So you made it through January! Well done, you. So now that you’ve journeyed, largely intact, into a new month, it’s time to get out there and enjoy yourself! Put the book down and pour yourself a stiff drink. There’s much fun out there to be had this month, including museum exhibitions, festivals, food and drink events, markets, gigs and parties.
Here’s your ultimate guide to everything that’s happening in Copenhagen during February:
Wednesday 1st February
This acclaimed documentary shows unique archive footage from the 1940s and 50s era of nuclear warfare. Using a mixture of news reels, presidential speeches and the public information films like duck-and-cover, The Atomic Cafe paints a scene of paranoia and public anxiety not all that dissimilar from the America we’re seeing currently…
Thursday 2nd February
In honour of Copenhagen Fashion Week, the clothes swap app Tradono is hosting a free repair and swap pop-up! There will be tailors on hand to fix up any well-worn clothes and goodie bags for the first 30 through the doors. Just remember to bring at least one item to exchange.
Saturday 4th February
Is there NOTHING better than a good ol’ fashioned sing-a-long (and excessive use of hair gel!)? Surely not.
Saturday 4th February – Saturday 25th February
All this month, the crème de la crème of the Danish music scene – including Sekuoia, Smerz and Cancer – will be performing in offbeat and unusual locations dotted all over Copenhagen, including SMK art gallery, Havnebadet at Islands Brygge and the Design Museum. Tickets for individual gigs sell out early, so make sure you don’t miss out!
Sunday 5th February
Hitchcock’s iconic thriller, The Man Who Knew Too Much, is showing at Cinemateket accompanied by a lecture from the American writer Donald Spoto. To top off the evening, Restaurant HUNGER will create the film’s Moroccan menu – an ideal Sunday excursion for any Alfred aficionados.
Monday 6th February
CBS Feminist Society presents a panel talk on whether feminism is still necessary in this country and its position within Denmark’s wider political sphere. Speakers include Emma Holten, feminist activist and editor of Friktion, and Rasmus Brygger, the feminist commentator and former national chair of Liberal Alliance’s youth party.
Wednesday 8th February
David Ives’ two-person play “Venus in Fur,” directed by Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen, is a seductive performance of sex and power. For this play within a play, writer-director, Thomas Novachek, encounters a young actress who arrives at his auditions holding a bag of bondage gear. Soon the roles of playwright and plaything are completely reversed and Novachek realises he has met his match.
Thursday 9th February
Get your slurp on as Nansengade’s latest culinary addition officially opens its doors! And for a special celebratory offering, guests get a starter, their signature Shio ramen, and a drink all for 150 DKK!
Friday 10th February
Our favourite electro dream-pop musicians grace our Scandi shores with sounds from their latest album, I See You, released earlier this year.
Sunday 12th – 19th February
Bypass the expensive price tags and get the opportunity to dine at some of Denmark’s fanciest restaurants for just a sliver of the cost. For seven whole days you can experience a three course menu for 200 DKK (plus sparkling water) with a choice range of different eateries dotted around the country, including Copenhagen’s Höst, Aamanns Køkken and Cofoco.
Sunday 12th February
Half-Danish, half Arabian Yusif travels to Medina, along with his pregnant wife, Sarah, with the hope of beginning a new life in the hometown of his father. But after Yusif accidentally commits a grave crime, he is imprisoned in the Middle Eastern city. He begins to loose his steadfast faith and question the very power that created him.
Monday 13th February
The city’s annual Jewish Film Festival – held in conjunction with the German embassy – will run until Sunday 19th February, opening with a screening of the documentary, Germans and Jews. The film is a collection of intimate, personal stories examining the changing face of German society and how its come to deal with the true horror of the holocaust as a nation. The evening also includes a dinner.
Friday 17th February
If the sheer thought of audience participation gets you a little bit giddy, then you’re going to love Huset’s sing-a-long Sound Of Music. A fun-filled night of music, laughter and probably lots of lederhosen too.
Friday 17th February – Saturday 18th February
Super excited to announce that Denmark’s first gin festival has arrived! You can get a bit silly sampling all sorts of gin from over 30 different exhibitors and distilleries in Dybbølsbro’s Lokomotivværkstedet. Plus there’ll be lots of free tastings!
Sunday 19th February
Unearth some old treasures and grab a few bargains at Vera’s Fleamarket on Papirøen. With a strong coffee in hand, this sounds like the perfect Sunday low-key activity, especially if you’re feeling the strain of last night’s beers.
Monday 20th February
Toronto pop titans still on a mega-high from the success of ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, are bringing their infectious beats to Copenhagen’s Royal Arena. They’ll be playing hits from their third studio album, Star Boy, a heavy hitter featuring music royalties like Daft Punk and Lana Del Rey. Bring your dancing shoes!
Wednesday 22nd February
LA-based British musician and producer Sohn will be immersing crowds in the atmosphere setting of DR’s Concert house with his melancholic twist of electronica.
Thursday 23rd February
Phlake has had a phenomenal 2016, bagging five Danish Music Awards and welcoming huge crowds at Roskilde festival. Now the Danish duo are calling at Vega on their second stop of their country-wide tour. They’ll be playing hits from their debut album, Slush Hours; with catchy favourites like “Pregnant” and “So Faded” you won’t be able to resist the hum of the dance floor!
Saturday 25th February
Who says you need an occasion to party?! Copenhagen’s northern neighbourhood, Nordvest, certainly doesn’t think so. There’ll be DJs and music from AUDIO CASE and Back To Future Sounds, as well as food and tipples to sustain your boogying.
Saturday 25th February – 26th February
If your idea of bliss is gorging on sugary goodies all weekend, the Chocolate Festival at Forum is your destination. Boasting the largest collection of chocolate exhibitors in one place, your taste buds won’t be disappointed!
Sunday 26th February
It’s the Danish national festival that arrives seven weeks before Easter and involves fancy dress, barrel smacking and bun eating. By most comparisons it’s nearest equivalent celebration is probably Halloween – although there has been much contention around this! But anyway, the most important thing to know is where to find the tastiest fastelavnsboller in Copenhagen!
If you’ve got any weary looking old clothes that need a little tlc and are hankering for a new lease of life, then bring them along to design studio, Hamide’s upcycle workshop, where help and a sewing machine will be on hand. Plus, now you really have no excuse to avoid spring cleaning your closets.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s film, Bleeder, holds echoes back to the director’s hugely successful earlier work Pusher, which launched the careers of Kim Bosnia and Mads Mikkelsen. Now the pair return as friends Leo (Bodnia) and Lenny (Mikkelsen) in this gritty 90s crime drama set within a backdrop of Copenhagen’s Nørrebro. Leo, frustrated and full of self-hatred spirals down a path of self-destruction when he learns his girlfriend is pregnant, while Lenny, a shy and retiring video rental clerk who’s fallen in love with a local girl can’t muster up the courage to make a move. Watch the duo battle with their demons in this wildly tense tale.
Ongoing in February
Enter into the French artist and composer’s giant aviary at Copenhagen’s new Contemporary gallery, where 44 finch couples have taken up residence for the winter. Amongst the sand and grass, the little birds will come and settle on the strings of various instruments strewn about the space – making for a surreal and entirely new kind of concert experience! The exhibition runs until 5th March.
Tracing the beginning of Japonisme – the term used to define the influence of Japanese art in the West – through works by artists like Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi and Anna Ancher, this special exhibition is the first of its kind in Denmark. With its snow-capped Mount Fuji and The Great Wave, Japan’s iconic imagery helped to transform Danish and Nordic art. Exhibition runs from 19 January 2017 – 23 April.
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