He’s often talked about in Eurovision circles. But on Monday Eurovision 2019 stage designer Florian Wieder did the talking himself.
In an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 (“Keshet”), he promised an unforgettable event and revealed more details about the contest and his Jewish origins.
In a candid interview, he admitted that he’s been a fan of Israel for many years, perhaps owing to his roots. He also shared his vision about the stage design which is, he says, related not only to triangles forming the star of David, but also Jewish ancestry and lineage.
“The entire inspiration came from the Star Of David, but this is just a shape. I have another feature that actually stands for the 12 tribes”.
Wieder is referring to the 12 sons of the patriarch Jacob who, according to Judaism, are the creators of the United Israeli Kingdom.
When asked whether he has any concerns regarding the threats to boycott the contest in Israel by the BDS movement, he indicated that Eurovision is a musical event and should remain free from politics.
But the most interesting part of the interview was about the event itself. Despite his refusal to give specific details, he said that Eurovision 2019 will be “stunning”. He hinted that the event will also include an opening ceremony that has never been seen in the history of the contest.
During his interview, which was broadcast on the evening news, more photos of the stage design were also revealed.
About Florian Wieder
Florian Wieder made his Eurovision debut in 2011, when Germany hosted the contest in Düsseldorf. His design for Esprit Arena involved a large round stage with a giant video wall behind it.
He was brought back the following year to design the stage for Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan. That design featured sharp angles, multiple catwalks and was the last to have a fully seated audience.
Wieder’s next Eurovision experience was three years later, when neighbouring Austria requested his services. For the Wiener Stadthalle, the stage was encircled by a series of tubes and featured an “eye” design at the back of the stage.
Two years later Wieder designed the stage for Kyiv, and was challenged by the limited size of the International Exhibition Centre. The design featured a round stage with a moveable “chandelier” lighting fixture above.
The German designer’s services were again used in Lisbon. His stage at Altice Arena featured many arching shapes, two outer catwalks and — controversially — did not use any LED panels.
Last November, he won Israeli broadcaster KAN’s tender for the stage design in Tel Aviv and this will be the 6th Eurovision stage that he will design overall.
Watch Florian’s full interview with Channel 12:
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