August is upon us and with it the last month of Copenhagen summer. Indulge in ripe berries, cherish your beloved evening swim, and eat outside whenever possible, in short – make the most of it. Theater, DJ sets, and flea markets are moving under the open sky, as always, there’s plenty going on in Copenhagen.
Here’s everything happening in Copenhagen this August:
Saturday 1st August
Popular summer festival Stella Polaris is reinventing itself: The lineup will move online so that you can get your Stella-vibes going wherever you are. Invite some friends over or dance on your own, the team takes care of the tunes. From 12 noon to 9 pm.
Psycho – 60th anniversary! At Husets Biograf
Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre: Hitchcock’s cult film Psycho turns 60 – join the celebration! The doors open at 7 pm and the screening starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 70 DKK and have to be pre-bought.
SOUNDBOKS Presents: The Flow
Get your summer vibes going while SOUNDBOKS takes care of the tunes. Whether you are on the water or at the shore, you’re in for a good time. From 2 pm, open-air, and for free. There will be additional events on 15th and 29th August, stay tuned via the Facebook event.
Åbent hus at Naturværkstedet Kløvermarken
Naturværkstedet Kløvermarken is hosting an open house. Come and enjoy the garden while its fruits bloom or help make jam and pancakes from 10 am – 3 pm.
Sunday 2nd August
Latinamerikansk marked at Casa Latinoamericana
Swing by for delicious food and drinks from 12 noon to 6 pm.
Det Grønne Loppemarked Nørrebro
Det Grønne Loppemarked Nørrebro is a new initiative that aims to promote a circular economy by supporting the buying and selling of used goods. Head down to go on a treasure hunt from 10 am to 4 pm. Didn’t find what you were looking for or can’t get enough? There will be another edition on Sunday 16th August.
Tuesday 4th – Sunday 16th August
Teater i Botanisk Have – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Bring a picnic basket and experience Botanisk Have in a completely new light when After Hours Theatre Company sets the scene for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There will be performances every day from Tuesday to Sunday, the doors open at 6.30 pm. Performances will be in English. Tickets can be bought via Billetto.
Sunday 9th August
Grønt Marked – The Farmers Market at Lille Bakery
Get your weekly greens directly from the people who grow them in Copenhagen at this new farmers market! From 10 am to 3 pm.
Vintage Garden Party at Tivoli
Tivoli is throwing a garden party in its historical surroundings with swing music, picnic higgle, and vintage clothes. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket and relax in the grass, or use one of the many sun loungers and benches. The Tivoli Ensemble will perform swing classics and before and after the concert, DJ Per Rock will play swing and jazz music of the past from a gramophone. Put on your grandma’s dress or your grandpa’s hat and join the fun from 11 am to 6 pm.
Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th August
Over the last seasons, Copenhagen Fashion Week has established itself as a favorite among the fashion crowd and the summer edition enchants with pastel skies and a laid-back vibe. As with every season, Copenhagen Fashion Week, along with the two trade shows CIFF and Revolver, will bring industry people and fashion enthusiasts to the city but one thing is for sure: with several brands going for digital or hybrid formats instead of traditional runway shows, this summer’s edition will be a special one. No matter whether you are in the industry or not, there will be plenty of interesting things to do and well-dressed people to watch.
Wednesday 12th – Saturday 15th August
Strøm is Denmark’s organization for electronic music working for and with the electronic music community. Every August, Strøm Festival brings electronic music to a variety of urban spaces all over Copenhagen. Enjoy local and international artists in unconventional settings, the venues range from warehouses over open and public spaces, to monumental churches and moving transportation and are as diverse as they are cool. Find the full program and tickets on the festival website.
Friday 14th – Saturday 15th August
Kabaret Kopenhagen at Huset KBH’s Musikcaféen
Kabaret Kopenhagen is back! Get ready for some socially distant sexy time. Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 8.45 pm.
Saturday 15th August
Dronning Louises Bro Loppemarked
Popular hangout spot Dronning Louises Bro transforms into an open-air flea market from 10 am to 3 pm. Swing by this summer’s first edition and go on treasure hunt. Stalls can be booked for 200 DKK via Billetto.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World – Copenhagen at K.B. Hallen
The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns with an all-new production for 2020! Join the fun from 8 to 10 pm.
Tuesday 18th – Sunday 23rd August
Stand (and dance) in solidarity with all those who have been fighting and are still fighting for the right to be themselves. Rådhuspladsen will turn into Pride Square but the rest of the program will look a little different to other years in order to comply with the authorities’ recommendations to stop the spread of Covid-19. Therefore, the iconic Pride Parade will be turned into a digital experience and the human rights program will include digital and physical events depending on the latest regulations. Find more information and the program on the official website.
Thursday 20th August
Neighborhood hub Absalon is turning five and that’s a reason for celebration! There will be a communal dinner, Fødselsdagsbanko, as well as drinks. Join the birthday hygge from 5 pm!
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August
Copenhagen Art Space is taking over Docken. Its main focus lies on the interaction with the artworks which are put on walls of 3.6 x 3.6m, creating a sculptural expression. Get your dose of art between 10 am and 4.30 pm. Tickets cost 40 DKK and can be bought via the website.
Saturday 22nd August
Kunstklubben Louisiana Special: Frida Kahlo at Cinemateket
If you haven’t watched Julie Taymor’s movie about iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo yet (or want to watch it again), this is your chance. Come by Cinemateket to see Salma Hayek perform Frida. Critic Trine Ross will give an introduction to the movie as well as to central themes in the artist’s work. The event is associated with Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s current exhibition Fantastic Women: Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo and starts at 4 pm. There will be a second edition on Monday 24th August at 6.30 pm.
Mainstream at Basement CPH
Mainstream is back; a little smaller, a little more local but just as cute. Celebrate love, sexual freedom, and good vibes from 10 pm! Mainstream’s queer parties aim to create a safe space for everybody who gives space to everybody. Minimum age is 18.
Sunday 23rd August
Danish on a Sunday: Uncle at Cinemateket
Kris lives with her partly disabled uncle in rural Denmark and together they run a derelict farm. In their quirky yet loving relationship, built upon daily routines, words aren’t necessary. Kris is the dominant worker and has taken on a matriarchal role towards her uncle. When Kris saves a calf during a complicated birth, her interest in the veterinary field is reawakened. She develops a friendship with the chatty veterinarian Johannes and slowly experiences life outside the farm. As love crosses her path, a possible life-changing question emerges. The screening starts at 2.15 pm.
Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th August
Enter Art Fair is a new and ambitious international art fair taking place at Tunnelfabrikken in Nordhavn. In an effort to reach art lovers on an unlimited scale all year round, it combines the art fair format with a digital art fair experience powered by Artland. Find the program and tickets on the festival website.
Thursday 27th August
Ring making workshop at Bak
A relaxed evening where you can carve your own dream ring from jeweler’s wax. Your carved wax ring will be professionally transformed into silver by Bak, and delivered to you within 2 weeks. No tools or prior experience needed. The workshop runs from 6 pm – 8:30 pm at the Bak shop on Gammel Kongevej 139, 1850 Frederiksberg. Participation costs 750 DKK. Follow the event page for more information.
Friday 28th – Sunday 30th August
Copenhagen-based CHART is the leading event for contemporary art and design in the Nordic region. The non-profit organization aims at fostering collaboration and promoting artistic practices as an important reservoir for rethinking society. This year, it is taking place in a de-centered format across the five Nordic capitals Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm. The new format combines physical and online components showing 100% women artists. The main venues will be Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art. Find more information on the website.
Ongoing in August
Secret Garden Exhibition at Hot Pot Republic
This summer, Hot Pot Republic is hosting the exhibition Secret Garden by Monica Chang in the restaurant. The project aims to support young artists working within Asian culture and art by providing a platform. With her Taiwanese background, Copenhagen-based artist Monica Chang views Danish culture and society from the outside while participating in Danish life with her husband and daughter.
In her Secret Garden exhibition, she touches upon the meeting of Asian and Danish culture, alongside the feeling of solitude while not being alone, which has shaped her experience of Covid-19. Bring friends and family and enjoy some art over a delicious meal. From 16th August to 16th September.
Jane Jin Kaisen: Community of Parting at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Kunsthal Charlottenborg is hosting the largest-ever exhibition of the Korean-born Danish artist Jane Jin Kaisen’s work. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the film Community of Parting, which was shown in the Korean Pavilion as part of the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2019.
The film is a montage of shamanistic rituals, scenes of nature, urban landscapes, and archival material, complemented with poetic voice-overs and testimonies. The footage was shot over a five-year period, with Jane Jin Kaisen filming in both North and South Korea as well as in Japan, China, Kazakhstan, the United States, and Germany. The exhibition will be on display until 16th August.
Aftershocks curated by Mai Takawira at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Mai Takawira from Marronage has curated a film screening at Kunsthal Charlottenborg about the reality of anti-blackness in a Danish context. The film program presents a number of selected documentaries and addresses topics ranging from the written word to the EU border policy. Until 23rd August.
Macbeth // Shakes 2020 i Ørstedsparken
Grab some wine and good company and join this summer theater festival in the park! From 5th until 27th August at 6.30 pm, Shakes will play Macbeth with 80s music, phenomenal costumes, and their usual in your face acting style.
Every Tuesday and Thursday in July and August, SMK is hosting online conversations about the museum’s collection. Each session takes one and a half hours and focuses on one piece, with participants divided into groups to discuss together at length, with a facilitator. The aim is to encourage discussion around the country, with the hope to settle the idea that experiencing art is a discipline for the few. SMK Sammenkunst is free of charge but you need a ticket to participate.
Veras Market under Buen
Veras Market is back under the bridge in Frederiksberg from 2nd August. Swing by to sell, buy, or swap vintage clothes. Every Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm. On the third Sunday of the month, 16th August, Veras puts up a Repair Station where you can leave clothes to get repaired while you browse. All repairs cost 99 DKK and are free for members.
Find more information about guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as well as tickets to put up a stall on the website.
Loppemarked i Blågårdsgade
Blågårdsgade transforms into an open air flea market every Sunday until autumn arrives. Come to browse or put up a stall. Stalls can be arranged via email to [email protected] From 10.30 am to 3 pm.
Salsa Dancing at Reffen
Every Wednesday, all summer long, ElStudio is hosting free salsa events at Reffen. Learn salsa dancing, practice your well-trained moves, or watch others rock the dance floor from 7 pm. There will be food, music, and drinks!
Mal & Vin at Absalon
Let your inner Picasso come out and play! Absalon is hosting Mal & Vin, “paint and wine” to the uninitiated, every Friday afternoon from 5-9 pm. Materials will be provided and a glass of wine is included in the ticket price of 70 DKK.
SPACE10 Gallery: Bee Home
As pollinators, bees play a crucial role in our planet’s biodiversity but as humans have transformed nature into cities and industrial farms, their habitats have been destroyed and endangered biodiversity. The idea behind “Bee Home” is to make it easy for anyone to help bees thrive again.
Learn about the importance of bees and the development of the open source design of “Bee Home”, you’ll even get the chance to fabricate your own one. The project is made in collaboration with technology-driven design studio Bakken & Bæck and designer Tanita Klein. Visit the exhibition at the SPACE10 Gallery from Tuesday to Friday between 9 ma and 4 pm. Until 30th September.
Friday Fireworks at Tivoli
Every Saturday from July to early October, Tivoli hosts a firework display that plays tribute to the HC Lumbyes Champagne Gala, originally written for Tivoli’s 2nd birthday. The show consists of dazzling fireworks and music organized by Anders K, and can be experienced over Koncertsalen at 11.45 pm.
The Enigmatic Collector at Glyptoteket
The special exhibition The Enigmatic Collector: Helge Jacobsen’s Pinacotheca is dedicated to Helge Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Glyptotek, Carl Jacobsen. He inherited both the responsibility for the museum and the passion for art, but stood in his father’s shadow all his life. After Carl Jacobsen’s death, collector Helge founded Glyptoteket’s collection of French paintings. The exhibition is on display until 18th October.
PER KIRKEBY: BRONZE at Louisiana
Louisiana’s major spring exhibition is the first-ever comprehensive presentation of the bronzes of Per Kirkeby. Monumental and powerful, it takes up the museum’s entire West Wing and unfolds as an almost epic tale about creative struggle, downfall, mythology, and artistic redemption. The exhibition is on display until 6th December.
Renowned Danish artist Jesper Just’s installation is full of circuits: the circuit of bodies, the circuit between music and body, and the circuit between the individual parts of the fragmented image. Electricity, music and bodies, sensitivity, and control: all these aspects shift inside the wider circuit of people, things, and technology. The exhibition is on display until 31st December.
Tal R.: Animals and People at Glyptoteket
From 18th June, the Glyptoteket exhibits the Danish artist Tal R’s sizable series of new bronze sculptures and plaster works. While Tal R has always moved between genres, his bronze sculptures represent a new chapter in his oeuvre. The exhibition will be presented in the Vilhelm Dahlerup building, the oldest part of the museum, and is on display until January 2021.
Tetsumi Kudo: Cultivation at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo was a radical and visionary outsider who is currently being rediscovered internationally as his work appears highly relevant in the cultural and political agendas of today. Shaped by his childhood in Japan in the aftermath of the atomic bomb, Kudo addresses topics such as humanity’s self-destruction and ecological decadence. The exhibition will be on display until January 2021.
Free Tuesday at Glyptoteket
Every Tuesday, Glyptoteket is free to enjoy. Admire the beautiful sculptures and wander the beautifully colored hallways, Glyptoteket is always a delight. The museum owns one of the finest Rodin collections in the world, alongside impressive works by the likes of the French artists, Carpeaux and Degas, plus a cafe situated next to the museum’s tranquil palm house.
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