As preparations for Eurovision 2017 continue, host broadcaster NTU has started to release details of the key Eurovision events for visitors to Kyiv next year: the red carpet, Euroclub and the Euro Village, with the opening ceremony due to take place in an 11th century cathedral.
The details have recently been hammered out at a meeting between representatives of the EBU, NTU and Kyiv city, as well as representatives from Stockholm, there to pass on their knowledge from 2016.
The opening ceremony will take place at the complex of St Sophia’s Cathedral, the 11th century Eastern Orthodox cathedral that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The red carpet event will take place in the area outside the cathedral, letting the stars of 2017 shine as brightly as the gold domes of the cathedral.
While St Sophia is church, the complex also contains a secular museum. Kyiv’s deputy mayor Oleksii Reznikov explained that, “Sophia is not acting as a temple – it’s as a museum. So we do not violate any religious feelings of believers.”
While the time of the opening ceremony has not been confirmed, it is usually held the Sunday of Eurovision week.
And it wouldn’t be Eurovision without Euroclub. It will be held at the Parkovy Convention & Exhibition Center, set in parkland alongside the Dnieper River. The centre houses the CHI by Decadence House nightclub, but it’s not known if this will be part of Euroclub.
The Parkovy is on the other side of the Dnieper from the main Eurovision venue at International Exhibition Center, but the plan for Kyiv hosting included shuttle buses running between the two venues.
And for those more casual Eurovision fans, the Eurovision Village will provide the usual performances from both international and local performers. The location of the village hasn’t been decided yet, though previously Sofiyskaya Square or Mikhailivska Square were under consideration. The location will be confirmed by the beginning of February 2017.
There’s no word of plans for a Euro Fan Café in Kyiv, but this tends to be organised by the local OGAE group.