The Markthal and the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, two icons of Rotterdam designed by MVRDV, will feature in a virtual platform developed as a key component of the Eurovision Song Festival. From 15 until 23 May 2021, the virtual doors of the Online Eurovision Village are open to visitors from around the world. This virtual platform is the first ever online version of the Eurovision Village, inspired by the Eurovision Village that was originally planned on Binnenrotte in Rotterdam.
The Eurovision Village is the official fan zone for this event, where a wide range of musicians and artists – including the Song Contest entries – perform, and where fans meet up. With the Online Village, fans and viewers can immerse themselves in the world of the Eurovision Song Contest. In the 3D map of Rotterdam, visitors will find detailed content about the city’s highlights, meet the talented citizens of Rotterdam, and access live performances.
Besides the Markthal and depot, the Online Village features the Piet Blom-designed Cube Houses, Huig Maaskant’s Euromast, the Erasmus Bridge designed by UNStudio, OMA’s De Rotterdam, and the Hotel New York, as well as the Eurovision Village and Rotterdam Ahoy, the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Since the world can’t come to Rotterdam, the Online Eurovision Village brings Rotterdam to the world. A larger and more wide-ranging audience will now be able to celebrate together.
The Online Eurovision Village is available 24/7 and free of charge from 15 until 23 May: www.eurovisionvillage.com
More information about the Eurovision Song Festival’s City Program, both online and offline, can be found here: www.rotterdamfestivals.nl/stadsprogramma