What’s On in Copenhagen: January 2016

Happy 2016! In Copenhagen, January can be one of those months when you’re tempted to just hibernate. Good news – there are tons of great events on to motivate you to throw on your heaviest coat and venture outside.

Here’s what’s happening in Copenhagen this January:

Friday 1st January

New Year’s Day

This year we’re lucky because New Year’s Day falls on a Friday, which means many of us get a long weekend. Unabashedly nurse that hangover for three days instead of just one!



Wednesday 6th January

Behind the Scenes with Finn Juhl

A very special event at Designmuseum Denmark! The museum director shares a behind the scenes look at a series of Finn Juhl watercolors. There are limited spaces for this event, so sign up soon! There are two showings held on the 6th, as well as another two on the 20th and 26th.

finn juhl - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


Friday 8th January

Phlake at Lille Vega

See the Danish R’n’B singer in this intimate setting.


Saturday 9th January

The Lake Presents: Works for Radio

Eight newly commissioned sound works will be launched at Nikolaj Kunstal with the artists present. You can also catch it directly on Lake Radio!

works for radio - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


Endless Winter #1: Halasan Bazaar

A flea market plus live music and cheap beers. What else do you need to remind you of the golden days of summer? Starts at 8:00 pm at Osramhuset.

endless winter 1 - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


Booker T. Jones at Bremen Teater

See the legendary songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer perform in an intimate setting at Bremen Teater. A very rare treat!


Sunday 10th January

Insta Walk: In the Footsteps of The Danish Girl

In partnership with VisitCopenhagen, go on an “Insta-walk” where you visit the scenes and spots from the new film The Danish Girl. A way to see the city as it was back in the 1920’s!

Copenhagen Secondhand Bazaar: Fit & Fly Edition

Loads of secondhand goods including clothes, accessories and more. Plus delicious treats for sale & healthy living tips from Frankly Juice, Roots Food and The Protein Kitchen. 10 am – 4 pm on Sønder Boulevard.

fit & fly - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


No Pants Subway Ride

Yes, it is exactly as it sounds: ride the subway without your pants. Originally organized by Improv Everywhere in NYC in 2002, now over 56 cities take part. So drop trou and go underground! This calendar also acts as a PSA so that if you see pantsless people on the metro, you won’t freak out. 3:00 – 4:00 pm leaving from Kogens Nytorv.

no pants subway - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


Danish on a Sunday: “Vampyr”

See the classic vampire film from 1932 in all its creepy glory. Directed by the wonderful Carl Th. Dreyer, with English subtitles.


Wednesday 13th January

Opening of Studio Mumbai Exhibition

Danish Architecture Centre is holding the opening of their latest exhibition, Studio Mumbai, focusing on the work of globally renown Indian architecture firm Studio Mumbai. There will be a talk by one of the founding members, Bijoy Jain, as well as drinks & snacks. A great event for architecture enthusiasts! Entrance is free.

studio mumbai opening - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th January

northmodern Design Fair

See some of the best furniture and interior design from around the world, including a large number of Scandinavian designers. If you’re into design, this is a show not to be missed!


Thursday 14th January

In Noma’s footsteps in Christianshavn and Holmen

If you want to know what’s going on with Noma, come to this talk that includes info about their upcoming new urban gardening project, their pop-up in Sydney and hear input from Claus Meyer, one of the founders of Noma and father of the New Nordic movement.

Manifesta: Design & Crafts Conference

All day on the 14th, Design Manifesta will be holding a conference on issues important to the world of design and art. Talks will include looking at technological innovation, the power of change and more.

Film Noir Double Feature

For only 50 DKK, you can see two classic noir films at Husets Biograf. Watch “The Glass Wall” (1953) and “Tight Spot” (1955) while feeling your most sultry and/or hard-nosed.


Friday 15th January

Opening of David Shirley: Colored Works on Paper

From 5 – 8 pm you can enjoy a glass of wine and be the first to see David Shirley’s latest exhibit at Galleri Nicolai Wallner. Exhibit is on until 5th March, so if you miss the opening, don’t worry about it.

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Making an Impact: Making a Business

Come to a talk at Cafe Ved Buen that includes Creative Roots and the municipality of Frederiksberg. They’ll be discussing efforts to renew the urban space around Nordre Fasanvej and Bispeengbuen – if this is your neighborhood, or you’re simply interested in urban renewal projects, this is the time to get involved!


Rap Slam Battle at Lille Vega

Check out the semi-finals and finals of this rap battle, held in the intimate setting of Lille Vega.


Saturday 16th January

LAIBACH performing “The Sound of Music”

See this pioneering Slovenian avant-garde industrial music group perform musical classics with a black comedy interpretation, as well as much more from the archives. Definitely recommended for musical and electronic-lovers alike.

laibach sound of music - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


Culture Box 11 Year Birthday!

It’s the 11 year birthday of beloved music spot Culture Box, so go dance the night away with a bangin’ roster of acts, including Rolando, Daniel Miller & Shumi.

culture box - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


The Mind & The Film: “Waltz With Bashir”

The incredibly moving, disturbing Israeli animated film about one man’s experience with the invasion of Lebanon, 1982. Talk to follow on the complexities of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in war survivors.


Anna von Hausswolff at JazzHouse

If you’re looking for a psychedelic Kate Bush-type, Swedish singer and songwriter Anna von Hausswolf is your lady. Her songs will cast a spell over you.


Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th January

Loppemarked in Carlsberg Byen

5000 square meters of second-hand clothes, home goods, accessories, toys…and just about anything you might need in the lovely setting of TAP1 in Carlsberg Byen. Entrance is 35 DKK and the market is open both days from 10 am – 5 pm.

carlsberg loppemarked - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


Sunday 24th January

Brunch & Jazz

An event held in the foyer of the Opera House. Live swing & jazz music and dancing, plus a brunch menu to order from. What a refined way to send your Sunday!



Danish on a Sunday: “Itsi Bitsi (Steppeulven)”

Steppeulven was the first band to record a rock album with original Danish lyrics. Mythologized for their only album (Hip, 1967), their music lives on as hippie rock that truly captured the times. This film is about their charismatic, poetic lead singer Eik Skaløe and his attempts to win the love of his life.


Monday 25th January

Angel Haze at Pumpehuset

American rapper Angel Haze performs at Pumpehuset; if you have’t already heard her, what are you waiting for?


Wednesday 27th January

Star Night

What do you know about the stars? The Planetarium holds a night of discovery and wonder, where you can find out more about the constellations and planets viewable during January.

star night - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


Friday 29th January

Keep It Real Hip Hip Presents: Ladies of R’n’B & Hip Hop Part IV

Time to dance off the winter blues with some killer women hip hop and R&B performances including Tia Turn Tables and Nannalicious. Tickets are 60 DKK and the show begins at 11 pm.

keep it real hip hop - jan 2015 - whats on copenhagen


Saturday 30th January

When Copenhell Freezes Over

This mini-festival, now in it’s fourth year, showcases five Danish metal bands. Part of Copenhell, the idea behind the showcase is to bring more exposure to Danish metal bands. Performances by Damned, I’ll Be Rising, OXX, Slægt and Mandrake’s Monster.


Ongoing in January

“Infinite Unite” by Yayoi Kusama, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

If you’re an art lover, you need to check out this incredible Kusama retrospective. The Japanese artist is well known for her patterns covering vast spaces, as well as her ability to blend into those patterns with matching clothes. Only on until 24th January, so make sure you see it!

KASUMA - Oct 2015 - Whats on Copenhagen


“A Beautiful Lie,” Eckersberg, Statens Museum for Kunst

Enjoy the edited reality of Eckersberg’s small, lovely worlds. Known as the father of Danish painting, Eckersberg is an important figure in understanding the development of Danish painting over the centuries.


“Learning from Japan,” Designmusem Danmark

This exhibit explores the Japanese influence on Danish design. There will be over 400 works on display – both Japanese and Danish – some of which have rarely been seen by the public. On until September 2016.

LEARNING FROM JAPAN - Nov 2015 - Whats on Copenhagen


See the 2016 Holidays & Flag Days Calendar.

If you’re a business or organisation that would like us to add your event to next month’s calendar, please contact us at hello [@] scandinaviastandard [dot] com. Thank you!

Are you planning to attend any events this month? Are there any good ones we missed? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.