It may be a few more weeks until we can all pop our corks and get out the sparklers. But today the team in Rotterdam are playing with some other very special kit: hard hats and hammers. That’s because construction of the Eurovision 2021 stage inside the Rotterdam Ahoy has finally started!
On Sunday morning the Dutch host broadcasters welcomed around 35 journalists to the construction site for a tour of what’s going down and what’s going up. Our Dutch blogger Esma is among the crowd and has been grabbing pics and video, which you can see below and on our Instagram.
As you can see, the construction crane is inside the arena and equipment is spread across the floor as the crew dig into the first phase of building the glorious stage and its surroundings.
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Eurovision 2021: Covid testing facility by the Ahoy
Eurovision is, of course, taking place with unprecedented measures to prevent the spread of Covid. Before participants, their teams, staff, crew and journalists can enter the facility, they must undergo testing in a special facility next to the arena.
As the EBU and Dutch broadcasters confirmed last month: “The testing strategy is being developed based on the guidelines of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Netherlands.”
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the 2021 show, has said: “Our goal is clear: to prevent transmission of the virus during the event. If someone tests positive, our isolation protocol comes into effect, we support the relevant authorities with track and trace research and we take additional measures where necessary. If a participant is unable to perform live as a result, the backup recording will be used.”
Here’s what it looks like inside the #Eurovision test pavilion. As you can see it’s very orderly and there is plenty of room for people to socially distance as they wait to take their test. pic.twitter.com/W7SCCurY5y
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Speaking at today’s event, Sietse said: “After almost two years of preparation, the Eurovision Song Contest finally descends in host city Rotterdam. Together with our suppliers and our partners, we are working hard to make Rotterdam Ahoy our home base. We cannot waiting to show everyone what we have worked so hard on with the team!”
Jolanda Jansen, General Director of the Rotterdam Ahoy, added: “The time has finally come and the construction of the Eurovision Song Contest in Ahoy has started. We have worked long and hard with the entire team on the preparations for this ‘once in a lifetime’ spectacle. We are all set to welcome everyone to this largest event in Ahoy in our 50th anniversary. ”
We’ll be back with a video tour on YouTube and an interview with Sietse Bakker a little later. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss the videos. You can check out more footage on our Instagram page.
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