Düsseldorf, Germany has been selected as the location for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) for all three live events, the main contest on May 14, and the semi finals on May 10 and 12, as announced this week by NDR, the German television company in charge of the broadcast. Düsseldorf is now preparing for one of the world’s most watched non-sporting events with an anticipated 24,000 visitors and hundreds of millions of TV and online viewers for the live broadcast (160 Million in 2010).
ESC takes place each year in the country of the previous year’s winner. Germany won the contest this year with a song performed by Lena Meyer-Landrut, who will represent Germany again in 2011. Previous winners inlcude Lordi:
Lordi - Blood Red Sandman (video)
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Four German cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, and Hannover, bid on hosting the 2011 event, and Düsseldorf had the best fit for the high requirements in staging the enormous event. The event venue, Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena, will be reserved exclusively for a total of six weeks to accommodate ESC set-up and execution. Soccer games and other events scheduled for this time will move to alternate venues.
Plan to attend? Düsseldorf Tourism & Marketing GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its services include tourism and city marketing, conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations.
Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s third largest, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver), as well as convenient connections to many European cities and beyond.
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