Today is Europe Day in Kyiv, Ukraine. With just one week to go before television sets across the continent turn the eyes of Europe on Kyiv, the host city for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest is promoting itself and it�s European heritage. Esctoday.com editors Sietse Bakker and Barry Viniker went down to Independence Square to soak up some of the atmosphere with none other than this year�s Ukrainian entry, Greenjolly.
It is only a short time since the Orange Revolution brought huge political change to Ukraine, yet the city is already showing signs of a bright future. Ukrainian band Greenjolly�s song Razom nas bahato became the anthem of the revolution, and went onto become their entry for this year�s Eurovision Song Contest. An exclusive interview from Independence Square with be online later today.
To mark the special day, a number of events are taking place. In Independence Square, the focal point of the Revolution, stages have been constructed and bands from all over the country and the continent will be performing. The main street, closed to traffic on Saturdays, is lined with a fair of European countries� kiosks promoting tourism, industry and education.
As part of the celebrations in Kyiv, the EuroClub, the official Eurovision Song Contest, will host the �Day of Europe Party� from 20:00 until 22:00 tonight. The event is open to fans as well as press and official delegations.