March City Events in Copenhagen
As the winter withdraws Copenhagen warms up in March. If you are in this glorious city in spring then here is a list of some of our top picks to do this month:
Designer Forum at Copenhagen Forum – 1st – 3rd March
Are you a shopaholic? Do you drool over shoes and hanker for handbags? Then head to Copenhagen Forum this March for the Design forum. This is Copenhagen’s biggest designer outlet market which features new lines, collected samples and old stock from some of Denmark’s top fashion names. The best bit is that often you only pay a fraction of the high street price, so you can pick up those stylish shoes or latest must have jacket. As if the hundreds of stalls weren’t enough to keep you entertained there are a few other activities; like the VIP evening on the Friday so those who are extra keen can shop before everyone else. A DJ will be providing nonstop great shopping music as well as 3 different spots to get a snack in between bargains. We have left the best bit until last – all visitors will get a 100Euro voucher for Zalando as well!
Forests – in your pocket at the Round Tower – 1st – 10th March
When you have had your fill of shopping and need a quiet space to clear your head then try the Forests – in your pocket exhibition. One of Copenhagen’s most memorable landmarks, the Round Tower, is host to this unusual photographic display of trees. Photos of beautiful forests and treescapes from Denmark, Poland, Finland, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia form the centre of the exhibition. From there you can learn about how life is different in each of these forests, how important forests are to the world and what is being done to conserve these green assets. So for all those tree huggers out there, get some peace and centre yourself in this beautiful exhibition.
Pop Art Design at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art – All Month
Some of the most iconic designs of the 20th century are celebrated at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art this month. Pop Art was one of the most influential movements of the post-war years and this exhibition aims to tell the story of the rise of this phenomenon. With more than 150 individual pieces and including work from the most famous artists and designers this exhibition will not disappoint. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is about half an hour by train from Copenhagen and the little town is great for a day out after you have filled your senses at the museum.
Floor Wars – International Breakdance Battle at VEGA – 16th March
Head down to VEGA for the battle of the year as Floor Wars again hits Copenhagen. The defending dance champions, Danish Natural Effects, will be there to try and make it a double. The event is based around a 3 vs 3 breakdance / b-boying battle, which for the uninitiated means two teams of 3 dancers take turns to show off their best breakdancing moves. So put on your threads to watch these experts do their thing on the dance floor. This is last year’s final video.
Chocolate Festival at Carlsberg TAP 1 – 2nd – 3rd March
Don’t be fooled by the location this festival is all about the chocolate. If you are a chocolate lover, and let’s face there are few that aren’t, then this is probably enough said. However, if you need to be convinced, we will say this is one of the largest collections of chocolate producers and exhibitors in one place with free demo kitchens, lectures, tastings and even a chocolate massage. We are not sure exactly what that is but we love the sound of it. If you can raise your head from the chocolate gorging on the Saturday you can see five of Denmark’s top trainee chef’s going through their paces as they battle it out for the title of Champion in Chocolate. What’s not to love?
First Fridays at Atelier, Hotel Pro Forma – 1st March
For some up to date art then head to the Hotel Pro Forma on Friday 1st March. The series First Fridays shows some stunning and brand new art on the first Friday of every month at a different and unique venue. All the sites are in the Amager district of the city which is an old industrial area that has been recently revived as a new arts centre. Hotel Pro Forma started its arts project Atelier in 2011 by giving a physical space for promising young artists to platform their work. This month you can see One Man Unit (2012) – a performance and video sculpture by Paul Wiersbinski and Wieland Schönfelder. Described as a mix of human and electronic sculpture the audience is invited to interact with the exhibit. So why not get your modern art on and get down there?
50th anniversary of The Beatles at VEGA – 22nd March
Copenhagen’s’ foremost music venue, VEGA, is hosting a tribute to 50 years of The Beatles this month. In early 1963 the Fab Four recorded and released their first album “Please, Please Me” which arguably changed the face of pop forever. Some of their most famous early hits like “Please Please Me”, “From Me To You”, “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” were released from this album and catapulted these unlikely Liverpool lads to stardom. Denmark’s most authentic Beatles tribute band Beat The Meetles will be headlining. If you love the sixties then you will love this gig; here is a reminder of just how great The Beatles were.
Copenhagen Puppet Festival, city wide – until 3rd March
As you wander around Copenhagen’s beautiful and historic streets this March you may find some unusual folk sharing the pavement. Set up around the city in various open spaces will be stages for puppet performances. This year the shows include The House, Waiting Room, Hooray for Hollywood and the triumphant return of The Downstairs Cabaret. The House is like a little murder mystery with puppets, The Waiting Room is the grotesque experience of birth and life and Hooray for Hollywood is a shocking depiction of the child pornography industry in Hollywood. As you will probably guess these puppets are not for children and some of the scenes are quite graphic so take your strongest stomach. However, the highlight of the festival will be The Downstairs Cabaret which is where puppeteers get to try out short plays or scenes they are working on for audience approval.
Flower and World Views at National Gallery of Denmark – from 22nd March
For something a bit less energetic wander into the National Gallery of Denmark. This month a new exhibition opens that shows the beautiful art of botany during the 17th and 18th centuries. Most of the artwork has never been in public viewed before so this is a rare opportunity to see some historic paintings and sketches. The starting point is the Gottorfer Codex a seminal botanical work by the flower painter Hans Simon Holzbecher and commissioned by Duke Frederick III.