Ah Kulturnatten, our annual opportunity to gorge on arts and culture; basically an all-you-can-eat buffet of Copenhagen’s best museums and galleries. But ever spent the evening racing around the city in a mad frenzy, looking to get that next fix of experience? That’ll be the pull of the culture crack and it sure can feel a little addictive! With so much to choose from —over 550 events are happening this year— it’s a sea of possibilities out there. Let us break it down for you as we’ve found the quirkiest of the lot.
Just get out there and get weird already!
Cleanse that nose
So you’ve probably heard of a juice cleanse, right? But you might not have heard of it’s grottier younger brother: the nose cleanse. This event sounds like it’s just the right mix of freaky and functional to get our snozzles in gear, right on time for flu season too! Plus, the whole cleansing process only takes a super speedy 15 minutes before you can smell all the flowers or kebabs, whichever.
Skandinavian Yoga & Meditation School
Købmagergade 65 1. sal
1150 København K
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
All night disco party… at your local library!
There’s just something about strict library etiquette that makes us want to break all the rules. But to hell with the ‘Shhhh! Quiet please!’ signs or the jobsworth librarian behind the desk; slip off your reading glasses and raise that encyclopaedia high above your head, because tonight it’s party time! Get down and disco with drag queens and burlesque performers at Frederiksberg library; you’ll find us on the dance floor, eating glitter.
Falkonér Plads 3
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Drag queen disco:
10:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Watch an underwater concert
OK so it won’t be exactly like that scene from Bedknobs and Broomsticks where all the fishes sing ‘The Beautiful Briny Sea’ to an unfazed Angela Lansbury as she reclines on a four poster. But forget Angela, she ain’t got nothing on Hillerødgade baths! You can float around the swimming pool soaking up the eerily submerged sounds of a string quartet, and if you missed Brian Eno’s The Ship at Charlottenborg gallery earlier this year, experience its ambient sounds in the sauna. This is a 360° sensory experience, kids, so expect to get a bit sweaty and a whole lot spacey.
Hillerødgade Bad og Hal
Sandbjerggade 35 35
2200 København N
7:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Taste enzymes at the Novozymes factory
Ever wondered whether enzymes taste better sautéed or blanched? Us neither! But hey, now you can finally get the answer to this age old mystery at the Novozymes factory where you can nibble on some enzymes for the evening. Turns out the little critters are actually in loads of products and foods; you can learn all about how enzymes are a big part of our everyday lives at Novozymes—the world’s number one supplier—in Nørrebro.
2200 København N
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hang out with King Christian VII
If you still need to brush up on your Danish history, don’t worry, we got you: King Christian VII is that mad one from The Royal Affair film with Mads Mikkelsen. The King that Mads totally cuckolds. You can hang out with him and some other court cronies at Christiansborg, where they’ll be enacting a couple of scenes from the Royal Danish Court. Hopefully they will leave out the one where he declares it’s “unfashionable to love one’s wife” and that whole lifelong masturbation obsession of his.
Christiansborg Slot, De Kgl. Repræsentationslokaler
Prins Jørgens Gård 5
1218 København K
6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Bike the old railway
During World War II when the German forces robbed DSB of its coal and diesel, rail bikes were used as the go-to method of transporting DSB employees between stations. Now you get a chance to try out these funny old school tricycles on the railway tracks —dating back to 1907 — in Amager. These bikes look like a whole lot of fun, built with a little wooden side carriage for a seated passenger. So it’s preferable if you have a doting partner to ferry you up and down while you sit there waving to your imagined audience; plus there’s warm treats to keep you toasty!
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where to buy culture night tickets
Buy your Kulturpas ticket (Culture Pass), which permits entrance to all events and use of public transport, at any 7-Eleven, libraries or museums in Copenhagen.
Price per pass is 90 DKK; children ages 11 and under attend for free!
See the full Culture Night program and read our interview with Culture Night’s Project Manager.
Are you going to any Kulturnatten events? Think you’ve found a wackier event that we missed? Tell us about it!