The semifinals of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 18 and 20 May, the final on 22 May. It is the first in more than 40 years that the Netherlands is the host country of the Eurovision Song Contest. The organization is in the hands of NPO, NOS and AVROTROS, in co-production with the European Broadcasting Union and in close collaboration with the host city of Rotterdam.
After an earlier agreement at the beginning of April, the government reconfirmed that the Eurovision Song Contest may receive a limited audience at the television shows. After a substantial reduction, 3500 visitors can be admitted per show; approximately 20% of Ahoy's "normal" capacity.
"With 180 million viewers from over 45 countries, we will soon be in the international spotlight as a host country. We want to do this carefully and responsibly, so we take pretty strict measures, with health and safety first, ”said Executive Producer Sietse Bakker.
More than a year of preparation
The organizing team has been preparing for more than a year to allow the Eurovision Song Contest, after last year's cancellation, to continue under these challenging circumstances. In Ahoy, for example, an extensive corona protocol (link) applies, which also applies to artists traveling in, their entourage and foreign press. The protocol has been tested by the international agency SGS, the world leader in inspection, control, analysis and certification.
Less people involved, no parties
"The numbers have been scaled down considerably. Delegations are considerably smaller and most journalists will follow the Eurovision Song Contest from home this year in an online press center. By testing everyone in Ahoy every 48 hours and getting artists to move within our so-called Safe Harbor, we want to keep the corona virus out as much as possible, ”Bakker emphasizes. Unlike previous editions, there are no parties this year.
The Eurovision Song Contest is part of the Fieldlab Events research program. Under the leadership of principal investigator Prof. Dr. Andreas Voss conducted research by, among others, TU Delft and BUAS. The central question of the studies is whether the measures, as introduced in the previous pilots and proved to be good, also work with increased capacity.
If the situation in the healthcare sector deteriorates further in the coming weeks, the government may once again review the permission to receive publicly. Sietse Bakker: "We understand that extra reservation, of course. For that situation we will of course keep the scenario without an audience at hand. In addition, we remain in close contact with the municipality, the GGD and the hospitals in the area. ”
The available tickets will be offered, as promised, to all ticket holders of the 2020 edition. This will happen on Saturday 8 May at 12:00 noon. They will receive a message about this on Wednesday 5 May.
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