The tent camp, to be installed at Truhaniv Island particulary for youth, media and those with small budgets, will be “complementary to hotels”. Marko Markovic, press secretary of NTU, said that to esctoday.com. The tent camp is more like an extra service instead of a replacement for hotel facilities.
NTU's idea to setup a tent camp at Truhaniv Island, which was presented last week, received negative comments of fans and media. “People fear that they have to sleep in tents instead of more comfortable hotels”, Vasyl Yablonski of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest public relations deparment (CFC Consulting) said. “Of course we will not force our respectable international visitors to stay in tents”, he added.
A tent camp for Ukrainian and European youth and mass media will be operational in Kyiv throughout the week prior to the Eurovision Song Contest. The tents will be installed by the Committee on Eurovision Accompanying Activities, which consists of members of PORA and CFC Consulting. The project is supported by NTU and the Kyiv City State Administration.
PORA Eurocamp will be able to accommodate between 5,000 and 10,000 guests. The place for the campground will be allocated on Truhaniv Island, Dnipro River. “The encampment itself will feature the attributes of the so-called Orange Revolution, thus allowing the guests of the Eurovision Song Contest to experience the spirit, force and character of those who participated in the recent events on the Independence Square (Maydan), while residing in the similar setting from 11th to 23rd of May”, could be read in a press release.
While events related to the Eurovision Song Contest will be shown on screens, the camp will include a stage where participants can come to sing. Charter busses will take the guests on a 15-minute ride from the island to the venue, a walk takes about 30 minutes. Safety should be guaranteed thanks to special arrangements on both Truhaniv Island as well as the major pathways.
The prices for the tent camp accommodation are starting at EUR 10 per night, which offers a good solution for Ukrainians ánd international visitors with a small budget. An online system for registration is currently under development.
Meanwhile, esckaz.com wrote that a number of ecological organizations have adressed the president of Ukraine, the prime minister and the vice prime minister on with questions and a protest against the location of camping. Ecologists think that the organisation forgot to take into consideration that the territory of this island hosts rare plants and animals. That story will be continued for sure!
It's the first time the Eurovision Song Contest offers camping accomodation. However, campings are a common part of most pop festival throughout the world, especially to attract youth.