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Eurovision stage begins construction at the B&W-Hallerne

22 February 2014 at 19:00 CET

At the moment, the stage’s rear wall is being moved from a workshop on Refshaleøen and into the B&W-Hallerne, where the three live shows will take place in May.

”The rear wall cosists of a skeleton of boxes in aluminium and iron. It is these that we are now moving into the venue. I will make sure that we will make good progress when building the stage”, explains Søren Andresen, who is DR’s technical project manager for the Eurovision Song Contest.

”The next thing we are going to start on, is lighting and sound”.

Since August Søren Andresen has been very busy planning DR’s move to the historical industrical complex, where until 1996, Burmeister and Wain built their ships, and where the world’s biggest music competition will soon take place.

”I am the first persomnm to arrive at the venue, and the last one to leave”, says Andresen, who with his assistant, will exchange his desk at DR’s headquarters for a mobile cabin on Refshaleøen at the beginning of March.

”The biggest challenge is to get it all to come together, right up until the rehearsals start in the middle of April. We are going to work on a double shift basis in order to achieve it”, he says.

Andresen previously had technical responsibility for tv-shows like Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and the X-Factor finals.

”But the Eurovision Song Contest is the biggest! Everything is doubled up!”, he says.

”My work is first over on the 18th of May – one week after the Grand Final. By then we have to be out of the arena again”.

The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May in Copenhagen, Denmark, following Emmelie de Forest’s victory in Malmö last year.

Stay tuned to for more news about the progress of the arena.