Eurovillage 2019 will be the greatest in the history of the contest! So promised Mr Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv. He made the bold claim upon announcing the city’s Charles Clore Park as the location for this year’s Eurovision village — a public space where fans with or without tickets to the contest can gather for concerts.
Yesterday, only 17 days before its opening, the Israeli media (Channel 12 News and Eurofan.co.il) — alongside with the Tel Aviv municipality Host City Plan publication — revealed the full plan. It sounds spectacular indeed.
Eurovillage 2019 schedule
Encompassing around 60 acres, the Eurovillage will act as the main hub for Eurovision events. It opens on Sunday, 12 May, and will be active until after the grand final ends on 18 May.
Unlike previous years, it will operate from 17.00 to 23.00 local time. The only exceptions are on the nights of the three shows — the two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May and the grand final on 18 May — when it will remain open until after they have ended.
According to organisers, the idea is to give other venues the chance to offer their services and activities during the day. Visitors and fans will be able to explore attractions in the city rather than gathering only in the village itself.
In addition to all three shows, big screens will also broadcast the Orange Carpet Ceremony live from HaBima Theatre on 12 May. Furthermore, the Eurovillage will include a big food market with some of Tel Aviv’s leading chefs and restaurants, chill out areas, a 100-metre long bar by the seashore and sponsor shows.
Luckily, prices of food and drinks are expected to be fair due to municipality regulations. For example, a glass of beer will cost in the region of NIS 10 (approximately €2.50 / $3.00).
Several shows will take place throughout Eurovision week. The line-up is diverse and includes:
- The pop duo Static and Ben El Tavori who serve as judges on Israel’s The Next Star to Eurovision (Ha’Kochav HaBa).
- Stefan Lager, a model and hip-hop singer who (reportedly) participated in this year’s postcards as a leading dancer.
- Shefita (aka Rotem Shefi) who participated in the 2019 edition of The Next Star and finished third. According to Channel 12 news, the “Arab Diva” from Dumbai — as she calls herself — will also present the shows, although this is yet to be confirmed.
- EuroFlash Band, a group of singers who lip-sync and mimic the performances of famous Eurovision acts.
- Eurovision winners Izhar Cohen (1978) and the eternal diva Dana International (1998).
The Eurovillage will also feature local community acts and activities, allowing residents and kids to take part in this city-wide celebration. It will be produced by the municipality which is working on the site as we speak.
Charles Clore Park
Established in 1974, the park is located by the seashore where modern Tel Aviv meets the old city of Jaffa. The park has hosted many parades in the past and is known for its stunning landscape.
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