With less than six months to go until the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the acts are slowly being revealed. And on Monday we got a sense of the stage they’ll perform on with the release of the first images of the Eurovision 2020 stage design. The stage for Rotterdam has been inspired by both the “Open Up” theme and “the typical flat Dutch landscape”.
This year’s stage has been designed again by the German set designer Florian Wieder. He’s a familiar name with Eurovision shows of the 2010s. He made his Eurovision debut with the ESC stage in 2011 and has designed the last three stages. Florian competed against Dutch and international teams to win the bid.
His design has an organic approach, as he explained in the official EBU press release:
“The design shows the connection between the sky, the sea and the land. The horizon links these elements and that horizon will work as a window to open up the world of Eurovision 2020. The floor plan of the stage is inspired by the canals and bridges that connect land and water in the Netherlands. With this design, we want to bring the artists as close as possible to the audience.”
Eurovision 2020: Stage design
The EBU has released renderings of the stage design, giving fans an idea of how the stage will look when it is built in Rotterdam next year.
Last year the green room — the place where artists wait for the results to be announced — was in a separate room from the main arena. But this time the green room will return to the main performance venue, keeping the artists at the heart of the action. This will, of course, help the audience feel even more connected to the artists from the 41 participating countries.
According to Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the design works with the broader goals of the show:
“The design is innovative, modest and functionally smart. This way we can create a completely different look for each of the 41 participating acts, opening and interval acts and during the voting results. We’ll present an innovative stage design, grand in its simplicity and yet full of surprises.”
Florian Wieder says he also drew inspiration from The Netherlands’ rich history of design.
“I was inspired by the unique characteristics of Dutch Design. Based on that, I wanted to create an unconventional, minimalist and modern concept for next year’s show. I am very happy that the Dutch public broadcaster has been so openminded and has enthusiastically embraced this design. As far as I’m concerned, this is a new chapter in stage design, a wish I have had for a long time.”
About stage designer 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, which was designed around the idea of triangles and the Star of David.
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