The EBU and KAN may not have published the official dates for Eurovision 2019 ticket sales. But Tel Aviv municipality is rolling on with other news for you to chew on. It’s doing all that it can to promote the contest and to make sure that the party in Tel Aviv will be an unforgettable one.
As we previously reported, Tel Aviv has big plans to keep all of you entertained. They will stage a series of “white night” events with parties and food markets on the night of the second semi-final (16 May). They’ll erect Eurovision Village by the seashore at Charles Clore Park and will stage performances from past and present stars of the competition. They’ll also screen the semifinals and final in public, build stages throughout the city for the 42 delegations and provide luxurious camping options at Hayarkon Park close to the venue of the contest — the EXPO Tel Aviv.
Of course, you’ve got to get to all of these places — and lord knows you won’t always want to take a taxi. Normally you can’t take public transportation on Shabbat — that’s sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. But for Eurovision visitors are in luck.
Srugim, a website for the religious community, reports that Tel Aviv intends to operate a Eurovision Bus during the Eurovision weekend (17-18 May) which will include tours around the city’s sites. For those of you who aren’t quite familiar with Israeli tradition, public transportation in Israel is very limited during the Jewish weekend (Shabbat) and it is only allowed in cities such as Haifa in which the population is considered mixed (Jews, Christians and Arabs). As Tel Aviv is not considered a mixed city under Israeli law, a specific local law must be enacted to allow public transportation during Shabbat.
Fortunately, the Tel Aviv mayor, Mr Ron Huldai, is very enthusiastic about Eurovision. This was perhaps best demonstrated during the insignia ceremony in which he played the Eurovision anthem with a flute! As a huge fan who wants other fans to enjoy the party, it looks as if he is going to use his authority to make sure that commuting during Shabbat will be allowed. This initiative is important because otherwise the only way to travel in Tel Aviv on Shabbat of the Eurovision will be via taxis, cars or bikes.
The bus will be branded as the Eurovision Bus and will feature the Eurovision slogan “Dare to Dream” along with the logo of My Heritage — he official sponsor of this year’s contest. It will travel between the city sites (and, hopefully, the Eurovision sites as well).
The Eurovision Bus will be launched next week during the International Tourist Exhibition (IMTM) that will take place at Expo Tel Aviv, the venue of the Eurovision.
For more information about the planned events in the host city during the contest, please visit Time Out Israel.
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