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Copenhagen launches its 2014 European Green Capital Programme

22nd & 23rd January 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, European Green Capital 2014, will officially hold its Grand Opening on 22nd & 23rd January, 2014. The city is hosting a number of events to kick off the year and start as they mean to go on. The Lighting Event will take place between 4.00pm & 11.00pm on Wednesday 22nd January where from nightfall, the city centre will be turned into a “common confessional” where music and messages displayed with lighting will bring the whole city together, symbolising thoughts, desires and challenges facing the city.

Photos from the recent Instagram competition entered under the hashtag #SHARINGCPH will be exhibited in the City Hall from 6.30pm where the best pictures will receive prizes presented by Mayor Kabell, Technical and Environmental Administration. A banquet for specially invited guests will take place in City Hall that evening co-hosted by Lord Mayor Jensen and Mayor Kabell. Karl Falkenberg, Director-General of DG Environment at the European Commission will congratulate Copenhagen on this occasion.

Children leaping into the harbour bath at Islands Brygge

On the morning of Thursday 23rd January, from 8.30am to 12.30pm, there will be keynote sessions entitled Copenhagen Insights – Sharing Urban Learnings, where key learnings from Copenhagen will be shared and participants will be invited to discuss the ways in how to develop liveable cities and address key future urban dilemmas. This takes place in Ramboll Head Office, Hannemanns Allé 53 in Copenhagen.

A workshop entitled Danmarks Udfordringen will take place in the Danish Design Centre from 2030pm to 3.00pm which will outline the benefits of Denmark’s Design to Improve Life Challenge (a competition for Danish school students about sustainability) and to discuss the possibility of making this a European wide initiative.

The first meeting of the new European Green Capital Finalist Network will take place from 3.00pm to 4.30pm where all previous European Green Capital Award finalists and winners are invited to explore the goals and activities of the network.

The day will be finished off with the Winter Swimmers jump into the harbour at 5.00pm. There will be lights, fire, warm towels and hot soup where everyone will be welcome to join in the festivities.

Throughout their application for the European Green Capital Award and since they won the title for 2014, Copenhagen has been a living example of a city that values its environment and its citizens and wishes to celebrate its year as European Green Capital. The city has a year packed full of events to promote the European Green Capital. The full programme can be found here.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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