Expo Tel Aviv International Convention Center is preparing to host the biggest music competition in the world, Eurovision 2019. The contest, taking place May 13th-18th, will be held in Tel Aviv for the first time ever. The mega event will be produced by ‘KAN’, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporationunion–a full member of the European Broadcasting Union(EBU). Expo Tel Aviv, the leading conference and fair center in Israel, is preparing for the competition, expected to be watched by nearly 200million television viewers, making it the second most watched TV program in the world –biggerthan the Super Bowl and second only to the World Cup final.
Iris Mazel, CMO of Expo Tel Aviv, says: “We are excited to host and welcome the 2019 Eurovision. We have many years of experience attracting, hosting and producing international conventions, including music events, however, this is a first for us to be hosting one of this scope and size.” Six out of a total of eight existing pavilions have been reserved for the production. Semifinals and finals will take place in Pavilion 2, which is reserved from mid-March for two and a half months. The remaining pavilions will be reserved from one month ahead of the contest. The production team will have the ability to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week leading up to the event.
Accessibility is an important aspect of the venue’s preparations. Signs are being written in three languages –English, Hebrew, and Arabic. The venue is completely wheelchair-accessible and accessible parking spots have been allocated. Transmitters have been installed that will connect to an accessibility app that will assist visually impaired guests to navigate independently to different parts of the venue.
Expo Tel Aviv employees took part in C40–asustainability workshop dealing with how to ensure environmental preservation during major events. Tel Aviv-Yafo aims to host the most sustainable and climate-friendly Eurovision to date. Actions are being taken in order to ensure the green nature of the competition, such as recycling water expelled from the air-conditioning to water the grass and gardens across the venue. Additionally, the catering services will use paper and bamboo plates and utensils instead of plastic and will pre-calculate food amounts in order to prevent food waste, thereby reducing the city’s carbon footprint and mitigating the city’s overall environmental impact from the event.
Eurovision Avenue is a new avenue being built on the grounds to be used as an outdoor, shaded mingling space, which will include benches and greenery.