Copenhagen has a reputation for pulling out all the stops when it comes to arranging spectacular events and now, in less than nine months, the old ship builders Burmeister and Wain on Refshaleøen has been transformed from a derelict industrial space into a venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 taking place from May 5-10th.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 is held in an arena taking its starting point in the destination, Copenhagen. Hence, the setting is an old shipyard in an area dubbed 'Eurovision Island' in the city’s inner harbour. The shipyard is a rather visible landmark in the city, which has a thousand-year-old maritime history in one of the world’s greatest sea-faring nations. Hence, the characteristics of the city is to become a part of the event and vice versa.
The latest statistics from the box office show that 42 % of the tickets sold for the rehearsals, semi-finals and the final are sold to foreign visitors with the Brits in the lead and purchasing 8 % of the Eurovision Song Contest tickets. Hot on their heels are the Swedes and Germans with 7 % of the tickets followed by Spain in 4th place.
Along with the 90,000 people expected for the Eurovision shows are 3,000 ‘delegates’ - artists and their crews, etc - all of whom are in the city for two weeks and require considerable hospitality and event logistics and close and effective cooperation between the private and public players involved.
The entire city of Copenhagen will be ready to welcome the many foreign visitors to Denmark, of course. Dressed up for party mode in the week up to the final with parties, live music and big screens in the city centre.
In 2014, Copenhagen is also celebrating being offcial “European Green Capital”. In line with this, a number of green solutions focusing on sustainable transportation, food and a school contest presenting ideas on a sustainable future for Europe, are among the initiatives to unfold during the Eurovision Song Contest - and all underlining once again Copenhagen’s position as Capital of Sustainable Meetings.
•It is the 3rd time that the Eurovision Song Contest is held in Copenhagen (1964, 2001 and 2014)
•The semifinals are held on 6th + 8th May and the final on 10th May 2014. Ahead of each show three rehearseals are held - two days in advance of each broadcasting and one the same day as the actual broadcasting
•B&W Halls are approx. 10,000 m2 in size and 60m from floor to ceiling
•The Eurovision Park constitutes over 40,000m2 and includes activities, amusements, music events and venues for acquiring food and beverages
•The Press Center, approx. 8,000m2 in size, will include broadband network for minimum 1,500 journalists
•The accreditation system will cater for approx. 10,000 accredited delegates, media and fans
•There are more than 20,000 hotel rooms available in the Greater Copenhagen Area. Thereof, 3,600 hotel rooms have been pre-booked for the Eurovision 2014 already
•Refshaleøen is approx. 500,000 m2 in size. The island used to house the B&W Shipyard until 1996. Today, is houses employers, galleries, a beach bar and restaurants
•Project group behind the cooperation with DR - Danish Broadcasting Corporation - are The City Council of Copenhagen, The Capital Region of Copenhagen, Wonderful Copenhagen and Refshaleøen Holding