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Eurovision Village opening

Eurovision village is one of the official locations Eurovision. This year it’s located at Praça do Comércio which is near by Tagus river promenade.

This year’s Eurovillage is much smaller than last year’s ‘cause the Square not so huge as Khreschatyk street is. Traditionally visitors can find a lot of food courts, travel guides, chill out zones and, of course, the main stage where artist from Eurovision and from Portugal will sing and perform.

Opening of Eurovillage was scheduled to 4 of may at 19:00, but they suppose to let in guests at 16:00. But something went wrong and we entered the location after 30 minutes of waiting in the line! That’s why we missed performances from Norway, Finland and Iceland.

But in conclusion, Eurovision Village this year looks stunning, wonderful atmosphere and beautiful views!

Around the "new" or is it "old" Eurovillage

Eurovillage Area

Quick look around the “New” Eurovillage. I say quick because it was Friday, we had dinner to go to and food to eat!….

Eurovillage is in the same area as it was in 2005. It’s actually a perfect place to have it, the wide boulevard of Khreshchatyk Street, with it’s close proximity to the Independence Square and Maidan Nezalezhnosti, makes this central area of Kyiv come to life for the whole two weeks of Eurovision

Last night we decided to meet friends for dinner - often we forget to eat during Eurovision so this might have been one of our better ideas - and chose this spot to meet. The whole area is still under some construction work as they prepare the places for the Eurovillage stage, the stalls and other surprises for the fans that are coming over the next few days

It all seems much more professionally organised than in 2005, and the vibe around the city yesterday evening was one of having fun on a Friday and Celebrating Diversity, rather than what some nay-sayers have been predicting

Another thing we took note of on the metro on the way home too, was that the area around the metro stop serving the arena has been already tidied up a bit from yesterday morning. New railings have been installed, it looks a lot safer, and much less traffic around there in the evenings - we hope this stays like this….

Eurovillage Area

Fashion show in EuroVillage

We had a chance today to see the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Village at the City Hall Square with a unique show idea FASHION FOR EUROPE. The idea is about designers and brands from many different participating countries building bridges through fashion.

In total it took 1.5 hours to present 14 brand: Agnesa Vuyhaj (Albania), Sinoian (Armenia), Lena Hoschek (Austria), Fakhriya Khalafova (Azerbaijan), Bernard Depoorrter (Belgium), Ivana Helsinki (Finland), Atelier Michalsky (Germany), Galia Lahav (Israel), Calzedonia (Italy), Daili (Lithuania), Sanja Matijevic (Montenegro), Blessus by Michael Hekmat (Poland), Adelina Ivan (Romania), Julian Zigerli (Switzerland).

Red Carpet Impressions

Hello there! We've just came back from the Red Carpet Opening Ceremony in the Euirovision. It was my first experience and I'm full of emotions. It all started at 7 pm but we arrived there in advance - at 5.50 pm to book a vacant place for press to shoot better pictures and to take small interviews while all the contestants are walking along the red carpet.

I always thought that it's a matter of 20-30 min max but it all took about 2.5 hours. We were tired, hungry and thirsty. And we couldn't move or leave our places otherwise somebody else could occupy them. It all was about the outfits and accessories so Mike was mostly asking fashion questions. Conchita Wurst was the first on the Carpet; it's my first time that I saw her in person. I didn't expect her to be that graceful and airy in her spotted grey dress.

All the participants were designer dressed with an evening make up and all of them were very beautiful. Most of all I like the outfits from Poland, Australia, Spain, Russia, Greece, Iceland, Belgium, Norway and Latvia.
It’s this sort of event that neither the contestants nor I will ever forget, so we took a lot of photos and videos so you can imagine you were there with us. Enjoy!