EUROVISION FAN MILE GOES INTERNATIONAL
A number of foreign cities are showcasing their local culture in Copenhagen this week. It happens on the occasion of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Højbro plads square in inner city has been renamed International Square. From 8 – 10 May you can experience everything from a Kung Fu show, Chinese drum dance, opera and acrobatics, to creating one’s own Eurovision music video and test one’s Eurovision knowledge in the big Eurovision Quiz. At Kongens Nytorv square you can have lunch in Swedish picnic idyll.
Eurovision is all of Europe’s celebration. Thus six months ago Copenhagen invited a number of cities to join the Eurovision party in the Danish capital. Malmö, Hamburg and Beijing accepted the invitation, and therefore these days one can find German and Chinese culture side by side on Højbro Plads square, and a greenhouse-like Swedish picnic area at Kongens Nytorv square. Come and be entertained. Sing and win. It is all free.
Alluring entertainment from Beijing
On 8 May at 14:00 Beijing moves in at International Square with a colourful opening show. Dragons will fly high, the Diabolo wheel will spin, and acrobats will dance. Experience a sense of peace and harmony in the hopeful Taiping Drum Dance, gain insight into the special Face Changing technique traditionally used in performances of the Chinese Sichuan Opera and enjoy a rare glimpse of China’s first lady female percussion band Red Poppy Ladies’ Percussion in a concert that connects Chinese traditional music with experiences of the “new world”.
One can also get a unique live experience of Chinese pop music and ancient folk song. QuYingchun performs both Jasmine Flower and The Hottest Ethnic Trend, one of China’s greatest hits that has been downloaded over 100 million times. The Chinese culture will be on Højbro Plads 8 – 10 May from 14:00 to 20:30, Saturday only until 16:00 though.
Create your own Eurovision music video from Hamburg
Until 10 May from 12:00 to 21:00 every day, it is possible to sing one’s heart out in Hamburg’s Pavilion at Højbro Plads square and maybe win a trip for two to Germany’s musical capital by creating one’s own music video to Eurovision hits, like Waterloo, Only Teardrops and Satellite with some of Hamburg’s most beautiful scenery as a backdrop. The videos will be online, so one can share one’s five minutes of fame in social media. On 10 May at 16:00 – 17:00 gays and lesbians from Hamburg Pride will create a Reeperbahn street party atmosphere and host a Eurovision Quiz with DJ Douze Points. DJ Douze Points is one of the most famous Eurovision DJs in Germany. His Eurovision Quiz is an annual classic during Pride Week in Hamburg.
Get a taste of the Swedish countryside in the middle of Copenhagen. Last year’s host city, Malmö, is now even closer than a half hour train ride. Located on Kongens Nytorv square you can experience a little piece of Swedish idyll. Enjoy a “picnic for two” on the grass in the glass container installation, or take a selfie by the light installation, which comes on when darkness falls. Go on a picnic in Malmö every day until 10 May from 13:00 – 16:00, and see the light installation at dusk.
For more information:
www.joinusincopenhagen.com or download the mobile app “Join Us in Copenhagen” in App Store.