Dancing in September

There are still a lot of outdoor activities even though we are in the middle of september and its getting colder.

Dancing
Detour is a dance festival taking place mostly at Frederiksberg at the Edison Theater. Its a lot of new urban dancing – Hip Hop – Only Female – and much more. Most of it in the coming weekend and with a different program every day.

Dont fear the weird
We all now this about weirdness. It is somehow repulsive, but yet, you cant help to be a little attracted to it. Letting yourself lose control. And it is theme in many movies, like Scorseses Taxi Driver. I have some friends that I call weird, whatever they are suffering from. Weirdness is the theme for the four day film festival that is presented in Cinemateket,  and arranged together with different psychiatric organisations. Runs from Tuesday September 11th to Friday 14th .

Folkets Hus in Nørrebro, has just reopened after being closed for almost a year, because of trouble with the local gangs. Wendesday they are making a birthday party. With vegan food, music, films, quiz and storytelling.
If you like a more loud evening, go to Raahuset, Vesterbro  for some italian Ska / punk band, with two danish warm up bands.

Thursday in Mayhem, the electronic scene in Østerbro, near the Candy Factory. The perfect spot for a industrial evening with bands from Australia and Germany. Arranged by  Bragagild.

Also very experimental is Embryo, that is legendary Jazz / Kraut Rock band formed in Germany 1969. Also very Frank Zappa like, but non of the original members are left in the band. They are playing thursday at Alice in Nørrebro.

In one of my favorite bars – Lygtens Kro, Nørrebro – they are having a visit from France when The Baked Beans (What a name for a french band) is dropping by, playing there 1960´s psychedelic garage rock, and supported by Danish FYR. Thats on thursday 14th .

More french is at the Opera in Christiania, when they have rappers dropping by. Could be a fun evening with Hip Hop in french. Its on friday

More friday evening is the small cafe of Kimia, in Blågårdsgade, Nørrebro, where they are having Reggae icon Princess T giving a DJ set. Its often very nice with these evenings in Kimia. Hygge and so so.

Loppen has Fastpoholmen playing. The are danish/ swedish and are a local band. (Like in very very local). Folk and a bit of ethnic. Expect a big party.

This weeks Death Metal is out at Ungdomshuset, with bands playing Saturday and Sunday. It is part of the big birthday party that takes place in all September. Remember ear plugs!!!

Street party at The Red Square

In The Red Square at Nørrebro there is a big street party celebrating the etnical divercity of the neighbourhood. It continues on Sunday, when the main street – Nørrebrogade is closed, so there is chalk drawing at the street, a flea market and shops are selling for cheap prices. A nice day. This is because the annual Half Marathon are closing the street anyway. So why not make it into a party.

Mexico is far away, but on Saturday it comes a bit closer when the Mexican Embassy is celebrating the Mexican independence day. It with bands, food and I except som tequila as well. And not cheap stuff they sell in the supermarkets, but the real thing. At Blågårds plads. Nørrebro.

 

Photo: Feridah Rose performing at the World Music Festival last week

World music, Kil Town and Tech are the festivals of the week

So now we are into september, and the weather is still nice and comfy.

World music festival
Again this year, there is the World Music festival. Starting with a opening concert at the Town Hall Square, and going on until sunday. There are concerts and workshops taking place alle over the city. A lot of music from all over the world, and many of the musicians are residents in Denmark or the neighbouring countries. So it is not the big international names, but more local stars. Full program
On wendesday you should go and hear Rambo Banjo and the Slickpickers, playing blues grass at Bobuska in Linnesgade.

Kil Town
Kill- Town Death Fest, is in Pumpehuset, and also in Byhaven. A hole lot of metal a bands are ready to grease your ears with the sweet sound of metal. In byhaven it is free of charge, and indoor it is sold out.

Tech
If you understand the lingo, you will be a lot wiser. The Tech festival is taking place at the Meat Packing District in Vesterbro. A lot of talks, seminars and workshops. So a lot of nerds will be around. It is 200 DKK for a writsband and it is from Wendesday to Saturday. On friday You can go to Underwerket in Valby where there are a couple og young punk bands playing in ”punks undead vol 77”.

Loppen has an all girl surf band, off course from LA California. La Luz is playng with a swedish support band ironically called The Boys. Its saturday.

Also on saturday at  Alice you can find the Danish /Turkish Takaf playing. In the 1960´s and 70´s there was a psych wave in Turkey from Ankara and Istanbul, and this is what Tukaf is about. Could be a absolutely faboulous concert.

More world music – but not part of the festival – at Operaen Christiania, when Balkan vs Swing are inviting the German band The Goodnight Circus for a concert. A lot of dancing in there, and with late night Djs you are in for a party all night. Bring cash!!!

Climate March
We are all concerned over the Climate, but who is actually doing something? Saturday September 8th is World Climate Day,  with demonstratins all over the world. In Copenhagen it is at Thorvaldsens Plads at 1 PM. There are also a lot of other events. So this is your chance to raise your voice.

Flea markets
We are still in the Flea market season, so here are the streets and areas, where you have the chance of finding good cheap stuff in the weekend:
Saturday: Willemoesgade, Østerbro.

Sunday: Onkel Dannys Plads at Halmtorvet, Vesterbro – Islands Brygge – Studenterhuset, opposite the Round Tower at Købmagergade – At Reffen, the local handicraft artist are selling there unic stuff,

And then at Folkets Hus, Nørrebro there is a cake competion. So if you love cake like I do, it is 5 kroners a piece.

 

Photo: Origami dance performance at Ofelia Square, opposite the Opera House

Autumn has hit the country, and we will turn more towards indoor activities. The live music venues are opening up again, and we are reaching the last outdoor performances.

If you wonder about the high security level in the center of Copenhagen, it is because President Macron of France is on a official visit. It is tuesday and wendesday.

Freedom Music Festival  is a 6 day indoor thing starting Tuesday. Taking place at Koncertkirken in Blågårds Plads and at Cinemateket at Gothersgade. It is mostly something like improvisasions from all over the world and just a couple of concerts at day. Organised by Troels from Insula Music record shop.

Another small festival is Copenhagen Song Writers Festival , lasting for five days and starting on wendesday. A lot of hopefull local talents with a guitar are turning up. Might be here we are finding the next Leonard Cohen 🙂
It is at Raahuset – Onkel Danny Plads at Vesterbro.

Nordic fado

On friday you can find this Little concert at the Cafe Globen where the Fado of Portugal will meet the folk music of Scandinavia. It is nothing big, but it sure will bring you in a good mood. My good friend Anne is playing the Violin, and I can say without lying, that she is the best in Denmark with a fiddle

Slap stick – tight rope
With something inbetween a clown and a super tightrope walker this is something special to watch. Miettes from France are performing, and there are free tickets here in the weekend. Its at three different venues, and I think it will an experience of a lifetime. I have booked tickets to Thursday August 30th . Arranged by Metropolis. 

More bodies moving
Origami is the japanese art of paper folding. I dont know how it is possible to combine Origami with shipping containers and dancing. But this is what is happening at Ofelia Plads at the harbour and Skuespilhuset (The Playhouse). It is Saturday and Sunday september 1st and 2nd .

More Live music
Three of the best live music venues are opening up after the summer break. Loppen with Local Indie band Two Trick Pony playing on friday Augsut 31st . The day before GZA from Wu Tang clan is performing, but it is sold out. And there is something for you Black metal hearts when danish Solbrud is playing Sunday sepetember 2nd. This could turn out to be a very good concert.

At Alice you can find the new program with world and jazz music. And here I will mention the Thurday concert with ghanesian King Ayisoba, and especially the friday concert with Saharan desert blues Bombino. Its sold out, so you have to try your luck at the door, or check facebook for tickets in excess.

And Ungdomshuset in Nordwest are making a 10 years birthday month with all sort of concerts and other events. Remember the Folkekøkken every thursday at 6 o´clock with vegan food. Friday 31st there is a really super line up, speareheaded by Lucy Love playing grime, but you can also find Copenhagen punk legends President Fetch and War Of Destruction.

Back to the future
What to do on a sunday with a hangover? For the nerds you can go to Cinemateket and the Back to the future film triology. 6 hours of film starting in the afternoon, and going well into the evening. Its in english with danish subtitles.

Summer is almost gone

Did you have a good weekend? With pride and the 400th birthday of Christianshavn? Well now it is back to everyday life, summer is almost over, schools have started, everybody are working again.

Put the party keeps on going!!

For example at Underwerket where Crywank is playing punkrock supported by two local bands. Its at tuesday 21st in Valby.

Even thou the pride is over, there are still related events in LGBTQ fora, with free films in Ravnsborggade with Mix Copenhagen.

Stengade:
Is also opening up after summer holidays, with a great evening for dancing when ”The night flight Orchestra” (like if Meat Loaf and Toto had a love child) are playing at friday 24th. There from the homeland of Abba: Sweden

Two festivals:
And there are two festivals in the weekend. The first is Kultur havn – ”Culture harbour”, is a lot of arrangements from local sport, art, culture, dancing and guided architecture tours in Nordhavn. Part of it is the Cliff Diving Contest from the Opera House (27 meters). You can watch it from the Ofelia Square. Its sponsered by a energy drink company. And yet another sport is the Swim around Christiansborg – The Parlament. Also on the 25th

The second festival is Uhørt – ”unheard off” with new and upcoming bands that are given a chance for a larger audience. It is in the halls at Vesterbro / sydvest, so close to the city.

Flea markeds

Two special flee markets: Bike Flea market at Bolchefabrikken / Buddha bikes.
Music instrument flea markets by 4sound  at Aabenraa just by Kongens Have and the Roundtower.
And there are a couple af street partys at Vesterbro for you: This time it is Skydebanegade that are making a 30 years celebration af the renewal of the street.
Not so far away at Carlsberg Byen there´s another street party.

Photo: Jim Jones and the Righteous Minds at Gutter Island Garage Rock Festival

Will the summer ever end?

Now the sun is beginning to go down at 9 PM, and with the beautifull weather it is perfect for outdoor film watching. The season starts with The Cinematek shoving films at Kongens Have. Tuesday its an old Wim Wenders Classic: Buena Vista Social Club.  and in the coming weeks there will be more free outdoor cinema. I tell you about it later 😉

Sunday concert at Nemoland – Christiania is electronic rapper Lucy Love, check her videos: and Rapper from Aarhus Marwan, it is off course free of charge, and mayby I meet you there. But besides that here are very few concerts in this week.

If you are looking for some slow moving ambient Chill out, head for Frederiksberg Have (Gardens) and the Stella Polaris Festival. They say it is one of the biggest Chilling festivals in the world, and it takes place every year. And with this lovely summer, it seems like a very good place to spend your saturday.

Dancing

Metropolis is presenting free dance performances around the city. It is both in late evening and early mornings. Led by Joanne Leighton, who is a choreografher / dancer, and the international dance company WLDN. Check it out.

I am not a big fan of Opera. In fact I have never seen one for real in a theater. But there is a Opera festival going on – with free concerts at The food market at Israels Plads.

Going fast

Motorsport is not a really big thing in Copenhagen but in the weekend there is a race with old historic cars like Aston Martin, Porsche and Lotus. It takes place in Nordvest, but they call it Bellahøj, because it sounds finer.

Wake Boarding is like water skiing on a board. But here it is after a cable car dragging you through the water. There is danish championships, so a lot of tricks on display there. Copenhagen Cablepark in Amager is the host to this event.

Fleas

After a break in July the flea market season starts up again, this time with two good ones. Saturday at Enghave Plads Vesterbro, and Sunday at Stefansgade Nørrebro you can catch a good thing. “A Flea market a day, keeps the bad times away”.

Photo: Flea Market season starts up again