What’s on: Copenhagen Winter Pride Week

From 5 – 11 February the 4th annual Winter Pride Week takes place in the Danish capital, this year with both debates, naughty workshops, movies, the popular Winter Pride Party and an international intersex conference.

What's on: Copenhagen Winter Pride Week

Copenhagen Pride has once again organised a Winter Pride Week with an interesting program – also for those of you who prefer English language to Danish. We have selected some of the events here to guide you to some of the stuff that we think you might not want to miss.
The full program for Winter Pride Week is available in an English version via copenhagenpride.dk.

Sylvia Thomas in Copenhagen
Chances are the name Sylvia Thomas might not ring a bell just yet, but rest assured that it is only a matter of time before this working class, Native-Irish American, queer, transgender woman, poet and activist from Indianapolis will be heard loud and clear within the LGBT+ community.
Sylvia Thomas has a lot to say, and she is not afraid to take the words right out of her own mouth and serve them as loud, inspiring and empowering spoken word poetry.
On Tuesday 6 February you can experience Sylvia Thomas live at “Copenhagen House of Poetry” where she will be performing her own poetry, and the following day, on Wednesday 7 February, you can meet her in Studenterhuset where she will share her personal story and views on the world garnished with selections of her own poetry and finally on Thursday 8 February she will share her poetry at the Poetry Lounge – Get slammed and get glammed – at Studenterhuset. Read our interview with Sylvia Thomas here.

Where & when
Poetry Reading by Sylvia Thomas
Tuesday / 06.02.2018 / 19.30 – 21.00
Poesiens Hus, (Copenhagen House of Poetry), Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, the basement, Oslo Plads 1, 2100 Copenhagen

An Evening with Sylvia Thomas
Wednesday / 07.02.2018 / 17.00 – 18.00
Studenterhuset, Købmagergade 52, 1150 Copenhagen

Poetry Lounge with Sylvia Thomas
Thursday / 08.02.2018 / 19.00 – 19.45
Studenterhuset, Købmagergade 52, 1150 Copenhagen

Severe intersex issues
This Winter Pride Week provides you with a chance to learn more about the challenges and lack of basic rights that intersex people experience. On Thursday 8 February a debate takes place in Studenterhuset focusing on how we can stop intersex people from being harmed in the name of medical science and how to provide better health care, more safety, equal rights and protection for intersex individuals. Both OII (Organisation Intersex International) as well as Amnesty Denmark and the Danish Institute for Human Rights will be represented
The following day, on Friday 9 February, an international public hearing about intersex rights takes place in Christiansborg – the Danish parliament. Topics include intersex 101, health care needs, the current situation in Denmark, recent developments and research, panel debates, public debates and lectures. Access to the hearing is free but limited, and it is necessary to sign up for the event beforehand.
More info in the English program on copenhagenpride.dk.

Where & when
Debate:  International Intersex Conference
Thursday / 08.02.2018 / 17.00 – 18.00
Studenterhuset, Købmagergade 52, 1150 Copenhagen

International Hearing about Intersex Rights
Friday / 09.02.2018 / 10.00 – 17.00
Christiansborg, (Danish Parliament), Rigsdagsgården, 1218 Copenhagen

Rope Bondage 101
The German rope master Frank will be in Copenhagen on the occasion of Winter Pride to give an introduction to bondage. If you are curious to learn more, and feel like getting inspiring tips and tricks to ropes and knots, then this workshop might just be something for you.
Tickets are 90 DKK and can be purchased via the Facebook event “Workshop: Rope Bondage 101”.

Where & when
Workshop: Rope Bondage 101
Saturday / 10.02.2018 / 10.00 – 15.00
Studenterhuset, Købmagergade 52, 1150 Copenhagen

Proud movies on the big screen
The cinema Empire Bio serves you two great movies to warm your heart and rainbow soul on Saturday and Sunday, and whet-her you are interested in a trans or lesbian theme there is a movie for you.
On Saturday 10 February the movie “Anything” starring out and proud actor Matt Bomer in the role of a transgender sex worker will be shown in Empire Bio.
“Anything” is directed by Timothy McNeil and has been the subject of quite the controversy due to the fact that a cis actor was once again casted for a transgender role.
Sunday afternoon you can head to Empire Bio to watch “My Days of Mercy” starring the openly lesbian Ellen Page as the daughter of a death row inmate who falls head over heels in love with another woman, Mercy, whose family are supporters of the death penalty.

Where & when
Movie: Anything
Saturday / 10.02.2018 / 15.00 –
Empire Bio, Guldbergsgade 29F, 2200 Copenhagen

Movie: My Days of Mercy
Sunday / 11.02.2018 / 15.00 –
Empire Bio, Guldbergsgade 29F, 2200 Copenhagen

45 clowns and a rainbow
Arken Museum of Modern Art invites you inside Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s dreamscape inhabited by 45 hyperrealistic clowns, rainbows and a six-metre tall olive tree with the title “Vocabulary of Solitude”. Rondinone is often using the rainbow as a symbol of the freedom to love who you love. And after experiencing Rondinone’s installation you can also enjoy some of Czech Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha’s beautiful posters who are exhibited during the same period. Both exhibitions are open all week within the museum’s usual opening hours.

Where & when
Exhibition: ARKEN
06 – 10.02.2018 / 10.00 – 17.00
ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Skovvej 100, 2635 Ishøj

Denmark is far from equal enough
On Thursday in Winter Pride Week you can join a debate focusing on why Denmark only scores 68% on ILGA-Europe’s annual review of the human rights situation of LGBTI rights in Europe.
What still needs to be done in Denmark, and why is the pace so slow?
If we all agree that 100% equality should be the goal, then why don’t we just go through with it?
Meet representatives from ILGA-Europe and the Danish Human Rights Council who will discuss how to move forward.

Where & when
Is 68% satisfactory?
Thursday / 08.02.2018 / 18.15 – 19.15
Studenterhuset, Købmagergade 52, 1150 Copenhagen

Official Winter Pride Party
To finish off Winter Pride Week in style and flying rainbow colours, Copenhagen Pride is inviting you to Pumpehuset on Saturday for the Winter Pride Party which features DJs, drags and popalicious Eurovision songs.
This would be THE choice for a party this weekend, and tickets are on sale via billetto.dk, but can also be bought at the door.

Where & when
Official Winter Pride Party
Saturday / 10.02.2018 / 23.00 – 04.00
Pumpehuset, Studiestræde 52, 1554 Copenhagen
Entrance: Presale 140 DKK (plus fee). Door 200 DKK.

For additional information about Copenhagen Winter Pride Week 2018 go to copenhagenpride.dk.

Photo: Stefan Altenburger

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