Last week, our CEO Sietse Bakker, Head of International Projects Paul Jordan and Video Content Manager Stijn Smulders returned from a busy couple of days in Berlin, where the fifth annual Eurovision Song Contest workshop took place. The workshop was attended by delegations from around Europe and beyond. It is a unique opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and best practice on a range of issues relating to the event.
Sietse was asked to host the workshop and Paul gave a presentation on Eurovision and politics. During the workshop, participants heard first-hand experiences from a range of broadcasters. Representatives from the Host Broadcaster of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal, RTP, discussed their vision for the forthcoming event and shared news about the preparations so far.
"The event weeks of the Eurovision Song Contest are always incredibly hectic and catching up with colleagues is often challenging. Events such as the Eurovision Workshop provide a practical opportunity to reflect on the previous experience at Eurovision and identify where improvements can be made moving forward," Paul Jordan said.
Reference Group meeting
After the workshop the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group meeting took place. The group is the governing body of the competition and oversee the preparations for the event. They make key recommendations to the Host Broadcaster to ensure that the planning for the contest remains on-track.
Eurovision Asia Song Contest
We also used our time in Berlin to meet with colleagues from Australia, who are busy organising the first ever Eurovision Asia Song Contest. The project, for which Scrn produced the official website, is progressing well and we are certainly looking forward to continue that successful collaboration.