The Italian city of Turin has won the race to host the 66th Eurovision Song Contest after beating 16 other competing entries. The grand finals will take place on Saturday, May 14th in PalaOlimpico, the semi-finals on May 10th and 12th.
The capital of Piedmont is the third Italian city to host the event after Naples (1965) and Rome (1991), thanks to Måneskin’s great victory in Rotterdam last year.
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Martin Österdahl, said:
“Turin is the perfect host city for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.
As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements necessary to host a global event of this magnitude and we are very impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of the city of Turin, which will be welcoming thousands of fans next May will.
This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest in 30 years in Italy and we are determined to work with our host broadcaster Rai to make it a special one. ‘
The CEO of the Italian broadcaster Rai, Carlo Fuortes, shares his enthusiasm:
“We are delighted that Turin will host the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the international festival loved by a large audience in all countries.
Thanks to the beautiful victory of Måneskin, the competition returns to Italy after 31 years, a city that has all the characteristics to host such a prestigious event.
The choice that Rai made together with the EBU was not an easy one, given the very high level of proposals from the competing cities, which I thank for their enthusiastic participation.
As of today, an exciting journey begins for Rai and the city of Turin that will lead us into May 2022. A great challenge for Rai and for our country. “
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The host city is no longer … veiled in mystery. We’re off to Turin!
Located at the foot of the Alps, our destination is famous for its galleries and museums, parks and squares, palaces and castles as well as the excellent examples of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism and Art Nouveau.
But besides its historical importance, the city’s influence on modern culture cannot be overstated: Turin is home to the Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (FIAT); the “Derby della Mole” between Juventus Turin and FC Torino; the holy shroud; and is the birthplace of Italian cinema.
The silent film Cabiria (1914), shot in Turin by film pioneer Giovanni Pastrone, became the first film to be distributed worldwide – and the first to be shown in the White House! From neorealism to cinepanettoni, the moving image is celebrated in the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in the spectacular Mole Antonelliana.
If you are looking for something other than a “spaghetti western”, you will quickly find that Italy is much more than the “land of pizza and sambuca”.
In fact, the Piedmont region alone is known for its cheeses Montebore, Castelmagno and Robiola di Roccaverano, Salsiccia di Bra (sausage), Piedmontese beef, breadsticks, Barolo wine, vermouth, white truffles, hazelnuts and of course Nutella.
Fortunately, Turin offers plenty of opportunities to dance those calories; At the epicenter of Italian electronica, you’re never far from a dance floor or a live venue.
Whether you’re looking for the next Måneskin in an underground bar, chilling out with cocktails and jazz, or enjoying Italo disco vibes late into the evening, there is a rich musical heritage to discover.
Turin has so much to discover before you even consider the Eurovision Village, EuroClub and the competition itself and it has what it takes to be an exceptional host city, as Turin mayor Chiara Appendino told Eurovision.tv:
“Organizing the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin is both a great honor and a great result for our city and our country.
After the opening of a new season of great events, Turin will be a stage for music and culture in a dynamic and inclusive international event that involves the whole city.
We look forward to representing Italy in front of such a large audience and are already preparing to welcome guests from all over Europe. As always, we will be ready. ‘
It’s time to make plans.
Further details on the shows, tickets and accompanying events will be announced in the coming weeks and months – see above make sure you sign in Douze Points newsletter for ticket and event information as soon as it is published.
Fans wishing to take part in the competition should keep a close eye on existing and possible travel restrictions between their home country and the host city.