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26, 28 & 30.05.2020 | 17:00-19:30 | online
 
 
 
 
The third edition of the International Conference EUROVISIONS is taking place on the 26th, 28th and 30th of May 2020 online, unlike our previous face-to-face editions in Tel Aviv (2018) and in Lisbon (2018) which took place alongside the Eurovision Song Contest. COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the live show of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest that was due to take place in Rotterdam, and the EUROVISIONS International Conference team also cancelled their scheduled conference in the city. However, the Eurovision spirit is resilient and during Eurovision week many events took place online or were broadcasted on TV helping musicians, songwriters, singers, other professionals and fans to gather and celebrate. Thus, the EUROVISIONS International Conference team wanting to continue bringing together the Eurovision community of academics, musicians, professionals, and fans is organising a series of online events on the 26th, 28th and 30th of May 2020. Our focus is to reflect on how the COVID-19 situation has impacted the event and those involved: broadcasters, organisers, artists, musicians, audiences, fans. Each day we bring you pre- recorded interviews and live discussions in which you can participate. See the schedule below. We will be back next year in a live format along with the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you all online!
 
 
 
 
 
Program
The 2020 edition of EUROVISIONS International Conference takes place over three days and corresponding to three different strands of content and discussions. On each day, there will be pre-recorded interviews and a round table streamed live through YouTube (Eurovisions Conference Channel) and Facebook (@EurovisionsConference) open to participation by the general public.
 
 
Tuesday 26.05.2020
City of light: Embracing the Eurovision cities
 
17:00 (Lisbon time) / 18:00 (Berlin time)
Streaming of pre-recorded interviews with:
John van Uden - OGAE Netherlands
Reinier Wees – Rotterdam Festivals (Netherlands)
Alan Tubery - DJ and fan (Australia)
 
18:00 (Lisbon time) / 19:00 (Berlin time)
Live Roundtable with:
Wilfried van Dellen – Maastricht University (Netherlands)
Pedro Granger - Actor, ESC fan, TV presenter (Portugal)
 
 
Thursday 28.05.2020
A Million Voices: Debating the dynamics of the audiences
 
17:00 (Lisbon time) / 18:00 (Berlin time)
Streaming of pre-recorded interviews with:
Jess Carniel – Researcher (Australia)
Paul Lashmana - Eurostreaming2020.com
Joana Martins - Web content manager, RTP (Portugal)
 
18:00 (Lisbon time) / 19:00 (Berlin time)
Roundtable with:
Nuno Galopim - Journalist, fan, Founding member of OGAE Portugal, Creative team ESC2018 (Portugal)
Henrike Hoeren - Rotterdam host of German team (Netherlands)
 

Sábado, 30.05.2020
Think about Things: The challenges of the ESC professionals
 
17:00 (Lisbon time) / 18:00 (Berlin time)
Streaming of pre-recorded interviews with:
Dr. Frank- Dieter Freiling - Head of reference group EBU
Alessandro Capicchioni - Head of San Marino delegation
Carla Bugalho - Head of Portuguese delegation, Member of reference group EBU (Portugal)
 
18:00 (Lisbon time) / 19:00 (Berlin time)
Roundtable with:
Frazer Mac - Composer Swiss ESC2019, Poland ESC2020
 
 
 
 
Background
The EUROVISIONS project started in February 2018 in Lisbon, triggered by the unprecedented fact of Portugal hosting that year's Eurovision Song Contest! The idea was to offer scientific perspectives from the social sciences, humanities and the arts in general to an event which gathers millions of viewers in its television broadcast version, as well as enthusiastic live audiences wherever it is held. Due to the interest raised by its first edition, both from the research community, the ESC fan base and the professionals involved in the event, the organizing team decided to repeat the experience in May 2018, and the following year, in Tel Aviv. The 2019 conference's success strengthened the idea of keeping this conference as a parallel academic and public engagement event to the actual ESC every year.
 
 
 
 
Team
Sofia Vieira Lopes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) | Portugal | INET-md | NOVA FCSH
Isabel Campelo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) | Portugal | INET-md | NOVA FCSH
Irving Wolther (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) | Germany | UNESCON
Carla Figueira (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  | UK | Goldsmiths | University of London