The Eurovision Village on Rathausplatz is the official hotspot for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest from May 18-23, 2015. Designed to accommodate up to 20,000 people, it is the largest Eurovision Song Contest village so far. It will open with the Fashion for Europe fashion show to showcasing the work of up-and-coming and celebrated fashion designers from many of the countries participating in the contest. Austria is represented by Lena Hoschek.
Starting at noon, there will be daily live-acts featuring some of this year’s hopefuls on the stage in front of City Hall as well as different themes each day, including 60 Years of the Song Contest (May 18, 2015), a focus on Austria’s first winner Udo Jürgens (May 20, 2015) and another on the Queen of Austria Conchita Wurst (May 22, 2015). Visitors to the Eurovision Village can also watch live broadcasts of the three ESC live shows (May 19, 2015 semi-final 1, May 21, 2015 semi-final 2, May 23, 2015 final) from the Stadthalle. Representatives from the 40 countries will also be showing off their homelands on the square on the Ringstrasseboulevard in pavilions inspired by Hello Vienna. Welcome Europe! This celebration of European unity will be accompanied by culinary specialties from Austria.
There are plenty of other places to watch the Eurovision Contest in Vienna, apart from the Eurovision Village. On May 17, 2015 the Euro Fan Café will open its doors in the third district. Organized by the official Austrian Eurovision fan club (OGAE), it is a great tip for die-hard ESC devotees. By day it is a café where visitors can relax and catch up on all the latest gossip, before turning into a party venue with disco, a cover act contest, live performances and real-time coverage from the main venue. The Eurovision Nights at some of the city’s top clubs are another perfect opportunity to dance and party from May 11 to 16, 2015. Participating venues include Café Leopold and Pratersauna. Austrian national broadcaster ORF will have two public viewing areas; radio FM4 at the Pratersauna club in the second district and Radio Wien at Wien Mitte. A further 15 locations dotted around the capital are licensed to show live broadcasts.
The Vienna State Opera even has a special program lined up in honor of the ESC. Its Pop Meets Opera matinee on May 17, 2015 will see artists from various genres take to the stage and join in a discussion inspired by this year’s song contest motto of Building Bridges. Among the participants are opera stars Plácido Domingo and Juan Diego Flórez, The Philharmonics (an ensemble of musicians from the State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic), last year’s song contest winner Conchita Wurst and ESC hopefuls representing a range of nations. The matinee will be broadcast live on the big screen outside the Vienna State Opera as part of the Oper live am Platz series. Fans can also watch the show later for free via the www.staatsoperlive.com streaming portal.
Starting on May 8, 2015 the Leopold Museum at the MuseumsQuartier is hosting an unconventional artistic take on the music event of the year, courtesy of cartoonist, writer and Bachmann prize winner Tex Rubinowitz. A self-confessed ESC fan, Rubinowitz will be profiling the 34 song contest entrance who failed to pick up a single point from the jury in his show The Nul-Pointers. The faces of this line up showbiz losers are etched into old wood panels, with texts highlighting their status of standard bearers for the art of failure. 60 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest - Austria 1,717 Points is the title of a special exhibition in the glass-roofed atrium at the House of Music. It uses a huge selection of photos, sound clips, video material and loaned personal effects to give an entertaining insight into the changing fortunes of the host nation’s entries over the past 60 years. Visitors can use the special Song Contest Video Jukebox to familiarize themselves with the hits and misses of the last few decades, award points and select their personal all-time favorite. 1,717 is the number of points accumulated by the various Austrian ESC acts over the years.
The 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna is the first in history to be staged as a green event. Every aspect of the event, from travel to catering is designed to be as efficient and eco-friendly as possible. Electricity is taken from the grid without a polluting diesel generator in sight. ESC tickets double up as a passepartout, giving visitors unlimited free travel on the Wiener Linien public transportation network. Catering services have a clear focus on high-quality organic produce sourced from producers within Austria. Waste avoidance is paramount: drinks will only be served in reusable cups, and clear, crisp Viennese tap water will be available free of charge. In line with this year’s motto of Building Bridges, the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and live broadcasts have been designed to make them more accessible for people with special needs. Comprehensive documentation in the form of a sustainability report will set the standards for future editions of the contest and other major events.
Eurovision Song Contest
May 19-23, 2015
Wiener Stadthalle, Roland-Rainer-Platz 1, 1150 Vienna
- Eurovision Village, May 18-23, 2015, Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
- Fashion for Europe, May 18, 2015, Eurovision Village, Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna, http://fashionforeurope.com
- Euro Fan Café, May 17-23, 2015, EMS Lounge, Dietrichgasse 25, 1030 Vienna, www.emslounge.at
- Pop meets Opera, May 17, 2015, Vienna State Opera, Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna, www.wiener-staatsoper.at
- The Nul-Pointers, Leopold Museum, May 8-Jun 1, 2015, Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.leopoldmuseum.org
- 60 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest – Austria 1,717 Points, Apr 2-May 31, 2015, House of Music, Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Vienna, www.hdm.at
- Vienna 4 Eurovision Song Contest 2015: https://www.facebook.com/Vienna4Songcontest