Eurogames in Dusseldorf has been officially cancelled
Originally scheduled for August 2020, Eurogames in Dusseldorf was set to be one of the queer sporting highlights of the summer.
Obviously, nothing about 2020 has gone to plan.
While organisers have explored a range of options, they’ve now had to take the difficult decision to officially cancel Eurogames 2020.
That’s years of work and enormous amounts of volunteer time that will now feel like it’s been for nothing.
Eurogames is a massive multi-sport event that brings together LGBTQ sports teams and thousands of competitors from across Europe. Organising an event on this scale is a major challenge at the best of times.
One of the challenges in trying to postpone Eurogames to a later date was that the 2021 event has already been confirmed for Copenhagen. Ultimately, after a lot of discussion, it’s been decided to keep the plans for Copenhagen in place and accept that the Dusseldorf event is one of the many casualties of Covid-19.
3 reasons to visit Copenhagen in 2021
There’s a lot to love about Copenhagen – a small, perfectly-formed city, where the locals are tall, blond, and effortlessly stylish.
Copenhagen is one of those cities that can take a little while to reveal its secrets to you. It’s beautiful, and everyone is friendly enough, but unless you get a bit of local knowledge you can feel like you’re only just scratching the surface and not really discovering the best of this northern destination.
Adding extra impetus to the case for Copenhagen being near the top of your travel wish-list for 2021 are these three big events.
Copenhagen is hosting World Pride in 2021.
The 2020 Pride celebrations in Copenhagen were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so there’s going to be some pent-up rainbow flag waving ready to be unleashed by the time 2021 rolls around.
This is going to a major Pride festival, scheduled to run from 12-22 August.
Pan Idraet is the LGBTQ sports association for Denmark, offering 17 different sports. In 2021, they’re hosting Eurogames – a massive, multi-sport tournament that is held in a different city each year.
Eurogames in Copenhagen will be held 18-20 August. We’re already in training!
Lots of places have music festivals in the summer months, and it’s always a great atmosphere to head out into the fields and go camping somewhere remote. Copenhagen’s summer music festival is called Distortion.
What makes Distortion interesting is that it effectively takes over the city. They describe it as a party tsunami, because each day it moves from one neighbourhood to the next, building momentum, involving everyone, bringing music and dancing to the entire city. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, everyone out in the streets, enjoying the sunshine, drinking cans of beer, and having a good time. This is what a music festival should be.
The 2020 event had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so organisers are planning to be back in a big way for 2021.
Dates for 2021 haven’t been announced yet, it normally happens in early June. We’re standing by.
What else is there to do in Copenhagen?
Take the metro to Christianshavn where you can climb the tower of Our Saviours Church for spectacular 360-degree views across Copenhagen. Walk down to the port to check out the old Kastellet fort and the famous Little Mermaid, then wander on to check out the palace and the main cathedral.
Islands Brygge is a fantastic point from which you can swim in the clean and clear salty water of the Copenhagen harbour. There’s also a really good diving platform - it looks easy, but it’s a daunting prospect when standing at the edge of the platform looking down at the water.
If you’re looking for indoor swimming, Bellahoj swimming stadium is a beautifully designed pool and a joy to swim in. After swimming, everyone kicks back in the sauna. Amazing.
Christiania is a ‘free zone’ alternative lifestyle commune that has been established in an old military barracks. A relaxed and edgy vibe - hash and marijuana openly on display and being sold and smoked everywhere.
Copenhagen is a city that is defined by light and water. A boat tour is the perfect way to explore the canals of Copenhagen. Motoring gently across the water, you get a real sense of the layout of the city while also admiring some of the striking buildings that have helped to define Nordic style.
Wander the streets of the Latin quarter for good shopping and cafes.
Visit the Glyptotek museum. Carl Jacobsen was a member of the Carlsberg brewing family. An avid collector of sculpture, in the early 1900s he donated his vast collection to the state of Denmark and helped to fund the creation of The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum to showcase and share it. There’s a strong emphasis on Danish sculpture, as well as an impressive amount of work from Rome and Egypt.
Go on a roller-coaster
It would be a mistake to dismiss Tivoli as just an amusement park - it’s so much more than that. For the people of Copenhagen, Tivoli is part of the fabric of the city - there are often concerts here, or you can easily spend the day just enjoying the gardens, the atmosphere, and the people watching. We took a ride on the old wooden roller-coaster, which went surprisingly fast. Some of the best ice-cream that you are ever going to eat can be found at Det Gamle Ishus in the Tivoli. We opted for a scoop of stawberry, and a scoop of liquorice, topped with a dollop of guf – a soft marshmallow topping topping similar to Italian meringue – it was a flavour sensation.
A relatively flat city, Copenhagen is easy to cycle around. The bike lanes are clearly marked and everyone follows the rules. Hire a bike and start exploring - you’ll soon get your bearings of the city and see a lot of the sights. The city has a population of 1.2 million, and over 30% of the city’s residents commute to work by bicycle.
The Blue Planet at Kastrup is one of the biggest aquariums in Northern Europe. Designed in the shape of a whirlpool, the aquarium cleverly presents different zones of aquatic life from around the world. This is a particularly kid-friendly place – definitely a good option for a family excursion.
Go for a sandwich
Smørrebrød is one of the traditional foods that the people of Denmark proudly claim as one of their own. Essentially, it’s an open sandwich – a slice of dark rye bread, traditionally topped with herring but these days it’s served with all sorts of meat and vegetable combinations.
Some of the best shopping can be found along Gammel Kongevej and around Skt. Peders Straede. Also great homewares at Normann Copenhagen. Torvehallerne food market is a posh food market where you can stop for lunch. Make the effort to visit smaller stores such as Norse Projects in Nørrebro or Nag People on Klareboderne.
Go for a sausage
On a night out, the most popular food option is the “polsevogn” which translates as sausage wagon. A wide range of sausages are available, the most popular being “rode polser” or red sausage.
Go the cemetery
Assistens Cemetery is a beautiful calm space where you can admire the multitudes of red squirrels and the tomb of children’s author Hans Christian Andersen.
What’s the LGBTQ scene like in Copenhagen?
- Mix Copenhagen is an LGBTQ film festival that happens in October.
- Centralhjornet – reportedly the oldest gay bar in the world.
- Cosy Bar – a quality queer bar
- Never Mind - the club for a big night out.
- Amigo Sauna is the gay bathhouse.