A non-Dane's guide to Culture Night in Copenhagen

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Beatrice Carraro - [email protected]
A non-Dane's guide to Culture Night in Copenhagen
Copenhagen's streets and institutions come alive during the annual Culture Night activities. Photo: Sattrup & Høst

The best events for international residents on Culture Night in Copenhagen on Friday, October 14th.


The yearly Culture Night in Copenhagen is finally here! On Friday there will be more than 700 events throughout the city, so there is certainly bound to be something for every taste and age group.

This marks the 24th year for the event, which is highlighted by some of the city's most iconic buildings being transformed into cultural oases for the evening. An all-access Culture Pass costs 90kr and can be bought online or in area 7-Elevens, museums and libraries. The pass includes public transportation from 5pm to 5am.

On the official website you will be able to create your personalized culture night experience by marking the events you are interested in to make sure you won’t miss them. You can sort your search by area, interest, language and scheduled time.

With such a jam-packed line-up, the options may seem overwhelming. That's why The Local has scoured the calendar and selected a few interesting highlights that are best suited for the non-Danish speakers in Copenhagen. 

<pMuseums & Institutes</p

Photo: Sattrup & Høst


Copenhagen Main Library at Krystalsgade 15 will be open to reveal its secrets from 7 to 12am, and bands will be filling the room with different sounds: Less Win from 7.30 to 8.15pm, and garage punk/pop band Felines  from 8.45 to 9.30pm. 

The Round Tower (Rundetårn) will host several events: open art-lab exhibition by artist Karoline H. Larsen from 7 to 11pm, and a sculpture concert at the Library Hall from 8pm that will also be live transmitted onto the tower itself. The Observatory will stay open all night and you will get a chance to learn and observe Saturn and the moon from a telescope. 

Frederiksberg Library is hosting a Burlesque show by Cabaret Bohemia at 8pm and 9.30pm, featuring singing, dancing and acrobatics, and an all-night disco ball.

Sweet tooth? The Royal Kitchen at Christiansborg Palace has got you covered: there will be coffee and cake from 6 pm to 12am. You’ll be able to see the newly restored kitchen and have behind-the-scenes look at how the preparation of royal banquets unravels. 

At UN City there will be the chance to go on a guided tour or a virtual reality tour of a refugee camp. You can also listen to the UN choir UNison and to an interview with former UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft.

Copenhagen University in Frue Plads is home to art, culture and and architecture on Culture Night. Among other things, a photo exhibition of Art in Science awaits.

<pBody & Wellness</p

Yoga class

Yoga class. Photo: sociopat_empat/Iris/Scanpix.


Kulturhuset in the inner city will be hosting a free intro to swing dancing by Hep Cats Copenhagen, so bring your dancing shoes! 

The Scandinavian School of Meditation and Yoga organizes meditative singing from the Indian kirtan tradition from 7 to 7.45pm. If singing mantras is not your thing, there’s an actual yoga intro class from 7 to 7.40pm, followed by guided meditation until 8.30pm and an introduction to Yoga Nidra (9-9.30 pm), all at Købmagergade 65.

Sjællandsgade Bad will be opening its doors to visitors to experience various sauna cultures from around the world, ranging from Sweat huts to steam baths, hammam, sifutu and banya.

Hillerødgade Bad og Hal is turning the music on and the lights off for a “dark and sensual chill-out session at the public bath” from 7.45 to 11 pm. People will be able to enjoy the pools in dim, coloured lights and to listen to some electronic sounds.

For Children

Children's activities. Photo: Sattrup & Høst


Accord in Skindergade 14 will set up a workshop with LPs, CDs, cardboard, beads, glue, paint and more, where the sky is the limit of your creativity and you are free to bring your own DIY project to decorate. 

The Danish Architecture Center will be hosting a workshop for adults and children to craft a bridge model with their own hands, form 6 to 10pm, and the best part is that you get to take your work home.

When the theme isbuild a city in cake attendance is a must. Bureau Detours is organizing this cake building experience from 6.30 to 9 pm in Kulturanstalten, where also a candy sculpture workshop will take place from 6 to 9pm. 

And with Culture Night coming just a few weeks before Halloween, why not take the kids to Bakkehusmuseetin Frederiksberg for a Halloween card crafting workshop


Concerts in town. Photo: Sattrup & Høst

Photo: Sattrup & Høst


The programme at Huset-KBH is vast and diversified: from a transgender fashion show to silent disco, to swing dance lessons, to jazz and rock music for children. More detailed information about the programme at Huset-KBH can be found here.

Young talent and classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang, who is releasing her first solo album 'In the path of HC Andersen' this year, will perform at the Ministry of Culture at 8.45pm.

Fan of gospel? Eliaskirken will be the location of a gospel concert where a choir, soloist and band will perform. 

Copenhagen Music School will have non-stop performances and cheap drinks at the Culture Bar from 7 to 11pm.

In the suggestive Absalon in Vesterbro will take place several events for all age groups: cookie decoration for kids, guided tours, DJ and Jazz music. 

Need something to wash down all of these cultural offerings? Then head to Visit Carlsberg for a full line-up of beer-related events. From 6 pm to midnight, a full-on experience of the old brewery featuring a DJ in the beer garden, grilled food, beer ice cream, open cellars, free barbering, and even free rides on a horse-drawn carriage. 

This should be more than enough to set you on your way on Friday, but if you want to find out even more about Culture Night you can do so here.



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