Rotterdam wants to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021. And the city council made that official on Thursday afternoon during a vote on the matter. A majority of councillors agreed the city should organise ESC 2021, which was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, APA reports citing Wiwiblogs.
The European Broadcast Union (EBU) had asked for a decision from the municipality of Rotterdam before the end of this month — a practical and understandable request, given how long it would take a new host city to start preparing. If the city were to have abandoned the gig, officials would have consulted other cities in the country. The quick response also ensures that the host venue — the Ahoy Rotterdam — has time to rescheduled events in April and May 2021.
The form that Eurovision 2021 will take will be determined by the ongoing pandemic. Rotterdam’s leaders hope that entrepreneurs will receive an economic boost from bringing the Eurovision Song Contest to the city. The Leefbaar Rotterdam party proposed a motion to give free tickets to those working in healthcare. This proposal has been accepted.
Alderman Said Kasmi, who oversees the Education, Culture & Tourism brief, is also pleased with the decision. He told Dutch news website Nu.nl: “The most important thing for us is that we can make a party by and for everyone. Recently we have been working hard and in that respect we are ready to welcome the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 in our city.”