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Eurovision to take place with audience

Eurovision to take place with audience

The Dutch government announced today that a limited number of spectators will be admitted to all 9 shows

The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam will be held with audience, informed the city website. The good news came today following the decision of the Dutch government, providing for the public to be given access to all nine shows in May.

Said shows in Rotterdam Ahoy include both the live shows and the dress rehearsals. A maximum of 3,500 spectators can enter each show.

Eurovision will take place as a Fieldlab event

As we have informed previously, the Netherlands has been conducting trial Fieldlab events despite the coronavirus pandemic. The idea was to test how they can take place in a safe and responsible manner.

Apparently, the trials have shown that this is possible to organize the most-awaited song event. One that Rotterdam has been preparing for a second year in a row, after the cancellation in 2020.

In recent months, the Eurovision team has worked on four scenarios to allow the Eurovision to continue. The focus was on bringing all 39 participating countries to the Netherlands.

The fact that we now have the opportunity to open the script for a Eurovision Song Contest with the public again is something we could only dream of. We are grateful to the cabinet and Fieldlab Events for this perspective and the confidence they give us,” commented the organisers.  It was also emphasized on the website of the contest  that the health of the artists, the crew and the audience is the absolute top priority.

In the coming weeks there will be more clarity about how the spectators will be welcomed and how ticket sales will take place. This is done in close consultation with the European Broadcasting Union, the Municipality of Rotterdam and Rotterdam Ahoy.

Naturally, the Dutch government will also keep a close eye on the developments of the coronavirus in the coming period. At the end of April, it will be examined again whether the Eurovision Song Contest can be organized responsibly as a Fieldlab.

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