Saturday, June 14, 2014

EUROVISION 2015: THE VIENNA BIDS. IMPERIAL PALACES, HORSE TRACKS AND GRAVE YEARDS

ORF has made public the bids for Eurovision 2014 venue and in Vienna they are five, even if Vienna Messe is missing, one of the most obvious choices. However, Wiener Stadthalle where most everything would be ready to use is in (above)
Then we have Schönbrunn Palace that would give a nice imperial touch to the contest held in Sissiland. And would nicely follow the tradition of the 1967 venue, Hofburg Palace's Grosser Festsaal. Exactly how and where in the location the contest would take place is not yet know.... In one of its 1.441 rooms? The palace is already known from the Sissi movies, Bond's Living daylights and even Sophia Loren filmed there, as did Amazing Race in season six....
Then we have some even more adventurous bids, like Heldenplatz aka Heroes square, an open square. It's infront of the Hofburg Palace, the 1967 venue. But it's also known for Adolf Hitler's ceremonial announce of nazi-Germany eating up Austria. Hmm.....
But things are getting even weirder if possible. Krieau horse track, another open space.. It's from 1878 and Europe's second oldest one (after Moscow Hoppidrome) and has hosted concerts by Robbie Williams, Bon Jovi and others like that. Tents anyone?
But that's not all. Last but not least: St Marx cemetery park! Address may not sound very fitting for the 60th anniversary edition (or any other for that matter) but it seems there's an old covered market, Marx Halle that could become B&W Hallerne all over again.....
The other bids in other cities include Vienna International airport (Schwechat), Messehalle (Wels), Wörthersee Stadium (Klagenfurt), Stadthalle (Graz), Messezentrum (Oberwart), Freiheitzentrum (Unterpremstätten). 
And then we have the (only) possible challenger for Vienna: OlympiaWorld in Innsbruck.

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