RTP have revealed a first look at the stage for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. The 2018 Eurovision stage has been designed by Florian Wieder, who has been responsible for many of the previous Eurovision stage designs, including the 2017 stage in Kyiv.
The stage reflects Portugal’s history and culture
The stage is said to be inspired by the hull of a ship and reflects Portugal’s history and culture. Florian Wieder told eurovision.tv of the concept behind the stage.
“The rich history of the Portuguese as a maritime nation reflects, without any boundaries, all of the values that make the Eurovision Song Contest unique today. Portugal and especially Lisbon are historic melting pots enriched by the impressions of newly discovered cultures that were brought back to the home port. This is mainly due to the Portuguese sailor men, who travelled the seas with courage and outstanding skills of navigation,”
“The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take you on an expedition through many different cultures in Europe and around the world. A journey through the high seas of music that pursues to discover, connect and ultimately unite the nations. Portugal stands for bringing together countries and their cultures. In 2018 Portugal will unite the music of Europe. With this Eurovision Song Contest stage, Portugal will be the navigator and compass again,”
Inspired by four key points
Florian Wieder explained that the Eurovision 2018 stage has been inspired by Portugal’s culture and history under four key points.
The ﬂag of Portugal 🇵🇹 features an armillary sphere. The armillary sphere has become the visual key element in the design concept. It is associated with the Portuguese discoveries during the Age of Exploration.
The stage design shows a modern interpretation of a sweeping wave and its organic shape. The sea is one of the most peaceful places on earth, giving us a sense of freedom and clarity.
The structure of the stage is inspired by the Portuguese’s art of building ships. They have been masters of crafting ships for exploring the world since ancient times.
The lines of a map spread in different directions to connect all the places on land and sea. Lisbon becomes the centre where all of the lines come together.
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