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Eurovision Song Contest: 60th Anniversary Conference

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest a unique conference will bring together academics who have studied the Eurovision Song Contest, commentators, past performers and those who have worked on the event, to explore the impact of the Contest on the European public sphere.

This event will take place at BAFTA 195 in London on Friday 24 April.

The conference will consist of three keynote speeches:

  • "What Eurovision has taught us about Europe" by Dr Karen Fricker, Co-Editor "Performing the 'New' Europe: Identities, Feelings and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest"
  • "Eurovision: A History of Europe through Popular Music" by Dr Dean Vuletic, Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Vienna
  • "The Eurovision Song Contest: A platform for nation branding and nation building* by Dr Paul Jordan

Three panel discussions will focus on:

Ritual: The way Eurovision has created communities

Innovation: How Eurovision has led the way in technology and social media

Inspiration: How Eurovision is a platform for diversity and a place to access national identity

Journalists interested in attending the event should contact EBU Communications Officer Dave Goodman (details on the right of this page.)



Additional Event Details

Watch the keynotes and debates again on Eurovision.tv

Press kit for journalists can be downloaded here


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