Plans and schedule for Vienna's Eurovision Village announced!
The 2015 Eurovision Village will be located at Vienna’s Rathausplatz, the city hall square, operating from the 18th to the 23rd of May.
Today, Austrian host broadcaster ORF presented their plans for this year’s village!
Hello Vienna. Welcome Europe!
The motto of this year’s Eurovision Village is “Hello Vienna. Welcome Europe!” It is meant to signal a place where everyone is welcome, a Eurovision party center, and a celebration for the people of Vienna. The organizers hope that thousands of people will visit to experience Eurovision and take part in the celebrations.
Every day from noon, a full program of live events will entertain the crowd, with everything from theme days such as “60 years of Eurovision” and “A Tribute to Udo Jürgens,” to national and international stars. Of course, the village will offer public viewings of the live broadcasts of the two semi-finals and the grand final, with room for up to 20.000 people.
The first event scheduled at the village on Monday the 18th is a fashion show called “Fashion for Europe,” with fashion designers from all over Europe participating.
The biggest of them all
Edgar Böhm, this year’s Executive Producer, said that while Eurovision Village happens in every host city, this year’s edition will be the biggest of them all. He is sure that a village as cool as this has never been made available. The purpose is to make sure that everyone knows the contest is in town.
A pavilion for everyone
A big part of the Austrian Eurovision Village plan is the creation of country pavilions. Like a small expo, each country will be given a pavilion where they will have the opportunity to present themselves to the visitors of the village. This will encourage learning about the different countries and their entries, across cultures, in the spirit of this year’s theme, “Building Bridges.”
The pavilions will also work as a gathering point for the fan communities to celebrate and experience their favorite entries.
The longest red carpet Vienna has ever seen
The opening of Eurovision Village will take place at city hall on Sunday, May 17, at 18:00 CET. Here, the 40 delegations are invited to walk down a 200 meter long red carpet, the longest red carpet Vienna has ever seen. Here they will pose for photos and give interviews to the media.
Following the red carpet, the EuroClub at the Ottakringer Brewery will open to all accredited fans, media, and delegations.
First look at the 2015 program
A more detailed plan will follow, as most of this year’s 40 participants will perform at the village. Additionally, the Eurovision’s Greatest Hits anniversary show, documentaries, and the ORF Conchita Wurst documentary will be shown.
Monday, May 18
- Fashion for Europe – fashion show
- 60 Years of Eurovision – Austrian cover band The Bad Powells perform Eurovision songs from the past 60 years, with Austrian Eurovision legends Mess and Thomas Forstner.
Tuesday, May 19
- Robert Steiner presents ESC Buzzer Quiz
- Austrian national finalists Zoe and Celina Ann perform before the first semi-final.
- Semi-final 1 live broadcast
Wednesday, May 20
- A Tribute to Udo Jürgens – the first winner for Austria
- Big 5 performs
- Andy Rühl does a tribute show
Thursday, May 21
- The MakeMakes Day – The Austrian representatives entertain
- Semi-final 2 live broadcast
Friday, May 22
- Queen of Austria – Conchita Wurst theme day, with Conchita look-alike contest.
- Israeli dance group Euroflash perform Eurovision hits
Saturday, May 23
- Female’s Best Of Song Contest – Monika Ballwein and guests
- Grand Final live broadcast – Kati Bellowitsch reports live from Eurovision Village with the Austrian voting result