Shortly after the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was announced, the College van Burgemeester en Wethouders — the executive board of the city government of Rotterdam — announced that the city wants to welcome Eurovision in 2021.
In a letter written to the city council, the major Ahmed Aboutaleb and secretary Roozen informed the council members about the cancellation and their plans to ensure the hosting rights for the 2021 contest.
“We think [cancelling Eurovision] is a wise decision. Also regarding the protection of the health of all visitors and organisers of the celebrations in all neighbourhoods and the centre of the city.
The organising broadcasters deem it logical that Rotterdam will be the host city again in 2021 and want to talk about hosting Eurovision with us.
We have communicated about our willingness to welcome Eurovision in 2021. Because then our Rotterdam ambitions to create a ‘party for everybody’, city marketing and exposure for the city with economic and social spin-off will still be realised. Both in Ahoy as with the events in the city and with the citizens.”
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Eurovision 2020 executive producer Sietse Bakker told Dutch broadcaster NOS that he thinks freezing Eurovision 2020 tickets until next year is the appropriate option if Rotterdam hosts the contest next year. . “We have now said that we should leave the tickets where they are at the moment, namely with the people. So if we manage to do Eurovision 2021, the tickets will remain valid.” ————— #Eurovision #ESC2020 #ESC2021 @sietsebakker
Rotterdam government asks for an additional €6.7 million
To be able to host Eurovision 2021, the city would need additional funding, the major and his secretary revealed to the city council.
“And because of in the case of postponement, already made costs — we are after all in the later stages of the preparations — would not have been made for nothing.
It should be clear that postponement to 2021 will put an extra strain on the finances of the municipality. The estimate of the costs of the postponement are a maximum of €6.7 million, which includes unforeseen costs. We are going to try with third parties, such as insurers, to reduce this amount. We will come back to you as soon as possible to formally ask to reserve part of the budget, including the breakdown of the extra costs and the responsibility of the already made costs.
It is special that the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Netherlands after 44 years, it is unique that Rotterdam is allowed to welcome ESC. And it is for the first time in 65 years of ESC that this event is cancelled. Because of that, we should get the chance and let Rotterdam be the host city. We hope you share this opinion.”
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