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An island stage planned for B&W Hallerne

27 October 2013 at 13:00 CET

There is still away off before Europe's biggest party arrives in Copenhagen, but it has already hit the offices of broadcaster DR, where planning for next year's Eurovision Song Contest is well under way. 

Now Head of Show, Jan Lagermand Lundme, has for the first time revealed some of the plans for how the huge B&W Hallerne will be transformed to become one of the most unusual venues in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

"When we first heard the idea of Eurovision Island on Refshaleøen, we were sold. It is something of a novely that you will be able to sail the competition and that has been a changing point for how we think about the stage design", says the Head of Show. 

And island on an island

The fascination surrounding Refshaleøen, including its impressive history as an industrial stronghold during the latter part of the 20th century, is huge. That's why there is a clear ambition to link the stage design and show to this area of Copenhagen. 

"Right now we are working to place the stage right in the middle of B&W Hallern, where the party will take place, because the stage will then become an island and a centre. It is here the participants will shine and here we will come together", states Jan Lagermand Lundme. 

The island will buzz

Right now a lot of work is being done to ensure the halls' raw and industrial look is preserved, but at the same time DR are very keen to make sure that the accoustics are as good as possible in time for the show: this could mean covering the walls although nothing has been decided yet. 

At the same time, plans are being made by the tourist organisation, Wonderful Copenhagen to make sure that the city and Refshaleøen literally ooze Eurovision during the two weeks the competition is in town. 

"Eurovision Island will be full of restaurants, bars and an entertainment stage. It will be an environment that uses both the existing facilities but also with more of an edge", says Ulrik Ammundsen, Event Chief at Wonderful Copenhagen. 

He also reveals that the volunteers will play decisive role, because they will need to be very visible and and approachable. They will form a huge part of the experience.