EBU has finally revealed its way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eurovision song contest. A specila concert will be held in London on March 31, 2015 in Apollo Hammersmith. It will be hosted by Graham Norton and Petra Mede so it's not going to be too serious for sure! The first confirmed artists to appear are reigning Eurovision Queeen Conchita Wurst, the Swedish winners of 1984 the Herrey brothers and french Natasha St.Pier, 4th in 2001. More acts will be announced as soon as the deal is done. And surely there will be surprises so most likely all of them won't even be known beforehand (publicly at least) so let the rumour mill beging! Jan Ola Sand commented:
“Over the last 60 years, the Eurovision Song Contest has become a true European institution that has led the way in TV entertainment. We are delighted that the BBC is launching our diamond jubilee celebrations with this special event and that TV viewers from across Europe and beyond will also get to enjoy it too"
The show will be aired later by most broadcasters, 22 have confirmed already, over the Easter time. Tickets will go on sale on February 6.
Later, on April 24, a special conference will be held also in London, at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The event will explore the impact the contest has had on the European public sphere over the last six decades. Previous commentators and performers, including Conchita Wurst will examine how the contest has been used as a platform of expression for diverse communities, to create identities and as a tool for national branding. EBU Director General Ingrid Deltenre says:
"The EBU is immensely proud of the Eurovision Song Contest and the impact it has had in the last 60 years, This is truly an event that builds bridges between nations and encapsulates the values of Public Service Media. In this anniversary year it is with pride that we look back at how the contest has influenced the public sphere in Europe and look forward to the event remaining a huge part of the European cultural landscape for many more years to come.”