This morning, the European Broadcasting Union has announced the opening of a new exhibition in collaboration with Abba The Museum, entitled Good Evening Europe!.
ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus alongside the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. Jon Ola Sand, have initiated the dedicated project which will celebrate the world’s longest running annual television competition.
Starting from the first ever contest in 1956 up until this present year, the exhibition will feature over 60 years of Eurovision moments and memories in a digitalised and television-like setting.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to sing along to their favourite contest entries on a self-made Eurovision stage, with a look at original costumes and items from over the last 6 decades of the competition. A special interactive quiz based on the contest will also be present.
Speaking of the exhibition, Ulvaeus says:
The Eurovision Song Contest occupies a special place in my heart. It is a pleasure to be able to display the long and in many ways astonishing history of the largest running TV show in the world, where music is at the centre. And I couldn’t think of any better place to do it than at ABBA The Museum in Stockholm.
Executive supervisor Sand continues:
We are really excited to be working with ABBA The Museum on this unique exhibition celebrating 60 years of great music and television. It is fitting that, as the Contest returns to Stockholm for the 3rd time, the history of the world’s biggest music event can now be explored alongside that of its most successful winners.
A special section of the exhibition will be dedicated to each of the 6 Swedish winners of the Eurovision Song Contest (ABBA, Herreys, Carola, Charlotte Perrelli, Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw), with stories written by Melodifestivalen Supervisor and Contest Producer of the 2016 contest, Christer Björkman.
Ingmarie Halling, who will curate the exhibition alongside set designer Bengt Fröderberg and Anna Söderberg, revealed:
I believe everyone has heard the words ”Good Evening Europe!” coming from a TV set nearby at some point in their lives. A song contest so old, so hot and so loved by so many viewers is unique. It´s a real honour for ABBA The Museum at Pop House that together with the EBU get the chance to show this colourful exhibition for fans, friends, media and artists from back in the day until now.
The Good Evening Europe! exhibition will make its premiere at Abba The Museum in Stockholm on the 7 May. A special place at the museum will be saved for the winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, who will visit the museum the following day of the Grand Final.
Further details can be found at pophouse.se.