Gala Evening

Date: Thursday 15 September 2022
Venue: Øksnehallen
Address: Halmtorvet 11, 1700 København, Denmark
Dress code: Smart casual

The Gala evening of the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition promises to be an outstanding celebration of the best of the water sector. In true IWA flair, the event will provide the highlight of the week’s social activities, with fantastic entertainment accompanied by fine cuisine.

The evening will feature live music from the Danish band StageBreakers, who will surely get the crowd going at Øksnehallen (the Oxen Hall), an elegant historic building in the heart of the lively old meat packing district in Copenhagen that now provides all the facilities need to celebrate in style.

This Gala evening marks the end of the Congress and is the last chance for delegates and exhibitors to get together, celebrate, and party in Copenhagen. So, make your booking now – places are limited and selling out fast!

More about the Venue

The setting for the Gala evening is Øksnehallen (the Oxen Hall), an historic building in the old meat packing district in Copenhagen.

The city architect Ludvig Fenger was responsible for the construction of the ‘Brown area’ of the Meat packing district, in which Øksnehallen opened as the centre of attention in 1901 as a municipal cattle hall.

In 1984, the area was listed as protected and in 1993 a radical renovation of Øksnehallen began, with it being recommissioned for cultural events and exhibitions during Copenhagen Cultural Capital 1996. Today it houses many different types of events such as congresses, banquets and trade fairs, and is also known as an art hall for photo exhibitions.

Transportation information:

There is no organised transport. Copenhagen is a small and easy city to navigate and has a desire to encourage public transport usage.

Schedule and check-in procedure:

18:30 Doors open * if you have special dietary requirements please pick up an envelope with signs to show the waiters
19:00 Seating and dinner starts
20:30 Entertainment
21:45 Dinner ends
22:00 Band starts playing
22:30 DJ and Party
01:00 Doors closed everyone goes home

Project Innovation Awards (PIA)

Date: Wednesday 13 September 2022
Venue: Moltkes Palæ
Address: Dronningens Tværgade 2, 1302 København, Denmark
Dress code: Black-tie

Awarded biennially at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, the Project Innovation Awards recognise and promote excellence and innovation in water management, research and technology. After a closely contested judging process featuring 203 entries from 52 countries, an expert judging panel has shortlisted entries for various award categories. The awards are presented at a prestigious black-tie event in front of an audience of water leaders from around the world.

Cultural Night in Tivoli Gardens

Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2022
Venue: The Tivoli Gardens
Address: Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V
Cost for the evening: EUR 30

Immerse yourself in local culture and lifestyle for an evening at Tivoli Gardens in central Copenhagen! This is a chance for an unforgettable visit to one of the world’s oldest theme parks – a magical place so full of wonder that it inspired Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney. A must-see for visitors to Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens offers a range of diverse entertainment options suitable for all, including music, lush gardens, global and local food choices, and rides in the heart of the Danish capital. We are pleased to be able to offer specially-priced tickets giving entry to the park and the possibility to enjoy an unlimited number of rides.

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Swim in Copenhagen Harbour

Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2022
Venue: Islands Brygge Harbour
Address: Islands Brygge 14, 2300 København S, Denmark
Dress code: Swimwear

Water equals health – not just because it is vital to all organisms and life, but also because we can swim in it if we make sure to keep it clean. In the Harbours of Copenhagen, the water is actually kept so clean that you can swim in it all year, and we celebrate this during the IWA Conference with a bathing/swimming event – “Water for health and liveability Celebration”.

Join the IWA and DANVA Presidents and many other water enthusiasts for a swim in the harbour bath. You don’t need to be a winter bather or a professional swimmer to participate. Anyone who appreciates clean water can join. You are also welcome to participate without going into the water.