It’s the host city of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest and in less than a week forty-two delegations will descend on it for the start of Eurovision fortnight.
And as Kyiv enters the final stretch of one of its biggest hosting gigs ever, the City Council has appropriated a further HR 25 million to make sure the city pulls off the Eurovision Song Contest without a hitch.
The decision was voted through by 69 members of the council and the majority of the funds will go towards the installation and maintenance of surveillance systems.
As the Kyiv Post reports, 19 million (approximately €656, 500) will be spent on video surveillance in key contest locations around the city to ensure the security of the contest — and the tens of thousands of fans attending.
A further 5 million has been set aside for the purchase of litter bins, to ensure the city can cope with an influx of trash and show off its best self during Eurovision fortnight.
Another 500,000HR will be dedicated to attracting volunteers, who play a crucial logistical role, acting as guides for tourists and ensuring things run smoothly at the arena.
EUROVISION BUDGET FOR KYIV 2017
The budget for Eurovision 2017 has been in flux over the past year. The initial estimate was €14.5 million, similar to the costs involved in Stockholm 2016, with further funds to come from sponsors.
In August that figure was revised up again to €15 million and in November rose again to €16 million, which in tandem with budget cuts at NTU sparked the resignation of General Director Zurab Alasania.
The expense of hosting Eurovision has been a recurring issue in recent years, with spending on Eurovision 2014 going three times over budget. Oops.
Having seen the Eurovision 2017 stage, we think it’s money well spent.
Eurovision 2017 will take over Kyiv for two weeks, with all 42 acts staying in the city and rehearsing at the International Exhibition Center, ahead of live performances at Semi Final 1 and Semi Final 2 on May 9 and May 11, and the Grand Final on May 13.