WorldPride and EuroGames are set to bring the LGBTQI community to life next year
BY JEMMA TRACEY, IMAGE BY ANDREAS PAULSSON
Imagine a large scale, LGBTQI event where all LGBTQI women are seen, represented, and most importantly, included! For 10 days in August, Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden will host WorldPride and EuroGames in a huge combined event called Copenhagen 2021. It’s the first time that the world’s most significant Pride has combined with Europe’s largest LGBTQI multi-sport event.
Hosted by Copenhagen Pride and Pan Idræt – the Danish capital’s LGBTQI sports association – and in cooperation with Malmö Pride, Copenhagen 2021 will combine extensive and exciting programming in arts and culture, human rights, sports, activism and – of course – the opportunity to party, dance, and set yourself free.
Copenhagen as a city has a significant offering for LGBTQI women, from pop up social nights to a bricks and mortar bar for women (rare, right!?) and Malmö is no different. Sweden’s national LGBTQI organisation RFSL has branches across the country, and their Malmö branch regularly organises social events for LGBTQI people, and particularly for women. If swimming is your thing then Queer Kallis at Ribersborg’s cold bath house is for you! The bath house includes a sauna and is an inclusive and welcoming space for all LGBTQI people. The country also has a strong culture of lesbian organising, and the volunteers behind Lesbian Power Malmö (Lesbisk Makt) organise events from social brunches for LGBTQI women to live music performances.
In Copenhagen it’s a must to visit the legendary Vela, the city’s local bar for LGBTQI women. Located on Viktoriagade in the Vesterbro district, Vela is a cosy bar beloved by locals with good music and a little space for dancing. Close by in the city centre you can also find the recently revamped historical Danish Women’s House (Kvindehuset), which is a feminist, separatist (no cisgender men allowed) and socialist space.
The city is also blessed with numerous pop up events such as Lesbian Friday (Lesbisk Fredag), Female Oxygen, and the newly formed, Ladies Lounge Club. An insider’s tip is to keep an eye on Facebook and get involved in some of the local groups there in advance of your visit.
At Copenhagen 2021 our arts and culture programme includes a space specifically for women. Located on historic Gammel Strand in the shadow of the Danish parliament, the space will be programmed entirely by and for women, trans and non-binary people.
And you’ll also have the opportunity to follow along with 29 sports, cheer on 6,000 athletes, create change at our Human Rights Forum, and march proudly at our WorldPride parade.
We have our eye on the pandemic and are working on various contingency plans to be able to deliver Copenhagen 2021 in the safest way possible. And whilst we hope it won’t be necessary, registration fees for our own events are fully refundable should we need to cancel because of COVID.
We’re excited about having DIVA on board as our official media partner and we’re working together to ensure that we can bring you even more spaces and events for LGBTQI women.
After a difficult year filled with isolation and missing your community we hope that you can end this year on a high and start to think about joining us at Copenhagen 2021. We can’t wait to see you!
Copenhagen 2021 takes place from 12-22 August. Please visit copenhagen2021.com for more information.
Jemma Tracey is Communications Coordinator at Copenhagen 2021.