Bring on Eurovision 2017! This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in the International Exhibition Center in Kiev. The shows will take place in May; with Semi final one on May 9th, Semi final two on May 11th and the Grand Final on May 13th.
Ukraine’s state broadcaster NTU will cover both the hosting logistics and the TV production of the 62nd edition of the show. The city of Kiev will take care of the festivities for attending delegations, press and fans.
The Eurovision Song Contest will have 43 participating countries in 2016. Bosnia & Herzegovina has withdrawn from the contest, but Portugal and Romania are coming back. Australia will join the competition again!
The number 43 is an equaling of the record set in 2008 and 2011. You can find selection details of all the participating countries HERE.
The hosts for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev have yet to be decided.
The venue of the liveshows will be the International Exhibition Center. The expo center is an indoor exhibition center spanning over an area of 58,000 share metres, hosting major exhibitions and trade fairs.
The Kyiv International Exhibition Center is an internationally recognized venue and prides itself as the biggest expo center in Ukraine. The expo center is only a five minutes walk from Livoberezhna underground station at Brovarsky Avenue, and only some stops by metro or 10 minutes away from the centre of the city. It also has good connection with Boryspil International Airport lying at 27 km distance.
The Red Carpet Ceremony will be in Sofiyska Square outside of Saint Sophia’s Cathedral in Kyiv. Here all the contestants present themselves for the press, fans and guests. The Opening Ceremony takes place inside Saint Sophia’s Cathedral – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Euro Club is the venue for some special parties, the official after parties and performances by participants. Needs official accreditation for access. City of Kyiv plans to house the Euroclub at the CEC Parkovy, an exhibition centre in the Ukrainian capital. The locations for the Eurovision Village and Euro Fan Café have not been revealed yet.