The halls have been cleared of the last containers. The mighty pillars that connect the two halls will soon be gone. The gigantic ceiling has been strengthened and the gates will soon be removed and replaced by new doors.
After half a year of thorough preparation, the old B&W shipyard on Refshaleøen is almost ready for DR to move in and rig up for the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
”A lot will be happening during the next month, but the big milestone is, of course, when the first section of DR’s production team physically moves into the B&W-Hallerne in March, and then it will be full speed ahead”, explains the Head of Relations for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Søren Therkelsen, who in responsible for the partnership between DR and the City of Copenhagen.
Gradually coming together
It is the project company ”Host City Copenhagen”, made up of the City of Copenhagen, the Capital City Region, Wonderful Copenhagen and Refshaleøen's Property Company that are responsible for getting the impressive B&W-Hallerne ready, whilst DR is reponsible for producing the TV shows.
”We have been wokring on the Eurovision 2014 project for over half a year and that means that we are now seriously moving from the planning phase to the implementation phase, where everything is becoming more concrete”, says Søren Therkelsen.
Space for 10,000 spectators and 2,000 press
Inside the halls, grandstands will now be constructed for the 10,000 members of the audience who will see the three TV shows and six dress rehearsals. The modules, which make up the stage will be constructed and sound and light rigging will be installed.
Outside on Refshaleøen, a huge production area will be erected with broadcasting trucks, tents and portable cabins for the production. Dressing and make up rooms will be built, along with a canteen and accreditiaton centre as well as the press centre with space for 1,500-2,000 reporters from all over the world.
”In the coming months, the actual room, lighting, stage and audience stands, green room and a lot more will come into place, and you will be able to see it all unfold”, says the head of relations.
The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May.