Jamala’s victory in Stockholm with the haunting “1944” means that the Ukraine has won the right to host the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
After a long selection process, the local broadcaster announced on 9 September 2016 that the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Ukrainian capital Kyiv/Kiev. The semi finals will be held on 9 and 11 May, and the Grand Final on 13 May 2917.
The shows will be staged in the International Exhibition Centre and the arena will have a capacity of about 10,000.
The selection process had narrowed the competition down to the cities of Kiev, Dnipro-Petrovsk and Odessa, with a detailed evaluation of each city’s bid. It had been expected that the 2017 host city would be announced on 25 August, although thisxwas delayed until September as the bids were examined in greater detail.
The first wave of public sales took place in early February.
OGAE ticketing finally took place in early March and the fan ticketing exercise has now been completed. OGAE is grateful to the organisers for making 900 ticket packages available to OGAE members, with a further 100 available specifically to fans in the Ukraine.
A final wave of public ticket sales is expected in March 2017, although grand final tickets are likely to be in short supply. Details will be available from the official ticket agency concert:ua
The Kiev International Exhibition Centre is a modern facility made up of a number of different, interconnected halls. The largest hall will be converted into the contest venue with a capacity of around 10,000. Adjoining halls will accommodate the Press Centre, technical facilities, dressing rooms etc. The venue has hosted various large concerts and so has experience with major live music events. The configuration and size of the arena should mean that the spectators will enjoy great views of the stage and green room within a relatively intimate environment.
The IEC is located on the left bank of the river Dnipro on Brovarskyi Prospekt, with the city centre and the majority of hotels, restaurants, clubs etc. situated on the right bank. The nearest metro station is Livoberezhna (Лівобережна) on Metro Line 1 (the red line). The Kiev metro has a station numbering system to help visitors navigate, and the Livoberezhna station is designated as number 124 on the network. It is a short 4-stop journey to the city centre and the fare is currently around €0.14.
An array of different accommodation offers is available to fans intending to travel to Kiev in May.
Many fans rent flats for the duration of their stay in the host city. This is slightly more complicated than usual in Kiev. Fans are recommended only to use reputable renting agencies, preferably from a personal recommendation. Great care should be taken with credit card details.
The number, range and quality of hotels in Kiev has increased greatly since the last time the Ukraine hosted the contest back in 2005. However, special pricing arrangements seem to have been put in place for this year’s Eurovision, with some hotels increasing their rates dramatically for May 2017. Some 5-star hotels are even asking over EUR 400 per night. As the contest approaches, rates are expected to stabilise, but fans may wish to contact local travel agents who have negotiated specific Eurovision package rates at a number of city hotels (see below).
Most hotels are located in the city centre on the right bank of the Dnipro, although there are a few located closer to the arena on the left bank. The arena is easily accessible by metro from the city centre, and with the expected EuroVillage, restaurants, bars and clubs generally located in the centre, this is likely to be the most popular area in which to stay.
Some of the hotels which are currently being specifically marketed to Eurovision fans are as follows:
- Hotel Lybid
- Hotel Rus
- Hotel President
- Hotel Ukraine