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What’s On in Copenhagen: November 2021

Please note: Many of the events below are in-person. Please make sure to follow Denmark’s current COVID-19 guidelines (find them here), as they may change between the time this calendar is published and when an event takes place. At the time of publishing, all restrictions have been lifted.

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November has arrived in Copenhagen and this means it’s time to embrace the darkness with candles and lots of hygge.

While fog is hanging over the canals and the ground is covered in colorful leaves, this is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy everything the city has to offer before the pre-holiday stress picks up.

Exhibitions, parties, flea markets, film screenings, and the first Christmas events; as always, there’s plenty going on in Copenhagen.

Here are all the best Copenhagen events you need to know about this month:

Monday 1st – Saturday 6th November

Remember Me! – Day of the Dead Festival

The Remember Me! festival honors those who have died and celebrates death as a part of life. There will be film screenings, children’s workshops, and exhibitions all over Copenhagen. Learn more and find the program on the website of CKultura.

 

 
 

Monday 1st November

International Xinomavro Day at Oinofilia

Whether you’re a real connoisseur or a newbie in the world of Greek wine, mark 1st November in your calendar. Oinofilia celebrates the International Xinomavro Day with an evening dedicated to this noble blue grape from the Greek north. The little shop in the chapel next to Koncertkirken will be transformed into a pop-up bar – swing by and enjoy 3 different tasting glasses for 100 DKK. No tickets required, simply pay on the spot.

 
 
 

Tuesday 2nd November

Czech Embassy Night: Diamonds of the Nights at Husets Biograf

Adapted from a novel by Arnošt Lustig, “Diamonds of the Night“ tells the story of two boys who escape from a concentration-camp transport. As they flee into the surrounding woods, realities of survival coexist with dreams, memories, and fragments of visual poetry. Czech Embassy Night is an ongoing monthly series hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen and dedicated to presenting the best of Czech cinema. All films are presented with English subtitles and guests will be offered a free Czech beer. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the screening starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets cost 70 DKK.

 

 
 

Friday 5th November

J Dag

A semi-official holiday in Denmark, this day celebrates the arrival of julebryg. Every year on the first Friday in November, Tuborg releases the limited edition Christmas brew and people have no time to waste, heading straight to their local bodega to get a bottle when it’s officially available at 8:59 pm. The beer is around for ten weeks only, but it’s still the fourth most popular beer in Denmark! That says it all. Go enjoy this strong pilsner, which can be purchased in stores or most bodegas around the city, while you can.

 
 
 

Saturday 6th November

Gay Pop-Up Bar at Benni’s Bar

Fancy a queer bodega night? Then come by Benni’s bar and dance to tunes by DJ Gul from 5 pm to 5 am. No ticket needed but the organizers encourage a donation of 30 DKK.

 

 
 

Sunday 7th November

Flea market at Studenterhuset (Students’ house)

Find pre-loved treasures at this flea market in Copenhagen’s students’ house from 11 am to 4 pm. Entry is free.

 
 
 

Rita Blå’s flea market

Rita Blå’s flea market is moving indoors for the colder season. Come by Kulturhus (culture house) Indre By and have a browse from 11 am to 4 pm.

 
 
 

Danish on a Sunday: Erna at War at Cinemateket

As WW1 rages through Europe, Germany is running so low on recruits that young men on the Danish side of the border have to join the forces. Among these is Erna’s 17 year-old son Kalle. When she fails to convince the authorities that Kalle is unfit for war she swaps identities with him and joins the other soldiers instead of her son. The film is screened with English subtitles at 2:15 pm.

 

 
 

Wednesday 10th November

Coco O at Store Vega

Experience Danish singer-songwriter Coco O at Store Vega and enjoy her vulnerable R&B. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 385 DKK.

 
 
 

KIME by Acting for Climate

Contemporary circus organization Acting for Climate presents KIME, a performance about the beauty of nature. In a multidisciplinary layer of acrobatics, opera song, street dance, and theatre, KIME tells a story of hope. The performance is inspired by climate psychology and how we most effectively act on climate and environmental issues. From 7-8 pm. Tickets from 90 DKK are available via Billetto.

 

 
 

Thursday 11th November

Entrepreneurial Day

Join the largest free student startup event in Denmark and explore transformational entrepreneurship. This year’s edition will be a hybrid event – so get ready to listen to inspirational speakers from the comfort of your own home, join discussions in person, and get to know other (aspiring) entrepreneurs. Find more information on the event website.

 
 
 

Friday 12th November

Raveshalvøen presents: Øenfest

The team behind Øencast on Soundcloud is throwing a party – so bring your dancing shoes and enjoy techno and house all night long. Tickets are available from 125 DKK. Get yours and find the lineup here. From 10 pm.

 

 
 

Club Soda at Basement CPH

Welcome to Club Soda’s 3rd installment of Disco, Afro, Boogie, Funk, House, Dub and other genre-dodging vibrations that move mind and body. Admission costs 60 DKK on the door – mobile pay and cash. From 10 pm until late.

 
 
 

Saturday 13th November

Science & Cocktails: The universe – a detective story

In this edition of popular event series Science & Cocktails, cosmologist Hiranya Peiris will dive deep into the universe, the Big Bang, and the enormous structures that we can see out there in vast space. Before the talk, ROSYAN will be playing her cello and exploring the interface between the acoustic and electronic world, as well as the visual element in an auditory context. After the talk, Jonas Visti plays records from his ever-growing vinyl collection. The event is held in English. Doors open 7 pm.

 

 
 

Sunday 14th November

Fashion flea market at Frederiksberg Allé Metro

Go on treasure hunt and update your wardrobe with pre-loved items from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets cost 20 DKK. Want to put up a stall? A spot including table and rack cost 400 DKK. Book yours here.

 
 
 

Tuesday 16th – Sunday 21st November

Chekhov’s Dreamers by Copenhagen Theatre Circle and Biblioteket

Experience a collection of short works by Anton Chekhov in Copenhagen Theatre Circle’s autumn production. A blend of comedy, tragedy and mystery, all five stories are connected by characters dreaming of different lives while faced with their own realities. The stories have been adapted for the stage by Copenhagen-based writer and director Kate Barker-Froyland whose first film SONG ONE (starring Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, and Mary Steenburgen) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The production will be performed in English by an all-female cast, daily from 7:30-9:30 pm. Tickets cost 160 DKK.

 

 
 

Wednesday 17th November

Culture Box x Bjørn Svin at Rust

Bjørn Svin is considered one of Denmark’s DJ pioneers. Experience his electric sound universe at this concert at Rust. Doors open at 8 pm and the concert starts at 9 pm. Tickets for 135 DKK are available via Billetto.

 
 
 

Tuesday 23rd – Sunday 28th November

Nordic Adventure Film Festival at Cinemateket

Go on an imaginary adventure to places as diverse as Jutland’s West Coast and the Himalayas. Started in Copenhagen in 1996 by local climber Jesper Ritzau and adventure film maker Christian Holz with support from the Danish Film Institute, the festival has been on a mission to establish and support a Scandinavian adventure film ecosystem and support local talent. Learn more on the website!

 
 
 

Sunday 28th November

The Green Winter Market

Enjoy market hygge with vegan æbleskiver, gløgg, draft beer, and plant based food on an industrial area just behind Nørrebro Station. The stalls will be open from 11 am to 8 pm and there will be a second edition on 19th December.

 

 
 

Ongoing in November

Broens Ice Skating Rink

Broens Gadekøkken is reopening its ice skating rink in the heart of Copenhagen on November 5th. Swing by for ice skating fun, a delicious bite to eat, and winter vibes! Ice skating is free if you bring your own skates, otherwise, you can borrow some for an hourly fee. On selected days, there will be a special program, from ice hockey to ice skating disco to a Lucia celebration. Stay tuned via the website.

 
 
 

The Caribbean Housewife: Housewife Roast & Bar

On Wednesdays from 3rd November to 15th December, The Caribbean Housewife will be serving an exciting vegetarian and vegan four course menu on Sønder Boulevard 53. Come by and enjoy signature dishes, such as mango ceviche, sweet potato noodles with roasted mushrooms, and purple “ube” ice cream with green nata de coco. Fancy a glass of wine with your food? There will be optional pairings of natural wines from female makers available. Tickets go fast, so get yours for 350 DKK here.

 

 
 

Cahiers du cinéma at Cinemateket

Join when Cinemateket celebrates Cahiers du cinéma’s 70th anniversary. Not quite familiar with the title? First published in 1951, Cahiers du cinéma is considered a breeding ground for the French New Wave – for example, Jean Luc Godard and François Truffaut contributed as film critics before they became celebrated directors themselves. With this event series, Cinemateket dives into the history of the magazine and presents some of the filmmakers from its universe. Learn more on the website.

 
 
 

SPACE10: Kaleidoscopic Home by Tin & Ed

With its digital platform EverydayExperiments.com, SPACE10 explores ways to enhance our everyday interactions with space. Now IKEA’s research and design lab has invited Australian design duo Tin & Ed to bring the platform to life. In “Kaleidoscopic Home,” they imagine how home could be transformed beyond the way we use it today. The exhibition is open Tuesday-Friday from 1 – 5 pm.

 

 
 

Christmas at Bakken

Already in a Christmas mood? From 26th November, Bakken will be transformed into a Christmas market filled with lights, stalls, and holiday spirit. The world’s oldest amusement park offers free entrance all year round but the pre-holiday season might be the most beautiful time to visit. Bakken is located just a short train right north of Copenhagen.

 
 
 

Christmas markets in the city

The first Christmas markets in the city open their doors from 12th November. Swing by popular spots like Højbro Plads, Kongens Nytorv, or picturesque Nyhavn for your dose of holiday hygge.

 

 
 

Christmas in Tivoli Gardens

As every year, Copenhagen’s major amusement park Tivoli Gardens will be transformed into a Christmas lover’s paradise – get ready for glittering lights, snow-covered trees, and a 60 stall-strong Christmas market. The holiday season starts on 19th November and you need a regular entrance ticket to visit the market.

 
 
 

Børnebiffen at Cinemateket

Selected quality films for young cinema lovers will take over Cinemateket as part of the Children’s Film Festival Børnebiffen until 28th November. Find the program on the website.

 

 
 

Christmas flea market in the meatpacking district

Get some holiday gifts sorted while doing your Sunday stroll. Every Sunday, from 14th November until 12th December, Copenhagen’s meatpacking district will transform into an open air flea market. From 11 am to 5 pm.

 
 
 

Julefrokost at Absalon

Julefrokost is one of the most important aspects of the holiday season in Denmark. As every year, Absalon is combining the usual communal dinners with Christmas vibes and party. So bring your loved ones and your best dance moves, the Absalon team will take care of the rest. The entertainment will be primarily in Danish but non-Danish speakers are of course welcome anyways. Tickets cost 300 DKK and need to be pre-bought online. They move fast, so better be quick. More the spontaneous type? After 10 pm, everyone can join the party for free.

 

 
 

Christiania 50 years at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

“Better a poster without an event than an event without a poster” is one of the slogans used by the Freetown of Christiania. The poster has become an important element of Christiania’s visual identity and a representation of its creative imagination and activism. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Freetown, Kunsthal Charlottenborg exhibits 100 of the many posters created by the commune throughout the years. The exhibition will be on display until 14th November.

 
 
 
>After the Silence – women of art speak out at Statens Museum for Kunst

In this year’s major autumn exhibition, Statens Museum for Kunst zooms in on some of art history’s prominent women artists. Taking the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s as a starting point, the exhibition focuses on how women have used art as an instrument of battle to create change in the world over the last hundred years. It will be on display until 21st November.

 

 
 

Pia Arke at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

With her work, Greenlandic-Danish artist Pia Arke explores her own identity as well as the two countries’ history shaped by Danish colonialism. The exhibition will be on display until January 2022.

 
 
 

Anette Harboe Flensburg – In arcadia too you can die at Kunstforeningen GL Strand

The Montana Hall is a meeting room in which visual artists explore the significance of the framework for meeting situations. Since May and until next spring, it features Anette Harboe Flensburg’s paintings. With the title, „In Arcadia Too You Can Die“, Harboe Flensburg reflects over the present situation, where our everyday life has been fundamentally changed and we have been forced to reconsider our ideals. The exhibition will be on display until April 2022.

 

 
 

Mika Rottenberg at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Argentina-born, Israel-raised, and New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg is known for her contemporary art that reflects on the global situation. For this exhibition, she mixes film, installation, and sculpture, weaving truth with fiction to create spellbinding works that are both absurd, surrealistic, critical, loving – and fun. The exhibition will be on display until January 2022.Mika Rottenberg

 
 
 

Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen at Glypteket

Discover the work of Denmark’s most important female sculptor, Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen (1863 – 1945), the woman behind the equestrian statue of King Christian IX of Denmark on the Christiansborg Riding Grounds in Copenhagen or the bronze gates of Ribe Cathedral. As the first female sculptor in the world she was commissioned to create two of the profession’s most prestigious assignments. This exhibition focuses on the work and life of one of Denmark’s greatest female artists who were later omitted from history. It will be on display until February 2022.

 

 
 

M/M (Paris) at Kunstforening GL Strand

The Parisian design duo M / M (Paris) (Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak) has made a name for itself with its works at the crossroads of graphic design and art – often in close collaboration with musicians, visual artists, theaters, art museums, and fashion houses around the world. In this year’s last exhibition at GL Strand, M / M (Paris) transforms two of the art gallery’s floors into a comprehensive exhibition featuring Björk, Alexander McQueen, and the artists Phillippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe. It will be on display until February 2022.

 
 
 

Jerichau at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

This year’s final Louisiana exhibition is dedicated to a unique figure in the history of Danish art: Jens Adolf Jerichau. The exhibition gives an account of Jerichau’s creative development in parallel with the unfolding of his short and tragic life story (Jerichau took his own life in Paris in 1916). Despite a brief career, he was able to create a very significant and intense oeuvre that inspired later generations of Danish painters, not least the two central figures Asger Jorn (1914-1973) and Per Kirkeby (1938-2018). The exhibition will be on display until JMarch 2022.

 

 

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Kay Litzinger

Kay grew up in Germany and, after a stint in Sweden, came to Copenhagen for his studies. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.