Core team for Eurovision 2017 chosen
Host broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, NTU, has revealed their core team for the contest, including their creative agency, travel agent and stage designer. All decisions have been approved by the Reference group, the governing body of the EBU and the participating broadcasters.
Ukrainian agencies Republique and Banda Agency came together under the name Re Design Team to win the pitch to become Eurovision 2017's creative agency, beating ten other agencies who also submitted pitches.
Dmytro Basov, Art Director of Republique, said "This contest is about friendship, unity, the fact that we are all different and can enrich one another. It is a boost for us as a country, and winning this pitch would become a boost for us as an agency." Yaroslav Serdiuk, Head of Strategy at Banda Agency, added: "We want to convey a specific message, use the Eurovision Song Contest as a platform to say something to Europe. We as an agency would like to help in that."
The creative concept for Eurovision 2017 will be presented later this month.
The company Pilot has been chosen as this year's travel agents. The company will be responsible for hotel bookings for the 2017 participants, delegations, press and fans who will all be visiting Kyiv for the contest in May. Online booking of the official hotels will begin after the Host City Insignia Exchange between the Mayor of Kyiv and the Mayor of Stockholm, which will take place in late January.
Director General of Pilot, Olena Korchynska, said "We will provide a 24/7 English speaking support service for delegations. We will consider the wishes of every country so that is as convenient for everyone as possible and to leave everyone with the best impressions about Ukraine. For our part, we also intend to have a sequence of negotiations with our Stockholm counterparts to adopt their Eurovision experience to the utmost and take into account all important details."
NTU received a total of four pitches for the stage design of the 2017 contest. Two were received from abroad, and two came from Ukraine. The stage will be designed by German, Florian Wieder. This will be the fourth Eurovision stage Florian has designed, having already designed the stages for Baku, Dusseldorf and Vienna. He has also worked on Britain's Got Talent, Germany's Next Top Model and the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
The stage design for Eurovision 2017 will be revealed in February.
Eurovision 2017 will begin with the semi finals on May 9 and 11. The grand final will take place on May 13.