It’s Rotterdam 2020! Rotterdam has been selected as the Host City for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest following a tight race with the southern Dutch city of Maastricht.
Rotterdam was chosen as the Host City following a strong city bid process which saw a total of five Dutch cities compete to host the world’s largest live music event.
Addressing the difficult decision between Maastricht and Rotterdam, Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, said, “Rotterdam has shown fantastic enthusiasm and commitment and has the right facilities to welcome delegates from over 40 countries next May. We look forward to working with Rotterdam and NPO, NOS and AVROTROS on an incredible state-of-the-art Eurovision Song Contest in a great city next year.”
Rotterdam is the largest port city in Europe; 469 million tonnes of goods transferred through it in 2018. South Holland, the province in which Rotterdam is located, is the most multicultural region in the Netherlands. The city itself is home to 174 nationalities, and all participating countries of the Eurovision Song Contest are represented in the local population.
The Netherlands won the right to stage next year’s event when bisexual singer Duncan Laurence gave his country its first win since 1975 with the song Arcade in Tel Aviv. This will be the fifth time the Netherlands has hosted the Contest.
The Contest will be held on Tuesday 12, Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 May 2020.