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What Festivals to Experience in Copenhagen


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The Danish capital city of Copenhagen is famous with tourists and travellers from all over the world who want to experience something different on their holidays. Renowned for being a laid-back city which is home to some spectacular design and architecture, the city by the sea is a great place to enjoy a long weekend break.

The creative and artistic side of Copenhagen is well-known among locals, and each year the city boasts some fine festivals and events which attract visitors from all over. Getting into Copenhagen is a simple process since the city is connected to mainland Europe by land and to Sweden across the water by a state of the art rail link. Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport also connects the city to most international airports around the world.

On a visit to Copenhagen it is nice to coincide a trip with many of the famous festivals which take place there throughout the year. Some of the best and most alluring events to take place in the city include:

1. Copenhagen Fashion Week - Traditionally taking place in early February each year, this event sees many of the world's leading fashion houses head into Copenhagen to showcase their wares and promote the coming trends for the next season. The week actually lasts over a fortnight so there should be chance to check out one of the shows and maybe even attend one of the big parties which are held by the big fashion houses.

2. The Copenhagen Jazz Festival - A summertime event which is popular with people from all over Europe, the jazz event is usually held in the first couple of weeks of July and benefits from the good summer weather that Copenhagen enjoys. The format is an outdoor concert with a series of events all over the city - it is lovely to wander around the city and just hear cool live jazz wherever you might end up. Squares, bars and cafeterias on the street side are all great places to enjoy jazz acts from all over the world who head to Copenhagen to take part.

3. Copenhagen Pride - Gay carnival events are among the most fun places to be wherever and whenever they happen to take place throughout Europe, and a fun time is guaranteed at the Copenhagen version in mid-August each year. Street processions and parades, plenty of music and drinking and no shortage of dancing all go to make up a fun event - beware though, this may not be for the more narrow-minded visitor!

4. CPH:PIX - This is the Copenhagen International Film Festival and is held between mid-April and early May each year. The festival celebrates the very best in new European film and attracts young directors and producers from all over Europe. Movie fans can always find something new to see at the festival and Copenhagen hotels are typically busier than ever around this time. The film festival offers directors the chance to win a prize which is a huge 50,000 Euros for the entry judged best by the festival's panel of expert judges.

5. International Workers Day - Similar to the May Day Bank Holiday in the UK, this day is a public holiday and a big celebration in Denmark. More than 100,000 revelers take part in the city's festivities which focus on the public park of Faelledparken, where there are live music concerts, speeches by politicians, demonstrations plus the ubiquitous food and drink stalls.

Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Copenhagen Hotels content.


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