What’s going down in Pride Week?

Copenhagen Pride Week 2017 is kicked off today and you can look forward to 6 full days of pride celebrations, performances, concerts, drag shows and an ambitious Human Rights Program as Copenhagen Pride has announced a program far bigger than ever before. It seems that the whole capital of Denmark is ready to light up in rainbow colors and celebrate love, pride and diversity from August 15 – 20.

Copenhagen Pride Week

Copenhagen Pride Week keeps expanding and growing both when it comes to representation, participation and the number of events catering to the LGBT+ community. Never before have this many organisations, companies, brands and venues joined the rainbow, gotten themselves actively involved and thrown in their full support for pride and inclusion. Both the Danish Prime Minister, The National Museum, Copenhagen Zoo, 7-Eleven, Copenhagen City Hall, Starbucks, ILLUM and the US Embassy are involved along with a very long list of other public institutions, NGO’s, unions and businesses.

True to tradition Copenhagen City Hall Square will be transformed into Copenhagen Pride Square from August 15 – 19, offering free concerts every night and rainbow activities, pop-up shops and quirky happenings during the day.

The human rights program includes talks, workshops and debates and they take place in the debate tent or downstairs at the restaurant Steak Royal – both located right on Regnbuepladsen (The Rainbow Square) just across from the City Hall Square.

Stars on Pride Stage
By announcing the Canadian singer and queer icon Peaches as the headliner for the Pride Show on Saturday August 19, Copenhagen Pride are loudly and proudly signaling that the festival wants to be in the very top of the European pride chart and make the Danish capital one to be seriously reckoned with when it comes to choosing international rainbow destinations. This goes very well with the ambitions of winning the bid for hosting World Pride in 2021.

On Friday August 18 one of the biggest drag shows in Europe is put on stage for the annual Drag Night which will be headlined by the hugely popular RuPaul’s Drag Race star, Katya.

Thursday night – on August 17 – one of Denmark’s best singers, Nabiha, will be performing on Pride Stage alongside a handful of up-and-coming LGBTQ artists for the “Under the Rainbow” concert , while Wednesday night is dedicated to Norway when Oslo Pride takes over the stage and presents stars from further up North.

Pride Parade with changes
Copenhagen Pride Parade takes place on Saturday August 19 departing from Frederiksberg Town Hall Square at 13:00. Due to road construction the route has been changed a bit this year, meaning that the parade will go down Frederiksberg Allé and enter Vesterbrogade from there. Copenhagen Pride are expecting yet another record-breaking parade in terms of participants, and somewhere between 30.000-35.000 people are estimated to join the parade this year.

This week on Pride Stage
The overall headlines on Pride Stage located on the Copenhagen City Hall Square are:

  • 15.08: Take me back Tuesday: A night full of golden oldies, unforgettable songs, musical hits and sing-along tunes.
  • 16.08: From Oslo with Love: Oslo takes over Pride Stage to serve you a yummy selection of their most shiny rainbow stars. Hosted by Oslo Pride.
  • 17.08: Under the Rainbow: Open-air concert with up-and-coming LGBTQ+ artists headlined by Nabiha (DK).
  • 18.08: Drag Night: Local and international drag performers will take over Pride Stage in a fierce show headlined by Katya from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7.
  • 15.08: Parade & Show: The Pride Parade marches through the streets of Copenhagen finishing off with a big Pride Show on Pride Stage headlined by Peaches (CA).

Check out the full program for Copenhagen Pride Week 2017.

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