On Monday 17 May we announced changes to WorldPride and EuroGames events taking place in Copenhagen and Malmö in August.
In early May the Danish government published COVID19 restrictions that will be in place in August. We said at the time that we felt these restrictions were ‘overly-cautious’, as they went against the advice of the government’s own expert group. Whilst that remains our view, with only three months to go, we have to find a way forward to deliver our events in the best possible format for the largest possible audience.
Our focus has been on creating a safe event for our team, partners, participants and guests. We have worked closely with our safety partner RF Experience and have developed our long-standing scenario based on smaller-scale events.
The following is a summary of all changes to events and we will publish details of new venues and ticketing arrangements as soon as possible.
- The WorldPride Opening Parade in Malmö is cancelled.
- The WorldPride Parade in Copenhagen is replaced by six activism-led WorldPride Marches that will take place on Saturday 21 August. Details of routes, times and dates will be published in July.
- The WorldPride Stage in Rådhuspladsen is moved to an indoor concert venue, which will be ticketed. Details of the performances and ticketing will be published in July.
- All WorldPride Stages in Malmö are cancelled in their original format.
- A number of new WorldPride venues are being added across Copenhagen.
- A WorldPride Viewing Area for up to 8,000 ticketed guests will be installed in Fælledparken, from where the live-stream of the concerts can be viewed. There will be bar and toilet facilities. Details will be published in June.
- WorldPride Square at Rådhuspladsen, Copenhagen becomes a meeting place and focal point with a market place and other activities.
- The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be moved to an indoor concert venue. Details will be published in June.
- There is no change to the 29 sports tournaments, and registration is open until 12 July.
- The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are moved to an indoor concert venue. Full details will be published in June.
- The Proud Mile – part of the Opening Ceremony – will be arranged in groups of 500 participants.
- At Sports Village at Islands Brygge, the stage is removed but all other plans remain the same.
- A second Sports Village area will be added to ensure EuroGames participants are able to relax with their friends without areas becoming too crowded. Details will be published in June.
- The Sports Leader Conference is unaffected.
Arts & Culture
- External events by our cultural partners are unaffected by this announcement, but will follow government restrictions on the number of people in attendance.
- The 1:1 Democracy Festival at Kvægtorvet, Øksnehallen, will have a maximum capacity of 500 people.
- All other Human Rights Forum events are unaffected.
It remains our intention that all events should be free of charge. Where we need to introduce ticketing for events, we will try to ensure that these tickets are free.
However, ticketing is required so that should an outbreak of COVID19 be detected after an event, we can contact attendees to inform them of the need to test and isolate. This would be done via email from Copenhagen 2021.
Travel restrictions and testing
Please visit our COVID19 page for information on travel restrictions.
In Denmark, rapid testing sites will be available in Copenhagen and these will be open to non-residents. Rapid testing is free of charge. You will need to provide a telephone number, and be registered with the covidresults.dk website.
More information on testing can be found here (in Danish).