What’s On in Copenhagen: June 2018

There’s nothing quite like summer in Copenhagen. If we’re blessed with good weather, that is. And we don’t want to jinx it or anything, but so far this year has been bloody spectacular. So get out your diary and note down all the great things you’re going to be doing this month in between sunbathing; there’s plenty!

Here are the best events happening in Copenhagen, Denmark, throughout June:

Wednesday 30th May to Sunday 3rd June

Distortion Festival

It’s that time of year again, and it’s their 20 year anniversary! Get ready for drunken revelry in the streets and lots of house music. The Nørrebro and Vesterbro neighborhoods may be getting sick of Distortion, but we think it’ll still be around annoying people, like the little brother in Teen Witch, for years to come.


Friday 1st June

Trampoline House’s 7th Birthday

Happy birthday to Trampoline House, the community centre that supports refugees and asylum seekers in Copenhagen! They’ll be hosting an afternoon of fun from 4 pm including speeches, singing, exhibitions, and more. Go toast this wonderful organisation!


The Room at Husets Biograf

Known as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies,” The Room is truly something to behold. If you’re interested in the backstory of this cult classic bad film, check out the recent film The Disaster Artist or the podcast How Did This Get Made, episode #23. There will be two screenings: one at 7 pm and the other at 9:30 pm.


Saturday 2nd June

Open Firestation in Frederiksberg

The Frederiksberg fire station will be open from 10 am – 1 pm. This is a great thing to take the kids to see; touch the fire truck, learn about how the station runs, and see firemen and women in their gear.


Spice World at Cinemateket

The feminist manifesto of our time (we kid, but still, girl power forever!) will be back on the big screen. Enjoy the movie that had us all asking: “how big are tour buses, exactly?!”


Sunday 3rd June

Studenterhuset Flea Market

Need something new to wear for that upcoming holiday? Buy second-hand clothes and accessories at the Studenterhuset flea market, open from 11 am – 4 pm. Entrance is free, so go have a good browse around.


Princess Mononoke at Cinemateket

This historical fantasy epic anime film follows the story of the gods of the forest and their fight against the humans who destroy it through their consumption, as well as prince Ashitaka’s role in the fight. It is an absolutely stunning movie that is not to be missed; if you can’t make this showing, it will be on again on the 30th, and again in July.


Tuesday 5th June

Constitution Day

Called Grundlovsdag in Danish, Danish Constitution Day celebrates both the 1849 signing of the original Constitution and the adoption of the current 1953 Constitution. Many businesses will be closed or only open until noon, and office are closed, so enjoy a day with friends, family, or just relaxing. Fingers crossed for sunshine!


Thursday 7th – Sunday 17th June

Copenhagen Photo Festival

The annual photo festival is back to showcase some of the best photographic talents from Denmark and around the world. See exhibitions, attend talks and workshops, and learn more about the art of photography. There are locations all over the city, but the centre of everything is at Photo City in Carlsberg Byen.


Thursday 7th June

Designing for Natural Interfaces at Space10

This talk at Space10 examines the body as a digital user interface and how technology is being developed with intuitive use in mind. If you’re interested in the ways that technology can be designed with a more natural usage pattern, you won’t want to miss this talk. It will be hosted by a panel of experts (TBD) and is free.


First Hate at Lillefredag, Tivoli

Danish pop duo First Hate will be performing at Tivoli’s Lillefredag. If you’re not familiar with their sound, it’s very New Wave – in the best way. Singer Anton Falck is an absolute joy to watch on stage, and his deep, sonorous voice recalls Ian Curtis of Joy Division.


Friday 8th June

Trevor Noah at Forum

The South African comedian is performing in Copenhagen. Well-known in South Africa for his hilarious stand-up, Noah has more recently become a household name as the host of the news satire TV program “The Daily Show.” If you haven’t seen the impressions peppered throughout his stand-up, check out the clip below!


Saturday 9th June

Bonnie and Clyde at Cinemateket

See Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in perhaps their most iconic roles in this 1967 film directed by Arthur Penn. The acting, the aesthetic; it’s all great. The film, based on a true story, is about two young people who go on a crime spree in the 1930s. At the time the film was released, the violence was extremely controversial. There will be an introduction by University of Copenhagen lecturer and author Peter Schepelern.


Sunday 10th June

Trendsales x Tradono Fashion Flea Market

Take a stroll around this high-end monthly flea market for affordable fashion finds. It’s a treasure trove! The market is on Israel Plads just next to Torvehallerne, so go grab some good food and ferret out your next great outfit. The market is open 10 am – 4 pm.


Anti-Westerns: Soldier Blue at Husets Biograf

This Sunday series explores the “anti-Western” films of the 1970s that sought to subvert the “good cowboy, bad Native American, weak woman” stereotypes. Soldier Blue (1970) was directed by Ralph Nelson, and stars Candace Bergen and Peter Strauss. The film, which depicts graphic violence against Native American women and children, is meant to double as an allegory for the Vietnam War. There will be two other anti-Westerns (also known as revisionist Westerns) shown on


Friday 15th June

Animal Collective at Store Vega

See the massively popular American experimental pop band. Their eclectic take on both their sound and who actually appears in the band on any given day have made them a somewhat mysterious, but greatly beloved, group.


Sunday 17th June

Danish on a Sunday: QEDA at Cinemateket

Danes don’t typically produce sci-fi films, but this is one of the few. If you’re into the genre, it’s definitely worth checking out. Set in 2095, the film follows Fang Rung in a dystopian future as he undergoes molecular fission and sends his other half back in time. As with all “Danish on a Sunday” films, there will be English subtitles.


Angus & Julia Stone at Store Vega

The Australian brother and sister duo are coming to Store Vega for what is sure to be a relaxed and mesmerising show. We love their folky, indie pop.


Wednesday 20th – Saturday 23rd June


The massive heavy metal festival on Refshaleøen is back and their line up this year is rad. Alice in Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, Deftones, and Kreator will be taking the stage, just to name a few. The vibe here is always good old heavy metal fun; everyone is just there to rock out. There are still tickets left, but they go fast.


Friday 22nd – Saturday 30th June

Rebel Without a Cause at Cinemateket

If you haven’t yet seen the classic 1955 film “Rebel Without a Cause,” starring James Dean (he died before the film’s release), Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo, you’re in luck: Cinemateket will be showing it every day for a week! The film tells the story of Jim, Judy, and Plato, three suburban teenagers dealing with various emotional issues stemming from their parents. At the time, the film was groundbreaking for its portrayal of middle class, suburban youth as troubled. Dean’s portrays of Jim is raw and wonderful.


Saturday 23rd June – Sunday 24th June

Rosé Festival

Love rosé? Who doesn’t! Get yourself a ticket to this very summer-ish festival and enjoy a few glasses of something pink and tasting of strawberries. Mmm.


Saturday 23rd June

Sankt Hans Aften

Enjoy the celebration of the summer solstice, and the feast of Saint John the Baptist, with bonfires, beers, and singing. You can find out all the best places to join bonfires parties here.


Monday 25th June

Ziggy Marley at Store Vega

Catch reggae and dub star Ziggy Marley performing at Store Vega. He always puts on a killer show and the beats will be excellent.


Wednesday 30th June – Thursday 7th July

Roskilde Festival

Northern Europe’s biggest rock festival is back. There’s the music, of course (headliners this year include Eminem, Cardi B, and Vince Staples), but Roskilde is also serving up exciting food, and fun festival style. It’s a massive party, and all of Denmark will be there!


Ongoing in June

“VERY: Ed Ruscha on Paper” Exhibition at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

See 54 paper works by living legend American artist Ed Ruscha, together for the first time thanks to the UBS Art Collection. Ruscha’s sly take on American culture, and particularly the LA landscape, is a real treat.


High On Luxury: Lost Treasures of the Roman Empire Exhibit at Glyptoteket

Silver, gold, gems and luxury items created during the Roman Empire, celebrating artisan craftsmanship and decadence. If you’re in the mood to party, but in a super-cultured way, this is the exhibit for you.


Jesper Christiansen “Touchstone” Exhibit at GL Strand

Danish painter Jesper Christiansen is renown for his literary paintings that create almost-theatrical scenes and staging. “Touchstone” combines text with paintings to showcase the relationship between the words and visuals. A really interesting and unique museum experience!


Mathias Bengtsson “Organic Transformations” Exhibit at Designmuseum Danmark

This is a small exhibition in the hall between the lobby and the cafe of Designmuseum Danmark, but it’s really worth a visit. These incredible pieces are a blend of furniture and art; one-off pieces that utilise new technological advances to create awe-inspiring textures.


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Rebecca Thandi Norman

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