The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will go down in Eurovision history as one of the most spectacular TV shows ever, a massive street party in an exceptionally green and LGBT-friendly capital, and a winner who paved the way for a new and united Europe. Host City Copenhagen congratulates Conchita Wurst and thanks everyone for joining our party!
Thank you. Europe. Without guests, there is no party. So thank you for coming to Copenhagen and thank you for joining our party, at the venue, in the clubs, in the rain, in the sun, and in the streets of Denmark’s capital city. The atmosphere in the city and at the venue was mind-blowing.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 set new standards for television design, light, technology and production. The Danish Broadcasting Corporation created a magnificent show for the audience and the thousands of TV viewers. The choice of venue in the old B&W shipyard was one of the most ambitious, creative and brave decisions made in Eurovision history. And it paid off. The worn, old B&W shipyard was transformed into a unique, historic and effective backdrop on an island in maritime Copenhagen.
Eurovision brings us closer
The quality of the music entries this year was high, and we know we will be singing along to many of those songs, we heard in the past weeks, not just “Scooba-dooba-dap-dap-di-di-die”. Congratulations to Conchita Wurst from Austria who took the trophy home, and instantly paved the way for a new, accepting, tolerant and united Europe, where you can be yourself inside and out, and succeed.
Looking around in the old halls of the B&W shipyard Saturday night, seeing all of you dressed in your national colours, waving your many different flags side by side during every song, underlined that Eurovision has the ability to do something that no other event in the world can. Eurovision brings us closer. And that is important in a world that too often divides us.
More than 180 events
In Copenhagen, we welcomed thousands of visitors from all over the world. We offered more than 180 public events in Europe’s green capital. We saw concerts, weddings, the world’s longest kiss chain, a harbour pool party, art installations, organic street food, activities for kids and an LGBT pride square in the heart of the city. We were even joined by Beijing, Malmö and Hamburg.
We also discovered a new and exciting cultural space – Refshaleøen island, which has been somewhat rusty and abandoned for over 20 years. We believe it will flourish in the years to come. Despite the rain, we hope you found our city and its people warm-hearted and welcoming. We hope you saw the best of our fairy tale city, but not enough to not come back for more.
Until then, thank you for joining us!