The country is slowly coming out of lockdown, but we’re still not quite back to normal and most events are still canceled. In this interim period that feels a little like limbo, there’s still plenty you can do to pass – nay – enjoy the time.
Stay safe and enjoy what Copenhagen has to offer from home this month, including public holidays, digital events, and isolation activity ideas:
Friday 1st May
International Worker’s Day
International Worker’s Day
May 1 will be without red flags in Fælledparken, but in light of COVID-19 and the progress Denmark is having, that’s just fine. Instead, we recommend reading up on the history of International Workers’ Day and consider brushing up on your politics.
Tuesday 5th May
On 4th May 1945, Denmark received word of its liberation from German occupation after five long years. To mark the occasion, many Danes flocked to the streets, burning the black curtains they’d been forced to use during bomb raids, and waving the Danish flag in celebration. To this day, Danes light candles placed in windows – a homage to the day the light was let back in.
Why not use this time to read up on the Danish resistance, who’s commendable efforts helped overthrow the Nazis in Denmark.
Friday 8th May
‘Tis the season for multiple back-to-back public holidays, which perhaps isn’t such welcome news considering travel restrictions are still in place. Regardless, this one is an easy one to celebrate from home. Just head to your local bakery (make it an independent one and you’ll be doing your societal good for the week too) and pick up some hveder to enjoy toasted with butter and jam.
Thursday 14th May
Join a discussion about all things oysters with this Facebook LiveStream conversation between Julie Qiu and Jaughna Nielsen-Bobbit. Nielsen-Bobbit will be talking to the self-proclaimed oyster sommelier about the famous wild oysters in Denmark, from 6 pm CET.
Ongoing in May
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.
Treat yourself to some beauty therapy
Hairdressers, massage parlors, and beauty salons are among the businesses allowed to open from mid-April. So take your chipped nails, split ends, and knotted muscles to your local parlor – it’s pampering time!
Pack a picnic
Providing you stick to social distancing guidelines (wash hands regularly, avoid physical contact, keep your distance) there’s no reason why you can’t head out to any of Copenhagen’s many green spaces. Fill a hamper with fresh sandwiches and deli goods (Torvehallerne is open as usual and great for al fresco dining), grab a bottle of something nice, and chase the spring sun.
Slow down with slow tv
Take a tip from our Nordic neighbors and enjoy the anxiety-reducing qualities of Slow TV – a Norwegian phenomenon that’s resulted in 12-hour marathon showings of train journeys, knitting, and wood burning to name but a few.
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.
There’s only so far you can reach by bike, so for those without a car and anxious about using public transport VisitDenmark is bringing Danish nature to your home. There are a few livestreams to pick from, but the sight of seals bobbing off the coast of Thy National Park is too appealing not to highlight.
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.
Turn into a book worm
Be honest, was your New Year’s resolution to read more? Has it been the same for the past few years? Now’s the perfect time to make good on that promise. Rediscover old favorites or treat yourself to a new read from a local business offering delivery.
Broaden your literary horizons with some of the participants of last autumn’s literature festival (Un)told Pages, which showcases exclusively black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) authors.
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.
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.
Stay up to date on the film universe with Cinemateket’s podcast. Hosted by Martin Bunk who speaks with one of Cinemateket’s program editors or other experts in the field in each episode.
Copenhagen Contemporary podcast CC Audio
Copenhagen Contemporary is keeping you entertained with its podcast, CC Audio. In the latest episode, you can meet renowned artist Carsten Möller in conversation with the former Director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Daniel Birnbaum.
Use this extra time at home try out new recipes, refresh your home, or master the art of the minibar!
Danish recipes to try
Dansk rugbrød, or Danish rye bread, is somewhat of an icon and missed dearly by many Danes living abroad. Learn how to bake your own here! If you want a softer start into bread baking, many bakeries such as Meyers Bageri or Il Buco offer sourdough starters. And while you’re at it, why not also make some delicious butter to go with it?
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 some extra inspiration, check out our list of Scandinavian cookbooks. Or get a taste of the future with research and design lab SPACE10’s first cookbook! This book focuses on bridging the gap between future food trends and what’s actually happening in people’s kitchens, in order to make the way we eat more sustainable.
Refresh your home
Invest in your space with a quick refresh! Stalks and Roots’ dried flowers, bunches, and bouquets are available online and they are offering selected fresh flowers with free door-to-door delivery. Check out their Instagram for more information on flowers and delivery.
For something with more longevity, why not get your home renovation project going now that you’re “on-site” basically all the time? &Drape is holding curtain styling meetings over FaceTime and sending fabric samples direct to your home. Check out their beautiful work and get inspired.
Are you getting tired of only seeing your own apartment these days? Why not take a sneak peek into others’ through Scandinavia Standard’s The White Room Series?
Some of our favorites include the parquet flooring at Thomas and Lasse’s Vesterbro apartment, the exquisite bathroom at Susanne Rutzou’s Østerbro apartment, and the peachy tones of Anne-Sophie & Oskar’s Frederiksberg apartment.
Still want more? Take a tour of Danish designer Henning Koppel’s family home.
It can be difficult to keep up our good intentions in our sometimes hectic everyday lives. If learning how to sustainably care for your clothes is on the list of things you always wanted to look into, maybe now’s the time.
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?
Bring the party to you
Craving a cocktail or desperate to dance? Why should being at home stop you!
If you’d rather have a go at mixing some yourself, this might be the perfect time to turn the dream of having a well-stocked home bar into reality. For some advice on what kind of liquor to get and what glassware is best, check out how to make the perfect minimalist home bar. Den Sidste Dråbe is still open, and their webshop is full of quality booze if you’re running low on ingredients.
Need some music? Our Party in a Post series brings you the best from Nordic festivals and now even the ultimate Scandinavian playlist. Groove away to all the classics, some deep cuts you may not have heard before, and the new artists producing Scandinavai’s freshest sounds.
If you’d rather something more interactive, why not sign up for the next installment of Not A Lead Singer karaoke club?
A healthy body makes for a healthy mind. Keep your body moving and your brain active with these online activities and exercise classes.
Boost your body and mind with Dóttir Hot Yoga’s online classes. Join their Facebook community to gain access to the videos.
Do your yoga class from home with Wildest Yoga! Join the online session on Fridays and Sundays at 4 pm or Tuesdays at 5 pm CET. Check out the Instagram account for more information!
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!
Learn a new skill from your own bedroom! Skillshare offers thousands of free classes for your career, passions and everything in between.
Take online courses in topics such as typography, architecture, craft, animation, or business, and come out of this crisis with some new skills up your sleeve!
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.
Go for a walk
Copenhagen and Frederiksberg offer plenty of green open spaces to go for a walk, in safe distance to others of course. Put on your coat (and maybe even sunglasses) and catch some fresh air in Amagerfælled, Amager Beach Park or Frederiksberg Have. More the sporty type? Check out our list of running routes in Copenhagen.
Schulz by Crowd is a Danish independent fashion brand with a focus on sustainability mostly known for its innovative approach to fashion design: different individual designers, new graduates as well as more experienced names, submit their designs as part of a curated online platform of creatives. Until further notice, they provide free shipping on home delivery and free returns.
Unisex label Arv was founded in Copenhagen in 2018 and has a focus on slow and sustainable fashion. The online shop is open and they also offer gift cards.
Vintage and second-hand menswear shop BauBau Shop is open by appointment only. If you wish to stop by and try something on you can get in touch via Instagram DM or email at [email protected] While the physical shop is closed, their Instagram will function as a webshop.
A door is all about slow living. Step into their universe via the webshop, they offer free shipping all over Denmark and free home delivery for everyone living in Vesterbro.
Copenhagen-based Sleek Atelier is much loved for its effortlessly chic and timeless shirts. The collection is classic with a twist, wearable across trends and generations, and builds on itself rather than following a seasonal model. Get your future favorite shirt via the webshop.
Right now, you might only need a handbag for the walk from your bed to the office aka your dining table or from there to the supermarket, but who couldn’t use this particular I-have-my-life-together feeling that a really good handbag can give? Aagé Handbags focuses on producing functional items that make your life a little bit easier and more beautiful, every day.
Copenhagen-based design studio Aure draws inspiration from natural materials and textures to create garments, artworks, interiors, and visual design which all lean towards simple aesthetics. The beautiful garments and artworks are available via their online shop while the physical studio shop is closed.
The brick-and-mortar shop might be closed right now, but you can find the Frama universe online. The small team of interior stylists is ready to offer advice straight from their own homes via [email protected] or +45 27578070.
Need a new pair of shoes to go on your daily social-distancing lunchtime stroll? We have collected some of the coolest Danish shoe brands to check out.
For even more independent and local businesses still open during the lockdown, 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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