What’s On in Copenhagen: January 2023

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Whether you’re still clinging on to the dolce far niente of the holidays or you can’t wait to kickstart the new year: 2023 has arrived. January in Copenhagen lies ahead of us like a blank sheet of paper so let’s make the most of it.

From film screenings, to markets, to parties, there’s plenty going on in the Danish capital this month.

Here are the best events in Copenhagen in January:

Sunday 1st January

Community dinner at Absalon

Welcome the new year with a cozy community dinner at Absalon. Dinner will be served family-style on long tables – skip cooking, bring some friends, and enjoy good vibes and a warm meal for only 50 DKK. Doors open at 5 pm and please arrive no later than 5:45 pm; after that your seat might be given away. Tickets are available via the website.


Tuesday 3rd January

Free walking tour: Christian IV’s Copenhagen

Join the final rehearsal of a new tour concept and experience the Copenhagen of Christian IV for free. Bring comfortable shoes as the tour takes approximately 2½ hours (ca. 5 km). Meeting point is Christianshavns Torv at 4 pm, the tour ends at Kastellet.



Thursday 5th January

Crochet a bag for beginners at Absalon

Do your new year’s resolutions include to start a new hobby or to get crafty? Try crochet at this class for beginners: kick-off is from 4:30 – 6:30 pm and the second session is on 12th January. Participation costs 300 DKK and you’re asked to bring your own needle and yarn. Get your ticket and learn more on the website.


Friday 6th January

The aesthetic of music videos at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Do you experience music videos as a work of art?

Dive into the pastel-colored, youthful world of iomfro and listen in when the musician is joined by dancer Ida Hørlyck to discuss the function of videos and dance for the music experience.

The conversation will take place in Danish and admission is free. The event starts at 5 pm.



Saturday 7th January

Blaxploitation Celebration at Husets Biograf

The term “Blaxploitation” refers to a wave of independently produced genre films of the early 1970s – predominantly made by Black crews for Black audiences. Join for a movie night dedicated to two films of the genre: “Foxie Brown” directed by Jack Hill (1972) and “The Human Tornado” directed by Cliff Roquemore (1976). Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first movie is screened at 7:30 pm. Tickets cost 70 DKK.


Britta Arnold (DE), MiniMalene, The Hunts, and CERJ at Hangaren

Get ready for a long night at Hangaren, an old hangar construction on Refshaleøen that’s been transformed into a nightclub for electronic music. From 11 pm to 6 am.



Monday 9th January

The truth about love is… at Husets Biograf

Get a taste of Italian cinema at this screening of “La Verità, vi spiego, sull´amore.” This show is organized and sponsored by the Committee of Italians abroad. Admission is free but please get your ticket in advance. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the screening starts at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday 10th January

Ceramics and Italian for Beginners

Nail two new year’s resolutions at once: learning a new language and getting creative. In this 5-week ceramic course, Italian artist Davide will teach you some Italian while doing ceramics. You will make and decorate a jug and vase with various techniques. The workshop takes place on five Tuesdays from 7-10 pm and costs 1100 DKK including materials. Learn more and secure your spot via the website.



The world’s problems solved in 120 minutes at Tivoli

Join when Svend Brinkmann, Tor Nørretranders, and Rane Willerslev take over Tivoli’s concert hall to discuss the state of the world and solve a variety of problems and dilemmas live on stage. Get inspired, entertained, and leave with new perspectives. The event starts at 7:30 pm and is in Danish. Tickets cost 469 DKK.


Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th January

Vera’s Market Nørrebrohallen

Refresh your wardrobe for the new year the vintage way. Browse pre-loved clothes from private sellers or Vera’s own stall from 10 am to 4 pm. Want to put up a stall yourself? Learn more on the website.



Saturday 14th January

Busigirl Career Club

Popular podcast Busigirl is hosting its first Busigirl Career Club live event. Come by the newly opened hotel Scandic Spectrum for panel debates, talks, networking, and more. Ready for an inspiring day with fellow power women? Get your tickets fast and secure the early bird price for 495 DKK. Learn more on the website. Please note that this event is in Danish.


Not a Lead Singer Karaoke: Bangers Edition

Love karaoke, or just hyping up others while they give it their all? Join “Not a Lead Singer Karaoke” at Urban13 in Nordvest.

It will be bangers only – no niche karaoke songs here, just the hits. Grab a burger and fries at Pop’s Diner next door and feel free to bring it into the venue!

Tickets are 50 DKK and doors open at 7 pm.


Wednesday 18th January

Film, tapas, and cocktails at Cinemateket

Sip a gin & tonic alongside some small dishes while watching “Phantom Thread.” The film follows Reynolds Woodcock, a celebrated dress designer, as he falls for Alma, a waitress who later becomes his muse and lover. The event starts at 5 pm and tickets cost 225 DKK incl. food and drinks.



Tuesday 24th January

Planetarium Live: Magical Northern Lights

Experience the Northern Lights from the comfort of Copenhagen’s planetarium: under its dome, it will present a live 8K visualization of mountain landscapes, clear skies, and Northern Lights. From 5:15 to 6:15 pm.


Friday 27th – Sunday 29th January

Copenhagen Games Festival

Into games? Then this is for you! This three-day festival aims at bringing the joy of gaming out of the living room and into public spaces. Get ready for board game tournaments, screenings of game-related films, concerts with bands that find inspiration in the gaming world, video game competitions, robot tournaments, escape rooms, and more. Find the program on the festival website.



Friday 27th January

Prince: Sign ’o’ the Times Screening and Dance at Cinemateket

Enjoy the Prince classic “Sign ’o’ the Times” and hit the dance floor right after DJ Thorsteinssøn presents the best of his Prince-vinyl collection along with other funk and disco hits. Doors open at 6 pm, the film is screened at 7 pm, and the party starts at 8:30 pm. Admission is free.


Vega’s Selection 2023

Which six Danish artists will shape 2023’s concert programs?

Discover some rising stars of the Danish music scene or listen to old favorites at Vega.

Doors open at 7 pm and the concerts start at 8 pm. Tickets cost 200 DKK.


Saturday 28th January

Conference: Itinerant Witnesses at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

In collaboration with Aarhus University, Louisiana of Modern Art is hosting this one-day conference dedicated to asylum seekers as a special kind of witness: through their movements in space, they not only attest to what originally forced them to relocate, but also to the way that governments systematically fail in protecting their rights and even employ violence as a means to deter them. The conference brings together feminist and environmental scholars as well as artists, witnesses, and activists. Learn more about the speakers and the program on the website. Admission costs 300 DKK, 125 DKK for students, and is free for asylum seekers and refugees.



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Kay Litzinger

Kay is a creative multi-hyphenate with a focus on lifestyle and travel. After growing up in Germany and stints in Stockholm and Mexico City, he's now based in Copenhagen. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.