It’s September in Copenhagen, that wonderful time when summer slowly transitions into autumn. People are back from holiday and life is returning to the city, bringing plenty of events with it. From flea markets to film festivals, there is plenty going on to fill your free time.
Here’s everything happening in Copenhagen this September:
Monday 31st August – Sunday 6th September
Have a laugh at ZULU Comedy Festival. From Open Mic to Krimi Comedy, there’s something for everyone. Venues include KulturHuset Islands Brygge, Bremen Theater, and Hotel Cecil. Find the full program on the festival website.
Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th September
Explore the world of design at Denmark’s annual design festival for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Get to know the faces behind the creations, mingle, and join inspiring talks, exhibitions, as well as workshops. Participation is free. Plan your visit with the 3 Days of Design App!
Check out the Six Things to Do at 3 Days of Design 2020
Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th September
Celebrate Vesterbro’s independent shops, cafés, bars, and cultural life. There will be events for adults and children alike. Find the program on the festival website!
Saturday 5th September
Brunch og Ballet at Det Kongelige Teater
Enjoy the dancers’ morning training on stage with a cup of coffee in hand. Meyers is taking care of the food. A pack of cinnamon bun, fruit, skyr with granola, and coffee/tea is available for purchase for 95 DKK from 9 am.
A literary street festival in Nørrebro that will host author talks and poetry readings alongside beers and live music. The entirety of Møllegade will be shut off for the occasion. Guaranteed to be a lot of fun!
Rantzausgades gadefest: Coming Back From Corona
Come and join when Rantzausgade invites you to a street festival. The shops move into the street, there will be a flea market by Rita’s Lopper, a program for children, as well as a PolitikerPanel with topics such as covid-19, extreme climate, and public administration. From 12 pm – 8 pm.
Wednesday 9th September
Join Copenhagen-based, Iranian-Swedish artist Nadia Tehran to celebrate the launch of her album Dozakh: All Lovers Hell (Expanded) and the premiere of a video that was made in collaboration with local artist collective Morph. Swing by Blagardsgade 31 from 5-8 pm.
Are you new in Denmark and looking for a job? Then this one’s for you! After over six months of unplanned break and 18 online meetups, the Copenhagen Expat Meetup is back with its physical events in the city’s Main Library. From 6 pm – 8.30 pm.
Thursday 10th – Saturday 12th September
Syrian Documentary Film Days at Husets Biograf
The Syrian Documentary Film Days, Syrian Doc Days for short, is a film festival dedicated to stories about Syria that go beyond the general narrative. The festival takes place in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Malmö, and Oslo and includes film screenings, talks, and other cultural activities. Find the program on Huset-KBH’s website.
Friday 11th – Sunday 20th September
Musikfilm Festivalen at Cinemateket
Enjoy more than 25 films and events dedicated to the world of music at this year’s Musikfilm Festivalen! From Neil Young to Ella Fitzgerald, there are many highlights to choose from. Find the full program on the website!
Soleima at Store Vega
You might know Danish pop singer Soleima from Distortion Ø or Hej Søster. Whether her music is familiar or not, let her transport you to last summer’s festival grounds. Doors open at 8 pm and the concert starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost 200 DKK.
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September
Kulturhavn Festival is Denmark’s largest cultural harbor festival. Enjoy over 300 cultural experiences, including dance, water sports, theatre, and much more, all free of charge and open for all. The activities are hosted by 150 associations, clubs, and societies with help of 1,300 volunteers. Are you ready for an unforgettable weekend in exceptional surroundings? Find more information on the website!
Saturday 12th September
Premier: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark at Det Kongelige Teater
Take this chance to see Shakespeare’s famous tale of revenge, murder, and a young man’s betrayal of his own ideals. Hamlet is set in Kronborg castle in Helsingør, just a 40 minute drive from Copenhagen, so you might want to plan a short trip for the next day to see one of Northern Europe’s most important Renaissance castles in person. The play is part of the Danish-German Year of Cultural Friendship 2020.
Sunday 13th September
Summer Concert: Classic Gems and Folk Tunes at Glyptoteket
Come along when Andreas Brantelid, one of the leading solo cellists in Europe, performs together with accordionist Bjarke Mogensen. The concert features everything from a Bach Solo Cello Suite and Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei to a work by Manuel de Falla and a new composition by Anders Koppel. Tickets cost 150 DKK and give you free access to the museum for the day of the concert. The hall opens at 11.30 am and the concert goes from 12 pm – 1 pm.
Grønt Marked – The Farmers Market at Lille Bakery
Get your weekly greens straight from the people who grow them! Simply grab your basket and take a stroll to Lille Bakery, the market will be open from 10 am.
Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th and Saturday 19th September
International Citizen Day goes virtual
International Citizen Days goes virtual, bringing together public authorities, private organisations, and local communities in the entire Greater Copenhagen region in a brand-new format with live-streamed talks, chatrooms, and experts. Get ready for three days of inspiration and information on how to get settled in Greater Copenhagen, including finding a home, job, childcare, language classes, establishing a new network, and kick-starting your social life. Participation is free of charge.
Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th September
Experience the universe of Latin-American music at the fourth edition of Sonamos Latinoamerica! The festival aims at supporting Latin-American folk music and takes place in many countries from Venezuela to Belgium. Find more information on the website.
Wednesday 16th September
Free Poetry Slam in English at Studenterhuset
A poetry slam is a competition in spoken word. Commonly described as a mix of entertaining poetry and storytelling, influenced by comedy, rap, and performance theater. Weird? A bit. Solid and thought-provoking fun? You bet! From 7 pm – 9 pm. Get your free ticket here!
Thursday 17th – Friday 18th September
World-class stage content, networking, and hygge from the comfort of your own sofa. This year’s TechBBQ is a little different than usual but not less exciting. Check out the program and get your ticket via the festival website!
Wednesday 23rd – Thursday 24th September
Design Matters is made from designers for designers, with designers on stage. Sounds like your cup of tea? Then get ready for two days of passionate, competent, visionary, nerdy, engaging talks, workshops, and discussions about the work and role of digital designers – now and in the future. Get your ticket via the website.
Thursday 24th September
Sweet & Lowdown – Woody Allen Night & Live Hot Jazz at Husets Biograf
Watch Woody Allen’s movie Sweet and Lowdown (1999) about a self-confident jazz guitarist, played by Sean Penn, who falls in love with a mute woman, played by Samantha Morton. Doors open at 6 pm and from 7 pm the Live Hot Jazz Quintet will get your groove on by playing music from Woody Allen films. Tickets cost 70 DKK and can only be pre-bought online.
Friday 25th September
SMK Fridays: UNBOXING The Goodiepal Collection
Be the first to see the new exhibition UNBOXING The Goodiepal Collection and experience SMK in a totally new way at this special Friday Bar. Grab a drink and enjoy art, talks, and music in Denmark’s National Gallery. From 4 pm – 10 pm, entry is free.
FRAADS at Store Vega
Duo FRAADS is taking over Store Vega with its poetic hip hop. Doors open at 8.30 pm and the concert starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost 200 DKK.
Saturday 26th September
BORN INTO the 90s at Store Vega
Store Vega’s legendary balsal is turning into a time machine and DJ Typhoon is taking you back to the mid-90s. Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Janet Jackson, or Mariah Carey? There’s something for everyone. From 10 pm – 3 am. Tickets cost 150 DKK.
Hart.For.Yemen at ArtMoney
Yemen is suffering war, an ongoing health crisis, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic at the same time, leading to over 24 million people being in need of humanitarian aid. Stop by ArtMoney to show your support by purchasing curated art, having a drink, or simply by engaging in meaningful conversations.
Ongoing in September
Golden Days Festival: Forever Young
Golden Days convey knowledge, history, art, and culture in an engaging and up-to-date way. This year, the festival examines youth as a phenomenon, emotion, state, and magic mirror under the title “Forever Young.” Runs from Friday 4th – Sunday 20th September. Find the program on the festival website!
BREWING THE PRIMORDIAL SOUP at РИФ / Reef Art Space
In РИФ / Reef Art Space, a newly opened exhibition space in Nørrebro, the artist Georg Jagunov invites you to reflect on evolution, geology, and nourishment in his new exhibition “Brewing the Primordial Soup”. The Primordial Soup is the scientific theory that biological life on Earth began in the ocean around 4 billion years ago, as a mixture of organic compounds, gases, energy from lightning strikes, and extraterrestrial elements. Jagunov uses this theory to create a timeline of geology and biology, mainly using the ancient rock type flint as his material of choice, but also venturing into more groundbreaking methods such as AI-generated projections.
Until September 15th, you can enjoy performative dining sessions with Jagunov and chef Saito CPH in the art space, learn how to brew wild Matcha with Wildcraft dinners, and hear professor Ole G. Mouritsen talk titled Art, Science, and Aesthetics of Japanese Cuisine.
Latinamerikansk Filmfestival at Cinemateket
Let Cinemateket take you to Latin America and learn about its culture as well as history. The festival is held for the seventh time and organized in collaboration with Casa Latinoamericana, Sonamos Latinoamerica, Festival de Literatura de Copenhague, Golden Days, Alice, Union, as well as several embassies. Until 30th September. Find the program on Cinemateket’s website.
Go on treasure hunt every Sunday in September from 10.30 am to 3 pm. If you would like to put up a stall yourself, simply reach out to [email protected]
Friday Fireworks at Tivoli
Every Saturday from July to early October, Tivoli hosts a firework display that plays tribute to the HC Lumbyes Champagne Gala, originally written for Tivoli’s 2nd birthday. The show consists of dazzling fireworks and music organized by Anders K, and can be experienced over Koncertsalen at 11.45 pm.
Esben Weile Kjær: Power Play at Kunstforeningen GL Strand
Power Play is an investigation of the nightclub, its aesthetic, hierarchy, and authorities. Kjær explores club culture as well as the night club as a cultural and socioeconomic phenomenon. The exhibition is on display until 14th October.
Afgang: MFA Degree Show at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Afgang, the annual exhibition for the graduates from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts, is taking over Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Each of the 28 participating graduates contributes individually and the works are a presentation of the individual artists’ working process over the last six years. The exhibition will be on display from 12th September until 18th October.
The Enigmatic Collector at Glyptoteket
The special exhibition The Enigmatic Collector: Helge Jacobsen’s Pinacotheca is dedicated to Helge Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Glyptotek, Carl Jacobsen. He inherited both the responsibility for the museum and the passion for art, but stood in his father’s shadow all his life. After Carl Jacobsen’s death, collector Helge founded Glyptoteket’s collection of French paintings. The exhibition is on display until 18th October.
Fantastic Women at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Get to know the great women of Surrealism! While several male surrealists, such as Magritte, Dalí, Miró, and Max Ernst, remain widely known and celebrated, few are familiar with female surrealist artists. Fantastic Women – Surreal Worlds is the first comprehensive presentation of 34 women surrealist artists from Europe, the US, and Mexico, among them Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington. The exhibition is a collaboration with Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and is on display until 8th November.
Per Kirkeby at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Louisiana presents the first-ever comprehensive presentation of the bronzes of Per Kirkeby. Monumental and powerful, it takes up the museum’s entire West Wing and unfolds as an almost epic tale about creative struggle, downfall, mythology, and artistic redemption. The exhibition is on display until 6th December.
Faroese artist and electronica composer Goodiepal is unboxing his collection of sound art at SMK. The collection is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Featuring six themed rooms, the exhibition invites you to explore a wealth of sound art by artists from Denmark and elsewhere. From 26th September to 6th December.
Renowned Danish artist Jesper Just’s installation is full of circuits: the circuit of bodies, the circuit between music and body, and the circuit between the individual parts of the fragmented image. Electricity, music and bodies, sensitivity, and control: all these aspects shift inside the wider circuit of people, things, and technology. The exhibition is on display until 31st December.
Tal R.: Animals and People at Glyptoteket
From 18th June, the Glyptoteket exhibits the Danish artist Tal R’s sizable series of new bronze sculptures and plaster works. While Tal R has always moved between genres, his bronze sculptures represent a new chapter in his oeuvre. The exhibition will be presented in the Vilhelm Dahlerup building, the oldest part of the museum, and is on display until January 2021.
Modern Women at Kunstforeningen GL Strand
This exhibition puts the spotlight on four modernist female artists from Finland. In their work, Helene Schjerfbeck, Elga Sesemann, Sigrid Schauman, and Ellen Thesleff interpret modern life and the modern woman in particular. The exhibition displays several works of all four painters and addresses the lack of recognition of women in society as well as the art world. On display until 2nd January.
Tetsumi Kudo: Cultivation at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo was a radical and visionary outsider who is currently being rediscovered internationally as his work appears highly relevant in the cultural and political agendas of today. Shaped by his childhood in Japan in the aftermath of the atomic bomb, Kudo addresses topics such as humanity’s self-destruction and ecological decadence. The exhibition will be on display until January 2021.
Free Tuesday at Glyptoteket
Every Tuesday, Glyptoteket is free to enjoy. Admire the beautiful sculptures and wander the beautifully colored hallways, Glyptoteket is always a delight. The museum owns one of the finest Rodin collections in the world, alongside impressive works by the likes of the French artists, Carpeaux and Degas. Plus a cafe situated next to the museum’s tranquil palm house.
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