Copenhagen begins preparation for 2009 OutGames
Dylan Vox | March 16, 2007
Despite the financially disappointing Montreal Outgames, the organizers have pressed on and plans for the 2009 event in Copenhagen are looking positive. Outgames is a sports, cultural and human rights event primarily for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals and this second event will be the largest international sports and cultural event ever held on Danish soil, with an anticipated 8,000 people from all corners of the world expected to participate. Copenhagen was chosen to host this cultural event because Denmark is a tolerant society, where there is place and space for people who choose their own lifestyle and identity, whether it be in terms of culture, religion or sexuality.
From July 25 to August 1, 2009 Copenhagen will stage the competition with over 30 sporting events and participants from at least 100 different countries. Although the event was originated for the gay community, it is by no means exclusive, and people from all communities who support the spirit of the event are encouraged to participate. The aim is that, once it is underway, the event will be perceived as relevant and welcoming for all inhabitants of Copenhagen.
�World Outgames 2009 will be a multi-faceted, popular and cultural event, involving people from different nationalities, and cultural and religious backgrounds. At the same time we will focus on creating a good balance between the major elements of the program that take place on the harbour, beach and in Tivoli and Rådhuspladsen (the City Hall Square), and the various smaller events elsewhere in town, on the squares, in the streets and backyards,� explained director World Outgames 2009 director Uffe Elbæk.
Copenhagen is expected to put 60 million into the effort to make this Outgames a successful venture for the participants, sponcers and the city itself.
Elbæk also expressed his enthusiasm for Copenhagen opening the event by saying, � It is one of those kind of international events, which on the strength of the contents of its program alone, along with its inherent cultural and opinion forming nature will challenge Copenhagen's identity and sense of self. It throws the city's tolerance into sharp focus and, in addition, it is a kind of test of strength in terms of any future potential to host major, international sports event, such as the Olympics.� Alongside the games there will be a human rights conference with 1,500 delegates expected to attend which will discuss further events as well as changes in the political climate of the world when it comes to addressing gay related issues.
For More Information about the event visit:www.copenhagen2009.org. – Issued by Gay Link Content
Outgames, $5 million deficit; Gay Games, $35,000