Thursday, April 28, 2016

ESC 2016: COME TOGETHER - NOT

Not everyone is welcomed in Eurovision song contest..... Or at least don't bring your flag if you are coming from one of these:
Kosovo, Nagorno-Karabach, Basque, Islamic State, Crimea, Palestine, People's Republic of Donetsk, Northern Cyprus, Transnistria. As approved by the ESC Reference Group in April 2016. 
You can and are welcome to bring your official national flag if you are from any of the participating countries, or countries that have recently taken pasrt like Turkey, Portugal and Romania. 
Rainbow and EU flags are being tolerated, if they are not used intentionally to make any politcial staement during the show. 
Read more here, to check out also allowed sizes fo flags.

Follow up: It didn't take long to Basque and Kosovo among others to react to this list. In Spain that matter ended up in the parliament and EBU had to release a statement soon after. As it turns out, the published document was a draft of the EBU’s policy that wasn’t yet ready for publication. And do we want to talk about Ukraine and Palestine... Oh well.....

Update May 6, 2016:
“After reflection and constructive talks with several participating delegations, Eurovision Song Contest organisers have agreed to relax the flag policy, and to allow national, regional and local flags of the participants e.g. the Welsh flag (as one of the UK singers is from Wales) and the Sami flag (as the Norwegian singer is originally of Sami heritage). This is in addition to the flags of all UN member states, the EU flag and the rainbow flag, as stipulated in the original guidelines.”

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