What’s On in Copenhagen: January 2019

Happy new year! It’s tempting to spend the first month of the year cuddled on the couch, ignoring the dark and cold, but we recommend jumping right in and taking advantage of all the wonderful events Copenhagen has to offer. This month there are films, concerts, workshops, talks, and Copenhagen Fashion Week; in other words, plenty to do.

So bundle up, get a few friends together, and go enjoy yourself!

These are the best events happening in Copenhagen in January:

Wednesday 2nd January

Monty Python – The Meaning of Life at Cinemateket

Did you know that every sperm is scared? At least, according to this 1983 comedy classic. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Monty Python’s film immediately became cemented in cinema history as one of the funniest, most quotable, and ingenious films ever made.


Friday 4th – Sunday 6th January

Vintage Deluxe Market

Looking for real vintage furniture and homewares? This weekend huge market has the good stuff, so get ready for a treasure hunt! Entry is 50 DKK on Saturday and Sunday, or buy a VIP pass that includes Friday from 4 – 10 pm and both weekend days for 120 DKK.


Friday 4th January

Roastery Tour at Coffee Collective

The roastery tour at Coffee Collective, home of Copenhagen’s best coffee, is tons of fun if you’re into coffee. You get to see how they roast their beans, hear about their ethical sourcing, and then have a cupping (tasting) of their various brews. Tickets are 150 DKK and include a bag of coffee to take home afterwards – that’s a great deal! No reservation necessary, just show up!


The Room at Husets Biograf

Tommy Wisseau’s cult classic, considered the worst film ever made (or for some, the best of all bad films), is a lot of fun when watched in the right setting with others there to appreciate its special brand of genius. Gather your friends and take in The Room in all its glory on the big screen.


Sunday 6th January

Danish on a Sunday: Beast at Cinemateket

This 2011 Danish film follows a marriage as it falls apart. Bruno loves Maxine, but she is pulling away. As she embarks on an affair, Bruno holds on even tighter. When Maxine finally decides to leave him, Bruno becomes ill. The film take a look at the psychology of co-dependence and how relationships end.


Tuesday 8th January

Waacking and Vogue Workshop with Archie Burnett

Overall Father of the House of Ninja Archie Burnett makes his first trip to Denmark to teach this vogueing and waacking workshop. Learn from the iconic dancer as he shares his best moves. The price is only 150 DKK and registration is mandatory.


Wednesday 9th January

The Warehouse Mini Ball

Get ready to vogue! This mini ball includes a waacking demonstration and an after party, and tickets are only 50 DKK at the door. This is going to be a fun night!


Saturday 12th -Sunday 13th January

TAP1 Market

Flea markets don’t get bigger than this one! You’ll find whatever you’re looking for from clothes to home goods to accessories to toys. There’s also lots of baked goodies and sandwiches to buy. The vibe is cosy and the price are good; go have a browse.


Fleamarket at Remisen

It’s the first market of the year at Remisen and, with over 90 stands to choose from, there’s a huge range of items. You’ll find clothes, shoes, jewelry, antiques, and more. There will be coffee and food to buy while you enjoying your shopping. Entrance is 20 DKK, and both days run from 10 am – 4 pm.


Monday 14th January

Ballet Class for Adults

Always wanted to dance at the Danish Royal Theatre? Now you have the chance! You’ll be able to take a class with Danish Royal Ballet teacher Anne Kolvig. No previous experience is necessary, and you have the chance to do a one-time class or sign up for multiple classes. These classes fill very quickly so sign up now!


Thursday 17th January

Meet Iman Meskini (Sana from SKAM)

Come to this free talk at Politikens Boghandel with Iman Meksini, also known as Sane from the hit Norwegian teen drama SKAM. She’ll be discussing her new book, Min Historie, Min Mening, the meaning of wearing hijab, and what it’s like to be a young Muslim in the world today.


Saturday 19th January

Aurora at Store Vega

Norwegian singer-song writer Aurora has been gaining traction since her 2016 debut All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend. She’s been compared to Robyn and Lykke Li, positioning her as the next big Nordic alternative pop singer. Aurora’s pop-synth sound contrasts with melancholy lyrics. Grab tickets before they’re gone!


Sunday 20th January

Veras Market at Nørrebrohallen

Vera’s Market is consistently one of the best secondhand clothing markets in Copenhagen, and this iteration at Nørrebrohallen will be packed to the gills with great finds, designer items, and high-quality clothes and accessories at affordable prices. Entry is 35 DKK, and free for Veras members. There will be food and coffee, so take some friends and make a day of it.


Monday 21st January

Ella Mai at Store Vega

British R ‘n B singer Ella Mai released her self-titled album just a few months ago, but it’s already picking up major steam. With collaborators such as John Legend and H.E.R., it’s no surprise that Ella is being tapped as the worthy successor to 90s and 00s R ‘n B.


Quiz at Ølbaren

Beer, a trivia night, and good vibes. That’s all you need to know! It’s 25 DKK per person, with a maximum of four people per team. The quiz is in Danish.


Wednesday 23rd January

Basquiat at Cinemateket

This film focuses on the turbulent, short, beautiful life of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. It depicts his time living on the streets of New York City to his rise to fame and corresponding drug addiction. Director Julian Schnabel wasn’t granted permission to use images of Basquiat’s work, so the crew had to create their own, similarly-styled work. The film will be introduced by art critic and author Trine Ross. There is another showing of the film on the 8th of January, but without the introduction.


Thursday 24th January

Food Jury: MULGEO Blini Tasting

MULGEO is a new food concept opening in Copenhagen and they want you to come tell you what you think. They’re developing a menu based on the classic blini (small pancake), topped with local, seasonal ingredients, and paired with outstanding wines and other drinks. This is like nothing you’ve tasted before in Copenhagen, so grab a ticket before they’re gone.

The event takes place at their test kitchen at Store Kongensgade 93 and starts at 6 pm. Tickets are only 1 DKK plus processing fee (5,75 DKK all together) and are in limited quantity. Book your ticket here.


Saturday 26th January

Marble Matter Paper & Fabric Marbling Workshops

Marble Matter is a design studio that teaches hands-on, wonderful workshops on paper and fabric marbling, and they have one of each today! Marbling is liquid surface design where you create a design in liquid, then transfer it onto paper. It’s an ancient technique mostly popular in Turkey and Japan. They also run plant-dye workshops, and there’s one available in February. Sign up fast – tickets sell out!


When Copenhell Freezes Over

Copenhell is a metal and rock festival that takes place in the summer, but why should hard rock fans have to wait a whole year between festivals? This one evening mini-festival at Vega should tide you over until the larger event. The line up feature acts including Tainted Lady, Cold Night for Alligators, and Sunless Dawn. Tickets are 165 DKK.


Tuesday 29th January – Friday 1st February

Copenhagen Fashion Week

Copenhagen Fashion Week is back for the autumn/winter 2019 collection of shows, as well as Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF). If you’re into fashion, there’s plenty to see and do. Even if you’re not in the industry, there are events and parties to join! This is the largest of the Scandinavian fashion weeks and therefore a good place to get a sense of the region’s scene overall.


Thursday 31st January

Clueless at Husets Biograf

If you don’t think Clueless is one of the greatest teen movie of the 90s, you must be a virgin who can’t drive. Host of the podcast Filmnørdens Hjørne, Marie Bille, will give a talk (in English) before the film screening about why it’s a classic. We are totally buggin’!


Ongoing in January

Colour Form Texture at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

This outstanding exhibition explores the use of color as a primary focus in modern art. Artists include Yves Klein, Sigmar Polke and Marilyn Minter.



Take My Breath Away – Danh Vo at Statens Museum for Kunst

Danish-raised, Vietnamese-born artist Danh Vo presents a selection of his works over the years and the resulting exhibition is absolutely electrifying. Vo explores themes of identity and cultural history. His works are thought-provoking and absorbing.


Women of Surrealism at GL Strand

Did you know that there is a rich history of female surrealist artists in Denmark? Neither did we, but thankfully GL Strand is showcasing three of the most important among this cohort. See the works of Franciska Clausen, Rita Kernn-Larsen, and Elsa Thoresen side-by-side for the first time. These pieces are from the 1920s – 40s. The exhibit starts 15th September and runs until mid-January 2019.


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!


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Rebecca Thandi Norman

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