In a normal situation, the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest will have it’s Eurovision Village, where you can buy merchandise, food, and watch performances of (former) Eurovision participants. Due to COVID19, that is not possible in Rotterdam this year. However, there is an alternative, to enjoy for everybody: an online Eurovision Village!! Fans will be able to explore Rotterdam, meet its talented citizens, party surrounded by the Cube Houses or in the iconic Market Hall, and enjoy front-row seats for a live DJ Afrojack set. There will also be a special edition of the Dutch Junior Songfestival show for children, featuring winners of previous editions. People can enjoy artists such as Afrojack, who will also perform as an entre act this year, and mr. Eurovision Johnny Logan. The Eurovision Village will be hosted by Paul de Leeuw, who hosted the Dutch national final no less than 8 times. De Leeuw was also a 3-times Dutch commenter and spokesperson of the Dutch jury in 2006 and 2007.
Martin Österdahl, executive supervisor of the contest, tells us: ‘We’re really excited that the City of Rotterdam is breaking new ground this year with the creation of a virtual Eurovision Village. Opening up this online space means Eurovision fans from across the world can all be in Rotterdam to share the fun and excitement as we bring the Eurovision Song Contest back. The village is a tribute to the creativity of the Host City and their motto ‘Make It Happen’. We might not be able to gather in person the way we are used to this year but the innovation shown by the City of Rotterdam means that we can unite even more people with music and entertainment in the true spirit of the Eurovision Song Contest.”
The Eurovision Village can be found from 15 to 23 may at eurovisionvillage.com. Enjoy Rotterdam!