THE NETHERLANDS – Maastricht is remaining in the run for hosting the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest and media speculate that the city is the preferred choice of the EBU. Governor of Limburg Theo Bovens and mayor of Maastricht Annemarie Penn-te Strake have teamed up for the Maastricht/Limburg campaign. One of their first actions was to frozen the hotel prices for about 3,000 rooms.
Main ideas for hosting the delegations is for Maastricht is to host them in the 43 neighbourhoods of the city and bring the entire culture of music and food in the small streets of the city. The currently renovated Sphinx Kwartier (Sphinx Quarter) is an older industrial area which will be transformed in order to commune this idea.
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It's a wrap. Het bidbook is af. Wat ons betreft komt het Eurovisie Songfestival thuis in Maastricht! Gouverneur @theo_bovens en ik kunnen niet wachten om het resultaat van Maastricht en Limburg te presenteren :-). Tot woensdag @omroep.avrotros , @nos en #NPO!#EurovisionSongContest2020 @gemeente.maastricht @provincielimburg Limburg #MECCMaastricht #Maastricht
Earlier today though, NPO, AVROTROS, NOS and the EBU are launching an innovation challenge for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. The organisation is looking for innovative proposals from tech companies worldwide that will enhance the experience for viewers and fans during next year’s competition.
The Dutch public broadcasting companies, together with the EBU, are looking for innovation in two areas: Enhancing the online experience of viewers and fans of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest (for instance: data-visualization, applied video-indexation solutions, voice applications).
Supporting or enhancing the production of online content before and during the Eurovision Song Contest (for instance: editorial tools, social media tools). All proposals must be submitted before Monday 19 August from which a selection of promising ideas will be made. If selected, companies are asked to provide more detailed information before 1 September.