South Africa may be thousands of miles from Copenhagen, but the city certainly isn’t missing out on the World Cup action. All 64 matches will be shown live on big screens throughout the city, including Irish pubs like The Dubliner and the Irish Rover. Football fever has found its way into the city’s culture in more unusual ways, however, including a contemporary art exhibition and outside the Royal Danish Theatre’s Playhouse, where World Cup coverage meets the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in World Cup Jazz.
At Kunsthallen Nikolaj, a contemporary art center housed in an old church, the exhibition ‘Kick Off – Contemporary Art and Football’ is now showing until August 8th. The group of international artists exhibiting have put football into their own unique perspectives to investigate the sport’s extraordinary effect on millions of people, from its fans and hooligans to its scandals and players.
Outside The Royal Danish Theatre’s Playhouse Skuespilhuset on the waterfront close to Nyhavn, the theatre’s restaurant Ofelia is to open a beach bar from the beginning of June through to early September, with lawns, sand, a stage and a bar. During the World Cup, an immense 54m2 screen will be set up to show all the games, which can be enjoyed with refreshments from the bar.
Not only that, but the football theme continues with a beach football tournament throughout the summer with local musicians, football players and comics. During the Jazz Festival (July 2-11), four jazz festivals will be held on the open air, harbor stage, as well as prominent local jazz musicians showing their dribbling skills in the football tournament. Later in the summer, Ofelia Beach Bar has different events planned, including summer ballet, opera al fresco and a large-scale celebration to mark the Royal Danish Navy’s 500th anniversary.
Photos from exhibition ‘Kick Off’ at Kunsthallen Nikolaj. Top: Florent Joliet (photographer), Laurent Perbos (artist). Also featured: Clip from Fikrat Atay’s video ‘Gooaal!!’