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The Eurovision Fan Mile: before

On Tuesday I took a stroll down the Eurovision Fan Mile – backwards. My mobile tracking device tells me that from the middle of Nyhavn (forgot to turn it on) to the top of Rådhuspladsen is a shade over a mile, hurra! With photo stops it took me 30 minutes to walk.

Before we set off towards Rådhuspladsen though let’s imagine we’ve just made it to Kongens Nytorv, “the finest and largest square of the city” and want to take the shuttle boat to Eurovision Island.

Kongens Nytorv

Currently a building site due to works for the new Metro City Ring (current ETA ~2020). If you are emerging from the metro bear right to get to Nyhavn. Simples.

Coming from Strøget, bear left. This will take you past a 10m2 space which will be occupied by a herd of plastic horses during the summer, and quite possibly by our friends from Malmö during #escdk. The back wall is covered by Happy Wall, an “analog interactive pixel screen”which passers-by can turn into messages aka artworks.

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Nyhavn and shuttle boats

Nyhavn, yer classic CPH, lots of heritage, history and hygge. Bottom right you’ll find the 993 shuttle boat stop – see our travel guide for more on arriving by water. Visit Copenhagen’s travel guide offers a rather different vista which we’re still trying to get to the bottom of  – here’s the full story.

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Strøget and the squares

Back on message, if you must you can translate Strøget as ‘walking street’ – it’s the original pedestrian precinct, dating from 1962. Actually several streets punctuated by a series of squares (torv, plads), but don’t worry about it.

The shops aren’t much to write home about – a better bet is to duck down the side streets. This church is now an art gallery.

St Nikolaj Church/Nikolaj Kunsthal
St Nikolaj Church/Nikolaj Kunsthal

Pressing on, walking ‘up’ Strøget the first square you come to is Højbro Plads, the potential home for Chinese liondancers and Hamburgers:

Højbro Plads
Højbro Plads

Next up, Eurovision Village, aka Gammeltorv/Nytorv. Hang a left across Nytorv and it’s no distance to Huset and the Euro Fan Café:

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Rådhuspladsen and the countdown clock

Same deal as Kongens Nytorv, building site. As we’ve seen efforts are being made to cheer things up with a range of artworks being established around Byens Hegn (the City Fence; Facebook). Here there’s Suburbia, a photo exhibition exploring suburban areas at night.

We love the gimcrack countdown clock so much we’ve started a photo gallery – if you are in CPH for #escdk and get a picture of the clock in action, do send it to us!

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BTW sorry for the grey filter. According to the weather forecast the sun should come out next Wednesday, and things tend to brighten up a tad by May.

Now, let’s get this party started!

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Featured image at top of post via Blogilkar. Bottom left: Knippelsbro, leads to Christianshavn.


The #escdk watch November awards

Update, 18 November: we got tumblrd by ESC Insight!

Now that it’s less than six months until it’s all over, what’s been happening since we marked our diaries with Eurovision Island? Basically, everyone deserves an award for keeping things going. Here are the #escdk watch November awards.

Best #teardrops reminder 

A close tie this one between Wiwibloggs’ virtual EdeF expo (nice work, @katiewillfly), with little gems like:

What could be better for the Danish people than a chance to be smug about Denmark?

And the girl herself on the Danish Strictly – vid sadly now removed, but an unlikely Celtic/samba mashup over golden couple Mads and Claudia.

Best chournalism 

It’s harsh, but most of DR Grand Prix‘ news stories say sod all, giving the impression that someone is cranking up a PR-ometer that sits in a corner churning out random words that occasionally get glued together. So don’t expect many revelations from the obligatory #escdk documentary.

We did ask why no English, to be told they can’t do that on DR’s website. They rely on fan translation monkeys.

So imagine our surprise when the very next day we get a profile of…the #escdk communications manager! Must be (cough) a strategic role. 

Comms Manager @Sholmdal on Twitter

Best Swede involved in #escdk

Head of delegation service @onjillsmind – she’s tweeted over 1000 times and is on Instagram! Weeee!!

Best interview coup 

Wiwibloggs again, not really flogging a dead horse, with a three part interview of head of show Jan Lagermand Lundme (part un | part deux | part trois). Fave revelation:

Transport to and from the Island will be by boat, bus, and bike…boats could well be a primary method as most of the hotels are across the water from the island.

Oh for heaven’s sake, it’s staring you in the face…


Best use of humour around a non-story

Best serious face

ESC Insight again, on the running order, trumping all those standing space stories.

Best use of academic research methods

A team at the University of Reykjavík has shown that Iceland can host Eurovision – they just have to win it first.

Probably the best fan club

The Danish Eurovision fan club got more new members than the Swedes after their 2012 victory – well of course it did! – plus they’ve given EdeF an award.

Best #escdk nostalgia

Signe Svendsen has a new album out – no doubt she’s lovely IRL but I still hide behind the sofa when she comes on, and I’m not just talking about those lilac cutout flares. What is it with Denmark and monotone screeching? And please ban all harmonicas and penny whistles forthwith.

Best month/s to stay indoors

As for us, we’d planned to start a time lapse series of what I will now forever think of as Bog Whallerne (B&W Halls på dansk), but what with #stormdk and all we couldn’t face it – the winds blow without vertical interruption from the steppes of Central Asia, or something. Unfortunately it will stay like that until April.

Best playlist

From our fave Eurovision country, Moldova. We’re hoping for Pasha vs Aliona, the mashup, for 2014.

“Where words fail…”: spring in Odense

Update, 8pm: another dansk only output from DR on the event. Here’s the gist: it’s gonna be great.

With October come the first signs of the dreaded Danish winter – think grey skies, grey clothes, grey people – but here’s a welcome reminder of spring in the shape of the Danish national final, aka Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, to be held in Odense on 8 March. Hosting duties were officially handed over today, an occasion attended by some old friends:

Yay! See too the video of the boys in action and answering some tricky questions. Despite our encouragement on Twitter, apparently they are “too busy” to enter #dmgp this time around, but we’re sure there will still be sightings in May.

Anyway, back to Odense. All this has never really been news – they kinda booked their spot by not bidding for the big one, and it’s been an open secret since July, but hey! now it’s official. Basically muggins turn, says DR’s Rasmus Ladefoged (great name that), part of a Eurovision spring in Denmark, totally coincidentally taking place on the same day as International Women’s Day and something called Melodifestivalen.

Odense, on the drive through island of Fyn (Funen if you must), is your classic fairy tale Danish town. There’s more to do there than in Herning (there’s more to do anywhere than in Herning), although most of it revolves round Hans Christian Andersen – even the pedestrian crossings get in on the act:

Odense’s Andersen Ampelmann (credit: Kate goes some places)

Anker Boye, the local Boris Johnson and a big cheese in Danish local politics, says Odense is no ploughed field and it won’t all be about Hans Christian – do we believe him? With Eurovision itself going urban it’s hard to imagine being able to avoid marzipan and ducklings.

As both Hans Christian and Abba said let’s let the music speak…1993, the last time #dmgp was held in Odense, marked Tommy Seebach‘s last hurrah. This mashup with son Rasmus doesn’t quite work but is still rather touching:

22nd out of 25, and for singing in the round too.

And then it rained

Normal service is resumed – in Denmark it rains three days out of one one day out of three, and May sees heavy downpours. Remember your umbrellas next year, or wet weather gear if you want to go danski.

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

only raindrops
Only raindrops…from DR’s Melodi Grand Prix Facebook timeline, credited to Anders Søby Hemmingsen