What’s On in Copenhagen: September 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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September in Copenhagen: on some days, we savor the last moments of summer, on others we get a first taste of autumn. There’s a feeling of new beginnings in the air as people return from vacation and students move to town to start the semester. This also means that there’s plenty going on in the city.

Exhibitions, concerts, movie screenings, and festivals; here’s what’s happening in Copenhagen this month!

Monday 30th August – Thursday 9th September

Zulu Comedy Festival

Have a laugh at ZULU Comedy Festival! There will be plenty of events to choose from but a clear highlight is Zulu Comedy Galla: Get ready for the best of Danish comedy in the Copenhagen Opera House on Thursday, 2nd September. Find the full program on the festival website.



Wednesday 1st – Saturday 4th September

Housewarming at Huset-KBH

Huset-KBH is celebrating the upcoming event season with a housewarming weekend. Come by for music, art, workshops, and hygge. Find more info as well as the program on the website.


Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th September

Lights on Vesterbro Culture Festival

Celebrate one of Copenhagen’s most lively neighborhoods with music, theater, art, food, and much more. Find the program on the festival website.



Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th September

Tomorrow Festival

Explore concrete ideas for a more sustainable future and meet likeminded people at Tomorrow Festival. There will be a mix of talks, music, and food experiences – find the full program on the website. Tickets cost 524 DKK for one day or 775 DKK for both days.


Saturday 4th September

Brunch and ballet at the Royal Theater

Enjoy the dancers’ morning training on stage with a cup of coffee in hand. August B will be offering coffee and some sweet treats for purchase from 9 am, the event begins at 9:30 am. Admission is free except of a service fee of ca. 15 DKK as you need to order a ticket in advance. Can’t make it? There will be a second edition on Saturday, 11th September.



Back to live open air concert on Refshaleøen

Live Nation and some of Denmark’s biggest festivals – Roskilde Festival, NorthSide, Heartland, COPENHELL, Smukfest, Tinderbox, Jelling Musikfestival, Nibe Festival, and Grøn – have teamed up to present a Saturday of open air fun. The event starts at 2 pm and tickets cost 500 DKK.


Hej Søster Fest at Store Vega

Celebrate female music talent when Kwamie Liv, Lydmor, Annika Aakjær, Girlcrush, FVN, Espichicoque, and Kara Moon take over Store Vega. Doors open at 4 pm and the concert starts at 5 pm, tickets cost 410 DKK.



Sunday 5th September

Danish on a Sunday: The Exception at Cinemateket

The film follows the four colleagues Iben, Malene, Anne-Lise, and Camilla. Their relationships are shaped by power struggles, gossip, and alliances which begin to escalate when Iben and Malene receive death threats. This nerve-wracking thriller depicts how adult bullying and manipulation can develop into a gruesome game about life and death. The film will be screened with English subtitles at 2:15 pm.


Tuesday 7th September

Czech Embassy: The Elementary School at Husets Biograf

Get up close with the best of Czech cinema at this ongoing monthly series hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen. “The Elementary School” or “Obecná škola“ (1991) by director Jan Sverá follows teacher Igor who works in an elementary school in a small Czechoslovakian town just after the WWII. The screening (with English subtitles) begins at 7:30 pm and the evening ends with a free Czech beer. Tickets cost 70 DKK, cash or mobile pay only.



Wednesday 8th September

Tasting: Antiquity’s wines from modern Greece at Oinofilia

Dive into the world of Greek wine when Maria from Oinofilia presents six natural wines that have been produced according to ancient traditions. This is a great chance to get up close with a wine scene that is still more of an insider tip in Northern Europe. Found a new favorite? The wines from the tasting will be available for purchase with a 10% discount. To round off the evening, you’ll be invited to a small snack in Koncertkirken’s cosy backyard. From 5-7 pm. Tickets cost 279 DKK and are available via Oinofilia’s website.


Wednesday 8th – Saturday 11th September

Syrian Doc Days at Husets Biograf

Syrian Doc Days, short for The Syrian Documentary Film Days, puts the spotlight on stories about Syria that go beyond the general narrative. The festival presents screenings, talks, and other cultural activities in Copenhagen as well as Stockholm, Malmö, and Oslo. Learn more about it and find the event program on the festival website.



Thursday 9th September

Open Decks at Råhuset

Have a soft spot for DJ-ing? Open Decks is a new cosy Thursday hangout for electronic music lovers in Copenhagen. The decks are open for everyone, so simply show up, sign up, and take command of the booth. From 6 pm to 1 am.


Friday 10th September

Club Soda #2 at Basement

Get ready for a wild mix of disco, boogie, afro, funk, house, and much more at Club Soda #2. The motto is: “Top-quality sonic acquisitions from across the dancing planet woven with high grade visual stimulus in a warm, unpretentious environment for discerning party people!“ Sounds good? Tickets cost 60 DKK on the door – mobile pay and cash only.



Sunday 12th September

Flame and Genius at Glyptoteket

Enjoy Beethoven, performed by The Arild Quartet, in the wonderful surroundings of Copenhagen’s Glyptoteket. The concert goes from 12 noon to 1 pm and tickets cost 170 DKK for adults.


Tuesday 14th September

Music4Aida Benefit Screening: Wajeb at Husets Biograf

Shadi returns to Nazareth from Italy where he worked as an architect. Back home, he and his father must help with the preparations for his sister’s wedding by honoring their “wajib” (duty) in accordance with Palestinian traditions and personally hand out the wedding invitations to friends and relatives. While doing so, the men are confronted with the differences between their two worlds as well as with hidden truths about the family’s past. Doors open at 6 pm and the screening starts at 7 pm. Tickets cost 80 DKK (cash and mobile pay only) and all proceeds go to Music4Aida to provide free music lessons for children and youth at Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, Palestine.



Thursday 16th – Friday 17th September

Tech BBQ at Øksnehallen

Tech BBQ is one of the most popular conferences for all things tech – whether you’re an entrepreneur, journalist, or simply a tech enthusiast. Get your ticket from 750 DKK.


Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th September

3 Days of Design

With the words “Danish” and “design” often being uttered in the same breath, it comes to no surprise that Copenhagen’s annual three-day festival has established itself as a darling of the international design scene. 3 Days of Design is a design festival for professionals and design enthusiasts alike, so whether you are in the industry or not – make sure to check out the program, there’s something for everyone.



Friday 17th – Sunday 26th September

Music Film Festival at Cinemateket

30 movies in 10 days, ranging from Danish premieres to international hits to favorites from the archive – deep dive into the world of music at this year’s Music Film Festival! Whether you’re into Ozzy Osbourne or Lana Del Ray, there’s something for everyone. Find the program on the festival website. Tickets are available from 100 DKK.


Wednesday 22nd – Sunday 26th September

Christiania Freetown Festival – 50 years birthday party

Freetown Christiania is turning 50 and this means it’s time for a party! Artists, dancers, and friends from allover the world are coming to town, there will be 21 stages, and plenty of cosy bars to take care of your thirst. Tickets cost 300 DKK for one day or 750 DKK for all days.



Friday 24th – Saturday 25th September

International Citizen Days

New in the city? Then this is for you: International Citizen Days bring together public authorities, private organisations, and local communities for two days of inspiration and information on how to get settled in Copenhagen. The program includes talks, debates, and activities on topics such as housing, job, and social life. The event is free, all you need is to sign up.


Friday 24th September

Future Forms of Ownership in Danish Agriculture and Food Value Chain

Explore future forms of ownership in the Danish agriculture and food value chain at this open online seminar with Henning Otte Hansen from the Department of Food and Resource Economics at University of Copenhagen. The seminar is open to all and runs from 12 noon to 1 pm.



Wednesday 29th – Thursday 30th September

Design Matters

Design Matters is a Copenhagen-based conference on digital design – made for designers, by designers. Get ready for inspiration and to meet likeminded people who share a passion for digital design, technology, art, and society. Learn more and get your ticket on the website – there are physical and virtual options.

For 10% off your ticket, book through this link.


Wednesday 29th September

Artist talk with Emilia Bergmark at SIRIN Gallery

Join for a talk with visual artist Emilia Bergmark. Living and working between Copenhagen and Malmö, she focuses on everyday stories and observations which she then turns into installations that combine sculpture, writing, interior design, film, and print. Her work is currently on display as part of the exhibition „Soap“ in collaboration with Maria Gondek.



Ongoing in September

Golden Days Festival

Golden Days Festival aims to convey knowledge, history, art, and culture in an engaging and accessible way. This year’s theme is „Antiquity“ so get ready for more than 230 events covering topics as diverse as democracy and Dionysian celebrations. Find the full program on the festival website. From 3rd to 19th September.


One Thousand Books

If you’re into art books then this is for you: Until 19th September, the festival One Thousand Books is taking place in Roskilde, just a stone’s throw from Copenhagen. The festival is dedicated to artworks in book form and explores circumstances and challenges of independent publishing in a post-pandemic yet globalized world. There will be a variety of events, such as art walks and printing workshops, all around the city as well as a book fair (in a fully operating supermarket, how cool is that?). Find the full program as well as live documentation of the events on the website.



SPACE10 Exhibition: Climate Layers

How to visualize data on the way climate stressors (e.g. cyclones, droughts, etc) are affecting the planet? The exhibition “Climate Layers” by RNDR, Lenschow & Pihlmann, and Tableau at SPACE10 explores just that. Stop by Tuesday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm.



Michael Armitage – Account of an illiterate man at Glyptoteket

Born in Kenya in 1984, Michael Armitage lives and works between Nairobi and London. The history and culture of both cities lay the foundation for his artistic practice. For his first solo exhibition in Scandinavia, Michael Armitage has created a unique playlist which can be found on Spotify and on the Louisiana Channel, you can watch an interview in which he speaks about his work. The exhibition will be on display until 17th October.



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 open with a vernissage on 20th September at 5 pm.


Soap at SIRIN Gallery

The exhibition “Soap” combines works by the two artists Emilia Bergmark and Maria Gondek to explore current topics such as isolation, anxiety, and gender stereotypes of modern homemaking – with a humorous approach. The „Kitchen-sink-drama“ unfolds in former SIRIN Gallery neighbor Nikolaj Bo Kitchens’ space. It will be on display from 16th September until 9th October. Simply swing by during the opening hours – Monday to Friday 11 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm – or by appointment.



GNIST at Kunstforeningen GL Strand

J.F. Willumsen, Olivia Holm-Møller, and Asger Jorn have each in their own way contributed to expressionist painting in Denmark. Now their works are combined for the first time in GL Strand’s major summer exhibition, GNIST. The exhibition, full of color, power, and spirit, provides a new perspective on recent Danish art history. It will be on display until 31st October.


Astrid Myntekær Insecare at Kunstforeningen GL Strand

The wondrous and mutable nature of the insects is the subject matter of Astrid Myntekær’s exhibition. Fascinated by the appearance and transformational life of insects, she has interpreted them in eight copper sculptures. The exhibition will be on display until 31st October.



Arthur Jafa at Louisiana Museum for Modern Art

American artist Arthur Jafa was born in Tupelo, Mississipi, in 1960. He gained worldwide attention in 2016 with his video work “Love is the Message, the Message is Death” which combines viral videos and historical footage of American notables, such as Barack Obama or Serena Williams, with handheld footage of police brutality against Black Americans. It is the opposition between the harsh reality of Black American life and the creative power of Black American culture that is the starting point for most if his work. The exhibition will be on display until 31st October.


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.



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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.