The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo is hosting the largest Eurovision promo-event, showcasing 30 artists to a crowd of thousands of participants from Israel and around Europe. The outdoor concert is the largest of its kind ever to take place.
For the third consecutive year, "Israel Calling" will bring together representing artists from dozens of countries around the continent, including local representative Netta Barzilai, who's song "Toy" has been topping the betting charts as a favorite to win this year's contest in Lisbon. Thousands of local and international Eurovision fans will gather in Tel Aviv to cheer-on the representatives from approximately 30 different countries who have already confirmed their participation – three quarters of all Eurovision participants.
The event, initiated and produced by Tali Eshkoli, is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, the Ministry of Tourism, the Jewish National Fund and the Municipality of Tel Aviv- Yafo - the host city.
Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: "The Eurovision is not just a song contest; it's a cultural phenomenon, promoting tolerance, open-mindedness, respect for one another and a love for humankind. The Eurovision holds a special place in the heart of many Israelis; the song contest is a night where we put our differences aside and share a feeling of pride. No other place could be as fitting as Tel Aviv-Yafo for such an event.”
Rabin Square, Tuesday April 10th