What’s On in Copenhagen: January 2021

Please note: Some of the events below are in-person. Please make sure to follow the country’s current COVID-19 guidelines (find them here), as they may change between the time this calendar is published and when an event takes place. Always maintain social distance, wash your hands, and wear a mask when possible.

Copenhagen’s COVID-19 restrictions currently run until Sunday 17th January with a possible extension. Events may be cancelled with short notice, so make sure to check the event link before attending anything.

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It’s January in Copenhagen: After everything that 2020 has or hasn’t been, many of us are probably more than excited about the first month of the new year. January 2021 will not be as light hearted as we may have hoped, but with the right precautions we will be able to enjoy all that Copenhagen has to offer. From exhibitions to digital talks and workshops, there’s plenty going on in the city that can help you to get over the darkness.

Here are the best events in Copenhagen happening this month, including things to do inside when you can’t go out:


Thursday 14th January


Aha! reads with AIESEC

If you’ve ever considered joining a book club, then this is your chance! Get together with other book enthusiasts to discuss the plot, characters, styles, authors, and everything in between – safely from home via Zoom. Every second Thursday of the month at 6 pm.



Friday 15th – Saturday 16th January

Building workshop for women and gender minorities by Log Ladies

Want to start the new year with a new hobby? Join Log Ladies’ two-day building workshop for women and other gender minorities and learn how to build a piece of furniture. The goal is for you to expand your knowledge of materials and hand tools, so you can take your skills home. Learn more on the website!


Saturday 16th January

Busigirl Virtual Career Club

Want to find out how to boost your career while meeting a range of talented, passionate businesswomen? The Busigirl virtual career club is hosting a kick-off event for the year including talks on investment pitching, how to be a “hype woman,” and how to network better. Tickets are 199 DKK and the event will take place from 10 am – 3 pm. Launched by Impression PR founder Terese Ask, Busigirl is a successful podcast and career club with the aim of helping women improve their business knowledge and networks.


Sunday 17th – Wednesday 20th January

Winter Holiday: The Big Treasure Hunt

The Royal Library houses a wide variety of treasures that give a glimpse into past times, ranging from letters over diaries to drawings by famous personalities such as H.C. Andersen or Karen Blixen. For the winter holidays, the library offers daily treasure hunts that invite you to explore them. Daily from 10 am to 4 pm, participation is free.


Sunday 17th January

H.C. Andersen Walk for kids and adults

Follow famous writer H.C. Andersen’s foot steps through Copenhagen and learn how this beautiful city of ours has shaped him and his works. The walk begins at Marmorkirken at 9 am and ends with a film screening at Grand Teatret around 12 noon. Tickets are available from 125 DKK via Billetto.


Monday 18th – Monday 25th January

Selected Works Festival for the Independent Field of Performing Arts

Selected Works is dedicated to presenting various types of performing arts genres and aims to give visibility to the artistic value of the field of independent performing arts. Experience new as well as experienced artists with different backgrounds, ranging from choreography over physical theatre, artistic text, and performance, to sound art and visual arts. Learn more on the festival website.



Wednesday 20th January

Tour in the Historic University Square

Explore some of the city’s oldest and most interesting buildings at this guided tour. The tour takes place in the University Square at Frue Plads and rush from 3 to 4:30 pm. The University of Copenhagen has been located in the Latin Quarter in the heart of the city since 1479. Among the houses to be visited is the Consistory House from approximately 1420, perhaps Copenhagen’s oldest house. The tour is conducted by the associate professor, Ph.D. Morten Fink-Jensen from the University of Copenhagen. Tickets are 100 DKK.


Thursday 21st – Friday 22nd January

Romeo and Juliet at Der Kongelige Teater

Experience the tragic love story between Romeo and Juliet performed as a captivating ballet. Most of us know Shakespeare’s tale of this couple in love that can only be united in death, but whether you already know the storyline or have heard of it, Neumeier’s interpretation will be a treat. From 8 to 10 pm.


Thursday 21st January

Dansk Modular at H15

Dive into the world of electronic music at this special concert presented by Dansk Modular and H15! Four artists will perform in a conversational fashion and on their own modular synthesizers. A modular synthesizer is designed and built by the musician performing on it. It’s structure is often impermanent, and the results are non-deterministic, which is rare for electronic music. Sounds interesting? We think so! Experience it for yourself; tickets cost 100 DKK and the evening starts at 7 pm.



PLATFORM | Looking at me looking at you

Arden Asbæk Gallery is relaunching as a contemporary art space, presenting new and emerging talents as part of its new exhibition concept PLATFORM. Join the opening of the first first exhibition featuring Caroline H. Thon, Josefine Winding, and Luna Scales. Through painting, sculpture, and video, the three artists explore themes such as body image . From 5 pm.


Monday 25th January

CineWine #15 at Råhuset

If you like movies and wine then this one’s for you! Get together with other cinephiles and enjoy some of the best movies ever made with a glass of wine (or two) in your hand. From 6:30 pm.


Friday 29th January


ClubSoda returns to Basement and serves you a mix of disco, afro, boogie, funk, house, dub and other genre-dodging vibrations that move mind and body. Get ready for a good time from 9 pm. Tickets cost 60 DKK and can be bought at the door with MobilePay or cash.



Ongoing in January

Paint & Wine at Absalson

Unleash your inner artist and get creative, while sipping a glass of wine. The tickets include utensils as well as one glass of wine. Swing by every Friday from 5-7 pm and Saturday from 7 to 9 pm.


Veras Super Market at Nørrebrohallen

Spice up your wardrobe with some preloved treasures at this new format by Veras. At Veras Super Market all items are pre-priced and you can simply pay for your finds at the counter in the end rather than at each individual stall. Would like to put up a stall without the need to spend the entire day behind it? Stalls are available for 400 DKK. Every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.


Vanløse Torv Loppemarked

Go on treasure hunt in Vanløse every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Find more information and book a stall on the website.


Pilvi Takala at Kunstforeningen GL Strand

Finnish artist Pilvi Takala creates video art which offers critical and humorous insights into the underlying social mechanisms that shape our behaviour in public spaces. Pilvi Takala will be representing Finland at 2021’s Venice Biennale. Take this last chance to experience her works at Kunstforeningen GL Strand. Until 10th January.


Anupama Kundoo at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

In the fourth exhibition in The Architect’s Studio series, the Indian architect Anupama Kundoo aims to shed light on a scarce resource in our life: time. Constructed as a journey through time, the exhibition explores and integrates traditional Indian building customs, crafts and materials into Kundoo’s current works. The exhibition is on display until 31st January 2021.



Anna Ancher at SMK

In collaboration with Art Museums of Skagen, SMK presents the largest ever retrospective exhibition about the Danish painter Anna Ancher. Dive into the artist’s universe and experience her characteristic use of light and colors. The exhibition is on display until 31st January.


Miriam Cahn at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

In her first major solo exhibition in Denmark, Miriam Cahn presents an expansive body of work in the entire North Wing of Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Encompassing works in chalk, charcoal, pastel and water colour, film, and photography, the exhibition explores the position of women in society today, and their continued worldwide fight for basic rights and equality. Some of the works discredit socially constructed clichés about gender roles, other works interrogate the human body and the dynamics of intimacy, exploring the relationship between sex, violence, and power.

Miriam Cahn lives and works in Switzerland. The exhibition will be on display until 21st February.


Paul Gauguin – Why Are You Angry? At Glyptoteket

The special exhibition, “Paul Gauguin – Why Are You Angry?” revisits one of the most mythologised figures in French art, concentrating particularly on the works he created in Tahiti. Get a glimpse into the wold of Paul Gauguin in this exhibition featuring the museum’s collection along with historical material. The exhibition is on display until May.



Restaurant takeaway in Copenhagen

Depanneur for all day bagel pleasures

Get your morning bagel fix at Depanneur on Rantzausgade 36! There’s nothing like a delicious bagel breakfast to lift your spirits on a dark January morning. Swing by from 9 am and take some baked goods home.


YAM for sunny Caribbean dinners

Bring some sunshine into your home with a straight-out-of-the-oven delivery by YAM. Chef Kai Semple’s modern take on Caribbean food will let your taste buds sing. Simply choose between Jamaican Jerk Chicken or Vegan Plantain Jerk, both served alongside rice ‘n peas. Orders can be placed via [email protected] or via Instagram DM. Delivery every Monday between 6 and 7:30 pm.


POPL for burger cravings

Grab a burger to go at POPL just a stone’s throw from picturesque Nyhavn. The menu is short but sweet (well, savory, but you get it) – choose between the cheeseburger, vegetarian burger, and vegan burger. The organic beef comes from three farms on the west coast of Denmark while the patties are made in NOMA’s fermentation lab. Just drop by or pre-order via the website.



Coffee Collective for coffee walks

When meeting your friends outside for a socially distanced walk in Copenhagen drizzle, a steaming cup of coffee can do wonders. Stop by one of Coffee Collective’s locations and pick up a cup of coffee that does not only taste delicious but also promotes ethical practices in the industry.


Oinofilia for Greek vacation vibes in a bottle

Get ready for a cosy night in. Maria has a focus on natural and biodynamic wines from Greece, many by female winemakers. Don’t know where to start? She’ll be happy to be your tour guide.

See more takeaway ideas here and here!



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Kay Litzinger

Kay grew up in Germany and, after a stint in Sweden, came to Copenhagen for his studies. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.