The European Broadcasting Union and the Polish national broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP) have jointly confirmed that this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the city of Gliwice in Silesia, in south-west Poland. Gliwice Arena, with a capacity of 13,752, will act as the host venue for Poland’s first hosting of a Eurovision Song Contest.
Opened in May last year as one of the largest indoor arenas in Poland, the arena lies just outside the city centre of Gliwice, a city in Upper Silesia of nearly 200,000 people close to the Czech border and approximately 25km west of Katowice.
In a joint statement, the EBU affirmed their motives for selecting Gliwice Arena as this year’s host venue and Gliwice as host city;
“The 17th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Arena Gliwice, one of the largest and most modern sports and entertainment venues in Poland, on Sunday 24 November.
Arena Gliwice boasts incredible facilities and has hosted a number of different events such as concerts, sport competitions, family shows, fairs, conferences and many more.
Gliwice, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Silesia, was chosen by TVP after looking at a selection of cities and venues across the country. A cultural, historical and industrial hub, the recent investment into the area means it provides excellent transport links alongside beautiful architecture; mixing medieval and Art Nouveau with 21st Century innovation and modernism.
The historic region of Silesia is made up of two parts, Lower Silesia and Upper Silesia, located along the Oder River, the region is rich in natural resources and known for its wonderful culture, heritage and diversity.”
Poland won the right to host the competition in 2019 following TVP’s victory in Minsk in 2018 and subsequent application to take over hosting rights for 2019. Roksana Węgiel finished twelve points above France’s Angélina to take home Poland’s first victory in a Eurovision Song Contest with “Anyone I Want To Be”.
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