Lively, musical, and unashamedly kitsch, Eurovision is a firm favorite in the gay events calendar each year. Following the success of The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurance, who performed Arcade in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2019, Eurovision 2020 will be taking place in Rotterdam from May 12 to 16. The port city will welcome 41 participating countries from different corners of the globe, including Iceland, France, and Spain, with each vying for the coveted title of Eurovision winner.
Held at the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Center, Eurovision 2020 will comprise two semi-finals, with the big grand finale transpiring on May 16. This will be the fifth time in Eurovision’s history that the event will take place in The Netherlands, with the country’s last edition held back in 1980, and of course Junior Eurovision in 2007. For 2020, Bulgaria and the Ukraine will return to the competition, despite their absences in 2019, while Hungary and Montenegro will withdraw this time around.
The slogan for Eurovision 2020 is ‘Open Up’ - intentionally something which is incomplete. Just as Eurovision brings many nations together to compete in the shared musical event, this slogan asks individuals from all walks of life to interpret and discuss the different ways in which people can open up: open up to music, open up to one another, open up to different cultures, open up to Rotterdam. It encourages everyone to complete the slogan in whichever way is most meaningful to them, all the while acknowledging and respecting the interpretations of others.
“With the slogan "Open Up", we warmly invite people to open up to others, to different opinions, each other's stories and of course to each other's music,” says Sietse Bakker, Event Executive Producer Event.
If you can’t make it to the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Center to watch Eurovision 2020, don’t despair. Those wanting to take part in all of the Eurovision mania downtown can do so at Eurovision Village - the official festival area during the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Located in Rotterdam's Binnenrotte, near the Blaak Markt, enjoy special events, live performances, and of course a public viewing of all Eurovision shows from the Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Center.
Eurovision is one of the world’s most popular LGBTQ shows, which continues to attract members of the community both on 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, the Eurovision Song Contest can often be a unique way to showcase LGBTQ role models to the queer community on an international scale, and bring to light issues pertinent to the LGBTQ community.
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 with the international sounds of Eurovision 2020, get yourself to Rotterdam this May. Third wave tickets for the contest will be on sale from March, so stay tuned to avoid missing out. While Rotterdam may sometimes fall in the shadows of its louder Dutch counterpart, Amsterdam, the city is a noteworthy destination in The Netherlands. From its multicultural restaurants, to it’s open LGBTQ scene, Rotterdam will be the perfect backdrop for Eurovision 2020.
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