The first ever Eurovision Convention, due to be held in the Alte Oper in Frankfurt am Main between September 9 and 10, has been cancelled.
The ECon (Eurovision Convention) was billed as an event that been missing from the Eurovision fandom. The two-day event was supposed to consist of concerts, meet and greet sessions with former Eurovision contestants and workshops for writing and composing Eurovision entries. Some names scheduled to appear at the event incuded Cascada (Germany 2013), Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014), Ireen Sheer (Luxembourg 1974, Germany 1978), Tom Dice (Belgium 2010), Lys Assia (Switzerland 1956, 1957, 1958) among others. However, due to various issues, the event had to be called off.
The organisers of the event posted this statement on the official website of the convention:
“Dear ECON friends and visitors,
The organizer of the ECON has not recognized financial problems over a long period of time and has not publicly published them. Financial bottlenecks have not been communicated to the artists and their management, thus causing irreparable damage. Contracts were signed and could not be observed.
Contracts with the management of Cascada and Conchita as well as SR Management and associated Giovanni Zarella and Lilly Becker as well as David Pfefferle were not settled after accounting and still accepted and with false payment documents proved.
Financially, we underestimated this event and pulled the “pull-rope” much too late. After all what happened especially after the financial funds were stolen from the account we should have had to stop. Personally, we can not apologize or justify this, it is only clear as a big mistake, especially since here a great damage with great Eurovision artists emerged and emerged.
After we had to change the first location we had found the Alte Oper in Frankfurt as a place and also announced. This was however not booked, also not directly at the Old Opera House in Frankfurt. We had booked this over an internet platform, which provides rooms and books. These we had claimed until yesterday we were informed by the opera that this is not correct. Here we never wanted to have to deceive someone but admit that this location has never been booked for us !! The whole is fraudulent, however, was never in our intention and is no excuse.
After the personal threats against us and the event itself, we have to cancel the event for all parties and after long discussions with official authorities, friends and the team. We want to defuse the financial situation and prevent further problems.
Security is also a high priority. We deeply regret this and apologize to all visitors, artists and their management, friends and helpers.
Important for all card buyers. As happened with other buyers, we also refund the buyed tickets without regret. However, this will take a moment, as our insurance will be here. Please send us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
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How to get the refund (PayPal or bank transfer)
We also will inform all ticket buyers by mail.”
It is unknown yet as to whether the event will take place in the future.