Last month, Rai – the host broadcaster for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest – unveiled the stage design for Turin’s PalaOlimpico. Designed by Francesca Montinaro, the concept is called The Sun Within. This week, the construction of the stage begins.
As reported by Eurovision IN, the construction of the stage began yesterday (March 15). Rai previously teased that the stage will be both classic and modern at the same time, blending the digital with the analogue, demonstrating a range of light and movement.
In an interview with ANSA, designer Francesca Montinaro has shared further details of the inspiration behind the concept, of which Italy’s nature plays a central role.
I immediately thought that talking about Italian beauties was actually talking about our creativity, which is itself an artistic absolute. We are always on the move, in all fields, we are always looking for a solution that makes us resurrectFrancesca Montinaro, stage designer
There is intentionality behind every aspect of the stage design. The stage will be flat, in order to remain neutral for the performers to express their identity upon.
The Green Room has been designed to incorporates the feel of baroque gardens, such as those at Villa d’Este, Castel Gandolfo and Villa Lante, with the water features evoking fountains.
You can read the full interview here.
Eurovision 2022 so far
After a lengthy bidding process, Rai announced that The Grand Final will be held in Turin’s PalaOlimpico on Saturday 14 May with Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May, with Eurovillage set to be located at Piazza San Carlo.
In February, it was announced that the 2022 contest will be hosted by Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika. Also last month, filming of the podcasts began in Perugia, and has continued in Umbria, Merano, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Naples, Venice and Lazio.
As it stands, Rai hoping for at least 65% audience capacity for Eurovision 2022, but are aiming for as large an audience as possible in the venue.
Måneskin won the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with “Zitti E Buoni”, taking us to Italy for the first time since 1991. We will report as the preparations continue!
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