January 2020 in Copenhagen: the first month of a new decade. This month is filled to the brim with fun activities. Start off the roaring twenties with some vintage shopping, performances, exhibitions, talks, concerts, and much more. So don’t let the grey weather stop you; grab your loved ones and head out into town. We may complain about the cold and dark, but deep down we know that Copenhagen is always beautiful.
Here’s what to do in Copenhagen this month, from the best films, concerts, and exhibitions, to running events, markets, and more:
Saturday 16th November 2019 – Sunday 5th January 2020
Didn’t make it in December? All the way to 5th January, Tivoli transforms into a Christmas lover’s paradise. Go on a magical train journey, browse the stalls, indulge in gløgg, and eat your body weight in æbleskiver every day from 11 am to 11 pm.
Wednesday 1st January
Welcome the new year by waving at the new year’s parade on Kongen’s Nytorv. From 11.40 am.
Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th January
Twice a year, garments from Veras & Veras circular concept are up for sale. The fun started on Friday 27th December with prices of 150 DKK and the prices go down by the day. It will also be possible to pay with points. Come by Thursday and Friday between 12 noon and 6 pm, on Saturday between 11 am and 5 pm.
Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th January
Come by LOKALE on Griffenfeldsgade and dive into Lin Melkane’s dramatic writing when she tells about her Danish grandmother Ellen’s life in Libanon’s capital Beirut. Join the opening on Thursday at 5 pm.
Thursday 2nd January
Rejse i Nigeria – Lagos og resten af landet at Café Globen
Nigeria is a fascinating country where beautiful beaches and the fast-growing mega city Lagos are waiting to be discovered. Further North the capital Abuja is threatened by the strong presence of the Boko Haram. Poul Jacob Erikstrup has lived in Nigeria for many years and is eager to share his experiences. From 7-9.30 pm.
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th January
Swing by Docken when shops from all over Denmark come to Copenhagen to sell vintage design in all forms, ranging from furniture over ceramics to clothes. Regular day tickets cost 50 DKK and early bird access on Friday from 4-8 pm including an all-weekend ticket costs 120 DKK. Doors are open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm.
Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th January
One of Denmark’s largest indoor flea markets is opening its doors again. Go on treasure hunt from 10 am on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost 40 DKK.
Saturday 4th January
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of “Ballet de luxe“ and watch the dancers, instructors, and choreographers in action at Det Kongelige Teater’s „Open Ballet“. From 11.30 am – 1 pm. Admission is free but „first come, first served“ so come early!
Copenhagen Bridge Run XL by RunBuddy Copenhagen
See beautiful Copenhagen from a new perspective.This bridge run crosses 30 of Copenhagens bridges significant enough to have an official name. The run is 26 km long and participation is free. It starts at 8.30 am at the middle of Dronning Louises Bro where it will also finish.
Sunday 5th January
Do you want to start off 2020 with some new additions to your apartment or are you looking for some warm clothes to combat the second half of winter? Come by Nørrebrohallen from 10 am – 3 pm. Stalls are currently sold out.
Omvisning på Glyptoteket: Mindfulness og mesterværker
Experience Glyptoteket’s French master pieces in a completely new way. Inspired by mindfulness and slow-looking, Christina Lundov will guide you through a sensual journey through the brushstrokes of the paintings. From 12 noon – 1 pm. The guided tour is free for everyone with a valid entrance ticket to the museum but there is a limited number of spots available.
Monday 6th January
Forlagsmandag #2 – Forlaget Nemo at Møllegades Boghandel
Forlaget Nemo was founded by four students in 2011 and has a focus on our contemporary society. This evening, Eskil Halberg and Sille Berthelsen talk about topics such as agriculture, climate, and #MeToo. There will be the possibility to ask questions. From 6.30-10 pm.
Tuesday 7th January
Czech Embassy: “I’m all good“ at Huset-KBH
CZECH FILM NIGHTS is an ongoing monthly series hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen and dedicated to presenting the best of Czech cinema. All films are presented with English subtitles and guests will be offered a free Czech beer. The movie „I’m all good“ by Jan Hřebejk is set in Prague, four years after the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Get carried away to Czech summer by this comedy from 2008. Admission costs 50 DKK, cash or mobile pay, and reservations can be made via [email protected] Doors open at 6.30 pm and the movie starts at 7.30 pm.
Wednesday 8th January
Wave good bye to 2019 when Absalon invites you to to the traditional „ Året Der Gik Quiz“. Join the fun and quiz about all that happened during the last year, ranging from music over movies and events to sports and all sorts of other things. Teams have to be at least two and maximum six. Tickets are available via Billetto or at the door and cost 30 DKK per person. From 8-10 pm.
Iceage is taking over Bremen Teater. The Danish band has been founded in Copenhagen and during this concert will look back at the past years as well as perform new songs. Tickets cost between 190 and 250 DKK. Doors open at 7 pm.
Friday 10th January
Culture Box invites you to celebrate its 15th birthday with15 acts during one memorable weekend. To get the night off to a great start, the birthday kid serves one glass of bubbles and unlimited Tuborg Gold free of charge between 11pm and midnight. Weekend tickets for Friday and Saturday are available via Resident Advisor.
Come and sing along – Natkirken på Strøget offers an evening dedicated to Leonard Cohen’s wonderful songs. Gitte Degn leads the sing along, Kasper Daugaard sits at the grand piano and Jens Biegel Fogh is the priest of the service. Admission is free and everyone is welcome from 6 pm.
Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th January
It’s the first flea market weekend of the year at Remisen and the stalls will be filled with everything that the attic has to offer – clothes, vinyls, furniture, and much more. There will be coffee to keep you going. From 10 am – 4 pm.
Saturday 11th January
Meditation and spirituality were central themes in Leonard Cohen’s life. In connection with the current exhibition by Nikolaj Kunsthal and GL Strand dedicated to the artist, you are invited to a special yoga session. No need to be a professional yogi, everyone is welcome, neither do you need a yoga mat – Moshi Moshi space has you covered. From 8.30 – 10.30 am. There will be another session on 14th January.
Sunday 12th January
Are you on top of your Greek classics? Get told or retold Euripides’ tragedy “Medea” when translator and PhD. in classical Greek Marcel Lysgaard Lech and literary critic Klaus Rothstein dive into the content and its significance for our sontemporary society. At the end of the conversation, Jonas Christoffersen, director of the Institute for Human Rights, will discuss concepts of revenge and self-righteousness against the rule of law – who can judge and how do you judge fairly? Tickets are limited to pre-order via Billetto to secure your spot.
Monday 13th January
Demokrati & menneskerettigheder for Danmarks etniske minoriteter i Fællessalen Christiansborg
In Denmark live 450,000 adult foreign citizens who are not able to vote in the folketingvalg which means that 10% of all adults have no influence on who enacts Danish law. SOS Racisme is hosting a conference on democracy and human rights for ethnic minorities in Denmark. From 10 am – 4.15 pm. Free tickets are available via Billetto.
Tuesday 14th January
Gratis rygestopkursus i Kulturhuset Islands Brygge
New year, new smoke-free me? Join this free course and try it as a group. There will be five meetings in total. From 5-7 pm.
Wednesday 15th January
UNYA Movie Screening: Anthropocene – the Human Epoch
Watch award-winning documentary „Anthropocene – the Human Epoch“ with The United Nations Youth Association of Denmark. From 7.30-9.30 pm.
Gratis aftener: Tingene taler at Designmuseum Danmark
In short talks, the Designmuseum Danmark staff introduces selected pieces to the interested audience. You choose yourself how many introductions you want to listen to. The event runs from 7-8.30 pm and there is free entry to the museum from 6-9 pm. There will be a second edition on 29th January.
If you like Banko and Champagne then this is a match made in heaven. Tickets cost 298 DKK including three glasses of champagne. Take your friends, partner, or date and join the fun. Cheers! From 7-9.30 pm.
“City of God“ at Husets Biograf
Critically-acclaimed Brazilian drama “City of God“ follows a group of children in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro depicting violence, friendship, and love. The film, directed by Fernando Meirelles, was nominated for four Academy Awards. Admission costs 50 DKK, cash or mobile pay, and reservations can be made via [email protected] Doors open at 6.30 pm and the screening with English subtitles starts at 7.30 pm.
Thursday 16th January
Georgian Night: Wine + Paradjanov’s Legend of the Suram Fortress at Cinemateket
Dive into the mythic world of Sergej Paradjanov’s “The Legend of the Suram Fortress.“ The story is a retelling of a well-known Georgian folk-tale brought into written literature by the 19th-century writer Daniel Chonkadze: A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces.
“The Legend of the Suram Fortress“ is Sergei Parajanov’s first film after 15 years of censorship in the Soviet Union. To kick off the evening the Embassy of Georgia to the Kingdom of Denmark hosts a reception with Georgian wines and Georgian ambassador Gigi Gigiadze gives a short introduction to the film. From 8 pm, the film starts at 9.15 pm. Tickets cost 80 DKK.
Friday 17th January
Opening of Gallery Swap 2020: Haverkampf Berlin and Alice Folker Copenhagen
The two galleries, Philipp Haverkampf in Berlin and Alice Folker in Copenhagen, will exchange their exhibition spaces in January and early February and host each other’s exhibitions. Philipp Haverkampf will present a mix of the gallery’s program including Katherine Bradford, Lois Dodd, Anna Grath, EJ Hauser, Stephen Kent and others.
At the same time, Alice Folker invites four young Danes to exhibit in Berlin, all of whom have international profiles: Casper Aguila, Asger Harbou Gjerdevik, Nat Bloch Gregersen and Frederik Næblerød. Join the opening in the space of Alice Folker on Store Strandstraede 19, 5 TV from 5-8 pm.
Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th January
Veras Market i Nørrebrohallen
Browse vintage treasures or put up a stall yourself, no matter which way you’ll help giving garments a second (or third or fourth or …) life. Come by from 11 am – 4 pm. For information regarding stall options check out Veras website.
Saturday 18th January
Go on treasure hunt at Absalon from 10 am – 3 pm. If you would rather like to sell some items that have been collecting dust for too long, put up a stall yourself. Tickets are available via Billetto and cost 350 DKK.
Sunday 19th January
The concept is simple: bring the clothes you no longer need and take home the ones you do need. From 11.30 am to 3 pm.
Danish on a Sunday: “In a Better World” / “Hævnen“ at Cinemateket
„Hævnen“ is a tale of friendship and revenge. The story traces the brutal everyday life from a refugee camp in Africa to the postcard-idyll of a provincial town in Denmark where an extraordinary but risky friendship develops. Susanne Bier’s work won the Academy Award for best foreign film and stars Trine Dyrholm and Mikael Persbrandt. The film is screened with English subtitles at 2.14 pm.
Wednesday 22nd January
Foredrag: Universets byggesten – de fantastiske galakser i Planetarium Copenhagen
Andromeda is our closest neighboring galaxy – how did Andromeda, and all the other galaxies in our universe, really originate? And how do galaxies evolve over the billions of years that the universe has existed? Let Peter Laursen, postdoc at Oslo University, take you for a spin. Before the talk, there will be the possibility to use the planetarium’s telescopes. The observation starts at 6, the talk at 8 pm.
Thursday 23rd January
Palmyra før og nu – en samtale om kulturarv i Syrien
The current conflicts in Syria have renewed focus on the value of the unique cultural heritage in the area. Right now, the Glyptoteket shows parts of this cultural heritage in the special exhibition „Road to Palmyra“. In a conversation, the exhibition’s curator Anne Marie Nielsen and former Middle East correspondent Steen Nørskov look more closely at Palmyra’s rich cultural history and put it into a contemporary context. From 5-6.30 pm. Tickets cost between 85 and 115 DKK and also give access to the museum for the same day.
Unpacked 6 Dansekapellet at Copenhjagen Dance Space
Let over 40 dancers and singers get your groove on for the weekend. Tickets start at 95 DKK. There will be two shows, one at 7.30 and one at 9.30 pm.
Friday 24th January
VEGA’s bookers have selected six artists, both Danish and internation, that are believed to take the concert scene 2020 by storm: Ida Laurberg, Bbybites Joyce, Josephin Bovien, Ganger and Late Verlane. Get your tickets and enjoy these artists ahead of the crowds. Doors open 7.30 and the concert starts 8.30 pm. Tickets cost 170 DKK.
Saturday 25th January
Copenhagen City Run by RunBuddy Copenhagen
Join this 5 km “sightseeeing” group run through the streets of Copenhagen and support a good cause while exercising. To participate please donate to 5Skoler to help the project establish schools for children living in refugee camps near Syria. Meeting point is Rundetaarn at 10 am.
Want more running events and races in 2020? See our full list.
Sunday 26th January
Vesterbro Bogfest at Absalon
Absalon turns into a haven for book lovers – listen to authors reading from their works and browse other librophiles’ collections as well as the stalls of book shops and publishing houses. The event is free and runs from 10 am – 3 pm.
Teaterøen hosts Teater Tapas on every last Sunday of the month. Based on varying themes, there will be four to six performances and during the breaks, the audience and the performers eat tapas and drink Sangria together. The January edition is dedicated to the theme of „rituals“ – Are you a performing artist or a musician, and do you have an idea for a piece you would like to try out in front of an audience? Then submit your proposal to [email protected] until January 13th. From 4 to 7.30 pm.
Monday 27th January
Temaaften om Iran 1953: “Kvinder uden mænd” som bog og film
Translater Nazila Kivi discusses the book “Kvinder uden mænd” in relation to the film and Iran-expert Rasmus Christian Elling puts it into a historical context: in 1953 Western political powers deposed the democratically elected president Mossadeq and installed the shah. The event takes place in Danish and the film is screened with Danish subtitles. “Kvinder uden mænd” is the Iranian video artist Shrin Neshat’s first long film and follows the life of four young women, all dominated by men. It is a historical drama as well as a symbolic-poetic tale of female repression, friendship and beauty. From 6.30-9 pm at Cinemateket. Tickets cost 80 DKK.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Cinemateket
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Cinemateket is screening three documentaries and invites you to join the debate with the directors. Tickets cost 80 DKK and are sold individually per screening via Cinemateket’s website. The event takes place in Danish and the documentaries are screened in Danish or with English subtitles.
Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st January
It’s this time of the year again. Copenhagen Fashion Week is back in town for the autumn/winter 2020 collections. Besides the shows, there will be plenty of events and parties to join as well as the two trade fairs Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) and Revolver. The streets will be filled with fashionable people so keep an eye out for some sartorial inspiration.
As part of Copenhagen Fashion Week, Scandinavia Standard will be co-hosting a panel discussion, exhibition, and reception with CIFF on Wednesday 29th January. This talk will be about diversity and inclusion in the Danish fashion industry and will be moderated by actress Amelia Hoy. Panelists are consultant and writer Moussa Mchangama, model and gender activist Vincent Beier, and journalist Heidi Laura. There will be an exhibition of the work of photographer Zozo Ntokazi Mposula. The event held at CIFF and is free to attend. Please register here to be able to enter the fair. We can’t wait to see you there!
Wednesday 29th January
Wine tasting with smagning.com at Restaurant Romarin
Whether becoming a wine connoisseur is one of your New Year’s resolutions or not, learning about wine and different countries’ wine culture sounds like fun. Start off the evening with some food by Restaurant Romarin and then continue to try six different wines from countries like Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. Tickets are available via Billetto. From 6-9 pm.
Thursday 30th January
Have you always wanted to learn how silver items are made by hand? Then join this workshop at Darcy’s Kaffe for a hands-on learning experience. You’ll make your own jeweler’s wax cast while enjoying a glass of wine or a coffee. Then, over the following two weeks, your ring will be made in silver, polished, and sent to you. All tools provided; no prior experience necessary. Tickets are 750 DKK.
Videnskab|Lidenskab – En aften om VI & DEM
The accelerating globalization seems far from diminishing the need to define cultural affiliation and differences. But what are the mechanisms that make us prone to distinguish between “us” and “the others”? This is the focal point when the Carlsberg Foundation, Ny Carlsberg Foundation and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek invite you to the seasonal start of „Videnskab|Lidenskab“. In this series, visual artists and scientists are brought to Glyptoteket’s Festsal for live interviews about different topics. This time and under the title „VI & DEM“, journalist Nynne Bjerre Christensen meets with philosopher and professor at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Oxford, Dan Zahavi, for a discussion on the concept of „we“. Artist Jeannette Ehlers often works with a combination of performance and video art, photography and sculpture. By rediscovering and rewriting repressed or darkened pages of Denmark’s history, not least the colonial history, Ehlers shows that today’s cultural and national self-understanding also rely on manipulated narratives of other cultures. From 6.30-8.30 pm. Tickets are available via Billetto and cost between 85 and 115 DKK.
In this lecture, Professor Isak Winkel Holm puts the spotlight on the law of interpretation: what does it mean that Kierkegaard, throughout his writing, interprets the world through the optics of disaster? And how does this make his works relevant in a modern world where we live in the shadow of the climate crisis? The event is organized by the Søren Kierkegaard Selskabet, for non-members tickets cost 50 DKK.
Friday 31st January
US-American indie and folk singer Angel Olsen is coming to Copenhagen to perform her latest album „All Mirrors“. Let her take your breath away. Tickets cost 250 DKK and the concert starts at 8 pm.
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Marsden Hartley at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
American painter and poet Marsden Hartley has been called “America’s first great modern painter of the 20th century” and “one of the most intriguing art historical subjects of all time“ and, yet, he remains relatively unknown to a European audience. This presentation at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art marks the first major retrospective exhibition of his work in Europe in over 60 years. It is on display until 19th January 2020.
Laboratory of Sound Art at SMK
Experience Danish sound art and get an insight into a unique aspect of Danish art history. In 1990–91, the conceptual and multimedia artist William Louis Sørensen (1942–2005) collected a sound archive for SMK containing hundreds of hours of sound and images documenting sound art, light art and performance art in Denmark from the 1940s to 1990s. Until 20th January 2020.
Bonnie & Clyde at Betty Nansen Teatret
Are you a Bonnie & Clyde fan or have you secretly to admit that you actually don’t really know this iconic couple? Then this is your chance. From Thursday 9th January and throughout the whole month, Betty Nansen Teatret is showing Bonnie & Clyde every day except Mondays.
Gallery Swap 2020: Haverkampf Berlin and Alice Folker Copenhagen
The two galleries, Philipp Haverkampf in Berlin and Alice Folker in Copenhagen, will exchange their exhibition spaces in January and early February and host each other’s exhibitions. Philipp Haverkampf will present a mix of the gallery’s program including Katherine Bradford, Lois Dodd, Anna Grath, EJ Hauser, Stephen Kent and others. At the same time, Alice Folker invites four young Danes to exhibit in Berlin, all of whom have international profiles: Casper Aguila, Asger Harbou Gjerdevik, Nat Bloch Gregersen and Frederik Næblerød. Alice Folker Gallery is open on Wednesday – Friday 11am-5pm and on Saturday 12am-3pm. The exhibitions will be on view until February 8, 2020.
Roee Rosen at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
The first-ever solo exhibition in Denmark to feature artist, writer and filmmaker Roee Rosen (b. in Rehovot, 1963) includes the work „Vladimir’s Night“ (2011–14): an album of thirty-nine gouaches and verse that evolves around fetishism and power in satirical fashion. „Vladimir’s Night“ is inspired by the underground tradition of the unofficial Moscow artists of the 1960s and 1970 and depicts the protagonist Vladimir as both a young child and a political leader. Until 16th February 2020.
SPACE10 Gallery: Technology and the Furniture of Tomorrow
How can the digital technologies at our finger tips unlock future opportunities in furniture design? The exhibition showcases a research collaboration between SPACE10 and industrial design studio Ransmeier Inc, in which they address the intersection between industrial design and technology. On display until 21st February 2020.
Tacita Dean – Antigone at Glyptoteket
The focus of the exhibition is Tacita Dean’s ambitious 35mm double Cinemascope film work Antigone, 2018. Set between the myth and the artist’s personal history, it is based on the name of her older sister and references the Greek tragedian Sophocles’s character Antigone who, over the years, has been interpreted as a brave and principled woman. Dean’s Antigone is a personal, ambitious and stunningly beautiful work based on the gap between the other two plays in Sophocles’s trilogy, Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. The exhibition is on display until 23rd February 2020.
Matters – Rethinking Materials at Designmuseum Danmark
In collaboration with art fair CHART, Designmuseum Danmark presents this exhibition of five young Nordic designers who rethink the use of material in the design process. The exhibition is on display until 29th March 2020.
The Architect’s Studio: Tatiana Bilbao at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao (b. 1972) explores and interprets her home country’s historical culture and building traditions. The landscape plays a crucial role in her work and she works with it on various scales — from the Mexican countryside through urban landscapes to the „internal landscape” of the individual building. The exhibition is on display until 5th April 2020.
Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at GL Strand and Nikolaj Kunsthal
The world-renowned novelist, poet, and singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen, has inspired generations of writers, musicians, and artists. “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything“ is the first exhibition entirely devoted to the imagination and legacy of the global icon from Montreal, Canada. The exhibition will be on display until 13th April 2020.
Explore major highlights from the Royal Collection of Graphic Art’s vast treasure trove of art on paper dating from the sixteenth century to the present day, featuring artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johann Heinrich Füssli, Christen Købke, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Kirsten Justesen and many more. The exhibition is on display until 10th May 2020.
Balletundervisning for voksne – begyndere at Det Kongelige Teater
From 6th January, Det Kongelige Teater continues to host ballet lessons for adult beginners every Monday and Wednesday all the way to June. Training goes from 7-8.15 pm but all participants are required to meet at 6.40 pm the latest. One lesson costs 100 DKK, 10 lessons 900 DKK.
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Header image: Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann was a Polish-Danish painter, best known for her famous painting Mother Denmark (1851, The Glyptotek).