The Kyiv City State Administration has today approved a further 25 Million UAH in further spending on the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
25 Million UAH (860,000 Euro) has been approved in additional funding for the hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The additional budget funding was brought about by a large increase in the security budget for the event, with 19 Million UAH (650,000 Euro) being spent on installing new security cameras in the areas in which the contest and associated events are being held.
In addition to the spending on security, the budget will also be going towards:
- 5 Million UAH (172,000 Euro) – Refuse bins
- 0.5 Million UAH (17,000 Euro) – To attract volunteers to help with the contest
- 0.125 Million UAH (4,300 Euro) – Landscaping the Kyiv Fortress
This is the second time that Kyiv has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest and the fourth time it has hosted a Eurovision event. The contest first traveled to Kyiv in 2005 following the victory of Ruslana with “Wild Dances” in Istanbul, Turkey. Eurovision would return to the Ukrainian Capital a further two times in 2009 and 2013, as the city played host to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The city falls just behind London for the most Eurovision Contests hosted in one city.
A total of 42 countries are to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Returning to the Eurovision stage are Portugal and Romania who both took a year out from the contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina and Russia have however withdrawn from the contest. Bosnia & Herzegovina has withdrawn due to financial difficulties at the national broadcaster, BHRT. While Russia has withdrawn following Julia Samoilova being banned by Ukrainian Authorities from entering Ukraine. The 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is being held on the following dates:
- Semi Final 1 – 9 May
- Semi Final 2 – 11 May
- Final – 13 May
Source: Kyiv City State Administration