Published January 6, 2022

2021 came to an end and so much happened for us here at Culture Box. A year with ups and downs but thankfully lots of support from our community and memorable moments with artists and guests to stay in our memories for a long time.

Let’s take a look at 2021 in review, and prepare for the rest of the year that just started and the reopening of nightlife.

1. The reopening of Culture Box.

September 1 turned out to be anything but a normal Wednesday night. After nearly 18 months of hiatus we were finally allowed to open the doors and reunite with friends, followers, our Culture Box family and no less than 10 acts on the first day of being back in business. Needless to say this was a highlight for us all and one for the books.

2. Openair event at Refshaleøen.

In July, the outdoor area of Hangaren sold out in the shortest period of time during the summer of 2021 with the Culture Box takeover on the poster. A capacity crowd flocked in great anticipation for a day with clear blue sky and up-for-it vibes at Refshaleøen while hundreds still waited in line in almost snake-like queues round the parking lot. Music from Angebot, Ida Daugaard, Minimalene, The Hunts and Tim Andresen made it a day and night to remember.

3. Debut night in September.

Debut is the name of our special nights with focus purely on the new breed of electronic music artists. Our thumbs up goes to the talented artists and our loyal guests who packed out the club in the 2nd week of September even without the presence of a big name headliner. It’s something we never thought was possible in the past. It shows the trust in the local talents and brings a smile on all our faces as talent work is top of the list here at Culture Box HQ.

4. Kevin De Vries and Peccāvī.

It’s really not fair to pick just one night when it comes to proper good vibes. However, we have to make an exception and highlight the show with Kevin de Vries and the Peccāvī crew. From the minute Skarn went on stage to the lights came on at the very end of Aja Gulris‘ performance, everyone was blown away by the party. Afterlife artist Kevin de Vries made his Culture Box debut playing the main set of the night and rating it one of his best experiences of 2021.

5. Guy J at What Happens.

The Israeli wizard now residing in Malta returned to Denmark’s longest running monthly club night What Happens. The presale tickets sold out weeks in advance and the night was anticipated by the dedicated club-goers of Copenhagen. Guy J and WH main man Tim Andresen took us on a 9 hour journey and ended on a high in front of a rammed dance floor Sunday morning at 9am. Highly rated by the audience and Guy J himself who called it one of the best club nights he ever played, we already confirmed a date in 2022 for these two to do their magic.

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6. Culture Box awarded Network And Genre Venue.

2021 was also the year where The Danish Arts Foundation (Statens Kunstfund) launched a new initiative awarding a limited number of music venues to be so called network and genre venues. We were proud to be selected one of just 14 in the large group of qualified applicants and later making it to the final 10 for the period of 2022-2024. Now let’s push and promote electronic music locally, regionally and nationally. We can’t wait to continue this work in association with the movers and shakers of our scene.

7. Running Rave 2021.

How to have fun and listen to electronic music while jogging? We invited Lützen to play live from a fully loaded DJ-bike and set the musical vibe in front of the group of runners in Fælledparken back in August. Unsurprisingly, it turned a few heads and generated smiles and funny moments at Østerbro. We’ll do it again this year so dust off your running shoes and get ready.

8. Culture Box Chillout.

On the last weekend of the summer, Culture Box proudly presented Culture Box Chillout at Nørrebro. The perfect relaxed Sunday in Hans Tausens Park featuring Bylja, Lulu Rouge, Palma, Pernille Krog Mogensen, Spherical Aberration and The Swan And The Lake. Cool laid back vibes, music and mindset, and overall a great contrary to what we normally do. The 2022 edition to come this summer.

9. Culture Box Unboxed.

Due to public demand and following several online meetings with our partner DPA during the first lockdown, we went on the road with our Culture Box Unboxed sessions for the very first time. How inspiring it’s been for us to meet, to teach and educate electronic musicians and producers across the country. We ended the year at home with a workshop guiding up’n’coming VJs in live visuals in performing arts.

Join our Unboxed community here for updates on future events.

10. Natural Connection.

Last but not least, we worked with emerging installation artists Lukas Keysell and Olivia Brix on a 3-day event which offered something quite different to the events that we usually host. In October, Culture Box opened its doors to visual and interactive art with the installation entitled Natural Connection. An interactive experience that invited us all to engage in multi-sensory communication with fungi’s interconnected root system — Mycelium. As you would only expect, something to remember.


Coming soon: 2022

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