The festive glitter (and food and wine) of the holidays are behind us and whether you’re eagerly awaiting new beginnings or still clinging on to the dolce far niente of the last few days, there’s no denying: 2024 has arrived. January might not be Copenhageners’ favorite month of the year but as usual, the Danish capital has plenty up its sleeve to help you cope with the winter darkness. Kick off 2024 with a deep dive into the city’s many museums, browse farmers and flea markets, seek cosy comfort at movie screenings, and much more.
Here’re the best events in Copenhagen in January
Thursday 4th January
Start the new year with an art opening. As 2024’s first exhibition at Møstings, visual artist Christine Clemmesen explores the intricate relationship between photography, space, and material while challenging the traditional understanding of what photography entails. Join from 5-7 pm.
Friday 5th January
Shot in one uncut take on a hectic evening in Berlin, “Victoria” is a contemporary masterpiece. The film follows the young Spanish woman Victoria who on the way home from a night club meets a group of local guys. Together, they set off on a raw and tumultuous night in Berlin’s underground. The screening is part of an event series dedicated to German actor Franz Rogowski who plays one of the main characters. The film is screened with English subtitles at 7 pm, after the screening there’ll be an open bar. Tickets cost 105 DKK.
Coffee Collective is much loved for its direct trade philosophy and high quality coffee. Get a sneak peek behind the scenes when touring the production facility. The team will share stories from their journey, speak about the way they work with their producers, and let you taste a range of coffees. Tickets cost 150 DKK and include a bag of freshly roasted coffee that you can choose at the end of the tour. Get your ticket in advance (there’s space for up to 40 people) or take a chance and drop by right before the event to pay with the barista. The event starts at 4 pm. Can’t make it? The event is taking place every first Friday of the month.
Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th January
Commissioned by Strøm, Danish/Indian composer and producer HVAD [aka Hari Shankar Kishore] has spent the last three years exploring the unique soundscapes of Cisternerne, the old underground water reservoirs of the Danish capital. The result is HVAD DØGN, a 24 hour long subterranean sound ritual – from Saturday 3.33 am to Sunday 3:33 am. During this time, the audience can enter the 4.000 m2 of sparsely illuminated, high-ceilinged cement halls whenever and as often as they like. Tickets cost 220 DKK.
Sunday 7th January
The vibrations of a gong are a great way to release stress and balance emotions. To kick off the new year, Copenhagen Contemporary and Ylenia Fiorini invite you to a full body art experience. Tickets cost 160 DKK. Please bring your own yoga mat, cushion, blanket, and eye mask. Meeting point is the foyer at 11:15 am.
Monday 8th – Saturday 13th January
Beloved Guatemalan-Danish brand Pura Utz is moving: take this last chance to swing by the old address at Ahornsgade 17 in Copenhagen N and treat yourself to something nice that promotes female empowerment. The team will be offering sample sale products, jewelry, bags, as well as beautiful textiles from Guatemala.
Monday – Friday from 1 to 6 pm. and Saturday from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Saturday 13th January
Start your Saturday with a special kind of marathon: join for a 10-hour deep dive into the workers’ song book. Together you’ll sing selected songs and hear stories and anecdotes. Participation is free and doors open at 9:45.
Monday 15th – Sunday 21st January
Meatpacking’s pizza favorite Mother has teamed up with fermentation specialist MATR to serve you a very special pizza. With help of fungi fermentation, MATR turns plants from local farms into umami bombs with a tender bite. Experience the result on a new limited-edition vegan pizza alongside Mother’s usual offering. In the mood for brunch? Make sure to swing by on the weekend – yes, this brunch includes pizza. From 11 am to 3 pm.
Thursday 18th January
90s music bingo at Huset KBH
For this special edition of the popular game bingo, the numbers will be replaced with 90s hits. Get ready for a night full of fun, music, and perhaps a little Back Street Boys or Britney Spears inspired spontaneous performance. You’ll get two bingo plates for 50 DKK. The game starts at 8:30 pm.
Friday 19th January
Copenhagen Architecture Festival Community New Year’s Celebration
Into architecture? Become a member of Copenhagen Architecture Festival and enjoy free access to inspiring events and exhibitions in line with its mission to challenge the discourses within architecture and planning. As a new member you’re invited to join this members-only New Year’s Celebration. Get ready for champagne, music, and a special guest from 4:30 to 8 pm.
Saturday 20th January – Sunday 21st January
New year, new me? Refresh your wardrobe with preloved pieces from 10:30 am to 4 pm. Want to put up a stall? Learn more on the website.
Sunday 21st January
In connection with the exhibition “Bricks – Per Kirkeby,” Copenhagen Architecture Festival CAF and ARKEN are hosting a conversation on Per Kirkeby’ brick scuptures. For this occasion, ARKEN’s director Marie Nipper is joined by Thomas Bo Jensen, Head of Reseach, Professor, Cand.arch. ph.d., and author of the book “Per Kirkeby Arkitektur.” The event is free for museum ticket holders. CAF members receive a 10% discount. From 2-3:30 pm.
Friday 26th January
Queer Music Agency Showcase at Huset KBH
As the only music agency in the world that solely represents queer artists, Queer Music Agency (QMA) is dedicated to increasing diversity in the music industry. This Friday, they’re bringing three great acts to Huset KBH: maia maia, Emil Bror, and Konform [Conform]. Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost 150 DKK, 100 DKK in presale. Get your ticket via the website.
Sunday 28th January
What better way to wrap up the weekend than with a combination of yoga and saunagus at the cosy 25h Hotel in central Copenhagen? First, RAVE Yoga’s founder Helen will teach a yoga session, then Gusmester Thorkild will guide you through an aromatic sauna experience with essential oils. If this isn’t the perfect plan for a January afternoon, we don’t know what is. From 3-5 pm. Tickets cost 250 DKK and 150 DKK for Good Habit subscribers. Curious about supplements and how they can enhance your wellbeing? Learn more about Good Habit on the website.
Monday 29th January – Friday 2nd February
It’s that time of the year again: the streets fill with well-dressed people and shows and events pop up in a wide range of locations all over the city. For this edition, the official schedule comprises of 31 physical showcases alongside events, presentations, and activations, as well as a talk program in partnership with Vogue Business. In recent years, Copenhagen Fashion Week has gained international recognition not only for its Scandi-cool street style and local brands, but also for the introduction of sustainability requirements that every brand on the official schedule needs to fulfill. While some applaud the latter, others criticize that the minimum standards aren’t ambitious enough. As of AW23, the Minimum Standards include 18 action points, you can find them on the website. Interested into the industry’s transformation? Check out the talk program including thought leaders such as Alec Leach. All talks take place in the Polestar Space and are open to the public.
Tuesday 30th January
Combining yoga’s body movement with the the energy of techno music, this event is the perfect way to switch off on a Tuesday evening. This is a vinyasa class, meaning that there will be a flow to align body, breath, and music. All levels are welcome but please bring your own yoga mat and water bottle. Tickets cost 100 DKK. The class starts at 8:45 pm but please arrive at 8:15 pm to set up your mat and get ready.
Wednesday 31st January
COUCOU CHLOE at Vega
Wrap up the first month of the year with a dance when COUCOU CHLOE performs at Vega. Her new album “Fever Dream” boasts of party bangers. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 220 DKK.
Ongoing in January
Get your fix of fresh, seasonal produce and meet the people who grow it: Grønt Market’s mission is it to build a strong connection and community between farmers and eaters.
There’re four editions each month: on the first Sunday of the month, the market stalls are put up in front of Lille Bakery on Refshaleøen, every second Sunday at Liatuens Plads in Vesterbro, every third Sunday at Skjolds Plads in Nørrebro, and every fourth Sunday in Aksel Møllers Have in Frederiksberg.
Always from 10 am to 3 pm.
Dive into the world of French cinema! Every Monday, Institut Francais presents a selected French movie in the cosy ambience of old school cinema Grand Teatret. The screenings start at 7 pm and are in original language with English subtitles. Find the program on the website.
At this point, Pussy Riot is a household name. Formed in Moscow in 2011, the feminist-activist art collective are famous for their spontaneous and courageous actions challenging the Russian regime. Documenting their decade-long story, this is Pussy Riot’s first ever museum exhibition. Take this last opportunity to see one of the most interesting exhibitions of the last few months. It will be on display until 14th January 2024.
Since the 1990s, German artist Tobias Rehberger has continued to explore the social, spatial, and experiential dimensions of contemporary art through colourful, humorous, and not least critically-engaged works. Playing with perception, literally and conceptually, Rehberger works across media, creating installations, sculptures, paintings, as well as sound, and video art. His first solo exhibition in Denmark spans the artist’s career from his student days at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, right up until today. It will be on display until 14th January.
With this event series, Cinemateket celebrates the German actor Franz Rogowski. The Freiburg-born 37-year old is a rising star in the international film world with AnOther Magazine calling him “the year’s most lovable onscreen narcissist” for his performance in Passages. Throughout January and February, Cinemateket is screening selected movies. Find the program on the website.
This group exhibition zooms in on how Copenhagen is experienced through the eyes of artists, showcasing works by 15 Danish artists. The exhibition is on display until 21st January 2024.
In Seeds and Souls, the participating artists propose new explorations into the connections between botanical histories, colonial legacies, and diasporic experiences. Presented at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, which was built in the late 19th century on the grounds of Copenhagen’s then botanical garden, the exhibition draws parallels between original soil and vegetation and the phenomena of cultural dispersions anchored within histories that continue to impact us today. The exhibition is on display until 18th February.
Bricks are omnipresent in Danish artist Per Kirkeby’s work. This large-scale exhibition puts the spotlight on this quintessentially Danish material by showcasing his sculptures. With the artworks being arranged like a village, visitors are invited to wander between them. The exhibition will be on display until February 2024.
Reusing, repairing, and recycling are not new but in the light of climate change and the cost of living crisis, they have gained renewed relevancy. With this exhibition, Designmuseum Danmark explores how designers of furniture, fashion, and objects increasingly rediscover and work with related historical practices. The exhbition is part of the series “Akut” which focuses on the latest developments in the field of design, especially in the context of societal challenges. It will be on display until February 2024.
Start the new year with an art opening. As 2024’s first exhibition at Møstings, visual artist Christine Clemmesen explores the intricate relationship between photography, space, and material while challenging the traditional understanding of what photography entails. The exhibition will be on display until March 2024.
Learn more about the known and unknown women of labor history. Discover stories of struggles, everyday life, equality, and equal pay. Explore the right to one’s own body and a place in history. This new exhibition at The Workers’ Museum gets up close to Danish women’s lives over the last 150 years.
Coinciding with the launch of Jakob Martin Strid’s largest book work to date, this exhibition showcases the original illustrations behind it. Over 50 drawings, some measuring over 2 meters, allow you to step into his unique universe and to follow a road trip through incredible landscapes, into the stratosphere, and further to the mythical land of Balanka to save little Timo. It will be on display until April 2024.
“Nature no longer exists. That wild, untamed nature, untouched by human beings, is a thing of the past.” So states the author Josefine Klougart in her essay “After Nature.”
Glyptotek’s new special exhibition “After Nature – A New Reading of the Glyptotek’s Paintings by Writer Josefine Klougart“ is a kind of 3D essay, combining the author’s texts with with masterpieces from the Glyptotek’s collection.
These masterpieces include French painters Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Rousseau as well as Danish painters such as Christen Købke, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, and Johan Thomas Lundbye. The exhibition runs until August 2024.
There’s something special about the art of table-setting and the way a decorated table sets the scene for special and everyday occasions. Experience how table-setting has changed over time and admire the collection of plates, figurines, jugs, and more. All the way through 2025, seven of the museum’s historical tables are decorated with items from the renaissance until today.
Every Thursday from 2-2:45 pm, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art offers a guided tour of the museum’s collection and architecture. The tour is free for everyone but you need to pick up a ticket at the entrance up to two hours before the tour. This ticket is free for everyone with a valid ticket to the museum.
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