Copenhagen harbour life

Copenhagen's canals host smart social distancing solution for concerts and events 

Author: Anne Marie Barsøe (on leave of absence)
Photo: Giuseppe Liverino

GoBoat, popular amongst locals and travellers for its solar-energy powered boats built with recycled plastic bottles, has come up with yet another smart solution; Fun and safe events held in Copenhagen’s canals on a floating venue.

The Copenhagen born sustainable boat rental company GoBoat has come up with another example of brilliant innovative thinking: The launch of a brand-new floating venue in Copenhagen’s inner harbour. 

With a burning desire to open up blue city spaces, GoBoat has invented a clever setup, that enables guests to safely attend concerts and other events on the water, and with social distance, whilst enjoying food and drinks.

A specially designed wire system across a small closed 80-meter broad canal near the centre of Copenhagen thus allows the boats to dock in. Focus is on the ease of use and safety and on keeping a distance to other boats and guests – and the setup enables guests to enjoy a magical time on the water in groups of maximum 8 people.

Using Copenhagen as a backdrop, GoBoat will host floating events, talks and concerts throughout the summer of 2021 from the new floating stage, but companies and organisations are also able to contact GoBoat to host their own private or public events at the floating venue.

The capacity of the concept is 44 picnic boats with a maximum of 8 persons per boat. In addition, it will be possible to buy seats (beach chairs) and participate in the events from shore from the local street food market Teglværket's amazing sandy beach.

GoBoats’ new concept is a hitherto unseen way of enjoying music and arts in the Danish capital and will bring people together in an entirely new frame where nature, urban development, water, food, drinks, and beach vibes meet up in a brilliant symphony.

Before entering the floating concert area, a part of the experience is sailing from GoBoat's dock at Islands Brygge, a popular harbourfront area in central Copenhagen. GoBoat will send out boats in groups of 8 boats every 15 minutes to ensure social distancing.

The idea of creating a floating venue in the heart of Copenhagen arose in a ‘pandemic context’, but is a new and exciting offer in the city not seen before, and one that is expected to give memorable experiences to both locals and visitors for many years to come.

Dates and events will be revealed from June and forth. The concept launched on May 10th 2021.

Copenhagen harbour life

Photo:Daniel Rasmussen

The Facts

  • Location: Copenhagen’s scenic harbour, in a quiet 80-meter wide canal adjacent to the street-food market Teglværket.
  • Provider: GoBoat, solar-energy powered picnic boats built with recycled plastic.
  • Date of launch: May 10th 2021, 16:30 CET.
  • Capacity: 44 picnic boats, with a maximum of 8 pax per boat (352 pax in total) - capacity can be expanded with beach chairs on Teglværket's sandy beach.
  • An event calendar will be released in June 2021.
  • The concept: A floating scene, a wired system to dock boats with a safe distance from each other, a boat serving food and drinks, and a boat for guests who need to be put ashore.

Press photos - The photographers must be credited

Official launch event photos - photo credits: Rezet Sneaker Store.
Press photos by VisitCopenhagen

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