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Opened earlier this year, Hotel Cecil may is not exactly what its names implies, but it’s intended as a nod to its storied past. Designed in 1936 by Danish architect Ragna Grubbe, it forms an integral part of the Kvindernes Bygning – or ‘Women’s Building’ in English – the venue originally served as a meeting place and lecture hall for women. As such, it has played an important role in the history of women’s emancipation in Danish society. Fast forward to 2018: following previous incarnations as a hotel, a venue of the Royal Danish Theatre, and more recently, a popular venue for jazz music, it has morphed into a multifunctional venue for cultural events, hosting concerts, film screenings, comedy shows and lectures, and from the coming Fall season, it’ll also be home to a nightclub.

Hotel Cecil is managed by the people who run Bremen Teater, another niche cultural venue in the Danish capital, enabling direct access to the latter’s network and connections. Given the significant role that Hotel Cecil aims to play in the city’s cultural scene, meticulous attention has been given to its interior design which has been created in close collaboration with design brand Normann Copenhagen. The collab has greatly contributed to the venue’s brand identity as the furnishings blend well with the Art Deco-inspired backdrop. The brand’s designs can be found across the premises, and given the uniformity of all spaces, they contribute a great deal to the venue’s identity. Its Form chairs and tables can be found in the bar and stage area, accompanied by Amp pendant lamps and chandeliers. The artists’ lounge back stage is furnished with leather-upholstered Era sofas. Location: Hotel Cecil, Niels Hemmingsens Gade 10 (Indre by).

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