EUROVISION.TV REPORTS / PORTUGAL – 42 countries have been announced as participating in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, as RTP also reveal a brand new slogan and multiple logos for the event. The 63rd Contest will be organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with its Portuguese Member RTP. 2018 marks the first time that the competition will be held in Portugal, after Salvador Sobral gave the country their first win in 53 years of competing.
RTP unveiled more details about the creative theme for this year’s Contest today (7th November) which is based on the concept that, through the ocean, we as citizens of Europe and the world are connected. Under the motto “All Aboard!” the theme invites everyone to celebrate Europe and music. Portugal as a country has always connected Europe to the rest of the world through the ocean, and 500 years ago Lisbon was the centre of many of the world’s most important sea routes. Today, Lisbon is using the ocean’s connectivity as inspiration with the slogan “All Aboard!”, inviting the international community to come together for this year’s competition.
Europe is a collective of many, and this has also inspired RTP’s design team to introduce multiple logos for 2018, rather than a single image. The main logo depicting a shell comes with twelve other derivations, which are predicated on the concept of the varying life in the oceans and depict the wonders of a floating world, such as plankton and a range of other organisms which are essential for balance in aquatic ecosystems. Through these multiple logos, the creative concept portrays key themes such as diversity, respect and tolerance.
The logos will be creatively adapted and have a variety of uses in the run up to the event, including being displayed all over Lisbon next May. Gonçalo Madaíl, Creative Manager of RTP said “For centuries, Portugal explored the world by sea. Today, Lisbon is more and more the city of all colours, a great harbour of cultures and sounds that welcomes you all to come aboard!”
Looking ahead to next year’s contest, it will be a special year for Sweden who are celebrating the 60th anniversary of their first ever appearance in the contest. Russia is set to make a return after a year’s absence.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said “We are extremely happy with the creative theme and logos for this year’s contest, which resonate with Lisbon’s history and underscore Eurovision’s core values, including diversity, very well. The Ocean connects all of us, and its variety can provide good inspiration for each of the 42 participating broadcasters that we look forward to seeing in Lisbon next May.”
The following countries (and EBU Member broadcasters) will participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon:
Albania (RTSH), Armenia (AMPTV), Australia (SBS), Austria (ORF), Azerbaijan (ICTIMAI TV), Belarus (BTRC), Belgium (VRT), Bulgaria (BNT), Croatia (HRT), Cyprus (CYBC), Czech Republic (CT), Denmark (DR), Estonia (ERR), Finland (YLE), France (FT), Germany (ARD/NDR), Georgia (GPB), Greece (ERT), Hungary (MTVA), Iceland (RUV), Ireland (RTE), Israel (IPBC/KAN), Italy (RAI), Latvia (LTV), Lithuania (LRT), Malta (PBS), Moldova (TRM), Montenegro (RTCG), The Netherlands (AVROTROS), Norway (NRK), Poland (TVP), Portugal (RTP), Romania (TVR), Russia (C1R), San Marino (RTV), Serbia (RTS), Slovenia (RTVSLO), Spain (TVE), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (SRG/SSR), Ukraine (UA:PBC), United Kingdom (BBC)
The Semi Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place on Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th May, with the Grand Final on Saturday 12th.