Ready, set, Tbilisi! Almost four months after Mariam Mamadashvili’s record-setting victory at Junior Eurovision, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Georgian state television have confirmed that Tbilisi will host Junior Eurovision 2017. And they’ll do so on 26 November inside the Tbilisi Sports Palace.
Representatives of the EBU are currently on a working visit to Georgia. They’ve discussed organizational and technical issues and paid a visit to the Junior Eurovision 2017 venue.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Head of Live Events, said:
”After winning the competition three times, it’s time Georgia hosts Junior Eurovision for the first time. We’ll make everything for creating an unforgettable show. The event will take place in Tbilisi Sports Palace, located in the heart of the city…The Tbilisi Sports Palace has a great space, which can hold lots of fans.”
Built in 1961 and renovated in 2007, the Tbilisi Sports Palace is one of the greatest arenas for concerts in Georgia.
The venue has a capacity of approximately 10,000 spectators. The venue usually hosts basketball, handball, judo, tennis, boxing and other sports tournaments — and with very high attendance.
The 15th edition of Junior Eurovision 2017 will be held in Tbilisi, within the project ”Check-in Georgia”. The Georgian cultural project ”Check-in Georgia” started last year and it includes a series of cultural events, which have been held in Tbilisi and other regions throughout the country. The project is organized by the Cultural Development Investment Fund. Lots of famous stars have held concerts in Georgia, including Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera and Robbie Williams.
After Mariam Mamadashvili won the 2016 edition in Malta last November, expectations were high that Georgia — a three-time winner of the contest — would finally get to host after being passed up in the past. With Mariam’s victory they’re having their moment in the sun — which is appropriate given that she sang “Mzeo”.
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