For the first time, a Eurovision promo event will take place outside continental Europe. This year’s Eurovision representatives from a big amount of countries will arrive in Tel Aviv for a three day tour which will include sightseeing around Israel, a gala event and a live promo show that will be held on 12 April at the Theatre Club. It is the biggest Eurovision event in Israel since Jerusalem hosted the contest back in 1999.
The artists will arrive on 11 April and will tour Tel Aviv and its sights and will walk on the red carpet in a special reception event hosted by Tel Aviv’s mayor, Mr. Ron Huldai. The show, that will be held on 12 April at the Theatre Club, will include performances of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 entries by the artists. Information regarding obtaining tickets for the show will be announced in due course.
Eight acts are confirmed to attend the event so far:
- Hovi Star (Israel)
- Ivan (Belarus)
- Lidia Isac (Moldova)
- Barei (Spain)
- Joe & Jake (UK)
- Agnete (Norway)
- Justs (Latvia)
- Amir Haddad (France)
New artists are being announced frequently and it is possible to follow the announcement as get more information about the event via following the official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter of the event.
The event is initiated and produced by the television producer Tali Eshkoli who stands behind Israel’s biggest national selection so far, Kdam Eurovision 2013 and also responsible for the connection between Keshet and IBA for making Rising Star as the Israeli national selection since 2015. Lately, Tali was the spokeperson for the Israeli jury in the final of Melodifestivalen 2016 in Sweden.
The artists’ visit to Israel was made possible thanks to the funding and support of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tel Aviv Municipality and the Ir Olam organisation, which recognise the importance of such an event for Israel.
Israel will be represented in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest by Hovi Star, who will sing Made of stars in the second semifinal of the contest, on 12 May.