The Regional Council of Piedmont has backed the bid for Eurovision 2022 to be hosted in Turin, its capital city.
Sara Zambaia, who was the first councilor to sign the Council’s agenda to support Turin’s bid, explained:
“We have the opportunity to host the most important musical event at European level, followed all over the world, and we must not lose it. A great opportunity both in terms of visibility and economic repercussions. We are satisfied with the majority of councilor’s support for our document and we want to extend the appeal to plead this cause also to all Turin and Piedmontese artists. By creating an axis that involves both the world of the arts and the institutions, we will be able to carry out this candidacy with more force. ”
“Our city has all the numbers to become the European capital of music in 2022. Turin completely deserves this prestigious international stage and we will continue to support its bid wherever we can.”
Turin was the first city to officially submit its bid to host Eurovision 2022. It is widely seen as one of the favourites to be chosen.
Bidding to Host Eurovision 2022
Across Italy 17 cities, provincial capitals and municipalities are in the running to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Today was the deadline for the potential hosts to submit their bid books to RAI. The cities in the running are:
Provincial capitals bidding to host are:
The following municipalities have submitted bids:
- Acireale (Catania)
- Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena)
- Jesolo (Venice)
- Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse)
- Sanremo (Imperia)
In order to be considered as a host city, the potential city and venue must meet certain criteria. Any potential host city must have:
- An international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city.
- Over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event.
- An infrastructure (stadium/venue/centre) capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast with the minimum requirements listed below.
Any potential venue must:
- Be indoors with air-conditioning and have a well-defined perimeter;
- Have an audience capacity in the main hall of around 8,000 – 10,000 during the event (which corresponds to 70% of the maximum capacity of that venue for regular concerts, taking into consideration the specific stage and production needs of the Eurovision Song Contest);
- Have a main hall with the capacity to house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high-level broadcast production (this includes good specifications of load capacity in the roof, clearance to low beams, easy load-in access, etc);
- Have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc;
- Be available exclusively for 6 weeks before the event, 2 weeks during the show (which will take place in May) and a week after the end of the event for dismantling.
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