0 Points for Europe. How Political is the Eurovision Song Contest?

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The second debate of the series “The European Match” analyses an often neglected facet of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC): its political dimensions and potentials. This gigantic media event was conceived from its very beginning in 1956 as a purely entertainment programme, even excluding political messages in its rules. However, the show has also staged critical issues. Some songs with political messages, such as Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” in 2014, have resonated with the ESC’s large pan-European audience and won the contest, but others have scored low.

This panel discussion brings together artists from Austria, the Czech Republic and Montenegro who have expressed political messages in their ESC performances.

20 May 2015, 7pm
Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
Festsaal, Favoritenstraße 15a, 1040 Vienna

On the Panel:

Kim Cooper and Tini Kainrath, representing Austria as ‘The Rounder Girls’ at the ESC 2000

Radek Banga, representing the Czech Republic with his band ‘Gypsy.cz’ at the ESC 2009

Rambo Amadeus, representing Montenegro at the ESC 2012

Dean Vuletic, ESC historian and Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Fellow at the University of Vienna

Moderation: Sibylle Hamann, freelance journalist

Performance: Eurovision Song by Rambo Amadeus „Euro Neuro“ (2012) performed as an aria; Russi Nikoff – baritone, Jovana Besic – piano, Vedrana Kovac – soprano

Register for the event here!