Futuristic staging for the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in May was revealed this week.
The design is inspired by the theme ‘Open Up’ and the typical Dutch flat landscape and brings back the Green Room to the arena. There are two performance stages: a main stage and island stage.
A large semi-transparent LED screen will be used at the Ahoy Arena during the live shows. The screen is 22 meters wide and 5 meters high and can serve as a background for the smaller B-stage.
The screen connects the main stage to the B-stage and can be creatively used by delegations. Because it’s semi-transparent, the audience can still see the stage when the screen is used. When not in use, the screen will be completely retracted.
Designer Florian Wieder said: “The design shows the connection between the sky, the sea and the land. The horizon links these elements and that horizon will work as a window to open up the world of Eurovision 2020. The floor plan of the stage is inspired by the canals and bridges that connect land and water in the Netherlands. With this design, we want to bring the artists as close as possible to the audience.”
Speaking about his inspiration he said: “I was inspired by the unique characteristics of Dutch Design. Based on that, I wanted to create an unconventional, minimalist and modern concept for next year’s show. I am very happy that the Dutch public broadcaster has been so openminded and has enthusiastically embraced this design. As far as I’m concerned, this is a new chapter in stage design, a wish I have had for a long time.”
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event: “The design is innovative, modest and functionally smart. This way we can create a completely different look for each of the 41 participating acts, opening and interval acts and during the voting results. We’ll present an innovative stage design, grand in its simplicity and yet full of surprises.”