Is it over yet?! We’re crossing our fingers that we’ve seen the last of winter and can come out of our little cocoons ready for some frolics in the Copenhagen sun (steady!) As the days are getting longer and the sky is steadily getting brighter, you’ll definitely want to get out there and experience all that the city has to offer including museum exhibitions, festivals, food and drink events, markets, gigs and parties.
Here’s what’s on in Copenhagen this month:
Wednesday 1st March
“May you all have the same joy I have had, knowing a chicken.” And with that sentiment begins the surreal documentary, The Natural History of the Chicken — directed by Mark Lewis — exploring the role of our feathery friends in American life. As a warm up to the screening, Lewis’ cult classic documentary, Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, will also be shown.
Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd March
Just downstairs from our headquarters, you can get huge discounts (up to 80%!) on one of our favourite brands Hofmann Copenhagen. The sale is on at the Hofmann Copenhagen showroom at Mikkel Bryggersgade 1 at 12 – 7 pm (Wed), 12 – 6 pm (Thur) and 12 – 6 pm (Fri).
Saturday 4th March
This free festival aims to encourage more of us into off-beat sports and activities like parkour and breakdancing. There’ll be a ream of workshops including rollar derby and wheelchair basketball, as well as classes in nail art. And for the children there’s even a hip hop workshop which sounds just too fun. All ages are welcome, so bring the whole family!
The lost art of letter writing is being revived this Saturday by the design studio, Hamide, who in homage to slow communication are hosting a postcard writing workshop. So write, doodle or pen the perfect haiku on these beautifully designed postcards and post them to all your favourites.
Sunday 5th March
To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, Tea and Tales are hosting a storytelling afternoon centred around the untold tales of many inspirational Danish women. Among others, you’ll hear the fascinating story of Ellen Nielsen from Dragør who contributed hugely to the safe passage of thousands of jewish refugees over to Sweden during the second world war. Plus there’s tea!
Wednesday 8th March
The English singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole is playing an intimate gig at Bremen Theatre, where he’ll perform songs exclusively from his time as a classical musician.
Thursday 9th March
Watch the oscar-nominated Argentinian black comedy, Wild Tales, and enjoy a two course meal and cocktail for just
210kr; a reasonable, low-key evening out.
Friday 10th March – Sunday 12th March
Copenhagen’s first ever trash Olympics is happening and we’re pretty damn excited. Come and cheer on participants as they assemble their (hopefully) water-worthy vessels from bits of old stuff in the name of sustainability and good ol’ fashioned fun. The race course is 1000m and there’ll be prizes for the winners!
Saturday March 11th
An under-the-sea glitter rave with DJs, mermaid body paint and UV sparkles. Um, YES PLEASE!
Feminist design studio, Hamide, are marking Women’s Day at their Islands Brygge studio. There’ll be special discounts and free samples all day. You’ll also get a sneaky peak into their new Korean range, “Love for Korea”, which includes some gorgeous cosmetics, fashion and stationery bits, plus there’ll be drinks and edible treats too.
Sunday March 12th
Winner of this year’s Bodil Awards, Danish coming-of-age drama, In The Blood, follows a group of students as they transition into adulthood. The friends, who all live together in Nørrebro, enjoy a carefree existence of heady summer days and boozy nights. But when everyone decides they want to sell the apartment, except Simon, tension begins to fester. Simon’s not ready to grow up just yet, whilst the others are ready to move on.
Thursday 16th – Sunday 26th March
CPH:DOX, the annual international documentary film festival – the largest of its kind in Scandinavia – will be taking over the city’s cinemas for ten days. This year’s programme will be announced in full on 1st March here. But films to watch out for include Belgian Jérôme le Maires’ ‘Burning Out’ about the prestigious hospital Saint-Louis in Paris, ‘Dries’ an intimate look at the life of notoriously private fashion designer, Dries Van Noten, as well as the unmissable ‘Last Men In Aleppo’. A Danish-produced film documenting the courage and determination of Syria’s White Helmets volunteers, it’s also the opening film of this year’s festival and has already claimed already claimed the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
Friday 17th – 18th March
We can finally put two fingers up to winter and feel all warm and smug at Refshaleøen where a two-day winter festival with public sauna, saunagus (the sauna maestro whips up the warm hair into a frenzy with their towel) and electronic music will see us sweating it out in style (sort of). There’s also sea swimming for any intrepid bathers willing to embrace the freeze.
Saturday 18th March
Our favourite concoction of academia and alcohol is back with ‘Are all your worries about Artificial Intelligence wrong?’, an exploration into whether we’re actually right to fear the robot takeover. All your anxious questions – along with some science-themed cocktails – answered at this free event!
Sunday 19th March
We’ve teamed up with CPH:Dox to bring you the world premiere of Spectator Records – Up in Smoke, a documentary about the ill-fated Aalborg-based indie record label. Spectator Records, set up in 1969 by music journalist Jørgen Bornefelt and jazz musician Carsten Meinert, published a plethora of different music – even putting out the very first single from Danish rock deities Gasolin’ – before the cult label was destroyed in a tragic fire. There’ll be a Q&A with the filmmakers of the documentary and tunes by Ras Money will follow the film screening!
Wednesday 22nd March
Big Tasty Bingo at Papirøen (in Danish)
Bingo is pretty big in Scandinavia, like really big. The food market, Papirøen, host regular bingo nights to cater for this insatiable and highly perplexing obsession. But all you really need to know is it’s free and there WILL be prizes!
Thursday 23rd March
Kødbyens Food & Market reopens their shop in Saxogade and to celebrate are hosting the Berlin-based bar Weinerei, famous for its pay-what-you-want concept. It’s a simple enough idea: drink wine and pay what you think it’s worth. We can certainly get behind that!
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March
A designer pop-up all weekend at Pilestræde 4, including comfortable high heel brand Roccamore, dress brand Love Lou and jewellery brand Lei Foo. Go check out their unique, beautiful designs!
Friday 24th March
Start the weekend right with an evening of maximum relaxation and well-being at Sjællandsgade Baths’ midnight sauna.
Sunday 26th March
If you’re a bit of a vintage and retro obsessive then this exhibition is the one. Spend a lazy Sunday meandering around Vintage Copenhagen, Denmark’s only exhibition of vintage clothes and accessories, with pieces dating back from 1920 to 1970! There’s sellers from all over Scandinavia as well to nab some bargains.
Monday 27th March
Queen of acoustic folk, Emma-Lee Moss, graces Ideal Bar with songs from her third album, Second Love. Expect to get a little bleary eyed!
Wednesday 29th March
Everyone’s favourite quarterback-turned-spacecowboy, Flash Gordon, is making an appearance on Huset’s 16mm celluloid. A British sci-fi classic.
Friday 31st March
Czech saxophonist and composer, Lubos Soukup, marks his 5-year anniversary in Copenhagen with a special concert, performed alongside New York-based guitarist, Lionel Loueke. The group’s original, potent mix of contemporary jazz teamed with African beats will undoubtedly warm your winter-weary heart!
Start your weekend the proper way and get a little bit boozy at Hansens Copenhagen with their 2-for-1 sorbet cocktails. All you need to do is mention “Scandinavia Standard” at the counter and enjoy your drinkable dessert, easy.
Friday 31st March – Saturday 1st April
There’s loads of great clothes up for grabs here, so get a bag and get stuffing; it’s only 200kr per kilo!
Ongoing in March
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.
Don’t forget: all the 2017 Holidays & Flag Days are here.
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