Kyiv citizen proposed to cancel the decision to hold the opening party of the song contest Eurovision 2017 in the National Sanctuary Sophia of Kyiv and vote for the choice of location taking into account the views of metropolitan citizens and the faithful. The corresponding petition was registered at the city council website.
"I assume that the decision to hold the opening party of Eurovision 2017 in Sophia of Kyiv may cause resentment among the faithful, even despite the fact that today this place is the National Sanctuary. In addition, there is no research data on the likelihood of damage to the Complex of Saint Sophia Cathedral, the first stone of which was laid almost a thousand years ago. The absence of complex safety guarantees is a matter of concern, especially considering that in recent years such buildings were not paid enough attention", wrote the author of the petition, the journalist and public figure Mykhaylo Kyrylenko.
In addition, he offered to choose a new venue for a party, taking into account the views of Kyiv citizens and the faithful. He suggested organizing the relevant vote to make the appropriate decision.
Earlier the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTCU) issued a list of locations, which will host the Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv. In addition to the International Exhibition Center on the left bank of the Dnieper, which will be the main venue of the competition, the event will take place in CEC Parkovyi and National Sanctuary Sophia of Kyiv. For its part, the Heads of Sophia of Kyiv put forward a number of requirements for an opening party. Thus, according to the National Sanctuary Director Neelie Kukovalska, loud music and dancing will not be tolerated during the festivities.