In a celebratory ceremony the team were recognised with an honorary prize awarded by the judges


The award ceremony took place at Cirkusbygningen in Copenhagen, more than 30 members of the Copenhagen 2021 team were present when they found out that the judges had decided to recognise the event for the impact it had, including amidst the global pandemic.

Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames included over 1300 events across 11 days in August, which took place in Copenhagen and the Swedish city Malmö. An estimate of 250,000 people were in attendance with international visitors from 70+ countries. Pan Idræt held the licence for EuroGames from EGLSF and Copenhagen Pride held the licence for WorldPride from InterPride. The two organisations formed Copenhagen 2021 to deliver the spectacular events.

In response to the award, Chair of Pan Idræt, Christian Bigom said: “When we began thinking about bringing EuroGames to Copenhagen we could never have imagined the complexities that would be brought about because of the pandemic. What our team delivered – especially the 22 sports tournaments – was truly incredible, and it is heartening that this effort has been recognised by the Danish Rainbow Awards. On behalf of Pan Idræt, thank you to all the judges!”

And Chair of Copenhagen Pride, Lars Henriksen said: “Despite the challenges we succeeded in delivering a hugely diverse WorldPride with the biggest every cultural and human rights programs, and we have created a firm legacy for our global event that focused on equality, love, human rights and sport. We did this for Copenhagen, for Denmark, for Scandinavia and for the world, and we are so happy to be recognised by the Danish Rainbow Awards Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!” Henriksen was also awarded as LGBT+ Person of the Year in recognition of his work to bring WorldPride to Copehnhagen.

Chair of Happy Copenhagen, Katja Moesgaard said: “I know I can speak on behalf of all the staff and volunteers when I say that we are honoured and grateful to the Danish Rainbow Awards for recognising the importance of Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames, and the legacy that we leave behind. We wanted to create an event that truly shows why Copenhagen is so often named as a leading city for LGBTI+ people, and despite the challenges, we are proud of what we achieved together.”

To everyone at team Copenhagen 2021, a huge congratulations from Team DIVA 👏

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