The streets are alive with music
Strøget’s 50th Anniversary – Copenhagen’s oldest walking street turns 50 this week. The shopping heart of Copenhagen will be offering everything from music to cuisine. Shop in style as many of the street’s stores will be offering both food and drink, as well as some exciting offers on their merchandise. First thing Saturday morning you can grab a piece of the typically Danish ‘kringle’ cake. There should be enough to feed all the guests as this particular cake is as long as Strøget itself – a whole 1.1 km. Enjoy Det Konglige Teater, flamenco dancers and house DJs, and party the night away with sangria and hotshots.
Strøget, Cph K; start Fri, ends Sun, from 10:00 every day; free adm
French Harpsichord Festival – This concert series covers the period spanning from early baroque to the French Revolution. It will celebrate the best known French clavecinistes like Francois Couperin Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-Henry d`Anglebert, Louis Couperin, and end with Jean-Francois Tapray and Claude-Bénigne Balbastre who played during the French Revolution when many of the instruments were destroyed because of their association with the aristocracy. The festival will feature Anders Danman, a Swedish musician who teaches in Denmark, Argentina’s Mario Raskin, who now lives and teaches harpsichord in Paris, and Aline Zylberajch-Gester, who studied in the US and now also teaches in Paris.
Cuban Festival – Lose yourself in the Cuban mood for three days of music, dance and general enjoyment. An integral part of Cuban life is when a dance party spontaneously erupts in the streets. This festival will aim to create that very atmosphere. Coming all the way from Havana, Lucumi Oni & Afrocuban Shooting Stars will play an Afro-Cuban jazz set. A Cuban/Danish salsa orchestra, Little Havana, will mix traditional and contemporary salsa tracks. For those who like to watch the dancefloor from the sidelines, Lucumi Oni is a dance performance, exploring the folk dance brought to Cuba by African slaves about 500 years ago. The festival ends with a bang on Sunday night at the Latin Jam and after-party.
Circus tent, Onkel Dannys Plads, Cph V; Fri 21:00-02:00, Sat 16:00-18:30, Sun 16:00-00:00, tickets 70-150kr depending on the event; www.globalgeneration.dk
Denmark Flag Day – Held at the impressive Christiansborg Slotplads, this event is in celebration and commemoration of all the Danish soldiers who have gone to war. Crown Prince Frederik, the government and parliament will lead the programme that includes the laying of wreaths, a parade with thousands of returned soldiers and a tribute concert in front of Christiansborg. Since just 2009, when the Flag Day celebration was first held, Denmark has sent more than 11,000 soldiers to war. Sigurd Barrett will provide entertainment for children and families. And hip-hop artist Milo will rap about being a soldier at war.
Christiansborg Slotplads, Wed 11:00-20:00; free adm; www2.forsvaret.dk
CPH World Music Festival – This quality world music event aims to create openness and understanding between people of different cultural backgrounds through music. The festival welcomes 65 Danish and international musical acts to a global mash-up of music inspired by different musical traditions. Listeners can hear sounds from Morocco, Togo and Mozambique, all the way to India. Explore musical styles as diverse as reggae, dance hall, urban African, Balkan, flamenco and jazz – or a wonderful concoction that is sure to seduce the senses.
Various locations, Thu 16:00-22:00, Fri 18:00-22:00, Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 10:30-20:00; some free events, check programme for ticket prices; www.cphworld.dk