Copenhagen’s Wondercool celebrates creativity in all its forms, but this year’s programme is especially promising for food-lovers. Today on the Radisson Blu blog, we’ve rounded up the best of what to see, do and eat at this year’s festival.
This February, Copenhagen will be transformed by Wondercool, a month-long artistic extravaganza bringing together food, music, drama and design. Nine festival and institutional partners will converge in one sensational winter event, spread throughout over 200 of the city’s best venues. If it sounds like too much to take in, we’ve got you covered – these top picks will help you plan your Wondercool weekend.
For eclectic tastes: The Snow Queen
Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen has been adapted for the screen and the stage; it has been a ballet, an opera, and even inspired recent Disney box office sensation Frozen. Mette Martinussen’s culinary narrative might just be the most inventive interpretation yet. This unique piece of sensory theatre brings the fairy tale to life, using engaging visual displays like spit-roasted hare to engage all the senses. The production runs all month at the Republique Theatre, including English performances on 18 and 19 February.
Get the good times flowing: Turboweekend and The Mountains
We admit that to knowing very little about these bands except that they’re Danish and their names are cool – but since the performances will be held at Christian IV’s Brewhouse, one of Copenhagen’s most historic buildings, they’re definitely worth a mention. The former brewery dates back to the early 17th century, and over the years, it’s also been a significant military fortification. On 21 and 22 February, these musical performances will offer the first public access to Christian IV’s Brewhouse, presented by FROST. You’ll enter through the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum, where a collection of video artists will be projecting their works as part of the Bring Your Own Beamer event.
Re-imagine a familiar favourite: #OLDBRITANNIA
Presented by Copenhagen Cooking – a foodie festival with a regular following and a firm favourite with our Radisson Blu Royal Hotel – Old Britannia is a three-course pop up dinner celebrating the most classic British staples: fish and chips. The night is organised by Street Corner Kitchen, sister brand to Copenhagen’s celebrated Guerilla Dining. Expect perfectly crisp batter, pillowy-on-the-inside chips and highly flavourful mushy peas. This is street food with an edge, followed by even heartier home-style classics shepherd’s pie and apple crumble. While Copenhagen Cooking promises plenty of exciting dining experiences, including a mafia-style Sicilian dinner and liquorice festival, this year’s celebration of British cuisine is sure to draw a crowd – so book your seating quickly.
Dip into a new market: Torvehallerne
Visiting Torvehallerne Market is a great way to explore Copenhagen’s latest culinary creations – and snack between events. With over 60 vendors including Arla Unika (a bold range of artisanal Nordic cheeses inspired by the French concept of terroir) and Summerbird Chocolate (world-renowned for their rich, concentrated chocolate and unique flavour combinations), you can really let your gastronomic imagination run wild.