Eurovision 2017: In Three Weeks The First Meeting

Eurovision 2017: In Three Weeks The First Meeting

The head of the Ukrainian delegation for the Eurovision, Victoria Romanova, said that the first organizational meeting for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place in three weeks.

The EBU and the national broadcaster of Ukraine, will meet to discuss the technical specifications and any preparation to be done to enable the Ukraine to host the competition. He added that the space in which to place the three shows of Eurovision 2017 will be decided in the summer.

After Ukraine’s victory  five Ukrainian cities so far have expressed an interest in hosting the contest: The capital Kiev, Odessa, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kherson. That’s take a quick look to each one:

Next to the old Sports Palace (10,000 seats, arena of Eurovision 2005) is the Olympic Stadium with more than 70,000 seats. But the stadium needs a roof.
The Chernomorets Stadium in Odessa has 34,000 seats but lacks a roof for hosting Eurovision.
In western Ukraine the city Lviv has a football stadium with 34,000 seats, but this stadium also need a roof to host the contest.
Another football stadium (“Dnipro”) with room for 31,000 spectators, but also here there’s no roof.
The fifth Ukrainian city that has shown interest in hosting is Kherson, but they didn’t mention any possible arena for the show.

 The prime minister, Volodmyr Groysman, expressed his desire for a tendering process in order to ensure that each city will have equal chances to host the competition.

Meanwhile, the hosts of the Eurovision 2016, the Swedes were first to offer their help if needed to the Ukranian television and they said that they will be very glad to support in any way the hosting country Ukraine for the Eurovision 2017.  Sweden’s Minister of Culture Alice Bah Kuhnke has offered Ukraine assistance in organising Eurovision Song Contest in 2017. The suggestion was expressed during a meeting between Kuhnke and Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk in Stockholm. Kuhnke said Sweden is ready to cooperate and send its specialists to Ukraine to implement some of its innovation in the contest organisation, which have proved to be effective.

Chrysostomos Kontakiotis

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