Eurovision 2019: How is KAN preparing for the contest?

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The 2019 Eurovision host broadcaster, KAN, is working round the clock gearing up for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.

The City of Tel Aviv and Israeli national broadcaster KAN/IPBC are working hand in hand and from strength to strength in order to showcase an extraordinary show when Eurovision lands in Tel Aviv next May.

KAN has released further information on the ongoing Eurovision 2019 preparations. Check out ESCToday’s Eurovision 2019 Provisional Timeline for further details on the upcoming contest in Tel Aviv.

The slogan

Dare to Dream – the 2019 Eurovision slogan (photo credit: KAN/EBU)

Last week, the slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was unveiled in Tel Aviv: Dare to Dream. Choosing the slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest is a central aspect of the competition every year, and the slogan itself is an inspiration for the creation of the visual language, the stage design, the opening performances and the concept of the postcards. The first time the slogan was used in the Eurovision Song Contest was in 2002, when Estonia chose the slogan A Modern Fairytale.

The 2019 Israeli Eurovision representative

The 2019 Israeli Eurovision representative who will defend the host country in Tel Aviv will be determined by February. There’s a lot of anticipation in Israel on who will follow Netta‘s footsteps at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2019 the Israeli radio and television audience will be involved in the selection of the 2019 Israeli Eurovision representative,  a special show which will be broadcast on KAN will determine the 2019 Israeli Eurovision hopeful. Next year Israel competes directly in the Grand Final along with the BIG 5 countries.

The song that will represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest  will be selected in a special show which will be aired on KAN.

The Eurovision Village

Charles Clore Park will house the Eurovision Village

The Eurovision Village, is one of the iconic hot spots of the host city during the Eurovision Song Contest weeks. The Eurovison Village is open to the general public, Eurovision fans, locals and tourists and invites everyone to partake in the celebration of music.  You can enjoy various events, music shows and taste local delicacies at the Eurovision Village.

The City of Tel Aviv is planning to build one of the biggest and most impressive Eurovision Village’s in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 2019 Eurovision Village will be the heart and soul of the competition in Tel Aviv and will serve as the main hub for celebrations for the the circa 20,000 Eurovision fans and Israelis who are expected to land in the city come May.

The village will be open for nine days and will be located at  Charles Clore Park on the seashore in Tel Aviv and will consist of seven complexes  and will include performances, DJs, sports, yoga, Israeli food stalls, games, shows etc

Simultaneously sponsors stands  will be set up for competition with lots of fun activities and games along with the  official souvenir stands. The highlight of the Eurovision Village will be live broadcast of the 3 Eurovision 2019 live shows (semifinals and Grand Final) on large screens. Many former Israeli Eurovision stars and the 2019 Eurovision acts will be performing at the Eurovision Village.

White Night in Tel Aviv

In addition to the Eurovision Village, the City of Tel Aviv plans to advance the White Night events for the night after the Second Semifinal ( 16 May). Tel Aviv’s streets will be holding a special party and concerts throughout the night with lot of special events and activities. The plan is to build around 40 stages throughout the city, dedicating a special stage to each of the participating countries.

Ticket Sales

Information regarding the 2019 Eurovision ticket sales is expected to be released by the end of 2018.

Theme Art Reveal

KAN plans to reveal the logo and theme art along with its graphics for ESC 2019 by the end of January

Host Insignia Handover Ceremony/ Semi- final Allocation Draw

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Host Insignia Handover Ceremony and the Semi-final Allocation Draw will be held in Tel Aviv’s former City Hall, Beit Ha’Ir , by the end of January.

Heads of Delegation Meeting

In March, the Head of Delegations Meeting will be held in Tel Aviv, where the  heads of the delegations from the 2019 ESC participating countries will present their respective portfolios, including their participating songs along with details and information on their performances and staging.

The heads of delegation will also get a chance to check out the 2019 Eurovision official venues and premises and visit all the ESC related locations during their 2 day meeting.

Semi-final Running Order

The Semi-final Allocation Draw(Photo credit: Miguel A. Lopes/ LUSA)

Host broadcaster KAN will be determining the running order of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals by the end of March.

Stage Construction

Pavillion 2 Tel Aviv Convention Centre ( photo credit: )

Construction of the 2019 Eurovision Stage at the Expo Tel Aviv Convention Centre will kick off by the end of March when KAN, EBU and the stage construction company move into the Pavillions in order to build the stage and adequate the premises for hosting the show. This will include the construction of the Delegation Bubble, Press Centre and Green Room besides the construction of the 2019 Eurovision stage.

Arrival of Delegations

The first delegations will start arriving in Tel Aviv by the end of April. The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 14, 16 and 18 May at the Expo Tel Aviv Convention Centre in Tel Aviv.