Copenhagen Festivals in Copenhagen
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Copenhagen Festivals in Copenhagen

Cinema, music, theatre and food play their role in the city’s cultural scene with many festivals. Live it up all night long or celebrate Shakespeare in one of his famous settings.

Copenhagen loves to party, and it’s northern Europe’s largest festival city. All year round – not only in summer – you can find something special going on, whether it’s pop or jazz music, ballet, design or visual arts. Hip and classy guests and Danish organization, what else?


Love clubbing, dancing and shaking your booty to the rhythm of the music? Copenhagen Distortion is your haven – a celebration of nightlife and simply, a massive party.What started as a relatively small street festival, in a few years has developed into one of the biggest festivalsin Copenhagen with around 80,000-100,000people attending every day. It’s very well organized chaos with people having fun all day and all night long.

For the quieter grown-ups, the Copenhagen Jazz Festivalis perhaps the safer option. Jazz can be heard in every corner of the city featuring top international artists and local talent, from traditional to experimental. It happens every May.


Two different festivals are held every year in Copenhagen in Spring and Autumn. CPH:PIX takes place in April and it focuses on new talent and collaborations across artistic genres. CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, is held in November and is now one of Europe’s most important international documentary film festivals. No mainstream stuff but new and innovative docs about politics, environment, society and artistic works.


Lovers of Shakespeare can’t miss the Hamlet Summer at Kronborg Castle. Every summer in the outdoor courtyard of the castle, homage is paid to Shakespeare with traditional and contemporary pieces.

Those who love dance and performances will feel right at home in the inner courtyard of the Copenhagen City Police headquarters for the Copenhagen Summer DanceFestival. Every August the program is full of outdoor dance performances and the admission is free.


Copenhagen is the Nordic food capital and it’s clear why when you attend the annual Nordic food festival called Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival. Since 2005 this festival has been the main stage for northern gastronomy and international cuisine, and in 2011, 75,000 people attended. You’ll find plenty of food at the events in public spaces, featuring special menus and dinners in many restaurants, along with exhibitions and masterclasses. The main event takes place in August, but there is a winter edition in January/February.