CyBC has confirmed that the Presidential Palace in Nicosia will be illuminated for Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light.
The Cypriot public broadcaster has confirmed to Eurovision Fun that the Presidential Palace will be illuminated as part of Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light. As part of the show on May 16, nations across Europe will be illuminating one landmark which will be shown in the broadcast as a segment called ‘Europe Shine a Landmark’.
The Presidential Palace in Nicosia was previously the home of the British administration of Cyprus between 1878 and 1960. In 1931 the original building was burned down during riots and in 1937, the current structure was completed. The palace was then destroyed by fire in 1974 during a coup. It was rebuilt by 1977 and since 1979 has been the residence of the President of Cyprus.
The landmarks confirmed so far are:
- Belgium – Atomium
- Cyprus – Presidential Palace
- Greece – The Acropolis
- Lithuania – Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light will be broadcast live across Europe on May 16 hosted by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit. The show will pay tribute to the forty one acts who had been due to compete in Eurovision 2020 and feature past Eurovision participants. The show will also look at the people of Europe affected by the coronavirus and aid workers who are fighting this crisis.
Source: Eurovision Fun
Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Their best result in the contest comes from their 2018 entrant Eleni Foureira, who placed 2nd with her song “Fuego”. Cyprus withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties, but returned again in 2015 where they were represented by John Karagiannis.