Copenhagen as a green host

Copenhagen has been appointed European Green Capital 2014, and the city’s green ideas will be highly visible during the Eurovision Song Contest, that is to take place between 4-10 May 2014.

Green food, green transport

Organic products, sustainability and the environment are key when describing the city’s plans for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.

All aspects of this event, from the food and drinks served, the activities offered, transport around the city, and handling of waste will incorporate the green solutions for which the Capital Region of Denmark and Copenhagen are renounced.

Bike paths from the city centre to B&W Hallerne

The thousands of visitors travelling to and from the B&W Hallerne, where the contest is to take place, can get there by regular bus or harbour bus. They can also opt to use one of the new city bikes, which come equipped with GPS, tablets and tourist information.

The City of Copenhagen is building bike paths from the city centre all the way to the B&W Hallerne - so the easiest and most green way of getting to and from the Eurovision Song Contest will be by bike.

Looking forward to welcoming visitors

“We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors to one of the most sustainable cities in the world.”

“During the Eurovision Song Contest week, our green transport solutions and the green activities offered at Fan Milen will show the world that Copenhagen is a sustainable and blue city where you can drink water from the tap and cycle safely.”

“All of which contributed to Copenhagen being awarded the European Green Capital for 2014,” said Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.

Green activities

The Eurovision Village that will be built for the occasion on Gammeltorv and Nytorv in central Copenhagen, and Fan Milen that will serve as the main connecting artery linking up all the squares along Strøget, will be the epicentre for all the free activities for the public.

Both visitors to the city and Copenhageners will be able to enjoy green activities in this area.

Drinking water in taps is a rare phenomenon

Danes take it for granted that they can drink water directly from the tap, but for many visitors from abroad this is a rare phenomenon Tap water is 900 times more green than bottled water. This is because, among other things, tap water is not transported in polluting trucks.

A green metropolis

“Our clean drinking water is a good example of the sustainable balance that we strive for in our region.”

“We want to be a metropolis with all that that entails, but at the same time we also want to take good care of our surroundings and ensure that our future is a green future,” said Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Chairman of the Capital Region of Denmark.

Free water at the Aqua Bar

That Denmark has some of the world’s best drinking water will be demonstrated during the Eurovision Song Contest. In addition to the existing water fountains, a number of water bars will be set up for the official opening ceremony on Rådhuspladsen on 4 May, as well as in the Eurovision Village on Gammeltorv.

Here HOFOR, Copenhagen’s water utility company, will be serving free Danish drinking water. There will also be free water at the Aqua Bar before the shows at the B&W Hallerne on Refshaleøen.

Organic gourmet street food

Visitors to the Eurovision Village will be able to fill up on organic gourmet street food. The Copenhagen food festival Copenhagen Cooking is behind this initiative, and a total of nine food stands have been awarded a temporary organic cuisine label that requires between 30-60% of food to be organic.

This is the second event of its kind in Denmark to make use of the temporary organic cuisine label that was designed by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

The first label was awarded to the Roskilde Festival in 2013, and festival organisers have assisted Copenhagen Cooking with the application and planning process. So in May, Copenhagen Cooking will be able to share this concept with thousands of Eurovision guests.

Guests will be spoilt for choice with a broad selection of food on offer from AIDS-fondet/Cofoco, Gastrotrucken, NORD, Nordic Street Food, Timm Vladimirs Køkken, Spisevognen, DØP, Pølse Kompagniet and Kalles Kaffe.

A different Green Room

In the Eurovision Village’s green urban space, both international visitors and Copenhageners will be able to experience themselves that Copenhagen is indeed a green oasis with increasing focus on, e.g. urban gardening.

The Village will present a slightly different take on the green room than is normally seen. 

There may be no famous people, but instead visitors can enjoy a host of fun, free and green activities for children and their families. The green urban space will be made out of turf, bagged plants, and cress walls.

The organisation Miljøpunkt Indre by-Christianshavn is responsible for these green activities that include planting herbs, making pesto from wild plants, disposable flowerpots made of newspaper for planting seeds, and many more activities.

The organisation is also responsible for a waste separation competition that will take place during the Eurovision week.

Europe’s green future

Copenhagen will also zoom out and look beyond its borders. In the months leading up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, thousands of school children in Denmark and the southern part of Sweden (Skåne) have participated in the Eurovision School Contest, where they have presented their vision of Europe’s green future.

The jury will nominate 10 children to win the contest. Some of the nominees will be chosen to show their visions in the Eurovision Village and in the B&W Hallerne during the children’s day on 7 May. 

During the Eurovision week, visitors will be able to see the dome-shaped greenhouse Dome of Visions and its succulent gardens next to the Black Diamond by the harbour.

This exhibition presents new angles on the International Song Contest and the host city of Copenhagen, which is a European Green Capital City in 2014 under the slogan Sharing Copenhagen.

Opening hours

  • Free drinking water at the official opening ceremony on Rådhuspladsen 4 May from 6 pm, in the Eurovision Village on Gammeltorv 4-10 May from 12 noon to 9 pm, and before the shows in the B&W Hallerne 5-10 May from 12 noon to 9 pm.
  • The food area in the Eurovision Village will be open 4-10 May from 12 noon to 9 pm. After the semi finals on 6 and 8 May, the area will be open until 11 pm, and the day of the finals, 10 May, until 1 am.
  • The green urban space in the Eurovision Village will be open 5-10 May from 12 noon to 4 pm.
  • Dome of Visions will be open 6-9 May from 10 am to 7 pm. Speed talks at 2 pm - 4 pm.

More information:

  • Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Chairman of the Regional Council, via the On-duty Press Officer at the Capital Region of Denmark, tel. +45 70 20 88 95
  • Connie Maria Westergaard, Press officer, Wonderful Copenhagen, tel. +45 23 20 05 47, Email: cwe@woco.dk

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