This week the celebrative tradtional  meeting of the Heads of Delegations of the 41 countries participating in the Eurovision Song Contest took place and the 41 representatives of countries gathered at Expo Tel Aviv.

The meeting that takes place every year and is the opening happening for a serie of Eurovision event. During their visit the representatives of the 41 nations were shown around at Expo Tel Aviv, where all the preparations of the event will take place and the live shows of the contest. Alongside with the Head of Delegations was  Jon Ola Sand, the European Broadcasting Union’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Tobias Åberg, Head of Production, Zivit Davidovitch, the Executive Producer of the Eurovision in Israel and Yuval Cohen, the Editor in Chief and Lead Director for the Eurovision.

The Head of Delegations had a chance to have a first taste of the setting at Pavilion 2, where the main performance will take place, and Pavilion 1 where the VIP green room will be located while through simulations got to see how the venue will seem like the days of the contest. The tour ended with an official reception at the Rokach Plaza 

THE VENUE

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The Municipality of Tel Aviv will host the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest at ExPo Tel Aviv. The 50,000 sq meter premises is mainly used to host conventions and events. Pavilion 2 has a capacity of accommodating circa 10,000 spectators and has hosted many musical events since it was built in 2015.

The Convention Centre Complex consists of 8 halls/pavillions and is celebrated for having hosted many musical events and concerts in recent years. Pavillion 1 and the newly built Pavillion 2 are the largest pavillions in the complex.

Six pavilions have been reserved for the Eurovision Song Contest: Pavilion 2, which will be used for the semifinals and final live show will be reserved beginning mid-March for two and a half months, and the remaining pavilions will be available for the production crew for the period of one month prior to the contest.

The Green Room Venue

The Eurovision shows will unfold this year in the newly built  Pavillion 2 at Expo Tel Aviv. However due to the small capacity of the main arena, this edition’s Green room won’t be located in the main arena, as it did past years, but in another venue connected with the main arena. Namely, the Green room will be hosted in Pavillion 1, a space right next to the Pavillion 2, where various conventions, exhibitions and music events have taken place over time.  

Mr, Tamir Dayan ( CEO of Expo Tel Aviv) says:

The Eurovision Song Contest is the largest and most popular competition in the world, which allows for connections between nations, cultures and languages.

I’m excited to see you all here and am looking forward for your next arrival together with your delegations.

We at Expo Tel Aviv understand the weight of the responsibility bestowed upon us in hosting this event and are preparing ourselves at the highest standards in order to meet your needs and in order for you to enjoy your stay here with us.

The Eurovision Song Contest it set to take place on 14, 16 and 18 May.

Source: ESCToday, Eurovision TV