New statement spreads hope for Prides this summer

Festivals are within reach! Today’s statement fosters hope for a summer with fewer restrictions and more opportunities to come together for bigger events.

On the anniversary of the first national lockdown, prime minister Mette Frederiksen held a short press meeting in front of Herlev Hospital. And for the first time in a long while, her statement encouraged optimism for this summer’s events, which includes WorldPride and EuroGames. When asked about the plans for reopening, the PM answered:

"I believe in an almost normalized Denmark come summertime. I am more optimistic than I have been for months"

Mette Frederiksen

This message is of course a welcome one for us! We’ve just executed a successful Winter Pride Week in a full digital format, and last summer we were able to find creative solutions to allow us to come together while keeping our distance, but it is no secret that we’ve hoped for the opportunity to have the big WorldPride, we’ve worked so long to bring to Copenhagen.

This optimism is mirrored in the Copenhagen 2021 team, although focus remains on securing the safety of all participants:

The health, safety and well-being of the public and visitors is our highest priority, and we take the threat posed by COVID19 very seriously. We are monitoring the situation closely and taking the advice of the Danish and Swedish health authorities and police, and local and national governments.

At the present time we are continuing to plan for full delivery of all Copenhagen 2021 events taking into the account the guidance and recommendations that apply now and whatever guidance is in place in August 2021. We are greatly encouraged by the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, telling Good Morning Denmark on 11 March that festivals are ‘within reach’.

We continue to look forward to this summer with hope and with a realistic expectation that we’ll be able to meet in the streets under the rainbow flags when WorldPride and EuroGames take place as a historical event in Copenhagen.

Would you like to know more? Visit the website of Copenhagen 2021,  which is updated regularly with the newest information about the event.

Photo by Tobias Jørgensen

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