Ukraine intends to spend around EUR 14,5 million on hosting next year’s Eurovision song contest, Ukraine’s Minister of Culture Yevhen Nishchuk stated, reports ‘Interfax-Ukraine’.
The official noted, that this year Sweden spent the same amount of money to host Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm: ‘Usually, these are mostly sponsorship funds from various media companies and other sponsors. It’s the way it’s usually done’.
Minister assured, that hosting Eurovision is tied not only around money, it’s also a great experience and a city’s chance to advertise itself. Moreover, Nishchuk claims to have already received phone calls from mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko and officials of Kherson. Ukraine’s cities of Odesa, Lviv and Dnipro are also eager to have the honor of hosting the next year’s song contest, according to the Minister.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stated, that Ukraine will manage to host Eurovision 2017 at the highest level. Ukraine’s Minister of Social Policy Pavlo Rozenko claimed, that Europe’s major song contest Eurovision 2017 will definitely be held in Ukraine and that ‘possibility of moving the next year’s contest to a different country is out of the question’.
This year’s Eurovision winner is Ukrainian singer Jamala with her song '1944' dedicated to the destiny of Crimean Tatars people.