A year after celebrating World Pride together with Malmö, Copenhagen is ready to party again. For Copenhagen Pride 2022, the best parts of previous editions and World Pride 2021 will be brough together, for a bigger Pride celebration than Copenhagen has ever seen before.
Copenhagen is one of the LGBTQ hotspots in Europe, thanks to its liberal attitude and overall acceptance of the community. For nine consecutive days, Copenhagen Pride will celebrate and demand freedom in all its forms. From 13 to 21 August 2022, the Danish capital will see events throughout the city. Here are our top tips on where to go and which events you can’t miss during Copenhagen Pride 2022.
One of the main locations in the city during Copenhagen Pride is the Pride Square, which Copenhagen City Hall Square is renamed to during Pride. The square will be transformed into an inclusive and welcoming area with food stalls, bars and two performance areas.
Events start on Pride Square from 13 August at 14:00 and go until midnight on 20 August. The biggest parties are reserved for the last two nights on the square, with Drag Night on the 19th and the Pride Night concert on the 20th of August. Access to Pride Square is free, though to show your support you can buy the official Pride bracelet.
On 20 August, Centralhjørnet will have a twelve hour long party. Centralhjørnet is the oldest LGBTI+ bar in Denmark, where no two days are the same, and has a mixed audience both in terms of age and sexuality. At their street party, you’ll find outside drinks, DJs and the traditional pride party both inside and outside the bar.
At the same time the different gay bars and clubs on Studiestraede, including Kiss Kiss, Maksen Bar and Cosy Bar, are also celebrating. Like every year, the street will be closed to traffic and transformed into a fabulous street party to celebrate gay pride.
As the street parties are getting started, Copenhagen Gay Pride’s biggest party takes to the streets of the city. The Pride Parade 2022 will take place on 20 August from 13:00, starting at Frederiksberg City Hall Square. From here thousands of people who take part in the parade will make their way via Pile Allé, Frederiksber Allé and Vesterbrogade to Pride Square.
The Pride Parade will be one of the places where the theme of this year’s pride will be most visible. All of Copenhagen Pride is a platform for everyone to show what freedom means to them, whether it is a freedom they already have or a freedom they want, but the Pride Parade draws the biggest crowds and so the most people to show your stance to.
Copenhagen Pride is Denmark’s largest annual human rights festival and has a dedicated human rights programme. Part of the human rights programme will take place in three Rainbow Tents, set up across the city, at Regnbuepladsen, Vartov and City Hall. These three tents will feature over 50 debates, workshops and conversations.
Other parts of the broad cultural programme of Copenhagen Pride will include many of the Copenhagen cultural institutions, with special programmes for rainbow families and young people. For instance, the National Gallery of Denmark, the Copenhagen Contemporary and Saint Stephen’s Church will exhibit special collections themed around Rainbow Art.