spring Exhibition. The event starts at 5 pm, there’ll be a DJ as well as performance.

 
 
 

Thursday 2nd February

Artist talk with Liu Shiyuan at Kunstforening GL Strand

Join this conversation between visual artist Liu Shiyuan and Anne Kielgast, chief curator at GL Strand. Liu Shiyuan works between Beijing and Copenhagen. Spanning multiple media, including photography, video, text, and installation, her practice examines how images shape stereotypes and convey propaganda, or create standards of value. The conversation will be held in English and goes from 5 to 8 pm.

 

 
 

Sunday 5th February

Old Sea Brigade at Vega’s Idea Bar

Wrap up your weekend by listening to Ben Cramer alias Old Sea Brigade’s third album “5 AM Paradise.” From joy to doubt, he’s covering the full spectrum of emotions, accompanied by catchy melodies that you’ll still have on your lips Monday morning. Tickets cost 170 DKK and doors open at 7 pm.

 
 
 

Wednesday 8th February

Housewife Roast “La Casalinga”

For this edition of The Caribbean Housewife’s event series “Housewife Roast,” Roman-Sicilian sous chef Emiliano Trebbi steps into the spotlight: the 5-course Italian menu will feature ingredients directly imported from Italy. As always, the menu is paired with remarkable natural wines from women producers, this time from Italy. Get your tickets for 495 DKK or for 700 DKK including the wine menu.

Can’t make it? There will be additional reservations available on 11th February.

 

 
 

Thursday 9th February

SPACE10 presents Creativity in the Age of AI

Explore the newly transformed SPACE10, now featuring a library for the public on the ground floor. Then, hold onto your creativity, folks, because generative AI platforms are shaking up the design world in a big way!

These futuristic systems are sparking a tech revolution that’s pushing the boundaries of imagination and challenging us to think about what the future has in store. Buckle up and get ready for the ride of a lifetime as SPACE 10 and guess speakers Joss Fong and Áron Filkey explore creativity and where AI is taking us next.

 
 
 

Thursday 9th – Monday 20th February

Amager Childrens’ Music Festival

Keep yourself busy during the winter holidays with concerts, workshops, and more as part of Amager Childrens’ Music Festival. Find the program on the festival website.

 

 
 

Thursday 16th February

Amanda Tenfjord at Vega’s Ideal Bar

You might recognize Greek-Norwegian singer Amanda Tenfjord from Eurovision where she represented Greece. Experience her live in Vega’s Ideal Bar – doors open at 7 pm and tickets cost 155 DKK.

 
 
 

Friday 17th February

Fast Forward Takeover at Den Anden Side

Join for this year’s first Fast Forward takeover at Copenhagen’s new home for electronic music – Den Anden Side. Beat the queue: come early and stay late! Entry including wardrobe cost 150 DKK, 80 DKK after 6 am. Dance from midnight until the early hours.

 

 
 

Sunday 19th February

Danish on a Sunday: Armadillo at Cinemateket

This film follows the young soldiers Mads and Daniel who are stationed in camp Armadillo on the Helmand frontline, fighting tough battles against the Taleban on a daily basis. It’s an upfront account of the growing cynicism and adrenaline addiction that can arise in this environment.

The film is screened in Danish with English subtitles at 2:15 pm.

 
 
 

Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th February

Conference: The politics and poetics of exhibiting at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Together with Aarhus University, Louisiana is hosting the two-day conference “The politics and poetics of exhibiting: Proposing New Institutional Models Through Exhibitions.” Expect research, dialogue, and debates on the role and possibilities of exhibition practices in the constantly changing museum landscape. Learn more and get your tickets via Louisiana’s website.

 

 
 

Friday 24th February

Absalon Battle of the Bands

Come and join when four bands and solo artist compete for a spot int he finale to become “Absalon’s Best.“ The second pre-round will take place on 24th March and the finale takes place on 8th April. Tickets cost 150 DKK. Learn more on the website.

 
 
 

Sunday 26th February

Barberella at husets Biograf

Barbarella (played by Jane Fonda), an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand. Watch this classic by director Roger Vadim from 1968. Tickets cost 70 DKK and the film is screened at 5 pm.

 

 
 

Ongoing events in Copenhagen through February:

Chinese New Year’s menu at Hot Pot Republic

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Hot Pot Republic’s special menu. Book a table and enjoy the full menu for 488 DKK or go a la carte. Vegan options are available.

 
 
 

Vinterjazz 2023

Jazz lovers, this one’s for you: As every year, Vinterjazz brings international stars as well as local heroes on stages allover Denmark. Vinterjazz is first and foremost a club festival that kick-starts the season for the many Danish jazz clubs. It’s held allover the country. Find the program and the Copenhagen-based venues on the website.

 

 
 

Connections – Danish artists from Ex-Yugoslavia at Statens Museum for Kunst

Experience leading Danish artists with Yugoslavian backgrounds explore topics such as war, migration, asylum politics, and the feeling of home. In 2022, exactly 30 years have passed since Denmark received 20,000 refugees from the wars in the former federate country of Yugoslavia, primarily from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the 1990s, the wars sent over half a million people into exile, creating what was at the time the most challenging refugee situation in Europe since World War II. Many of those refugees subsequently chose to stay in Denmark, and today the Danish contemporary art scene includes several prominent artists from the former Yugoslavia.

For this exhibition, SMK is bringing together political and deeply personal works by seven of them. It will be on display until 19th February.

 
 
 

Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s Spring Exhibition is one of the most important open, censored exhibitions in Europe. It’s been held annually since 1857. Experience works by Danish and international artists across the genres of visual art, architecture, crafts, and design. The exhbition will be on display until 5th March.

 

 
 

Ricardo Alcaide: Sunny Spells at Von Bartha Gallery

With “Sunny Spells“ Ricardo Alcaide reflects on the idea of belonging in relation to his Latin American background and recent move to Belgium. The exhibition includes a new body of wall-based art as well as installations and will be on display in Von Bartha Gallery’s space in Carlsberg Byen until 11th March.

 
 
 

Honey Biba Beckerlee: Digital Matters at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

With “Digital Matters,“ Honey Biba Beckerlee examines connections and entanglements across there spheres of geology, technology, and biology. The exhibition consists of a series of sculptural installations for which the artist utilizes cable drums, microchip waste, wires, and more.

It will be on display until 19th February.

 

 
 

Cao Fei: Asia One at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Chinese artist Can Fei is especially known for her multimedia installations that reflect on the current state of Chinese society and how it shapes her generation. In her carefully staged films, she portrays a China divided between past and present, between its history and a yearning for all things new.

The film “Asia One” follows the two only human beings employed at a giant sorting centre. Surrounded by a highly efficient infrastructure, the two appear to feel closer to the machines and robots around them than to each other but then bond gradually as they begin to rebel against the sorting centre’s efficiency and predictability.

The film installation will be on display until 19th February.

 
 
 

The Cold Gaze – Germany in the 1920s at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! This exhibition sends you on a sweeping journey through the roaring and explosive 1920s in the Weimar Republic, a time of crises and turbulence but also artistic innovation and hedonism. After the First World War, German society experienced poverty and political unrest, but also a short-lived flourishing of democracy with a rich cultural life and sense of freedom. The Weimar Republic came to an abrupt end with the Nazi takeover in 1933.

Louisiana’s large-scale autumn exhibition takes up the entire South Wing and mixes painting, drawing, photography, architecture, design, film, theater, literature, and music. From 14th October until 19th February.

 

 
 

August Sander at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

August Sander’s unique group portrait of German society during the Weimar Republic forms an independent part of the exhibition about Germany in the 1920s. With his ground-breaking documentary project “Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts” (People of the 20th Century), Sander aimed to document and classify “all the characteristics of the universally human.”

He set out to portray both prominent and anonymous Germans from all parts of society in a simple and matter-of-fact pictorial style, while dividing them into seven categories.

Get a sense of German society in the 1920s through a selection of more than 250 photographs. The exhibition is on display until 19th February.

 
 
 

Matisse: The Red Studio at Statens Museum for Kunst

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) is one of the greatest masters and most well known artists of the 20th century. This autumn, SMK in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art in new York reunites reunite an iconic masterpiece, “The Red Studio,” with all the works of art depicted in the painting.

 

Painted in 1911, “The Red Studio“ is considered a key painting in his oeuvre and a foundational piece in the history of modern art.

Come see for yourself – the exhibition will be on display until 26th February.

 

 
 

Stepping out: Female Identities in Chinese Contemporary Art at Kunstforening GL Strand

This new exhibition features works of 26 female Chinese artists who, through their work, challenge a traditionally male dominated society. Spanning different artistic expressions such as video, performance, painting, photography, and sculpture, “Stepping out“ gives a unique insight into the last 30 years of Chinese contemporary art and the transformation of the Chinese society from the 1980s to today. It will be on display until 12th March.

 
 
 

Public art on Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads: Oak Stacks by Sean Scully

In connection with the new exhibition at Thorvaldsens Museum, Irish-American artist Sean Scully has created three wood towers which have been installed just outside the museum on Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads. The art work references both, Denmark’s history as a seafaring nation as well as Thorvaldsens return from Italy to Copenhagen in 1838.

The towers have been created from local oak trees and wood found during archeological excavations on Papirøen where it has been part of its fundament.

Combine your stroll along the canals with some world class art – the sculpture will be on display until March 2023.

 

 
 

Sean Scully at Thorvaldsens Museum

World-renowned artist Sean Scully is taking over Thorvaldsen’s Museum, utilizing the museum in its entirety. In his first ever Danish solo-show, Scully is creating large-scale, site-specific sculptures specifically for the museum, working with the interaction of architecture, colors, and the surroundings of Thorvaldens Museum.

The exhibition will be on display until 5th March 2023.

 
 
 

Amarna – City of the Sun God at Glyptoteket

In ancient Egypt magic and animal deities played a crucial role in society. But when the Pharaoh Akhenaten came to power, he abolished the ancient animal deities and ordained a new religion that only allowed to worship the sun god, Aten. The new cult led to major social upheaval, so Akhenaten along with Queen Nefertiti left and founded a new city that today is known as Amarna.

This exhibition tells the story of the rise and fall of Amarna. It will be on display until 18th June 2023.

 

 

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Kay Litzinger

Kay grew up in Germany and, after a stint in Sweden, came to Copenhagen for his studies. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.