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ESC Reporter | August 20, 2017

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Vienna 2015 | ESC Reporter

This year’s host city is Vienna!

Following Conchita Wurst’s victory in Copenhagen last year, the Eurovision Song Contest returns to Austria for the first time since 1967! This will be the second time that Vienna hosts the event.

40 countries will take part in this 60th edition, with Australia making its first appearance! Cyrprus, Czech Republic, and Serbia will also return after having been absent. For the first time since their 2003 debut, Ukraine will not be participating.

 

Host Broadcaster: ORF

Theme: Building Bridges

Director: Kathrin Zechner

Executive Producer: Edgar Böhm

 

The hosts

Eurovision-2015-hosts-Mirjam-Weichselbraun,-Alice-Tumler-and-Arabella-Kiesbauer-Vienna

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be hosted by three women: Arabella Kiesbauer (left), Mirjam Weichselbraun (middle), and Alice Tumler (right). Last year’s winner Conchita Wurst will make a special appearance as host of the green room!

> An all-female team to host Eurovision 2015

 

 

The venue

Wiener-Stadthalle-Vienna-Eurovision-profile

The Wiener Stadthalle has been selected as the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 venue. For the contest, it will be able to host 10.500 Eurovision fans.

> Vienna will host Eurovision 2015

 

> Check out a virtual tour of the arena and press center!

 

 

The theme

Eurovision 2015 logo theme art

This year’s Eurovision theme is called “Building Bridges.” It is centered around a sphere, reflecting and warping colored elements, symbolizing unity and human diversity.

> Building Bridges theme art revealed

> Official merchandise for Eurovision 2015 now available

 

 

The stage

Eurovision stage 2

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest stage has been designed by renowned German stage designer Florian Wieder. Florian also designed the 2011 and 2012 stages in Düsseldorf and Baku.

> Read more about Florian Wieder

The stage has been designed to look like an eye, surrounded by 1288 LED pillars. It will have a 26 meter wide LED back wall with a circular main floor also covered in LED. The green room will be placed at the back of the arena, overlooking the audience, with a “magic bridge of light” being created for the Grand Final opening.

> Read more about the 2015 Eurovision stage

> New stage renderings reveal green room

 

 

EuroClub, Eurovision Village, and Euro Fan Café

 

The Vienna EuroClub, where accredited artists, press, and fans can mingle following a hectic day of activities, will be located at the Ottakringer Brewery. The converted spaces will host performances and partying into the night.

> Vienna EuroClub location revealed

This year’s Eurovision Village will be located at Vienna’s City Hall Square, Rathausplatz. Here, Eurovision stars of past and present will perform for the public during Eurovision week.

> Eurovision Village to be located at Vienna City Hall Square

The Euro Fan Café returns again, and will be located at the EMS Lounge. The fan café is a venue for all Eurovision fans to gather, without the need for accreditation. Every year, the fan café features a fully packed entertainment schedule.

> Euro Fan Café venue announced

 

For event schedules, check out the schedule page.

 

 

Photo credits:

Thomas Ramstorfer, ORF, Wikimedia / 3Darklight

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