Filming for the postcards has begun in the host country of Portugal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
All 43 competing artists in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be traveling to Lisbon, Portugal to film their postcards in the upcoming months. The postcards are short clips that are played while the acts get ready to perform on stage. This year, the theme is “Welcome to Portugal”, and sees the artists participate in an activity while in the host city.
This week, Austrian representative Cesár Sampson traveled to the country to begin shooting his postcard with Portuguese broadcaster RTP. In his postcard, he’s seen riding a bike through the different landscapes the country has to offer. Belgian representative Sennek has also revealed on her Facebook page that she has been shooting her postcard today, and Czech artist Mikolas Josef will be flying out later this week.
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.
A total of 43 countries will take part in the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. This includes Russia, as they return to the contest after a year break. The 43 participating countries are:
- Czech Republic
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
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.