Copenhagen Pride announces first details of August events

Copenhagen Pride will return to the city’s streets from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 August, the organisation confirmed today. 

Rådhuspladsen will once again be transformed into ‘Pride Square’ with stages for speeches and entertainment, booths, food and drink and other activities. The human rights program will return to the debate tent at Regnbuepladsen, and the iconic Parade will run from Frederiksberg Rådhus to Copenhagen Rådhus on Saturday 17 August.

Pride’s theme for 2024, ‘with Pride’, emphasises the need for LGBTI+ people to use Pride as an opportunity to reinforce the community at a time when there is an increase in anti-LGBTI rhetoric across the world, and when hate crime is on the rise. Research published on Tuesday showed that almost half of LGBTI+ people in Denmark experienced discrimination in the last year.

Highlights of Copenhagen Pride 2024 will include:

  • Free concerts will once again lead the entertainment including the world-famous Drag Night on Friday 16 August and the Pride Concert on Saturday 17 August
  • Youth Pride returns on Thursday 15 August and the Children & Rainbow Families area will be back in Rådhushaven
  • The Parade will again be led by organizations celebrating anniversaries: SLM København (50 years), Pan Idræt (40 years) and Tegnbuen (40 years).
  • The diplomatic corps are expected to march again as Diplomats for Equality, and for the second year the Parade will be all-electric, with no diesel vehicles
  • Human rights activists from around the world will be invited to Copenhagen to participate in our human rights program
  • A full program, including events hosted at cultural venues around the city, will be published on 22 July

Chairperson of Copenhagen Pride, Benjamin Hansen, said:

“Despite the difficulties we have faced this year, our volunteers and staff are working hard to deliver a brilliant and inclusive Copenhagen Pride in August. We will deliver eight days of events to once again ensure our community has the opportunity to come together with Pride and stand for LGBTI+ rights.”

Copenhagen Pride also released the first round of commercial partners who are supporting this year, many of whom attended a preview presentation at Tivoli yesterday. As in previous years, more partners will be added as the event draws closer.

“I am extremely grateful to the partners who have renewed or joined us for the first time this year. Standing up for LGBTI+ human rights is important, and we applaud our partners for taking a stand with Pride,” said Benjamin Hansen.

Copenhagen Pride’s efforts to restore trust with their supporters include the creation of an advisory board with representatives of commercial partners, to meet twice each year to give feedback on the Pride’s plans and objectives.

Pride’s supporters are encouraged to sign up to volunteer, and to buy the official support wristband which goes on sale today via the Copenhagen Pride webshop, and in retail outlets across Denmark next month. 

The announcement coincides with the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia  (IDAHOBIT) which takes place every 17 May to commemorate the date in 1990 when the World Health Organization stopped classifying homosexuality as a mental illness.

Media enquiries to Amalie Søndergaard at HAVE Kommunikation. [email protected] / +45 28 58 81 50.

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