“Copenhagen 2021 is the biggest and most significant LGBTI+ event ever held in Scandinavia”
IMAGE OF MALMÖ PRIDE 2018 BY ANDREAS PAULSSON
|The countdown to Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames is on. With just 100 days to go until the festivities commence, the organisers have released a statement, in which they acknowledge the government’s decision on major events, while expressing concerns at what they view as an “overly cautious approach”.|
They point out that this approach goes against the government’s expert group who advised just last month that “all restrictions could be lifted when people above 16 have been offered a vaccine”. According to the vaccine calendar, this should be achieved by the end of July. Copenhagen 2021 takes place 12-22 August.
The organisers also confirm that they will work within regulations to ensure planned events go ahead. The latest regulations allow major events to go ahead from 1 August, as long as capacity is capped at 5,000 and people are divided into separate areas with a 500 capacity. Attendees will need to provide proof of a vaccine or a recent negative test. If the vaccine roll-out and general pandemic situation improves, then events may be able to be scaled up in size.
Chair of Copenhagen 2021, Katja Moesgaard, comments:
“With 100 days to go until the start of our event we are pleased to finally have some clarity about the regulations, but disappointed that such a cautious and conservative decision has been made. Copenhagen 2021 is the biggest and most significant LGBTI+ event ever held in Scandinavia, and with the clarity we now have our focus is on the three months ahead. In the coming weeks we will publish more detail on how we will accommodate for these regulations.
“In the meantime we urge political leaders and the government to reconsider the regulations on a weekly basis to explore every option to safely increase the number of participants to allow more people to join us to campaign and celebrate equality. This is a unique event that will not be repeated in our lifetime and it is a vital opportunity for Denmark to shine as a global beacon of equality.”
In addition to 12 night of concerts at Rådhuspladsen and the WorldPride Parade, standout events include human rights events at Øksnehallen, Christiansborg and UN City, exciting sports tournaments across the city and a Sports Village at Islands Brygge, with fantastic culture events at Gammel Strand, Huset KBH and Rådhushaven.
There are plans for a major digital presentation of Copenhagen2021, with many events set to be livestreamed online for a global audience.
Find out more at copenhagen2021.com
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