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Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Eurovision Song Contest 2018: Lisbon

Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held in Lisbon in May 2018. Find all the information about Eurovision 2018: Date, City, Participants, Arena, Eurovision Village, Euroclub and Euro Fan Café

We will update this page with all the information about Lisbon 2018 as it appears.

Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be organized by the Portuguese public broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP).

When is Eurovision 2018?

The Eurovision week will have three shows: Semi-final 1 on Tuesday, Semi-final 2 on Thursday and the Grand Final on Saturday:

Hosts of Eurovision 2018 are Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah & Catarina Furtado.

Eurovision 2018 Hosts: Catarina Furtado, Daniela Ruah, Filomena Cautela and Sílvia Alberto
Hosts of ESC 2018: Filomena, Sílvia, Daniela & Catarina

Host City: Lisbon

The Portuguese public broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) announced on 15 May 2017 that Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held in Lisbon. This was confirmed on 25 July 2017 by RTP.

Besides Lisbon, other cities had shown interest for hosting Eurovision 2018: Guimarães, Gondomar, Faro and Santa Maria da Feira.

Arena: Altice Arena

Location: Rossio dos Olivais, 1990-231 Lisboa, Portugal Google Maps
Website: arena.altice.pt/en 
Metro station: "Oriente"  Red Line

The arena for Eurovision 2018 will be Altice Arena (former called MEO Arena, originally Pavilhão Atlântico).

Eurovision 2018 arena: Altice Arena
Altice Arena, Lisbon

The Altice Arena is perfect for a huge event like Eurovision Song Contest. With a capacity of 20,000 it is one of the largest indoor arenas in the EU. The arena is placed very central in Lisbon with well branched infrastructure.

The Altice Arena has hosted several big events, including:

  • 1999: World Youth Championship in basketball (under 19)
  • 2005: MTV Europe Music Awards
  • Concerts: Justin Bieber, Adele, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue

The stage is designed by Florian Wieder, and is inspired by the hull of a ship and reflects Portugal's history and culture.

Participants

EBU Member Broadcasters, on behalf of their countries, had until mid-September 2017 to formally submit their applications to take part in Eurovision 2018. The "final" list of participating countries was revealed on 7 November 2017, but was modified 10 days later with FYR Macedonia added.

43 countries will participate in Eurovision Song Contest (confirmed by EBU):

Eurovision 2018 participating countries

Changes since Eurovision 2017: Russia returns.

The Semi-final Allocation Draw takes place in January 2018. The allocation draw determines which countries take part in which of the two Semi-finals.

Tickets

The first batch of tickets for Eurovision 2018 went on sale on 30 November 2017. 2nd batch of tickets will be on sale on 20 December 2017. More tickets to come. Read more: How to get tickets for Eurovision 2018

Eurovision Village: Praça do Comércio

Google Maps
Metro station: "Terreiro do Paço"  Blue Line
Open from 4 May 2018

Lisbon 2018 Eurovision Village: Praça do Comércio
Eurovision Village: Praça do Comércio

Eurovision Village is the official festival area in Lisbon during Eurovision Song Contest 2018. In Eurovision Village you can see live performances by artists, DJs, special events and public viewing of the shows broadcasted from the Arena.

Eurovision Village will be at Praça do Comércio (also called "Terreiro do Paço"). Praça do Comércio is the largest of Lisbon's squares located just next to the Tagus river. The square has traditional painted buildings lining the three sides and a magnificent statue of King José I positioned in the centre. Praça do Comércio was traditional where traders would sell their foreign goods.

Euroclub: Lust in Rio

Location: Cais Sodré, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal Google Maps
Metro station: "Cais do Sodré"  Green Line
Facebook: @LustLisbon
Open from 4 May 2018

City of Lisbon will house the Euroclub in the Dance & Night Club Lust in Rio in the Cais do Sodré neighborhood in Lisbon, close to Eurovision Village (Praça do Comércio).

The Euro Club is the venue for some special parties, the official after parties and performances by participants.

Access to Euroclub is for accredited fans, delegations and press. No information if there will be special OGAE accreditations for OGAE members (like Malmö 2013 and Stockholm 2016), or if fans can get access to Euroclub with special tickets (like Copenhagen 2014 and Kyiv 2017).

Euro Fan Café

No information

Red Carpet: Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

Location: Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal Google Maps
Train station: Belém, Linha de Cascais (Three stops with regional train from Cais do Sodré)
Website: maat.pt

Eurovision 2018: Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)
Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

The Red Carpet (or actually blue carpet) will take place at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) on Sunday 6 May 2018.

At the Red Carpet all the contestants are presented for the press, fans and guests with lots of beautiful dresses, festivitas and selfies.

After the Red Carpet, the Opening Ceremony of Eurovision 2018 takes place at Lisbon's Electricity Museum.

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