There are only a bit more than 200 days left until the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 kicks off. Today the ORF Director General Alexander Wrabetz and the Mayor of Vienna Michael Häupl held an official meeting for a very important cause – they both signed the so-called “Memorandum of Understanding” which ensures the cooperation between the host broadcaster and the city of Vienna.
Therefore the allocation of work until May has been made clear: ORF will be responsible for the shows, the Eurovision Village, the EuroClub, the press centre, logistics and security. The city of Vienna, on the other hand, will take care of the venue, the insignia ceremony (the symbolic key delivery from Copenhagen to Vienna), the allocation draw, the welcome reception, the provision of the Eurovision Village location and promotion throughout the city.
There’s still a lot of work to do for both ORF and the city of Vienna – this requires a tight schedule for the remaining time until the big contest. Here’s a quick summary of the upcoming events:
Early November: Announcement of EuroClub and Eurovision Village locations
Mid-November: Start of ticket sales (exact date soon)
December: Announcement of the host(s), presentation of logo and design
26 January: Semi final allocation draw, insignia ceremony
16/17 March: Head of Delegations meeting
11 May: First day of rehearsals
17 May: Opening Ceremony in Vienna’s town hall
Source: wien.gv.at • Picture courtesy: Bohmann/PID