Culture Night in the Botanical Garden

October 10 2014, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am

Culture Night is the largest annual cultural event in Copenhagen. More than 250 museums, theatres, libraries, churches, ministries, parks and squares across the city welcome the public.

This one night a year, you can experience the Botanical Garden’s magic after dark. Let the illuminated trails lead you through the old garden and enjoy the sound and light installations in secret rooms and hidden plant dens.


The Palm House: Forms in Nature Light Sculpture
Throughout the night, the beautiful Victorian Palm House comes alive with the artistic duo HildenDiaz’s magnificent artistic project. Experience the majestic palm trees and diverse leaf structures of the tropical plants projected on the windows of the greenhouse. See the shadows, light and colors create a dynamic and unique illumination. HildenDiaz is highly recognized worldwide for spectacular light installations such as “Colosseum”,” Vor Frue Kirke” and “AROS in flames.”

Reach for the Stars: Theatre Concert with Cosmic Clown
Three times during the evening, 7:00, 9:00 and 10:00 pm, you can experience the staged concert Reach for the Stars, cheerfully performing texts inspired by, among other things, astronomy. The music is provided by COSMIC CLOWN that in terms of genre mixes pop, funk and jazz, and the surprising costumes are designed by Sandra Miller Svendsen. Together they create a stage show that entertains and engages the audience.

Life of a flower – 3D dance performance on the lake in the Botanical Garden
Classical ballet and modern lighting technology come together in a fascinating encounter on the shiny surface of the lake. During the dance, we meet the seed that germinates and grows, dances in the wind and enjoys life under open sky, regardless of whether the sun shines or the rain falls. The music is modern and startling.

From flat fossil to deadly dinosaur
The Geological Museum is filled with a myriad of mysterious, fascinating and terrifying prehistoric animals: armored fish, prehistoric sharks and crocodiles, as well as giant marine reptiles. Throughout the night, Esben Horn and the company 10Tons will be sculpting, molding and painting with their incredible techniques in a mysterious world of teeth, spikes and claws. With photos and anecdotes they will reveal the secrets of the long process from fossils to zoological models and paleontological reconstructions. Read more…

See the starry sky at the Østervold Observatory
At the University of Copenhagen’s old observatory in the Botanical Garden, Øster Voldgade 3, we look at selected celestial objects through the impressive double telescope from 1895. The telescope is nearly five meters long and its lens has a diameter of 39 cm. It is built with an almost equally large telescope designed for photography on 15×15 cm glass plates. Due to fire safety there can only be maximum of 10 visitors at a time in the dome space, but while waiting you can hear about the building and astronomical topics. You can also go out on the platform around the dome, where there are three smaller telescopes. The event at the observatory is held in collaboration between the Niels Bohr Institute and the Danish Astronomical Society.

BIO city
Researchers from the Department of Biology camp in the Botanical Garden, Øster Farimagsgade 2B, and talk about life’s miracles. Learn more about DNA, water bears, snails and mushrooms, leaf-cutter ants, climate change and more. Children can try out fungal paint and The Øresund Aquarium provides a touch pool with fish and shellfish from Danish waters. Stop by and get some insight into the world of biological research.

Gaming Café
The Department of Mathematical Sciences invites you to the “Gaming Cafe” in the Botanical Garden. Hear about mathematical based winning strategies in sport games and board games. Try the strategies yourself in the cafe, and see if you can improve your winning chances in Scrabble, Wordfeud, Roulette and the popular game “Pass the Pigs”. No animals will be harmed. Find the café tent in the Botanical Garden, Øster Farimagsgade 2.

Your Culture Pass is the entrée ticket
The Culture Pass is a badge, which gives you free access to all Culture Night events and free public transport. Two children up to and including the age of 11 have free entrance to events and free transport accompanied with an adult in possession of a Culture Pass. Read more about the Culture Pass at

af Statens Naturhistoriske Museum den 29.09.2014

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