In just over three months time, all eyes will be on Rotterdam as Eurovision 2020 takes place in The Netherlands. However, while the attention for many will be on the contest and enjoying a week of festivities, the Dutch FNV labour union is planning on using Eurovision to draw attention to poverty in the city of Rotterdam. On Saturday 9th May, a week before the grand final, a major protest is planned.
“Rotterdam is the poorest city of the Netherlands”
“I think the Eurovision Song Contest is a bit decadent,” says Marcel Thomassen Rosa, a spokesperson of the FNV labour union. “Everyone is busy with the Eurovision Song Contest and all the bling-bling that comes with it, while Rotterdam is the poorest city of the Netherlands. And don’t forget the nearby city of Schiedam.”
According to Marcel Thomassen Rosa all permits to organise the so-called “poverty march” have been issued: “I think it is very important that we show the other side of The Netherlands. We are at the forefront of The Netherlands, but for the time being we are at the forefront of poverty.”
The demonstrators plan to march through the city centre of Rotterdam. Speeches will be held there, and music will be played. So far it is not clear how many people will protest and whether this will have major consequences for the Eurovision Song Contest and tourists in the city.
More critiques on the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam
Earlier last week, other negative reactions to the Eurovision Song Contest emerged. When the news was announced that the Eurovision Village for 2020 will be located in the Binnenrotte district of Rotterdam, many market traders were not so happy about this decision. They feel the Eurovision Song Contest has been prioritised by the municipality of Rotterdam over them.
A large market is organised on the Binnenrotte square every week, and is visited by around fifty thousand visitors on a “good Saturday”. However, during the Eurovision period it will be relocated to another location in Rotterdam. The Saturday market will be moved twice – resulting in a total loss of 1 million euros.
Mother’s Day also occurs during the Eurovision period. This would usually be a time in which market traders earn extra money from flowers and fresh fruit, but the relocation will increase their losses.
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Ahoy Rotterdam, the host venue of Eurovision 2020
The Dutch city of Rotterdam will host the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, with the Ahoy Arena as the host venue.
Semi-final one will take place on the 12th May, semi-final two will take place on the 14th of May and the Grand Final will be on the 16th May. You can check here when your favourite country will perform.
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