Copenhagen Pride Week 2018 is kicked off

Copenhagen Pride Week 2018 once again breaks previous records when it comes to the number of activities. This year extra focus has clearly been put on expanding the human rights program even further, and with a strong line-up on Pride Stage throughout the week it seems that Copenhagen Pride Week is once again ready to light up the Danish capital in every colour of the rainbow.

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Everything points towards yet another record-breaking year for the annual Copenhagen Pride Week. The registration for the parade was closed earlier than usual out of necessity, when more than 170 groups had already signed up to participate in the march. The human rights program has added three new venues this year and now includes a total of five different venues and around 100 debates, seminars and workshops. The festival is supported by more proud sponsors and partners than ever before, and for the very first time one of the official pride speakers to take the stage after the parade on Saturday 18. August will be the Danish prime minister.

Pride Square & Rainbow Square
Copenhagen City Hall Square and the adjacent Rainbow Square (Regnbuepladsen) with the permanent rainbow flag waving proudly all year round make up the very heart of the Copenhagen Pride Week celebrations. On Tuesday 14. August the City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) will open up to the public as Pride Square with pop-up shops, rainbow stands, quirky activities and lots of love and pride throughout the day. During evenings the main attraction is Pride Stage – situated right on the City Hall Square – from where the organizers are serving free concerts every night from Tuesday to Saturday.
On stage during Copenhagen Pride Week is everything from groundbreaking queer hiphop served by Zebra Katz to a full concert by legendary Danish singer Anne Linnet who also happens to be one of Denmark’s biggest lesbian icons. True to tradition Friday night is dedicated to drag when the hugely popular Drag Night goes down on Pride Stage, this year celebrating Madonna and other queens of pop.

Parties galore
On Saturday August 18 at exactly 1 pm the Copenhagen Pride Parade takes off from Frederiksberg Town Hall Square and heads towards the City Hall Square. Throughout the afternoon and evening the hardest thing you will have to do is picking the party that fits you. Pride Square will be dancing and partying until midnight, and meanwhile street parties take place in both Studiestræde, Sankt Peders Stræde, Regnbuepladsen (the Rainbow Square) and Kattesundet (just outside the bar Centralhjørnet).
The official Copenhagen Pride Afterparty is back in Pumpehuset in Studie-stræde, just a stone’s throw away from Pride Square, and here the doors and dancefloors are open from 23.00 until 05.00.

Read the full program for Copenhagen Pride Week 2018.

Photo: Anders Jung

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