Eurovision 2020: The city of Breda submits officially its host city bid application

Eurovision 2020: The city of Breda submits officially its host city bid application

The city of Breda submitted today its application for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in The Netherlands. This latest development rises the total number of cities interested in hosting the next contest to 9. 

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According to so far reports the interested cites should submit their application until today, in order for the national broadcaster NPO to form a clear picture of which cities eventually are interested in hosting the contest.  Following the application the broadcaster will sent to the cities a book with all the conditions of hosting the event, while the candidate cities will have a term of 4 weeks to prepare their proposals and their bid books that will support them. 

The city of Breda 

The Dutch city of Breda is located in the southern part of the country and specifically in the region of  North Brabant with a population around 180.000 people. The city is known for its historical and cultural heritage.  Breda ambitions to host Eurovision 2020 at the complex of events,  Breepark, which has a capacity of  13.000 spectators with its premises covering an area of 25.000 sq meters. 

The city marks the second municipality in the province of North Brabant that applies officially to host Eurovision 2020 after the city of Den Bosch. The specific city plans to host the competition in the complex of  Brabanthallen which can welcome an audience of 20.000 people. 

Breda’s candidacy 

The complex Breepark in Breda is already promoting the city’s candidacy using this year’s  Eurovision logo #DaretoDream and under the slogan ‘Songfestival in Breda’. Take a look at the panoramic overview of the complex below:

The city of Breda has applied officially to host Eurovision 2020 and wishes to receive the book with the conditions of hosting the event. In case the city fails to meet the required terms it ambitions to play a key role in the whole organization.

Daan Quaars (Events Councilor City of Bred) says:

Breepark has said we are interested in the Eurovision Song Contest. If Breda does not say we want, one can no longer participate. We would like to know what the conditions are. Only then we can see what is feasible.

No city can organize the Eurovision Song Contest alone. If Den Bosch organizes, people will also have to sleep in Breda. You can draw a circle of half an hour around the city, you will also arrive in Rotterdam. Imagine if the city gets to organize the event, then Breda will also play a role!

The 9 potential host cities so far

The three Dutch national broadcasters NPO, AVROTROS, NOS will be responsible for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest . So far a total of 9 cities have officially applied to hos the next Eurovision Song Contest . These are :

  • Rotterdam
  • Amsterdam
  • The Hague
  • Utrecht
  • Maastricht
  • Leeuwarden
  • Arnhem
  • Den Bosch
  • Breda

The host city bid process 

The whole bid process will unfold during June and July and will include three stages:

  1. In the first half of June, all interested cities/regions will receive a document from NPO/AVROTROS/NOS with criteria they will need to meet for hosting. This will form the foundation for each city’s bid.
  2. The cities/regions in the running for Host City will then have 4 weeks to compile their “bid books”, to be submitted in the first half of July.
  3. In mid-July, the organizers have the option to visit the cities and regions that have applied. The host city for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest will be decided in consultation with the EBU following an assessment of all the bids.

Interested Dutch cities and regions can email the organizationHowever we have to wait and see which of the cities will meet the criteria EBU is requiring in order to make it to the final round of evaluation.

Angelo D.

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