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Pick of the Week: Danish Music and Film Festival

The leaves are changing their colours, and Fall has undeniably started. This week, Pick of the Week encourages you to embrace it with walks in the park, out- or indoor concerts, and by cruising the city to see movies at Copenhagen's lesbian, gay, bi- and transgender festival

3: Danish Music

‘Spil dansk dagen’ – ‘Play Danish Day’ – has been around since 2001 and aims to give credit to the Danish music scene by encouraging everyone who plays or listens to music to do it in Danish for a day. You may not speak Danish, but the language of music is understood by all, so don’t miss this semi-nationalistic day of celebration.

This year, the day is bigger than ever, with over 1,000 concerts and events programmed. The concerts are usually free, or at least very cheap, and are to be found all around the country.

If you feel more like staying home than going out in the cold, no worries: Play Danish Day will come to you! All of DR’s radio stations – including our favorite, P3 – will be playing exclusively Danish music the entire day, giving you a chance to celebrate Play Danish Day in the comfort of your own living room.

Spil Dansk Dagen. Thursday 27 October. See the events of the day here.

2: Assistens Kirkegården

Danes are strange. A case in point is the huge cemetery in the middle of the city, the Assistens Cemetery. It is not just a place for dead people. On the contrary, it is used and enjoyed very much by the living, making this spot on Nørrebro quite unique. It is perfectly acceptable to run, sunbathe, hang out and grab a snack here. A beautiful oasis from the busy city life just outside, the cemetery is as much a botanical, as a historical site.

We recommend you enjoy the first taste of fall in all its glory by taking a walk inside the yellow walls of the cemetery. Not only will it give you a chance to see the red-yellow leaves on the trees before they disappear completely, you can also take a moment to study the graves of some of Denmark’s most esteemed personalities over the years and pay your respect to the likes of Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard and Dan Turéll.

Assistens Kirkegård. Kapelvej 4, 2200 Copenhagen N

1: Mix Copenhagen

This week, the lesbian, gay, bi- and transgendered film festival Mix is taking over Copenhagen. Focusing on issues concerning sexuality and gender, the film festival takes a stand and stands out among the many festivals that take place during the year, making it our top pick of the week.

Mix’s program presents everything from documentaries about adolescent homosexuality in the Dutch/American ‘Help, We’ve Got A Gay In the Class’ to talk-of-the-town director Xavier Dolan’s movie ‘Heartbeats’. And if you’re thirsty after a showing, Vela Gay Club and Oscar Bar offer drinks for happy-hour prices the entire week – all you have to do is show your ticket.

Mix even has it’s own award – two of them, actually: Bent and Lili. The Bent is awarded to a writer, producer or director who in their movies have created an honest and believable portrait of a homosexual, bisexual or transgendered person. Lili is Mix’s own Oscar, and is given out in four categories. With movies, awards and events on the schedule, Mix Copenhagen promises an entertaining and enlightening week, making us actually look forward to Monday!

Mix Copenhagen, 21 to 30 October. Buy tickets and see entire program here.

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