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Lively, musical, and unashamedly kitsch, Eurovision is a firm favorite in the gay events calendar each year. 2019 will welcome the 64th edition of the singing contest, which will feature a total of 42 participants coming from different corners of the globe including Iceland, France, and Australia. Brought to you by the European Broadcasting Union and Israeli Host Broadcaster KAN, Eurovision Tel Aviv is guaranteed to keep the contest’s iconic flame burning bright for 2019.
Eurovision 2018 winner, Netta Barzilai, took home the winning crown for Israel last year in Lisbon with her song, Toy. This was the fourth time Israel claimed victory at Eurovision, making the country no stranger to hosting the popular event. And we can assure you the local community will be more than passionate, as per usual, about Eurovision 2019. Often referred to as Eurovision-mania, Israelis are known for their enthusiasm when it comes to the yearly event, and following their four wins over the course of the competition, we can understand why!
This year, Eurovision will be hosted at Tel Aviv’s Expo Convention Center, with the semi-finals kicking off on May 14 and 16, followed by the much-anticipated grand final on May 18. Official participants are yet to be determined by most countries, however, we can tell you that competition is fierce with many enthusiasts from each country competing for the chance to participate.
The theme of Eurovision Tel Aviv 2019 is Dare the Dream, which proclaims a strong message of diversity, inclusion, and unity. It is about uniting over a collective musical experience, and bringing good values and energy to the one space for a global audience. This theme is represented through the official logo of Eurovision Tel Aviv, which comprises three triangles that congruously come together, and when united, shine like a golden star.
“Being on that stage, daring to dream you can win the Eurovision Song Contest, be brave enough, be confident enough, standing there for a world audience is something that is worth the dream,” said Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurovision is one of the world’s most popular gay shows, which continues to attract members of the LGBTQ community both on-screen and off-screen. In 1998, Israel won the contest with Dana International, a transsexual, while 2014 saw Austrian drag queen, Conchita Wurst take home the winning crown. Unlike other major global events, Eurovision can often be a unique way to showcase LGBTQ role models to the queer community on an international scale.
Since 1954, Eurovision has been bringing the world together each year through song. Based on the San Remo Music Festival, Italy, the Eurovision Song Contest was developed by Marcel Bezençon of the European Broadcasting Union. Initially the contest only featured seven participating countries, however, it quickly evolved into a much larger event with more and more countries taking part each year, particularly throughout the 90s. In 2015, Eurovision celebrated its 60th anniversary, and the organizers admitted Australia for the first time.
If you want to experience your pride to the international sounds of Eurovision 2019, get yourself to Tel Aviv this May. Tickets for the contest will be on sale from the end of January, so hop to it. In terms of where to stay in Tel Aviv for Eurovision 2019, misterb&b is your obvious choice. misterb&b gives you the possibility to stay with a local gay host or alternatively retreat in a gay apartment all to yourself; the choice is up to you. If you like the idea of staying in a gay hotel in Tel Aviv instead, try out our new feature of gay hotel listings. So go on, explore the world, experience your pride, and enjoy Eurovision 2019.