It’s less than three months until the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 explodes onto our screens and in our hearts in Rotterdam. And while the competition is all about the music, the artists and the fans, the Eurovision stage has the power to make things even more magical.
Florian Wieder, the well-known stage designer who has worked wonders inside the Eurovision bubble and outside of it too, has the responsibility for this year’s centrepiece once more. And now producers have revealed more details about the design — and it’s got a lot of you very excited.
The stage in the Ahoy Arena will contain a semi-transparent LED screen between the main stage and the island-stage in the middle of the arena surrounded by fans. The LED screen will be 22 meters wide and 5 meters high.
“This makes the main stage even more connected to the B stage and it can be used even more creatively by the artists,” they write. “Because the screen is semi-transparent, the audience in the room can still see what happens on stage when the screen is used. If it is not used, the screen is hung high and disappears completely out of sight.”
Executive Producer Sietse Bakker elaborated on the design on Twitter.
Why have one giant LED wall? Let’s add a second, semi-transparant, diagonally positioned screen to create intimate settings at the B-stage! And who knows, what else… ?? #OpenUp #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/5wJTgYz4wL
— Sietse Bakker (@SietseBakker) February 20, 2020
General stage design
Wieder has described the stage design this way:
“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.”
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Stage designer Florian Wieder said: “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.” What do you think of this design? #esc #esc2020 #openup #rotterdam #ahoy #eurovision #eurovisionsongcontest #wiwibloggs
Bakker has said 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.”
The green room – the place where artists wait for the results to be announced – will be back in the main performance venue in Rotterdam. This will definitely help the audience feel even more connected to the competing artists.
Wieder is designing the Eurovision stage for the sixth time now. He started in 2011 in Düsseldorf and has designed the last three stages. Florian competed against Dutch and international teams to secure the bid.
What do you think about the stage design? Are you excited about the staging concepts?
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