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 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!
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.
> Check out a virtual tour of the arena and press center!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For event schedules, check out the schedule page.
Thomas Ramstorfer, ORF, Wikimedia / 3Darklight