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Eurovision 2017: Is Kiev safe for LGBT+ People?

As things are gearing up for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, many LGBT+ people are asking “Are Ukraine & Kyiv safe for me?” IGLA-Europe has ranked Ukraine as one of the worst places in Europe for LGBT+ people to live in. escunited.com has teamed up with Gay Alliance Ukraine to bring up an awareness about the current situation with regards to …

Ukraine: Stage bursts into life in Kyiv

The latest updates from the International Exhibition Centre in eastern Kiev, Ukraine, have finally given us the glory shot that fans have been craving since construction began; today the first full shot of the stage was released, alongside further pictures from yesterday’s visit of Viacheslav Kyrylenko, the vice president of Ukraine and various members of press. The stage is considerably …

Update: Kiev stage begins to take shape

As the clock ticks down to another long awaited Eurovision, the excitement in the International Exhibition Centre in eastern Kiev is building, as the stage and it’s rigging continues to be built. Construction on the backdrop for this year’s show began last Thursday and in that short space of time the uniquely designed stage is starting to take shape in …

Ukraine: Running Order Presented

Today, EBU has represented the running for the upcoming semi-finals. Semi final 1 – Scheduled for 9th May  Sweden – Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On Georgia – Tamara Gachechiladze – Keep The Faith Australia – Isaiah – Don’t Come Easy Albania – Lindita – World Belgium – Blanche – City Lights Montenegro – Slavko Kalezic – Space Finland …

Ukraine: Work begins on 2017 staging!

Today is the day many Eurovision fans count down to for the entire year, as the first steps of putting together the contest finally fall into place in the arena. That’s right – the staging for this year’s contest has begun to appear! Today the EBU’s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, and key members of …

Could Ukraine face Eurovision ban after hosting?

While everyone is all too aware of the issues that have arisen in the past week regarding Russia’s artist Yulia Samoylova and the Ukrainian authorities banning her from entering the country, it seems that today has thrown up a major development in the story, with the potential of sanctions or a ban from the contest arising for any countries deemed …

Which national selection was the best in 2017?

Ahh, national selections. The lifeblood of the Eurovision enthusiast, the catalyst for countless debates, the endless source of all of the drama we have come to crave over the years in our beloved contest. Internal selections can, and often do, throw up some true gems with a guaranteed path to Eurovision stardom, but it’s the multi-song showcases that really grab …

Ukraine bans Yulia: International reaction

Today has seen the Eurovision Song Contest thrust into the limelight once more, although this time it has been for unsavoury reasons. Ukraine’s national security ministry, the SBU, this afternoon confirmed that Yulia Samoilova would not be permitted into Ukrainian territory to represent her native Russia in Eurovision in May. Since the confirmation, the news has spread far and wide …

Who do #YOU want to win Eurovision 2017?

We have finally made it to this point of the year, an exciting time for all – all 43 entries fighting to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest have been released! Because of this, there’s only one question on everyone’s lips… Who is likely to see the end credits rolling over their entry late on May 13th? There are of …

Ukraine: Euroclub venue announced

Ukraine’s national broadcaster UA:PBC has confirmed that the CEK Parkovy (КВЦ Парковый) building in the west side of Kiev will play host to 2017’s Euroclub, the annual venue for events and parties surrounding Eurovision! The exhibition centre will house two floors of Eurovision fans, press, accredited media and artists and their delegations, with lots of performances and events set to …

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