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Pick of the Week: Culture Night

Next Friday is Culture Night, a modern Copenhagen tradition. Pick of the Week reveals some must-dos for the evening

This week’s top picks are focused on the upcoming culture week in Copenhagen. With more than 500 programmed events, it’s going to be a jungle out there this Friday – but no worries, we will steer you towards our top 3 events, ensuring that you don’t have the agony of decision, which can be bewildering.

Culture Night started in 1993 and is supposed to stimulate your cultural curiosity, with over 500 institutions taking part. The University of Copenhagen, as one of these institutions, has itself loads of stuff going on come Friday.

A guide to what the University of Copenhagen has in the offering on Culture Night, is upcoming on the University Post, but here we concentrate on the rest, and have made three key recommendations.

3: Photography x 2

Culture Night is your excuse to go out and be extremely cultural, bordering on the pretentious. Here at Pick of the Week, nothing makes us happier than this chance to embrace our inner feinschmecker. We recommend you not one, but two photography exhibitions, giving you the opportunity to contrast and compare two different sides of the same media.

‘Ny Dansk Fotografi’ – ‘New Danish Photography’ – gives you the chance to catch up on a new generation of shakers and movers on the Danish photography scene. Fotografisk Center is devoted to promoting awareness about what Danish art photography has to offer, and on Culture Night, a special exhibition here will present the work of several prominent Danish photographers, all born in the 1970s.

For a more international focus, we recommend 16tyve’s exhibition humbly titled ‘World Class Photography’. The pieces shown here have been carefully and consciously selected, and aim to bring you around the world through different genres in photography; we are especially looking forward to seeing the Russian photographer Yuri Korzyrev’s work from the conflict zones in the Middle East.

New Danish Photography: Fotografisk Center, Pasteurvej 14, 1799 Copenhagen V. Time: 18-22

World Class Photography: 16tyve. Vesterbrogade 80B, 1620 Copenhagen V. Time: 19-01.

2: Homeless football

You might not have known it, but Denmark has it’s very own national football team exclusively for homeless men. The project started in 2003 and has been a huge success ever since. The team has been competing internationally for years, and latest in the Homeless World Cup 2011 in Paris, where the Danish team placed 4th.

Like any other national team, the players of the homeless football team have to prove their value before being chosen, but an important part of the project is to build a social network for a group of people who can be isolated in their everyday lives. The team players are chosen based on their skills on the field and their social- and life situations.

But don’t mistake the team’s motto, ‘hugs, squeezes and love’, for a softy approach to the game. This Friday, with confidence still soaring after their fourth place at the World Cup, the national homeless team invites you and you own team to play against them! If you’ve got what it takes, get a team together and be at Boblehallen at 20.00!

The National Homeless Football team. Boblehallen, Pasteursvej 10, 1799 Copenhagen V. Time: 20-22

1: After party at Carlsberg

What better way to end a night of culture than to do some partying? After Culture Night has officially ended, the after party in Carlsberg’s TAP 2 is in a category of it’s own, a definite must-do, and therefore our top pick of the week.

Week 40 is actually the official alcohol awareness week, and the powers that be have for years and years tried to use this week to convince the Danish people to limit their alcohol consumption. However, something tells us that this will be abandoned by Carlsberg this Friday, where the party starts at 11 and doesn’t end until 4.

Three top-notch DJs – Djuna Barnes, Jean von Baden and Christian D’or – are lined up to keep the party going until the early morning. We are especially looking forward to see what ticks Jean von Baden, party promoter extraordinaire and former go-go dancer in Ibiza, has up his sleeve. But if you’re more interested in live band music, fear not – up-and-coming band Ulige Numre are already booked, and more will be revealed during the week on the website.

After party at Carlsberg, TAP 2. Time: 23.00 – 04.00

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