FOKUS videokunstfestival 2019

28. February 2019 to 31. March 2019

FOKUS festival 2020 will not have an Open Call. The 10th anniversary of the festival will be celebrated in 2020.

March 2019 presents plenty of new impressions and experiences at Nikolaj Kunsthal and in the surrounding Copenhagen Cultural District.

FOKUS video art festival 2019 offers topical and socially relevant themes at eight cultural institutions in Copenhagen.

So put your usual streaming services on hold and get yourself a new FOKUS with video art that is a far cry from the mainstream. This year’s edition for instance presents a video walk, a virtual reality work by Christian Lemmerz and an award show at The Court Theatre.

This 9th edition of the FOKUS video art festival features new and exciting works created by Danish and international artists. A jury of professionals from the worlds of art and film have selected 10 works among the many open call entries from a total of 20 different countries.


This year’s FOKUS presents a number of exciting events. Among these, there is the opportunity to join a video walk in the Copenhagen Cultural District: the FOKUS Walk’n’Talk is a guided tour of selected exhibition venues within the Cultural District where guests may experience some of the works and gain an insight into what lies behind them. At the end of the walk, coffee will be served at the Danish Architecture Center’s café at BLOX.

The Court Theatre provides the beautiful and historical setting for the 10 nominated works at this year’s award show that will take place on March 28. Here is the chance to see all the films with an introduction by the artists themselves and enjoy a glass of wine – and the works will, of course, be shown on the big screen in the old theatre room. 

As a new feature this year, an architect-designed pavilion will be built on Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads where guests can use the FOKUS app and posters to see the works on their mobile phones. All it takes is to download the app, scan the image and enjoy FOKUS.

The last two weeks of the exhibition furthermore presents the opportunity to experience Christian Lemmerz’s brand new virtual reality work Traum, allowing the spectator to move about in the border area between dream and reality. 

Som noget nyt i år vil der blive bygget en arkitekttegnet pavillon på Bertel Thorvaldsens plads, hvorfra man via FOKUS-appen og plakaterne kan se filmene på sin mobil. Alt, man skal gøre, er at downloade appen, scanne billedet og nyde FOKUS. De sidste to uger af festivalen kan man i Nikolaj Kunsthal opleve Christian Lemmertz’ helt nye virtual reality værk, Traum, der lader beskueren bevæger sig i grænselandet mellem drøm og virkelighed. Billetter bestilles til værket