Favorite thing: While in Copenhagen I got the chance to meet Vt'er Claus for a few beers in O'leary's Sports bar with Pod. What better place than that to discuss the finer points on football and to gossip on fellow VT'er members. (hehe)
Post Danmark Rundt (Tour of Denmark) is Denmark’s biggest cycle race. The route involves all of Denmark and has over the years turned into an international sports event where some of the best racing teams participate along with a number of former world and national champions.
This year 120 riders from 25 nations lined up for the start in Skive in Jutland and ended up in Copenhagen 6 days later.
Fondest memory: The race always ends at Frederiksberg (part of Copenhagen), where the riders have to complete a circular route 10 times. The route goes around all of Frederiksberg, including the hill where the Zoo is located. This is a great spot to watch the riders work hard to climb this hill over and over again.
Before the riders turn up, the commercial caravan drive through the route and hand out different commercials, like sweets, ice cream, flags and much more.
The race ends at Frederiksberg Alle, where there prior to the arrival of the riders are events to fill in the waiting time.
See the program for the race here: http://www.postdanmarkrundt.dk/
Each year can watch movies in Copenhagen for free. The movies are shown outdoors, so you just show up with a blanket or a little chair if you want to sit down. (Or you can buy it at the spot.
The entrance is free and the movies start when it gets dark. You can buy hot and cold beverages and popcorn.
This year the free films are organized by TV2 Zulu, which is a Danish TV-channel. The movies are shown in the big towns of Denmark, but most are in Copenhagen (21 July – 24 August)
Fondest memory: Here you can see this years program: http://zulu.tv2.dk/event/sommerbio/
or search the web for “Zulu Sommerbio” or “Fri Film”
The Gay Parade in Copenhagen is a great event which takes place each year in summertime (Year 2005: 6 – 14 August). Thousands of people take part in this event, either in the parade or just watching it. Also many non-homosexuals of Copenhagen enjoy this big party.
Copenhagen pride lasts for over a week, and every day there are events such as an auction, where the sum is donated to "Stop Aids", Open Air Movie, hearings on different topics and then there are all the parties.
Fondest memory: The Parade in Copenhagen starts at Nørrebrohallen and spends about two hours on the streets of Copenhagen until it arrives at Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall Square). Here there will be three hours of music, prize awards, show and fun. On the last day, Sunday, there is a Pride Service at Christians Church at Christianshavn. The Service does not remind you of the service one would normally experience in a Danish Church.
The website of Copenhagen Pride: http://www.copenhagenpride.dk
Grøn Koncert (Green Concert) is an annual concert held outdoor in mayor towns of Denmark during the summer.
The concert is held during the daytime where several Danish bands entertain. Many people go to this concert as it is a friendly and relaxed event for both children and adults. Here people sit on the grass having a picnic while they listen to the music or they just relax, having a beer while soaking up the sun. Near the stage people dance and have fun.
The concert is a charity concert for a foundation which goal is to improve the conditions for people with the disease progressive muscular atrophy.
Fondest memory: In Copenhagen the concert is held in the huge park: Valbyparken that is located in Valby just outside Copenhagen next to the waterfront. Take the s-train to Ellebjerg or Åmarken Station.
Read more about the concert here: http://www.groenkoncert.dk
The Cultural Harbour has become a yearly recurrent harbour festival. Cultural and leisure time activities are made available throughout the harbour for the citizens of Copenhagen, tourists and others who wish to participate in or get familiar with the cultural life of Copenhagen. The Cultural Harbour stand for four days of dance, theatre, music, artistry and a variety of sports events, in the harbour and on the quay - all activities are for free.
This year the festival presents 112 activities
Fondest memory: The festival area covers:
- The Harbour Park at Islands Brygge
- Havneholmen including a new swimming pool in the harbour at the "Beach Copencabana"
- Kalvebod Brygge, to which the festival has expanded to include more sailing activities.
The festival is this year: 4th – 7th of August 2005
Read more about it here: http://www.kulturhavn.dk
If you are in Copenhagen on the begining of October, don't miss Culture Night (Kulturnatten).
More than 300 venues all over the city will be turned over to artists, musicians and creative forces for a spectacular night of art and entertainment. Museums, churches, musical venues, art galleries, theatres, libraries, schools, bookshops, and lots of other venues will open their doors from 6 to 12 pm offering all sorts of special events for the curious and adventurous public.
For tourists The Night of Culture offers a unique opportunity to experience an exciting evening of cultural exploration. Join The Night of Culture and see another side of Copenhagen after nightfall.
Favorite thing: Every year around Whitsun (around the beginning of June) there is a carneval celebration in Copenhagen which is really worth seeing if you're there at that time. Lots of different groups get together to dance, sing, play and perform in a huge parade. They dance down the walking street in great costumes, so you can either find a place somewhere along the walking street or at Rådhuspladsen (town hall square) where the parade ends, or go to Fælledparken where there is also put on a great show, and where there's a tradition for celebration and drinking afterwards.See my carneval album for more pictures of the Copenhagen carneval.
Come here during the summer solstice some time.There are hundreds of parties going on,many of which are on beaches with bondfires.I celebrated on Nyhaven street which had bands playing,people walking the streets singing,and at sunset had the burning of a straw witch to bannish the witches from the area.
Fondest memory: Celebrating the summer solstice with locals
be there while there is a parade of some cultural event. There are many Jazz, Rock or classical concerts just infront the city hall or in Nehaven. Many talented actors or musicians perform in Storgata.
Fondest memory: Once there was a big parade of all the actors in the Aaida opera show.