When the route from Copenhagen Central Station to Nyhavn harbour is transformed into a Eurovision Fan Mile from 4th – 10th May 2014, at least three foreign cities will be represented along the route. Beijing, Malmö and Hamburg have all accepted an invitation to join the festivities in Copenhagen with a cultural programme of their own.
When locals and visitors will stroll along Copenhagen’s Fan Mile – the city’s main shopping street Strøget –in early May, they will run into representatives from all around the world, from as far away as Beijing to last year’s Eurovision host city of Malmö and the fun-loving Hamburg. These cities have all accepted an invitation from Copenhagen to join the host city on the Eurovision Fan Mile.
The purpose of the inclusion of the three cities is to invite the world to Copenhagen in the best #JoinUs style, which is this year’s slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. The plan is to dress the major shopping street for the party, thereby transforming the pedestrian zone into one long party route.
“We look forward to welcoming the whole world to a large public party during Eurovision in Copenhagen. The participating three cities are cities which we already have a good relationship with, and they will contribute to making the Fan Mile an international party for both locals and visitors,” says Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen.
The plan is that Beijing and Hamburg will take over Højbro Plads square, and Malmö will take over Kongens Nytorv square. Both squares are part of the Fan Mile. The precise cultural programme from each city will be announced in the weeks to come. In addition, Australia, which historically is known to be very enthusiastic about the Eurovision Song Contest, has also shown an interest in participating on the Fan Mile with a show.
Host City Copenhagen is behind the Fan Mile, and with the participation of the three cities, the ambition to involve the whole world in the celebrations, is one step closer to being reached, says Head of Events Ulrich Ammundsen, Host City Copenhagen:
“This is the first time that a host city has invited other cities to become part of the festivities. We are very pleased that three so different cities have accepted the invitation. It adds an extra colourful dimension to the Fan Mile, which hopefully will signal that Copenhagen is an international city with a vision,”
Guests and locals can experience the Fan Mile from 4th – 10th May 2014 in the Eurovision week, when both semifinals on 6th and 8th May and the final on 10th May take place.