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Good Evening, Copenhagen!

Good Evening, Copenhagen!

Copenhagen is to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Ever since Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest won the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2013 in Swedish Malmö, a number of Danish cities have expressed their wish to host next year’s competition. After three and a half months of negotiations, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation has decided on the Danish capital, Copenhagen.

2013 Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest performing at Copenhagen City Hall

2013 Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest performing at Copenhagen City Hall

The venue for the three music shows, the semi-finals on 6th and 8th May and the final on 10th May next year, will be the old B&W shipyard. The old factory halls have been crucial to the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s decision.

“We are so proud that the choice has fallen on Copenhagen to host Eurovision 2014,” said Lars Bernhard Jørgensen, Chief Executive of Wonderful Copenhagen, who submitted the official bid in close co-operation with the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region. “It is a big win for the entire capital region, which also has great value for all of Denmark. The Eurovision Song Contest is an opportunity for us to reach out to the world again and tell the story of one of our society’s industrial icons, Copenhagen shipyard, as a venue for the creative Copenhagen. We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors from all over the world.”

Eurovision Island

The ancient and historic B&W shipyard on the island Refshaleøen in Copenhagen Harbour offers a unique opportunity to create a new and exciting framework for the Eurovision show, taking it to the next level.

According to Pernille Gaardbo, Executive Producer and head of the Eurovision production in Denmark, the Copenhagen shipyard venue makes it possible to create an innovative TV show previously unseen in Eurovision history. The entire Refshaleøen Island will be transformed into Eurovision Island, where participants, fans and media will meet for the world’s biggest music competition.

On top of that, Copenhagen offers every conceivable demand for accommodation and cultural experiences that characterises an international city. Just a few months ago, Copenhagen was proclaimed world’s most livable city by Monocle magazine.

Figures from this year’s Eurovision in Malmö points to more than 18,000 foreign visitors and up to 80,000 commercial accommodations. With approximately 170 million viewers, all eyes will be on Copenhagen in May 2014.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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