On October 7 Portugal’s state broadcaster RTP announced that it would not participate in Eurovision 2016. A nation of Eurofans wept. Now, as their tears dry and the sound of “Quero ser tua” plays in the background, those fans are standing up and taking action.
Today Portuguese Eurovision fan Claudio Poiares unveiled a crowdfunding campaign to raise “at least €250,000” for RTP’s participation. Writing on indiegogo, he points out that the cash-strapped nation will field teams at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the European Football Championship in France. He thinks Eurovision is getting the short end of the stick in a country that loves its sport:
What about arts? The Eurovision Song Contest was, is and will be the hugest platform of new and successful artists whom want to represent their countries. I am a huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, and I used to watch with my family, year after year at our living lounge and vibrating with all songs from all different countries.
Claudio has also arranged for a series of “thank you gifts” for those who donate.
£10: A bottle of Port wine (1,000 available)
£100: A Portuguese Cork Bag, including a bottle of Port and 12 pasteis de Belem (250 available)
£750: A weekend break in Lisbon (50 available)
£5,000: An all-inclusive trip to Stockholm to attend both semi-finals and the grand final of Eurovision 2016 (25 available).
wiwibloggs is playing its part! When we discovered the campaign an hour ago there had been ZERO donations
But Diego — a wiwiblogger and Spanish eurofan — has now donated £10 pounds and claimed his bottle of Port. Will you join him?
Claudio is asking that you use the hashtag #letsmakehistoryforPortugal when you share the news.
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PS we’re still wondering why Ronaldo can’t just pay for it all!