What’s On in Copenhagen: January 2018

Step out of hibernation and venture into the new year. There’s so much going on in Copenhagen; expect the usual January sales, but also check out the city’s museum exhibitions, festivals, food and drink events, markets and gigs. Your social life doesn’t have to suffer because it’s cold out!

Here’s what’s going down this month:

Tuesday 2nd January

The Grand Budapest Hotel at Cinemateket

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel follows the exploits of legendary hotel concierge Monsieur Gustave (played by Ralph Fiennes) and the young lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), who soon becomes his most trusted sidekick. The pair team up to recover a Renaissance painting and the pressing issue of a small family fortune.


Wednesday 3rd January

Call Me By Your Name at Grand

If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the arrival of 2017’s most beloved film, Call Me By Your Name, you’ll be pleased to know it’s arrived on Scandinavian shores!


Thursday 4th January

Bingo Banko at Absalon

What do points make? PRIZES! Join in all the wholesome fun at Absalon’s bingo night and rack up those goodies.


Friday 5th January

The Fifth Element at Cinemateket

Luc Besson’s cult 90s sci-fi film, The Fifth Element, follows the battle for the survival of planet Earth after cab driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) unknowingly picks up a precious fare, Leeloo (played by Mila Jovovich). Together the pair will try to save the world.


Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th January

Fleamarket at Remisen

Over 100 stands will be out in force at this New Year’s fleamarket. Nab some re-gifted christmas gifts and bargains to bring into 2018.


Sunday 7th January

The No Pants Subway Ride

Does exactly what it says on the tin: ride the Copenhagen Metro sans pants! This “movement” originally kicked off in NYC and now has over 60 countries taking part. All you need is your self, a valid metro ticket and a stony-faced gaze.


Wednesday 10th January

Yoga at ØsterGRO

ØsterGRO’s rooftop farm is a tranquil and earthy place at the best of times. But new for this year, they will be hosting flow yoga up in the farm’s greenhouse. Take an hour out of from the hustle and bustle of city life to unwind.


Thursday 11th January

Post a letter to a stranger

This event sounds like the remedy to a post-Christmas world. Test out your writing skills and pen a heartfelt letter to an elderly person from anywhere in the world. Go into 2018 with a warm, fuzzy feeling.


Saturday 13th January

When COPENHELL Freezes Over

Dirty rock and metal from some of Denmark’s best up-and-coming bands, including BAEST, Cabal and Unseen Faith.


Sunday 14th January

Sound of Music Sing-along

Become one of the von Trapps for the evening and belt out tunes with the likes of Louisa, Liesl and their wayward teacher Maria. A fun and wholesome evening guaranteed to make you smile!


Tuesday 16th January

Group singing

An evening singing sesh in the bright surroundings of Absalon. Singing is good for the soul, people, so get those vocal chords fired up.


Wednesday 17th January

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner at Cinemateket

If the celebrated German filmmaker Werner Herzog says this is “one of my most important films” then we are duty-bound to watch it. The 1974 documentary follows Walter Steiner, a celebrated ski jumper-turned-carpenter as he takes on the world record in ski flying.


Thursday 18th January

August Rosenbaum at Lille Vega

Having already worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Rhye and Mø, the in-demand composer August Rosenbaum is not to be missed.


Friday 19th January

Wolf Alice at Lille Vega

The London rock group, who just last year became the subject of Michael Winterbottom’s new film, bring their latest stomper Visions of a Life, to Copenhagen.


Saturday 20th January

Vinterbyhaven 2018

Pumpehuset dethaws and presents us with the best of the up-and-coming music scene. There will be appearances from synth sirens Slowes, hip-hop soul Iris Gold and Girls’ Night Out. Plus there’s bingo, bubbles and beer all up for grabs!


Monday 22nd January

Iron & Wine at Vega

The American singer-songwriter Sam Beam just released his sixth album, Beast Epic, a record which harkens back to his early work with intimate acoustics and warm, sensuous notes. If you’ve been an Iron & Wine fan from the year dot, you won’t want to miss this.


Tuesday 23rd January

Czech Film Nights presents Witchhammer

CZECH FILM NIGHTS is ongoing monthly series hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen and celebrates the best of Czech cinema. This month it’s the 1970 Czechoslovak drama, “Witchhammer,” that follows the Northern Moravia witch trials of the 1670s.


Wednesday 24th January

Spanish Cinema Nights presents “Insomnio” at Huset biograf

This Spanish comedy-drama sees the interweaving of three individuals lives, changing them forever. Eva (played by Christina Marcos), who works in TV production, is kept awake by her newborn. Real estate agent Juan (Ernesto Alterio) is engaged to Isabel (Maria Pujalte), a shopaholic. And recently dumped, Alba (Candela Pena) turns to vices to get over her broken heart. One night, all three stories collide…


Friday 26th January

How to create a sustainable city: workshop

Studenterhuset and Welcome to CPH are hosting a day of discussion on sustainability and urban cities. How can we create better sustainable places to live in? Come have a chat!


Ice Cream Cocktail Friday Bar Extravaganza

From 5 – 9 pm on Friday at the Sweet Sneak Studio on Vesterbrogade 111, enjoy gin-infused ice cream cocktails in collaboration with Istid and Nordic Spirits Lab and tasty pretzel treats for something to make you thirsty (what’s making you thirsty? THESE PRETZELS). Entry is free!


Sunday 28th January

Observation evening at Tycho Brahe Planetarium

Spend the evening gazing up at the night’s sky, observing the moon through the planetarium’s telescope. And feeling very, very insignificant.


Tuesday 30th January

CPH Fashion Week 2018

Copenhagen Fashion Week kicks off and lasts across four days packed with events, shows and more. Designers include Ganni, Munthe and Astrid Andersen. There’s also lots of free, open events so be sure to check out the full schedule.


Ongoing in January

George Condo at LOUISIANA

A main fixture of New York’s glamorous and wild art scene of the 1980s and friend of Basquiat and Haring, George Condo established himself as a creator of ‘artificial realism’, a term coined to describe the mix of American pop art with characteristics of the old master-style paintings. Condo’s works has never been seen before in Scandinavia and this special exhibition spans his achievements from four decades.


Micheal Kvium Circus Europe at Arken

Danish visual artist Michael Kvium is setting up his circus of the absurd at Arken. The exhibition centres around the European identity and community in a time governed by xenophobia, fear and tension. Kvium takes the political and social scenes of life in contemporary Europe and places it under the big top for all of us to gawk at.



Stanley Kubrick – The Exhibition

The Kunstforening GL STRAND presents the first exhibition of its kind in the Nordics, an exclusive look into Kubrick’s visionary workroom. Constructed from movie excerpts, interviews with Kubrick himself and colleagues, as well as old archive material, get a glimpse into the movie master at work.



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Anna Clarke

Anna Clarke is a writer and editor originally from London. She’s currently living out her Scandinavian dream here in Copenhagen.