DENMARK – Copenhagen announced as host city of Eurovision 2014
Danish public broadcaster DR announced that Copenhagen has been chosen as host city of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. The event will be held at the B&W Hallerne at the Refshaleøen, under the slogan ‘Join Us‘.
The former shipyard will undergo all necessary improvements to be able to host three state-of-the-art television shows in May next year.
The choice was approved by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU/EUROVISION) and the Reference Group, the contest’s governing body on behalf of the participating public broadcasters.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Europe in Copenhagen, which is full of cultural diversity, has an excellent infrastructure and a variety of hotels. At the chosen venue we have the opportunity to realise our creative ambitions. The entire area around the B&W Hallerne will be transformed into Eurovision Island, where delegates, press and fans will come together,” said Pernille Gaardbo, Executive Producer of the 2014 contest at Host Broadcaster DR.
Copenhagen has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest two times before: in 1964 and 2001. The Danish capital also hosted the contest’s 50th anniversary in 2005.
DR has given several cities the opportunity to bid for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and evaluated their proposals with great eye for detail.
Strong commitment, a reasonable financial contribution and value in kind from the host city lead to a more financially sustainable organisation. Over the past years, figures have shown the substantial economic benefit for host cities, often exceeding 100 million Euros in ad value and 20 million Euros in additional turn-over for the local economy.
The list of countries represented in the 2014 contest is usually announced in early January. Semi-Finals of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest are set to take place on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th May, the Final is scheduled for Saturday, 10th May. Some 170 million people from over 40 countries are expected to tune in for the upcoming contest.