“Eurovision Does Not Take Place In A Vacuum”

Mr Thomas Schreiber - Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group.  Photograph Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Europe

Mr Thomas Schreiber – Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group. Photograph Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Europe

“Eurovision does not take place in a vacuum” was the headline that we read on the official NDR German Eurovision website. According to the article these are the sentiments of Mr Thomas Schreiber – the Executive Producer of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf and member of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group. Mr Schreiber is also the ARD entertainment coordinator and responsible for Eurovision at NDR.

The article opens with setting the background “on the The Russian anti-gay laws and the petition of Belarus against the Austrian ESC participant Conchita Wurst”. When asked about how there has been a growing interest in the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU and political concerns, Mr Schreiber said

These are two sides of the same coin: Of course, the ESC does not take place in a vacuum, but in a concrete political and social environment, and we have to protect artists, broadcasters, journalists and fans.Secondly, although the ESC is the largest global live music show, which is broadcast in 50 countries, but it is “only” an entertainment program, which can not solve issues that politics has not solved itself”.

The interview continues with asking Mr Schreiber what he thinks might happen if Russia or Belarus should win the contest?

“We – that is, the Reference Group – would cross that bridge when we come to it”.

This is an interesting article and you can read it in its entirety HERE.

We were interested in this story following our recent interview with Conchita Wurst where we spoke of the subject of Tolerance and the reaction to her participation at Eurovision from some people.

What are your thoughts on the interview and the questions posed?

Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

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9 replies »

  1. Hmm, kinda disagree with his point that the contest has no solutions which politics can’t solve. The song contest is a music platform which is one of many that sends all sorts of messages, including political ones. Eventually they go hand in hand in being part, even just a little part, of a solution. Like Conchita’s striking number is going to be seen by millions & that is sure gonna send a strong message!

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