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Today is the day many Eurovision fans count down to for the entire year, as the first steps of putting together the contest finally fall into place in the arena. That’s right – the staging for this year’s contest has begun to appear!

Today the EBU’s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, and key members of Ukraine’s national broadcaster UA:PBC visited the International Exhibition Centre in eastern Kiev as the first steps of rigging and setup for the stage of Eurovision 2017 were constructed in the arena.

Photos of inside the IEC, shared on Facebook by Yuriy Andrushchenko (director of lighting and sound design company Feyeria), show the masses of lighting rigs and heavy duty catenary wires required to hang the lighting from the ceiling of the venue.

Stage construction is set to be completed on April 20th, roughly one and a half weeks before the first sets of rehearsals take place live in Kiev.

We will keep #YOU updated with more photos and media from inside the IEC as the stage takes shape!

What do #YOU think of the venue and design for this year’s contest? Share your thoughts with us!

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