The Grand Harbour in Malta is to be the venue for Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 on June 9, with the contest being held in the open air.
WDR the broadcaster behind Germany’s participation in Eurovision Young Dancers has revealed that the Grand Harbour is the venue for next years contest. As announced in November, PBS the host broadcaster plans to host next years contest in the open air. The change in venue comes after the Mediterranean Conference Center was previously announced as the venue when Malta won the right to host the 2017 contest.
The Grand Harbour lies on the southern side of Valletta and has been in use since 3700 BC. The Harbour in the past decade has undergone significant regeneration with the Maltese Government having unveiled 20 projects that they wanted to construct in and around the Harbour since 2007. The exact location of the planned venue within the Grand Harbour has not yet been outlined.
To date six countries have confirmed that they will be participating in next years contest. They are:
- Czech Republic
- Malta (Host Nation)
Malta will be hosting Eurovision Young Dancers 2017 on 9th June. The contest for the first time will be hosted in the open air at the Grand Harbour. This will be the first time that Malta has hosted the contest having only started participating in the contest in 2015.
The last edition of Eurovision Young Dancers was held in 2015, the venue for the contest was the New Theatre in Pilsen. A total of 10 countries competed with debuts from Albania and Malta. The contest was won by Viktoria Nowak from Poland.
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First held in 1985 a total of 37 countries have competed at least once in the contest, including Canada in 1987. The competition is open to young dancers who are aged between 16 and 21 years old. Each country is represented by either a solo dancer or a couple, who perform a routine of their choosing for the jury. The jury will select two acts to go through to the final round which is a 90 second dance off. Each dancer is given 45 seconds to perform and impress the judges, at the end of the performances the judges select the winner.