The Eurovision promo circuit is about to kick off, and the biggest pre-party in Israel is back for another year. Israel Calling 2023 takes place on Monday 3 April.
Stars from the class of Eurovision 2023 will perform their tracks at a huge promo concert in Tel Aviv Port’s Hangar 11 venue. This year’s concert also celebrates Israel’s 50th participation in Eurovision since joining in 1973.
The show — initiated by Eurovision legend Tali Eshkoli — will be hosted by Dafna Dekel and Sigal Shachmon, who hosted the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest. Israel Calling gives the stars a chance to perform their songs on stage before the big show in Liverpool this May.
Israel Calling 2023: Monday 3 April at Tel Aviv Port
The complete lineup for the show will be gradually revealed in the next couple of days on social media.
On 2 April, a long list of delegations and artists from the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will arrive to Israel from all across Europe. They will stay in Israel for 3 days, during which they will partake in planting trees in the KKL Eurovision Forest located within the European Forest, as part of the global fight against the climate crisis.
Israel Calling is a collaboration with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ministry of Culture and Sports, and The Jewish National Fund (KKL – Keren Kayemet LeYisrael).
The show was initiated by Israeli producer Tali Eshkoli, who worked on producing Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv. Recently, she featured in Benidorm Fest 2022 as one of the international jurors ranking the Spanish Eurovision contenders.
Tali Eshkoli said: “I am beyond excited to bring ‘Israel Calling’ Eurovision promo concert back to Israel once again. The show — which has already become a joyful tradition of an international musical celebration –- is highly anticipated by Eurovision fans from Israel and across Europe.”
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She added: “This is much more than a musical celebration. It is a celebration of shared universal values, connections and togetherness. I would like to take this opportunity and welcome the delegations, journalists and bloggers: Welcome to Israel, we are all looking forward to seeing you. I’m sure that it’s gonna be awesome!”
Miki Zohar, Israeli Minister of Culture and Sports, said: “I am proud to announce that under my leadership, the Ministry of Culture and Sports is joining the ‘Israel Calling’ event initiative for the first time. ‘Israel Calling’ provides international exposure to Israeli culture, arts and music.”
“Hosting the Eurovision Song Contest delegations lays a fertile ground for cultivating international relations, it promotes Israeli advocacy and inspires collaborations between artists from all over Europe and Israeli musicians. In the last budget, and after many efforts, I have increased the ministry’s budget in favour of holding such international events, culture and sports productions, which add prestige to the State of Israel and contribute to its reputation”.
Israel Calling tickets go on sale Sunday 26 March.
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