Two weeks ago Georgia’s Public Broadcaster (GPB) announced that it would stage the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi’s Olympic Palace.
So on Sunday our Georgian contributor Rezo Mamsikashvili hopped in his car and headed to the arena to film a quick two-minute overview.
Escorted by the lovely Gvanca Bakhtadze, marketing and public relations manager of the arena, we discovered a contemporary venue that’s large enough to create a buzz, but intimate enough to ensure everyone inside has a stellar view of the action.
It’s going to be a cauldron of energy during JESC 2017 — and we can’t wait!
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Built in 2015, the Olympic Palace previously hosted the European Youth Olympic Festival. More than 2,000 athletes — across volleyball, handball, judo and more — representing 50 countries attended that event. Built to a modern standard with two halls, it has also hosted tournaments with a variety of other sports including basketball. So organisers will no doubt be able to handle the kids of JESC.
The larger hall, which will be used for Junior Eurovision, can welcome 4,000 guests. The smaller hall can accommodate around 600 guests.
The press conference room and press room will be on-site. The Palace includes a conference room, which can hold between 100 and 120 guests, and a media room for 80 to 100 journalists.
There’s also a VIP Lounge which can accommodate 150 guests and a café where you can re-charge in between interviews and rehearsals.
You can check out some photos below. Just click to enlarge. Thanks to the administrative team at the Olympic Palace for sharing them.
Photos: The Olympic Palace, Tbilisi
What do you think of Tbilisi’s Olympic Palace? Does it look like a promising spot for Junior Eurovision? Let us know in the comments box below.