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Copenhagen weather in April is notoriously unreliable – from feels-like-summer to rain or even snow, everything’s possible. Meanwhile, the days are getting longer by the minute and Copenhageners chase every ray of sunshine.
Make the most of sunny days with outside activities in Copenhagen (yes, sipping a glass of something on a sunny corner totally counts) and hide in the museum when the weather shows its moody side. Either way, there’s plenty going on in the city this month.
Here are the best events in Copenhagen, from markets and exhibitions to concerts, festivals, films, and so much more.
Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd April
One of Copenhagen’s most popular summer spots is opening for the season: Swing by Reffen for food, music, and some of the best sunset views in the city. Not ready to go home once its dark? Reffen’s bar and night club ‘‘Werkstatt’’ is open until 4 am.
Culture Box 17th birthday weekend
Culture Box is turning 17 and as the sweet sixteen party failed due to the pandemic, the team will be celebrating with a double nighter. Come and dance from Friday 10 pm.
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd April
Art collective Limestone is inviting you to a group exhibition at Springbrættet 6a. The exhibition was curated by Damai Syarifuddin and features works by 9 female and non—binary artists. Come by Friday from 7-9 pm, Saturday from 12 noon – 5 pm, and Sunday from 12 noon – 3 pm.
Make the most of the final days of CPH:DOX. One of the world’d biggest documentary film festivals brings a great selection of screenings and other events to venues all over the city. Find the program on the festival website.
Friday 1st – Sunday 10th April
Give your favorite series a break and enjoy film festival CPH:DOX from the comfort of your own home. Find the selection on the festival website.
Friday 1st April
The party of your dreams at Basement
Join for a party night that is all about people who are often underrepresented in the arts and culture scene: Under the theme ‘‘Safe Space’’, all showcased art and music is created by women, queers, and BIPOCs. Interact with installations and unleash your inner dancing queen from 9 pm. Tickets cost 80 DKK and are available via Billetto.
Aquah Studio: Prints ‘n’ Drinks
Browse prints, have a drink, and enjoy some good music at Aquah Studio’s new event concept. There will be 10% off all prints and the possibility to win at the give-away contest. Aquah Studio is a result of lockdown days spent at home: After creating a poster for Christmas 2019, John Indome started making prints at home, taking inspiration from 80s and 90s designs. Get yours from 6-11:30 pm.
Fyraften 13th birthday party at H15
Fyraften turns 13 and celebrates with a party at H15. Come by for a dance from 10 pm! Entry costs 50 DKK at the door.
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd April
Flid’s design spring market at Nørrebrohallen
Browse ceramics, textiles, graphics, jewelry, and more – and meet the creators behind the pieces at this market in the heart of Nørrebro. From 11 am to 5 pm. Entry costs 30 DKK.
Danish brand Skall Studio is known for its natural materials and simple coast inspired pieces. Swing by their sample sale at Store Strandstræde 21 to update your wardrobe for the summers ahead. Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 2 pm.
Saturday 2nd April
Hello Vintage kilo sale at DGI Byen
2.5 tons of vintage clothing will be available for purchase by the kilo. Go on treasure hunt from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Sunday 3rd April
Rita Blå’s flea market on Sønder Boulevard
Combine your Sunday stroll along popular Sønder Boulevard with a browse at Rita Blå’s flea market. Want to put up a stall? Get your ticket via Billetto for 370 DKK including table. From 11 am – 4 pm.
Tuesday 5th April
Czech Embassy Nights: Autumn Spring at Husets Biograf
Directed by Vladimir Michalek, “Autumn Spring“ (2001) is a bittersweet tale of relationships and growing old. The uplifting moral of the story? Stay young at heart. “Czech Embassy Nights“ is an ongoing monthly series hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen and dedicated to giving a glimpse into the world of Czech cinema. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the screening starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets cost 70 DKK.
Thursday 7th April
Book reception: Flag // Erfalasoq at Nordatlantens Brygge
From April 2019 to May 2021, Nuuk Art Museum and artist Gudrun Hasle invited artists from different countries to create flags for the flag pole at Holms Hus in Nuuk. 13 artists contributed their reflections on the many meanings of a flag. Now, these works are released as a book, featuring images as well as text. Join the reception when the project’s curator Gudrun Hasle and editor Stine Lundberg Hansen present “Flag // Erfalasoq“ from 4-6 pm.
Danish singer-songwriter Ydegirl brings a mix of classical instruments, pop, and RnB to Hotel Cecil. Get your ticket for 185 DKK on Ticketmaster. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm.
Friday 8th April
Science & Cocktails: Why DNA matters for social equality at DR Koncerthuset
Did your DNA sequence really make a difference in your life? Are genes linked to social income? Kathryn Paige Harden, researcher and author of the book “The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA matters for social equality“, will dive into these and other questions in this episode of Science & Cocktails. She’ll present some of the research that formed the basis of the book, introduce you to the latest genetic science, dismantle dangerous ideas about racial superiority, and challenge you to reflect on what equality really means if everyone’s born differently. The event will take place in English and the evening is rounded up with a DJ set by Niels Christian Cederberg. From 8 pm until midnight. Tickets are available from 145 DKK.
Ved Siden Af is back – put on your dancing shoes and hit the dance floor to drum ´n´ bass and more from midnight till late. Tickets cost 150 DKK.
Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th
Help the ice bear – art workshop for children at Nordatlantens Brygge
Gudrun Hasle’s and Martin Brandt Hansen’s art tells stories about Greenland. While the old ice bear who lives at Nordatlantens Brygge knows much about Greenland, he doesn’t quite understand art. Children can help the ice bear understand what the exhibition is all about and translate some of the stories into their own sculptures. Participation is free but it’s necessary to sign up in advance. All three days at 10 am and 12:30 am.
Wednesday 13th April
Housewife Roast at The Caribbean Housewife
In the mood for Caribbean comfort food? Make a cross in your calendar for this edition of The Caribbean Housewife’s “Housewife Roast”.
The 4-course dinner menu costs 350 DKK and you better be quick – tickets go fast!
Friday 15th April
Popular neighborhood hangout Café Runddelen turns 12 and you’re invited. Swing by from noon and celebrate until the early hours with sing along, banko, and more.
Sunday 17th April
Go on treasure hunt or pass on old favorites at this edition of Vera’s market outside under Bispeengbuen. From 10 am to 3 pm. Stalls cost 440 DKK, browsing is free. Can’t make it? There will be another market on 24th April.
Wednesday 20th April
Norwegian band Highasakite is coming to Copenhagen. Get ready for an evening filled with energetic indiepop/rock. Tickets cost 250 DKK and doors open at 7 pm.
Saturday 23rd April
Hermanos Gutiérrez at Huset-KBH’s Xenon
Together, Ecuadorian-Swiss brothers Alejandro and Stephan Gutiérrez are the duo “Hermanos Gutiérrez“ (Spanish for the Gutiérrez brothers). Drawing on their Ecuadorian heritage from their mother’s side, their sound is influenced by Latin American music in the 1950s. Doors open at 8 and the concert starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost 130 DKK.
Sunday 24th April
Danish on a Sunday: The Pact at Cinemateket
Bille August’s movie “The Pact“ tells the story of Danish literary sensation Karen Blixen, years after she has returned from Africa. It’s 1948 and aged 63, Karen is at the pinnacle of her fame. When she meets 30-year old poet Thorkild Bjørnvig, an intense friendship unfolds. The movie will be screened in Danish with English subtitles at 2:15 pm. Tickets are available for 85 DKK.
Ongoing in April
Love things that sparkle? Then this exhibition is for you. Take a look at Danish sculptor and collector Bertel Thorvaldsen’s world-class private collection of gold signet rings and carved gemstones.The exhibition, in the stunning Thorvaldsen’s museum in the center of Copenhagen, focuses on both the meaning of the ancient gems in antiquity, as well as Thorvaldsen’s personal relationship to them as a collector. The exhibition is on until 31st July.
Haegue Yang: Double Soul at SMK
Step into the wondrous world of South Korean artist Haegue Yang. In her first solo exhibition in Denmark, SMK presents an extensive selection of her enticing works featuring sound, illumination, scent, and movement to stir multiple senses. The exhibition will be on display until 31st July.
The Sky Isn’t Really Blue: Landon Metz at von Bartha Gallery
See 16 new paintings by American artist Landon Metz. His work uses painting as a meditative activity, and the result is paintings that have a deep sense of calm and balance to them. The gallery, a fairly new one in the city, is located in Carlsberg Byen and was a former lighthouse. Great architecture plus great paintings? An ideal match.
Børnebiffen at Cinemateket
With “Børnebiffen“, Cinemateket highlights quality entertainment for the smallest ones among us. Every Wednesday to Sunday until 31st March, the cinema will be hosting a selection of movie screenings for children between 3 and 5 years old.
Anette Harboe Flensburg – In arcadia too you can die at Kunstforeningen GL Strand
The Montana Hall is a meeting room in which visual artists explore the significance of the framework for meeting situations. It currently features Anette Harboe Flensburg’s paintings. With the title, “In Arcadia Too You Can Die“, Harboe Flensburg reflects over the present situation, where our everyday life has been fundamentally changed and we have been forced to reconsider our ideals. The exhibition will be on display until 24th April.
Gauguin and His Friends at Ordrupgaard
Experience works by the artist circle around Gauguin in this new exhibition at Ordrupgaard. “Gauguin and His Friends“ focuses on the Pont-Aven school: At the end of the 19th century, Paul Gauguin and a group of fellow artists took inspiration from small isolated towns in Brittany and developed an entirely new artistic expression that broke with naturalism. If you’ve been waiting for the right reason to venture out to the beautiful art center in Charlottenlund this might be it. The exhibition will be on display until 1st May.
Peter Cook: City Landscapes at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
With his visionary ideas and fantastical, imaginative, and colorful drawings, British architect Peter Cook has profoundly influenced and helped shape architecture and architectural thinking for almost six decades. Even though he has realized buildings, such as Kunsthaus Graz, he is especially concerned with the theoretical field of architecture and the question of what architecture can and must do. Architecture buff or not, there’s something to take away from this for all of us. The exhibition is on display until 8th May.
Family tour at the Royal Theater
Every Saturday and Sunday, the Royal Ballet opens its doors for the entire family. Pull back the curtain and experience the magical world of ballet and opera. The tour is suitable for children from 4 to 12 years and takes 75 minutes. Tickets are available from 60 DKK.
Sonja Delaunay at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Sonja Delaunay is considered one of the most original voices of Modernism and a visionary regarding the role of visual arts and design for culture in a broader sense. Her practice includes painting, textile design, and advertising, among others and she frequently collaborated with colleagues from other art fields. With this exhibition, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art presents a large range of her projects, spanning over various media, from the 1910s until the 1970s. It will be on display until 12th June.
Suzanne Valadon at Glyptoteket
French artist Suzanne Valadon had to defy class and gender norms to become a successful painter. After a childhood shaped by poverty and a career as a popular artist’s model, she was the first self-taught woman to exhibit at Salon de la Nationale des Beaux Arts. Her uncompromising portraits and nudes are considered groundbreaking by the art world. With the exhibition “Suzanne Valadon – model, painter, rebel,“ Glyptoteket presents and celebrates her contribution to European art at the beginning of the 20th century. It will be on display until 31st July.
Light & Space at Copenhagen Contemporary
For the first time in Europe, Copenhagen Contemporary brings together a wide range of artworks that can be attributed to the American art movement Light and Space. On 5000 m2, you can experience pieces by James Turrell, Helen Pashgian, and Bruce Nauman alongside contemporary European artists inspired by the movement like Olafur Eliasson. The exhibition stretches across all five exhibition halls and will be on display until 4th September.
Events Out of Copenhagen
On 2nd and 3rd April, head to Horsens in Jutland for the well-attended annual crime fiction festival. That’s right, it’s CrimeCon! This year is a special edition, because it’s the 20 year anniversary for the festival, so attendance is expected to be big.
Crime fiction authors, mostly from Denmark and Scandinavia, will be there to speak about their work, and various topics in crime fiction from “creating a courtroom drama” to “forensic genetics in crime fiction and in practice.” If you’re a crime fiction buff, you do not want to miss this incredible event.
Purchase your tickets here!
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