Street festival aftermath no party for Copenhagen residents

copenhagenDenmark’s Distortion street festival once again went off with a bang, although residents are lamenting the aftermath. The biggest street party in the country ended with Copenhagen city officials and residents voicing their concerns over the amount of rubbish left behind by revellers.

Distortion is one of the Danish capital’s most popular festivals, but the trail of broken bottles, cans, pizza boxes and rubbish bags has left many questioning the capability of organisers. More than 30 complaints were received from city residents on the first night of the five-day party, although police have said that the event was generally well controlled.

“We consider our cooperation with the festival organisers as being very satisfactory this year,” Copenhagen Police spokesman Lars Borg told the Copenhagen Post. “They complied with all the conditions and allowances to the letter. It’s not their fault that some people pulled speakers, chairs and tables out onto the streets after the festival was over”.

However, city officials claimed that although there was an agreement that the festival would stop by 11pm each night, many party-goers continued to be raucous until the early hours. Pia Allerslev, head of Copenhagen’s culture department, also said the festival could face a loss of public funding if action is not taken to address the excessive amounts of waste left behind.

Some 40,000 people took part in the 10th anniversary celebration of Distortion. The street party was officially launched in 2000 after a successful one-day event in 1998 showcasing the Copenhagen Post’s In & Out entertainment guide.