8 reasons not to miss this delightful event taking place in August

BY NADIA DAVIES

Copenhagen 2021 – the joint celebration of WorldPride and EuroGames – is taking place in Copenhagen and Malmö from 12-22 August and we cannot wait. After a year of lockdown, restrictions and no Pride events in the UK, we couldn’t be more excited to glitter up and get dancing. With as many as 750,000 guests expected to join events across 11 days, here are 8 reasons to book your trip now. 

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Two opening ceremonies! 

Malmo opens its WorldPride Stage on 12 August, with a glittering mix of local and international performers kicking off the festivities. The opening of WorldPride Square in central Copenhagen on 13 August marks the official opening of Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride. 

Two Pride parades!

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Malmo will host WorldPride’s opening parade, while Copenhagen’s parade will mark the culmination of WorldPride, with an incredible 60,000 people expected to take part. The parade route will have no fencing, so spectators can join is as the parade makes its way through the city, epitomising the events theme, #YouAreIncluded.

EuroGames

EuroGames 2021 is a safe space for LGBTQI athletes to compete and have fun, while fighting discrimination in sport. Consisting of 29 tournaments open to athletes of all abilities, sexualities, and gender identities, EuroGames promises to be the most inclusive sporting event ever. 

Drag Night

Copenhagen’s Drag Night is a huge celebration of all things drag. With a diverse range of talent including Drag Kings, Trans Kings and Queens, Bio Kings and Queens, Non-Binary and Genderfuck Drag and Drag Queens, this will truly be a night to remember.

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Eurovision Night 

Grab your scorecards as Malmo hosts a Eurovision night to remember, with artists performing some of the many memorable hits from Eurovision’s 65-year history. Dix points!

Stella Polaris, WorldPride Edition

Copenhagen WorldPride hosts Stella Polaris, the world’s biggest free chill-out, electronic, downtempo festival. Celebrating its 25th year, expect chilled vibes and a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for when you’ve been partying too hard!

Unbound

Showcasing the best in LGBTQI performing arts talent, Unbound is a party for those who appreciate something a little different from their Pride entertainment. Expect theatre, stand-up, opera, dance, classical music, and more.

A huge closing ceremony

The WorldPride Concert and Closing Ceremony will be the biggest LGBTQI celebration ever staged in Scandinavia. Expect major international music artists, speeches from world leaders, powerful advocacy and human rights messaging, and handovers of the titles of WorldPride and EuroGames to Sydney and Nijmegen respectively.

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Lars Henriksen chairperson of Copenhagen Pride, said: “We really are creating a WorldPride for the whole world and showcasing talent and artists from across the globe. We’ve taken the trusted model of Copenhagen Pride, and elevated and expanded it for the international LGBTI+ community. 

“After a terrible and challenging 18 months for everyone, this will be an event to create hope, optimism and dreams of the future.”

Anna Tenfält, Managing Director of Malmö Pride, added: “Our 11 nights of WorldPride Concerts in Malmö will really bring to life the collaboration between our two cities and make that 30-minute train ride worthwhile. 

“We’ll be showcasing the very best of Swedish and international LGBTI+ talent and showing that in Malmö, whoever you are and whomever you love, #YouAreIncluded in our city.”

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For more information go on the Copenhagen 2021 website and download the smartphone app.

Images by Andreas Paulsson

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