It’s official: Lisbon will host Eurovision 2018!
RTP the Portuguese national broadcaster announced today in a press conference with the EBU that the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held in Lisbon with the semi finals being held at 8th and 10th May and the grand final being held at 12th May.
Lisbon was chosen as the host city as the city delivers a perfect infrastructure, security and transport ways. The hot weather in Portugal will surely bring you in Eurovision mood next year!
Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest said: “We are very pleased to announce that RTP will be hosting the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Both the City and the venue have presented exemplary proposals, and we look forward to working together to make Portugal’s first ever Eurovision the most exciting one yet. We would like to congratulate RTP on their professional and detailed assessments of all the bids.”
Gonçalo Reis, the CEO of RTP, said “Hosting the Eurovision 2018 is a great opportunity for Portugal, Lisbon, the entertainment industry, and RTP. We look forward to organizing an event that will show our creative capabilities.”
During the press conference representatives from RTP welcomed press and fans to Lisbon with the following statement:
Europe has always been plural, yet it’s legacy represents the wish for a brighter future, with one another. Portugal is a country in one of the far reaches of Europe, and strongly connected to it, but always wide opened to the sea. And the oceans can give us a hint into this idea of being intertwined. All things flow. And through them we too are connected. That has been the main key in Portugal’s history, bridging not only with the rest of Europe, but also with Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. By sea. Five hundred years ago Lisbon was the place where these sea routes departed from and arrived. And today, the city of diversity, respect and tolerance, with a society of all colours and creeds that shares the values Eurovision stands for, invites everyone to celebrate this willingness to come closer and stand united.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe with a population of over 2.7 million people. 4 other cities were in the race to host next years contest: Braga, Gondomar, Guimarães and Santa Maria da Feira. However Lisbon was chosen as the host city.
RTP has also announced that the national selection “Festival de Canção 2018” will be held at the “Pavilhão Multiusos de Guimarães” in Guimarães.
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