In just a few days, the 42 delegations from around Europe will be arriving in Kyiv for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. This is without a doubt one of Kyiv’s biggest events ever, so the Kyiv City Council have allocated a further ₴25 million to make sure everything runs smoothly.
The original budget for this year’s Eurovision was €14.5 million (around ₴420 million) This increased in August to €15 million, and then increased again in November to €16 million. This additional ₴25 million (around €865 thousand) is therefore not a relatively large influx of cash.
How will the ₴25 million be spent?
The Kyiv City Council will spend ₴19 million on installing video surveillance systems in the areas where Eurovision events will take place. 69 members of the City Council approved these additional funds. Our Ukrainian hosts clearly care for our safety in Kyiv!
Andriy Strannikov, the chairman of the budgetary commission of the Kyiv City Council, describes howthey will spend the remaining money:
“We also pledged ₴5 million for the purchase of litter bins, and another ₴500,000 will be used to attract volunteers. ₴125,000 will be used to improve the territory of the ‘Kyiv Fortress’ National History and Cultural Museum. This is one of the entertainment areas of the song contest.”
- 2014 – The budget for Eurovision 2014 was 34.6 million kroner (€6.25 million). However, the contest ultimately costed Denmark 112 million kroner (€15 million), almost three times the original budget.
- 2015 – The budget for Eurovision 2015 was €8.89 million. After the contest, €800 thousand was still remaining of this budget.
- 2016 – The budget for Eurovision 2016 was 125 million kronor (€13 million). SVT did not exceed this budget.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is only two weeks away! We will bring you up to the minute blog reports from the first rehearsals, the latest scoop from the venue, and of course, the return of our rolling live stream!
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