DSCN0759A leading European cultural event is set to attract big crowds of people to the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

On Friday, October 10, Copenhagen will stage its annual; ‘Night of Culture’; a city-wide event which has grown rapidly in statue since it was first held in 1993.DSCN0763

This year, Copenhagen will remain open throughout the night, with as many as 100,000 people expected to visit the city and attend more than 700 cultural events.

A city buzzing with excitement

From 6pm on Friday night, hundreds of museums, churches, exhibition halls, galleries and publicDSCN0753
buildings – some of which are not generally open to the public – will be a hive of activity, with events for all ages.

Copenhagen’s streets buzz with crowds of people, while shops and key buildings such as the city hall are usually ablaze with light for the Night of Culture.DSCN0762

Cultural diversity on show

Activities are integrated across the city, linking both major and minor cultural institutions and venues in an impressive display of Danish cultural versatility.

We were fortunate to attend DSCN0776the Night of Culture last year and our hosts showed us through some stunning buildings, including the striking headquarters of the Danske Bank at Holmen’s Kanal and the city hall, which was bathed in red lighting outside and adorned with Danish flags inside.

The  city centre was packed with people soaking up the excitement and atmosphere of the night.

Now that’s a clock!

DSCN0784Many of Copenhagen’s traditional attractions, such as Jens Olsen’s World Clock, are particularly popular during the Night of Culture, with large numbers of visitors from other countries.

Displayed in Copenhagen’s city hall, the world clock is made up of 12 movements which, together, have over 14,000 parts.

DSCN0780The astronomical clock is mechanical and must be wound once a week.

Displays include lunar and solar eclipses, positions of the stellar bodies, and a perpetual calendar, in addition to the time.

The fastest gear completes a revolution every ten seconds – and the slowest every 25,753 years.

DSCN0760The clock was started on 15 December 1955 by King Frederick IX and Jens Olsen’s youngest grandchild Birgit.

Special events

This year’s Night of Culture will include many special events, including performances by the Traditional Greenlandic Choir; art, craft and photography exhibitions; a gathering of prominent Danish writers, meditation, electronic music, robotics – and much more.

How to take part in Night of Culture

If you want to experience the cultural event, the ideal way is to obtain a Culture Pass. See how this can be done.

Copenhagen’s annual Night of Culture will be held on Friday, October 10.

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