Eurovision 2019

#ESC20: Five Cities Formally Bid To Host

Five cities have formally bid to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest after the deadline for submissions closed yesterday. Amsterdam, Breda, Leeuwarden and The Hague initially showed interest, but decided not to formally bid.

Ahmed Marcouch, the Mayor of Arnhem, had the following to say about their bid:

“We are very proud that the Netherlands will host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 and we want to thank Duncan for that. Arnhem is a very hospitable city, and everyone knows its history and story when you think about the battle of Arnhem. We will celebrate 75 years of freedom in 2020 and in relation to that, the Eurovision Song Contest isn’t only about the songs, but also about the deeper values: the togetherness, the connection with each other and celebrating brotherhood and freedom.”

Mike van der Geld, the Councillor for Culture and City Marketing from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, had the following to say about their bid:

“We want to create a Eurovision party. We stand for innovation and creation, but also for tradition, hospitality and we are very Burgundian. The Brabanthallen are located perfectly, and we can facilitate in everything because of our knowledge.”

Annemarie Penn-te Strake, the Mayor of Maastricht, had the following to say about their bid:

“We have been working really hard over the past 2 months, and that process has brought us so much already. We can do this, we can deliver what has been asked. Maastricht is a city in a region which values unity, quality, reliability and creativity.”

Said Kasmi, the Councillor for Culture from Rotterdam, had the following to say about their bid:

“The Eurovision Song Contest is about being yourself, diversity, inclusivity and those are words which describe our city as well with our inhabitants of 175 different nationalities. The Eurovision Song Contest also stands for talent, development and giving that talent a stage. We do the same in Rotterdam. We want to give the viewers an unforgettable memory.”

Utrecht sent Karen Poot, a bicycle courier to deliver their bid. She had the following to say:

“Utrecht wanted to be playful and different, two words which describe Utrecht perfectly. But also because it is healthy, quirky and sustainable. It suits the city.”

Author: Richard Taylor

Source: European Broadcasting Union

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