It's Copenhagen 2014 - "Join Us"
The international fans, press, and delegations can breathe a sigh of relief. Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will take place in the Danish capital of Copenhagen for the third time in history, as the city beat out its Jylland opponents, Horsens and Herning. The 2014 contest will unfold under the slogan “Join Us.”
It was announced by Danish national broadcaster DR earlier this morning and has been approved by the EBU and the Reference Group.
The industrial island option – Eurovision Island
DR has decided to go for the option of the “old and raw” B&W shipbuilding halls on the industrial island, Refshaleøen, in Copenhagen. According to Pernille Gaardbo, executive producer of Eurovision 2014, the idea is to turn the island into a “Eurovision Island,” where everyone can gather around Eurovision. “With the choice of the B&W Halls we are well on our way to creating the most innovative arena ever. It is our ambition to renew the show, both in form and content, to make it a contemporary update with respect for the traditions,” Gaardbo said to dr.dk.
After industrial activities shut down in 1996, today the island is an event site with galleries, restaurants and beach bars in the summer. The main hall’s area is 10,000 m2 with a 60-meter-high roof. A “Eurovision Park” will be established, full of Eurovision activities. The press center will be able to hold 1,500 accredited journalists from all over the world. The facilities will undergo all necessary improvements required for the event.
It has been a long run of speculations of host city, with the possibility of setting the contest in the more remote areas of Jylland. This was something that most international guests weren’t looking forward to because of worries about the ease of infrastructure, hotel capacity, and entertainment.
City and venue weren’t the only announcements. DR could also reveal that the 2014 slogan will be “Join Us” or #JoinUs for social media. The slogan invites all of Denmark and Europe to join in on the big Eurovision party to come in May. Jan Lagermand Lundme, the 2014 head of show, alluded to the Norwegian slogan in 2010: “NRK’s slogan ‘Share the Moment’ had something immediate about it and didn’t promise more than it could deliver. One doesn’t want to change the world but wants to bring Europe together for three evenings in order to share an experience. This is the same ambition we have.”
More information to come
More information will follow later today, as DR is expected to release more details at a press conference at the DR headquarters.