Copenhagen awarded WorldPride 2021 event

Half a million participants are expected to visit Copenhagen when the Danish capital hosts the pro-diversity WorldPride festival in 2021.

Copenhagen awarded WorldPride 2021 event
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Scanpix

Copenhagen was awarded the event by a vote taken by organisers InterPride.

The result of that vote was announced by Happy Copenhagen, the Danish organisation responsible for the bid to bring the event to the Scandinavian country.

The organisers expect up to 500,000 people from around the world to visit the city during the event.

Happy Copenhagen lead secretary Lars Christian Østergaard told news agency Ritzau he was delighted at the decision.

“Right no we’re all celebrating and are happy. We did it,” Østergaard said.

“We have ambitions to spread across the world and to set the agenda within the LGBT community. We believe that Copenhagen can do that,” he continued.

The organisation hopes that 2021 will be a double event year for the city, with a decision on a host for the LGBTQ sporting event EuroGames to be made in March 2018.

WorldPride is a ten-day event.

“There will be a good mix of cultural events and concerts. The will be a huge human rights conference,” Østergaard said.

“There will also be a separate sports event. There will be rainbow flags all over the city and the whole city will be invited,” he added.

The bid to bring the event to Copenhagen was launched in 2015. The budget for planning and executing the event from 2018-2021is 94 million kroner (13 million euros), financed by contributions by the Hovedstad (Capital) regional administration and several local municipalities, including in the Swedish city of Malmö.

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Editor's note: a previous version of this article stated erroneously that the cost of the bidding phase, rather than the planning and execution of WorldPride 2021 in Copenhagen, was 94 million kroner. This has now been corrected.


Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).