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This week-end in Berlin…the Eurovision!

This Saturday evening, the Eurovision Contest in Baku will be retransmitted on TV all over the world.

Just would like to send you a little reminder for this performance because it is about music, peace and love in the world, and as you have noticed it is exactly our ambitions for the Berlinhipsterfestival2012 🙂

You don’t know s*** about the origins of the Eurovision? Let ask our best friend:

In the 1950s, as a war-torn Europe rebuilt itself, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)—based in Switzerland—set up an ad-hoc committee to search for ways of bringing together the countries of the EBU around a “light entertainment programme”.[14] At a committee meeting held in Monaco in January 1955, director general of Swiss television and committee chairman Marcel Bezençon conceived the idea of an international song contest where countries would participate in one television programme, to be transmitted simultaneously to all countries of the union.[14][15] The competition was based upon the existing Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy,[16] and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: as in those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist, and the so-called Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network.[17] The concept, then known as “Eurovision Grand Prix”, was approved by the EBU General Assembly in at a meeting held in Rome on 19 October 1955 and it was decided that the first contest would take place in spring 1956 in Lugano, Switzerland.[14] The name “Eurovision” was first used in relation to the EBU’s network by British journalist George Campey in the London Evening Standard in 1951.[15]

The first contest was held in the town of Lugano, Switzerland, on 24 May 1956. Seven countries participated—each submitting two songs, for a total of 14. This was the only contest in which more than one song per country was performed: since 1957 all contests have allowed one entry per country. The 1956 Contest was won by the host nation, Switzerland.[18]

The programme was first known as the “Eurovision Grand Prix”. This “Grand Prix” name was adopted by the Francophone countries, where the contest became known as “Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson EuropĂ©enne”.[19] The “Grand Prix” has since been dropped and replaced with “Concours” (contest) in these countries. The Eurovision Network is used to carry many news and sports programmes internationally, among other specialised events organised by the EBU.[20] However, in the minds of the public, the name “Eurovision” is most closely associated with the song contest


At the Berlinhipsterfestival2012 we already have 2 winners for the 2012 edition:

Ireland and the crazy twins:


And Russia and the old pretty women:

But our favorite competitor for this edition has unfortunately not made it to represent Austria for the competition.

As we are gay and bear friendly, here is Conchita Wurst with That’s what I am and a positive message of self acceptation:

More excited news about the show on the official website of the Eurovision.

What country are you for?