Fair warning to Portugal: you may have won the right to host Eurovision 2018, but it’s going to cost you! An investigation into Ukraine’s organisation costs for Eurovision 2017 shows that the contest isn’t getting any cheaper to host.
The bill for this year’s contest seems to be sitting at just shy of 18.5 million euros. In August 2016, a budget of roughly 15 million euros was set, though this was slowly increased over time.
So far Channel 24 has unearthed over 500 payments relating to the contest — which is why an ultimate cost is still hard to confirm. Even so, there’s certainly some big numbers involved.
Using a rough current exchange rate of 1 Ukrainian hryvnia to around 0.034 euros, here’s just some of the payments discovered so far:
Eurovision 2017: Selected organisation costs
- €2,686,535 – Lighting equipment
- €1,101,348 – Projectors and screens
- €1,039,463 – Stage construction
- €913,564 – Video & TV feed production
- €784,510 – Spectators stands
- €679,230 – Flights
- €530,737 – Designers’ services over LED videos
- €529,595 – Sound equipment
- €484,357 – Video surveillance
They might be the big numbers, but some of the smaller amounts spent are still pretty eye-watering.
The red carpet ceremony, for example, cost €19,517. It was the longest Eurovision red carpet ever, after all…
That’s not as much as Jamala’s performance fee, though. She earned €32,850 for her performances throughout the contest. That’s double the amount that both Ruslana (€13,121) and ONUKA (€1,500) received.
Of course, all these figures will no doubt be offset by sponsorship funds. Pepsi and Jacobs were just two brands that heavily sponsored all events throughout the two weeks. Tourism funds will also help ease some of the financial burden. It’s not all bad, y’all!
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