What’s On in Copenhagen: January 2023

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Whether you’re still clinging on to the dolce far niente of the holidays or you can’t wait to kickstart the new year: 2023 has arrived. January in Copenhagen lies ahead of us like a blank sheet of paper so let’s make the most of it.

From film screenings, to markets, to parties, there’s plenty going on in the Danish capital this month.

Here are the best events in Copenhagen in January:

Sunday 1st January

Community dinner at Absalon

Welcome the new year with a cozy community dinner at Absalon. Dinner will be served family-style on long tables – skip cooking, bring some friends, and enjoy good vibes and a warm meal for only 50 DKK. Doors open at 5 pm and please arrive no later than 5:45 pm; after that your seat might be given away. Tickets are available via the website.


Tuesday 3rd January

Free walking tour: Christian IV’s Copenhagen

Join the final rehearsal of a new tour concept and experience the Copenhagen of Christian IV for free. Bring comfortable shoes as the tour takes approximately 2½ hours (ca. 5 km). Meeting point is Christianshavns Torv at 4 pm, the tour ends at Kastellet.



Thursday 5th January

Crochet a bag for beginners at Absalon

Do your new year’s resolutions include to start a new hobby or to get crafty? Try crochet at this class for beginners: kick-off is from 4:30 – 6:30 pm and the second session is on 12th January. Participation costs 300 DKK and you’re asked to bring your own needle and yarn. Get your ticket and learn more on the website.


Friday 6th January

The aesthetic of music videos at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Do you experience music videos as a work of art?

Dive into the pastel-colored, youthful world of iomfro and listen in when the musician is joined by dancer Ida Hørlyck to discuss the function of videos and dance for the music experience.

The conversation will take place in Danish and admission is free. The event starts at 5 pm.



Saturday 7th January

Blaxploitation Celebration at Husets Biograf

The term “Blaxploitation” refers to a wave of independently produced genre films of the early 1970s – predominantly made by Black crews for Black audiences. Join for a movie night dedicated to two films of the genre: “Foxie Brown” directed by Jack Hill (1972) and “The Human Tornado” directed by Cliff Roquemore (1976). Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first movie is screened at 7:30 pm. Tickets cost 70 DKK.


Britta Arnold (DE), MiniMalene, The Hunts, and CERJ at Hangaren

Get ready for a long night at Hangaren, an old hangar construction on Refshaleøen that’s been transformed into a nightclub for electronic music. From 11 pm to 6 am.



Monday 9th January

The truth about love is… at Husets Biograf

Get a taste of Italian cinema at this screening of “La Verità, vi spiego, sull´amore.” This show is organized and sponsored by the Committee of Italians abroad. Admission is free but please get your ticket in advance. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the screening starts at 7:30 pm.


Tuesday 10th January

Ceramics and Italian for Beginners

Nail two new year’s resolutions at once: learning a new language and getting creative. In this 5-week ceramic course, Italian artist Davide will teach you some Italian while doing ceramics. You will make and decorate a jug and vase with various techniques. The workshop takes place on five Tuesdays from 7-10 pm and costs 1100 DKK including materials. Learn more and secure your spot via the website.



The world’s problems solved in 120 minutes at Tivoli

Join when Svend Brinkmann, Tor Nørretranders, and Rane Willerslev take over Tivoli’s concert hall to discuss the state of the world and solve a variety of problems and dilemmas live on stage. Get inspired, entertained, and leave with new perspectives. The event starts at 7:30 pm and is in Danish. Tickets cost 469 DKK.


Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th January

Vera’s Market Nørrebrohallen

Refresh your wardrobe for the new year the vintage way. Browse pre-loved clothes from private sellers or Vera’s own stall from 10 am to 4 pm. Want to put up a stall yourself? Learn more on the website.



Saturday 14th January

Busigirl Career Club

Popular podcast Busigirl is hosting its first Busigirl Career Club live event. Come by the newly opened hotel Scandic Spectrum for panel debates, talks, networking, and more. Ready for an inspiring day with fellow power women? Get your tickets fast and secure the early bird price for 495 DKK. Learn more on the website. Please note that this event is in Danish.


Wednesday 18th January

Film, tapas, and cocktails at Cinemateket

Sip a gin & tonic alongside some small dishes while watching “Phantom Thread.” The film follows Reynolds Woodcock, a celebrated dress designer, as he falls for Alma, a waitress who later becomes his muse and lover. The event starts at 5 pm and tickets cost 225 DKK incl. food and drinks.



Tuesday 24th January

Planetarium Live: Magical Northern Lights

Experience the Northern Lights from the comfort of Copenhagen’s planetarium: under its dome, it will present a live 8K visualization of mountain landscapes, clear skies, and Northern Lights. From 5:15 to 6:15 pm.


Friday 27th – Sunday 29th January

Copenhagen Games Festival

Into games? Then this is for you! This three-day festival aims at bringing the joy of gaming out of the living room and into public spaces. Get ready for board game tournaments, screenings of game-related films, concerts with bands that find inspiration in the gaming world, video game competitions, robot tournaments, escape rooms, and more. Find the program on the festival website.



Friday 27th January

Prince: Sign ’o’ the Times Screening and Dance at Cinemateket

Enjoy the Prince classic “Sign ’o’ the Times” and hit the dance floor right after DJ Thorsteinssøn presents the best of his Prince-vinyl collection along with other funk and disco hits. Doors open at 6 pm, the film is screened at 7 pm, and the party starts at 8:30 pm. Admission is free.


Vega’s Selection 2023

Which six Danish artists will shape 2023’s concert programs?

Discover some rising stars of the Danish music scene or listen to old favorites at Vega.

Doors open at 7 pm and the concerts start at 8 pm. Tickets cost 200 DKK.


Saturday 28th January

Conference: Itinerant Witnesses at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

In collaboration with Aarhus University, Louisiana of Modern Art is hosting this one-day conference dedicated to asylum seekers as a special kind of witness: through their movements in space, they not only attest to what originally forced them to relocate, but also to the way that governments systematically fail in protecting their rights and even employ violence as a means to deter them. The conference brings together feminist and environmental scholars as well as artists, witnesses, and activists. Learn more about the speakers and the program on the website. Admission costs 300 DKK, 125 DKK for students, and is free for asylum seekers and refugees.



Ongoing Events in Copenhagen through January:

Opening menu at Christoffer Sørensen’s new restaurant Studio in Carlsberg Byen

Michelin Guide’s “Young Chef” Christoffer Sørensen has opened his own place in Carlsberg Byen: get a taste of what the fuss is all about and enjoy the 13-course strong opening menu. Learn more and book your table on the restaurant’s website.


Post-Capital: Art and the Economics of the Digital Age

The capitalist system is both dependent on and threatened by technological progress. Taking this inherent paradox as a starting point, “Post-Capital” brings together works of sculpture, painting, photography, video, and performance that address the nature of production, consumption, and wealth.

The exhibition will be on display until 15th January.



Connections – Danish artists from Ex-Yugoslavia at Statens Museum for Kunst

Experience leading Danish artists with Yugoslavian backgrounds explore topics such as war, migration, asylum politics, and the feeling of home. In 2022, exactly 30 years have passed since Denmark received 20,000 refugees from the wars in the former federate country of Yugoslavia, primarily from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the 1990s, the wars sent over half a million people into exile, creating what was at the time the most challenging refugee situation in Europe since World War II. Many of those refugees subsequently chose to stay in Denmark, and today the Danish contemporary art scene includes several prominent artists from the former Yugoslavia.

For this exhibition, SMK is bringing together political and deeply personal works by seven of them. It will be on display until 19th February.


Honey Biba Beckerlee: Digital Matters at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

With “Digital Matters“, Honey Biba Beckerlee examines connections and entanglements across there spheres of geology, technology, and biology. The exhibition consists of a series of sculptural installations for which the artist utilizes cable drums, microchip waste, wires, and more. It will be on splay until 19th February.



Cao Fei: Asia One at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Chinese artist Can Fei is especially known for her multimedia installations that reflect on the current state of Chinese society and how it shapes her generation. In her carefully staged films, she portrays a China divided between past and present, between its history and a yearning for all things new.

The film “Asia One“ follows the two only human beings employed at a giant sorting centre. Surrounded by a highly efficient infrastructure, the two appear to feel closer to the machines and robots around them than to each other but then bond gradually as they begin to rebel against the sorting centre’s efficiency and predictability.

The film installation will be on display until 19th February.


The Cold Gaze – Germany in the 1920s at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! This exhibition sends you on a sweeping journey through the roaring and explosive 1920s in the Weimar Republic, a time of crises and turbulence but also artistic innovation and hedonism. After the First World War, German society experienced poverty and political unrest, but also a short-lived flourishing of democracy with a rich cultural life and sense of freedom. The Weimar Republic came to an abrupt end with the Nazi takeover in 1933.

Louisiana’s large-scale autumn exhibition takes up the entire South Wing and mixes painting, drawing, photography, architecture, design, film, theater, literature, and music. From 14th October until 19th February.



August Sander at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

August Sander’s unique group portrait of German society during the Weimar Republic forms an independent part of the exhibition about Germany in the 1920s. With his ground-breaking documentary project “Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts” (People of the 20th Century), Sander aimed to document and classify “all the characteristics of the universally human.” He set out to portray both prominent and anonymous Germans from all parts of society in a simple and matter-of-fact pictorial style, while dividing them into seven categories. Get a sense of German society in the 1920s through a selection of more than 250 photographs. The exhibition is on display until 19th January.



Matisse: The Red Studio at Statens Museum for Kunst

Henri Matisse (1869–1954) is one of the greatest masters and most well known artists of the 20th century. This autumn, SMK in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art in new York reunites reunite an iconic masterpiece, “The Red Studio“, with all the works of art depicted in the painting.

Painted in 1911, “The Red Studio“ is considered a key painting in his oeuvre and a foundational piece in the history of modern art.

Come see for yourself – the exhibition will be on display until 26th February.


Stepping out: Female Identities in Chinese Contemporary Art at Kunstforening GL Strand

This new exhibition features works of 26 female Chinese artists who, through their work, challenge a traditionally male dominated society. Spanning different artistic expressions such as video, performance, painting, photography, and sculpture, “Stepping out“ gives a unique insight into the last 30 years of Chinese contemporary art and the transformation of the Chinese society from the 1980s to today. It will be on display until 12th March.



Public art on Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads: Oak Stacks by Sean Scully

In connection with the new exhibition at Thorvaldsens Museum, Irish-American artist Sean Scully has created three wood towers which have been installed just outside the museum on Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads. The art work references both, Denmark’s history as a seafaring nation as well as Thorvaldsens return from Italy to Copenhagen in 1838.

The towers have been created from local oak trees and wood found during archeological excavations on Papirøen where it has been part of its fundament.

Combine your stroll along the canals with some world class art – the sculpture will be on display until March 2023.


Sean Scully at Thorvaldsens Museum

World-renowned artist Sean Scully is taking over Thorvaldsen’s Museum, utilizing the museum in its entirety. In his first ever Danish solo-show, Scully is creating large-scale, site-specific sculptures specifically for the museum, working with the interaction of architecture, colors, and the surroundings of Thorvaldens Museum.

The exhibition will be on display from 2nd September to 5th March 2023.


The future is present at Design Museum Denmark

Under the headline “The future is present“, Design Museum Denmark explores the role of design in shaping the future. Following the three themes Human, Society, and Planet+, the exhibition asks questions, proposes scenarios, and shows examples while putting a focus on creating conversations rather than providing concrete answers. It will be on display until 1st June 2023.





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