Welcome to the other side of lockdown. How does it feel? How many pints have you had at your local bodega? How many small plates at your favorite restaurant? How long did you stand in a queue for a burger at Noma? There’s definitely a lot more to do in the city, comparatively speaking, but events are still a few phases away.
Heartbreakingly, this June will not be the start of festival season. This month’s calendar will keep you ticking over until such events can return, full of cultural ideas, recommendations for supporting black-owned businesses, and a seasonal recipe or two to try.
Stay safe and enjoy what Copenhagen has to offer from home this month, including public holidays, digital events, and socially distant activity ideas:
Monday 1st June
Yes! It’s another holiday! Technically a Christian moveable feast, but it’s not particularly marked in Denmark. It does promise to be a lovely day though, so pack a picnic or head to the beach. It’s summer baby!
Friday 5th June
Mark your calendar, 5th June is a day for Skypes and phonecalls home.
Saturday 13th June
June 13th marks national rosé day! Although it’s unlikely you’ll be able to celebrate it the way God intended – on a yacht off the coast Saint Tropez – there’s still lots of fun to be had. Yes, you can literally just drink a bottle of rosé, but why not elevate your revelry and mix a cocktail instead? Thank You For Rosé is a delicious coffee-table book, bursting with recipes and perfect pink pages. Cheers to that!
Thursday 18th June
Reconstruction of Identities launch
In place of its usual larger event, Copenhagen Photo Festival is running two digital exhibitions and an open-air street gallery. The later, an indepth look “European Identity”, launches on the 18th on Sønder Boulevard.
Tuesday 23rd June
The Danish summer solstice celebration takes place on a Tuesday this year. Grab a bottle of something, pick up some takeaway, and head to the water to enjoy the bonfire and pastel skies.
Ongoing in June
Empirical Summer Pop-up at the former Baby Baby Bar
From June 10th – August 31st, you can enjoy Copenhagen based Empirical Spirits’ at their pop-up! Empirical Dock House, located at the former Baby Baby Bar site in Refshaleøen, will act as a tap room for the distillery – which is just 5 minutes away. The bar will offer a range of its canned cocktails, boozy ice creams, and a boozy milkshake, plus shrimp rolls made in collaboration with Restaurant Iluka.
Open Wednesday to Monday: 1:00 – 21:00
Go beyond the tourist traps (quiet though they are) and seek out some of Copenhagen’s lesser-known architectural hot spots. Our guide takes you all around the city, showing you classic and contemporary architecture along the way.
Swimming season has begun
No more excuses: the water may be cold but the weather is not! It’s time to take to any one of Copenhagen’s many beautiful swimming spots and get cool in the pool (so to speak). Some maps of Scandinavia might get you inspired to take a dip, as they beautifully document the many waterways and harbours.
Not actually happening… But we have a survival kit of sorts to get you through the week of mourning in its place.
If you’re missing festival style more than the music, check out Style, Unwashed: with all the best looks from Roskilde ’19.
Although Distortion is canceled, the memory of it burns in our minds as strong as the smell of urine and beer in our noses from festivals past. Rebecca Thandi Norman wrote a love letter of sorts to the chaotic gathering, which is the safest way to enjoy it this year.
Usher in the good vibes
It’s time to let out the stale air of lockdown. You might still feel restricted but there’s plenty you can do to change your attitude without changing your circumstances.
We’ve got the perfect list of essential oils for increasing productivity, relieving stress, and generally shifting atmospheres if you’re tired of seeing the same four walls.
Gyms are closed but Zoom yoga classes are still going strong. Some beautiful minimalist activewear should be enough motivation to join in.
Praise be, the restaurants are open.
You can resume ticking off every place on our Best Places to Eat and Drink in Copenhagen in 2020 list.
If you’re keen to keep your dining alfresco, June also sees the return of some of Copenhagen’s best food halls.
But don’t forget, June is your chance to dine at Noma without taking a second mortgage out as the restaurant has opened temporarily as a burger bar. Run! Don’t walk!
Invest in Stine Goya Archive
The Goya Gallery, a small collection of one-off samples and old collection pieces, has now open in Østerbro. Read our interview with Stine herself about why now is the right time to invest in archive pieces, and check out the store!
With its digital wing, Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art provides art and culture to the internet. The non-profit website currently features 748 videos about art, literature, music, architecture, and design which can be watched free of charge.
While the museums are closed, the editorial staff are adding videos every week, so head over and indulge in interviews and documentaries with some of the most inspiring contemporary creatives.
While Det Kongelige Teater is closed, you can stream performances from their repertoire via the website. Streaming is free and new performances will be added continuously.
Get cozy on the sofa and catch up on the Nordic films long-listed for the Academy Awards.
Enjoy SMK’s online collection while the museum is closed. You can find thousands of artworks, as well as text, images, and 3D scans via the website. We particularly love exploring the works of Hammershøi, and the companion videos.
Dis.art by Kunsthal Charlottenborg in collaboration with DIS, Tranen, & CPH:DOX
Kunsthal Charlottenborg, in collaboration with DIS, Tranen, and CPH:DOX, has made a wide range of films and series available via the streaming platform Dis.art.
The newly developed video platform turns learning into a Netflix-like experience that aims to convey artists’, filmmakers’, and thinkers’ ideas about topics such as the nature of ‘belonging’ in a rootless, networked world; the advent of suburbia; artificial intelligence; the relationships between technology, vision, and power; and the future of work.
The international program can be watched for free by all people in Denmark from 14th March until 1st September.
Go island hopping with Archipelago podcast
Named one of Denmark’s best English-language podcasts by VisitDenmark. Produced and hosted by British journalist James Clasper, this long-form podcast explores life in Denmark by delving into new topics every episode.
Highlights include a deep dive into Denmark’s historic relationship with porn, a fresh take on Copenhagen’s food scene, an examination of Danish design’s fascination with chairs, and an overnight stay at a 19th Century prison. Told with Clasper’s characteristic wit and joyful curiosity, this is the perfect way to explore the country while continuing to social distance.
Recipes to try
It’s Chanterelle season! If you’re a real shroom-head you can probably find some in a forest, but supermarkets will be stocked to the rafters with these unami bombs if you’re not so familiar with fungi foraging. They’re delicious in every recipe, but our method for preparing them on toast lets them shine fully.
It’s perfect served with a crisp gin & tonic, but not just any gin & tonic. No no. It’s best served with this apple and bay version, aka you’re new favorite.
A cornerstone of traditional Danish food and the New Nordic culinary wave alike, pickling is full of heritage and trendy at the same time. Wrap your head around the history of pickling in Denmark and check out some books for more background knowledge and recipes.
For even more ideas about how to get creative in the kitchen with what’s available, check out our list of essential Danish cookbooks.
Refresh your home
Is your Billy boring you? Does your Malm mock you? Maybe your Kallax is killing your vibe? It’s time to upgrade your IKEA basics with these helpful hacks.
Now that your IKEA staples are looking beautiful, it’s time to fill your space with light. Our interview with Nuura Creative Director, co-founder, and designer Sofie Refer should be all the inspiration you need.
A stunning space must be celebrated. Read up on how to create the perfect minimalist home bar so you can toast to your DIY skills.
Revamping a house is tiring work. Make sure you’re resting up in a Scandinavian bed (they’re the best after all). We’ve rounded up our favorites, from sustainable to minimal, so you can sleep easy.
If you’re stuck in the city and yearning for a holiday, well, we’re sorry. Us too. Might we interest you in a bit of vicarious living with a beach house White Room series?
Enjoy a spot of Fika
Alright, we’ve borrowed this from Sweden. But we’re all in this together, right? Make the most of being at home by stopping for an elaborate 4 pm fix.
If you really want to go all out, why not brush up your knowledge of the world of Danish pastries and try baking your own?
A healthy body makes for a healthy mind. Keep your body moving and your brain active with these online activities and exercise classes.
Learn a new skill from your own bedroom! Skillshare offers thousands of free classes for your career, passions and everything in between. Learn how to bring animations to life with CSS code, how to create powerful imagery and poster design, and even how to mix music.
Practice some natural dyeing, press flowers, or learn how to make a vegan cheesecake with Little Pink Maker’s online workshops. They are also doing a daily DIY science review for those with children and deliver kits all around Copenhagen. Check out the website for more!
Aiming at helping you understand, enjoy, and use the art of our time, MoMA is offering a broad range of online courses. The courses are free but you can pay for a certificate.
Creative activities with Copenhagen Contemporary’s CC Studio
Copenhagen Contemporary’s learning space, CC Studio, has developed a number of creative activities for you to try at home with your children. They will continuously share activities like flower prints, inspired by the exhibition Botanical Drift by Ebbe Stub Wittrup on their Facebook and Instagram profile.
Do you know how much of this beautiful city has been kept secret? Hidden down winding passages and covert alleys is a Copenhagen reserved only for the knowing. Thankfully, that now includes you. Take a tour of our guide and see what shops and bars you stumble upon in the process.
Now is a time to put your money where your mouth is and throw your support behind those that need it. You can use our list of black-owned businesses in Scandinavia to see where you could be spending your money, or check out a few of our favorite brands below.
A Danish lifestyle brand that makes clothes and home goods in a slow and considered way. Their clothes are timeless, high-quality, and beautiful.
What do you do with leftover wool? If you’re Sandermann, you turn it into gorgeous, limited-run knitwear.
Funky, quirky, and incredibly chic collections from a Copenhagen-based brand that originally started in the USA. Think the stylish best friend who always manages to find that fantastic, unexpected piece.
For even more independent and local businesses check out our guide to supporting small businesses during coronavirus.
If you’re a business or organisation that would like us to add your event to next month’s calendar, please contact us at hello [@] scandinaviastandard [dot] com. Thank you!
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