The stage design for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest has been revealed.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 stage design has been revealed today by the EBU. It has been designed by Florian Wieder, who has designed multiple Eurovision stages in the past including the 2017 stage in Kyiv. The stage was inspired by four key points linked to Portugal’s culture and history: Navigation, the sea, ships, and maps.
Designer Florian Wieder said:
The rich history of the Portuguese as a maritime nation reflects, without any boundaries, all of the values that make the Eurovision Song Contest unique today. Portugal and especially Lisbon are historic melting pots enriched by the impressions of newly discovered cultures that were brought back to the home port. This is mainly due to the Portuguese sailor men, who traveled the seas with courage and outstanding skills of navigation. The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take you on an expedition through many different cultures in Europe and around the world. A journey through the high seas of music that pursues to discover, connect and ultimately unite the nations. Portugal stands for bringing together countries and their cultures. In 2018 Portugal will unite the music of Europe. With this Eurovision Song Contest stage, Portugal will be the navigator and compass again.
Deputy Executive Producer of Eurovision 2018, Paulo Resende, said that the stage was to “breathe a Portuguese identity, to be elegant, modern and, at the same time, unique and distinctive”.
The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Lisbon, Portugal next year. The contest is to take place at the Altice Arena. The first semi-final will take place on 8th May, the second semi-final on 10th May, and the Grand Final will take place on 12th May. This is the first time Portugal has hosted a Eurovision event.
The official slogan for next year’s contest is “All Aboard!”, and was chosen to represent a celebration of Europe and music. The slogan was inspired by Lisbon’s longstanding history as an important global seaport and the importance of the ocean in Portugal’s history. The ocean has connected Portugal to the rest of the world for centuries, and this connectivity is intended to invite people from across the world to come together to celebrate music and Eurovision.