At the centre of 2014's commemorations of the centenary of World War I, will be a concert given by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the National Library of Sarajevo, metres from the site where Austro-Hungarian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated exactly 100 years previously.
The concert will feature a musical programme with strong connections to the historical events of 1914-1918, inviting reflection, analysis and remembrance of an era-defining conflict.
A TV co-production by EBU Members BHRT (Bosnia & Herzogovina), ZDF (Germany) and France Télévisions will be transmitted by Eurovision to TV and radio broadcasters, ensuring the event will be internationally recognised as a key moment in the wider World War I commemorations.
The EBU has negotiated concert rights for all Active Members and some Associate Members, in a special deal with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who will furthermore waive their performance fee for the occasion.
Outside the venue, large screens will relay the concert to a large public audience.
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria took place on the warm afternoon of Sunday, 28 June 1914, and set off a chain of events that would go on to embroil all the world's major powers in a war of unprecedented scale.
The venue of Bosnia-Herzegovina's National Library (previously Sarajevo's Town Hall, an iconic building to which the Archduke was travelling at the time of his assassination) serves as a poignant reminder that even Europe's recent years have not always been peaceful. Bombed during the Siege of Sarajevo in 1992, the building was left in ruins. A renovation project is underway, and the building will again open its doors for the first time for this concert.
Live classical concert
Saturday 28 June 2014 / HD via Eurovision Network Deferred available
BHRT, ZDF, France Télévisions
T +41 22 717 24 11
Stand-up feed positions and other broadcast services via Eurovision Special Events.
Open to all EBU Active Members (TV and Radio).Associate Members subject to request.