RTP, the Portuguese national broadcaster and host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, has announced that they will announce details regarding the upcoming contest on November 7.
In a statement obtained by ESCPortugal, RTP will announce details of the organisation of the contest in an event on November 7 in the Lisbon Oceanarium at 16.30 CET. The EBU’s reference group previously had a meeting in the Portuguese capital with RTP’s organisation team. Various issues were on the agenda including the slogan, logo and design theme of Eurovision 2018. Practical matters such as ticket sales, accommodation and transport of the delegations and the allocation draws for the semi-finals were also discussed. It is expected that next week’s event will address the progress made on these issues.
Thus far, the EBU has expressed satisfaction about the organisation of RTP. 2018 will be the first time that Portugal hosts the Eurovision Song Contest. Lisbon fought off competition from various other cities in the country for the honour to host the event. RTP has already stated that they want to organise a cheaper contest than in recent years and aim to convey an image of contemporary Portugal to a wider European audience.
For the host country, 2018 will also mark their 50th participation in Eurovision. The home entry will be chosen in the 2018 edition of the Portuguese national final, Festival da Canção which will take place at the Pavilhão Multiusos in Guimarães on 4 March 2018. Two semi finals will be held on 18 and 25 February 2018. Guimarães was one of those cities which bid to host Eurovision 2018, ultimately losing out to the capital, Lisbon.
The Semi-Finals of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 8th and 10th May with the Grand Final due to be held on Saturday 12th May in Lisbon at the newly renamed Altice Arena. The contest is coming to Portugal for the first time in history, after Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv with “Amar Pelos Dois”.