Groups across the whole of The Netherlands are keen to get involved in the postcards for the upcoming 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. Organisers have reportedly received 1347 applications form a variety of groups including volunteer organisations, choirs, brass bands, student associations, sports clubs and orchestras.
The Eurovision postcards are shown on television whilst the stage is being prepared for the next contestant to perform, usually lasting up to 45 seconds. Last year, at the contest in Tel Aviv, we saw the Eurovision participants collaborating with dancers and variety of historical and tourist destinations in Israel. Last month Dutch broadcaster NPO launched a call for any parties that would be interested in taking part in the Eurovision 2020 postcards.
South Holland and Rotterdam lead the applications
Leading the cities host city Rotterdam came up with 138 suggestions for the postcard videos. Behind them were Amsterdam with 65 entries, Utrecht with 33 and The Hague with 25.
Of the regions South Holland lead with 414 applications. North Holland followed with 179, North Brabant with 184 and Gelderland in the east of the country with 136 applications.
The Eurovision 2020 postcards will involve all 41 artists, collaborating with a group, club or association to participate in their activity or tradition. Executive Producer of the 2020 contest Sietse Bakker commented on the postcard concept:
We deliberately chose to show the best of the Netherlands during postcards: the people and their hospitality, in all their diversity. From the street barbecue, the carnival club and the student corps to the football club, the break dance group and the annual carbide shooting – we do it together. During the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 we want to show that to 180 million viewers. With the theme Open Up as a common thread, we show the positive, connecting power that fits with our country.”Executive Producer, Sietse Bakker
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