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Dare to Dream of Europe - Eurovision Song Contest Live Broadcast

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Sat 18 May 14:00 - 23:30

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DARE TO DREAM OF EUROPE - The Eurovision Song Contest as cultural-political runway of Europe
18 MAY Protected content Kalkscheune, Johannisstr. 2, Protected content , Germany

The “bpb: METRO Special” under the title of “Dare to Dream of Europe” is dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), Europe's biggest musical event which has been influencing and reflecting cultural, political and social change in Europe for 63 years.

The Eurovision Song Contest considers itself an apolitical event. The rules of the European Broadcasting Union explicitly state that “lyrics, speeches and gestures of a political nature […] are banned during the contest”. And yet, every year current political, cultural and social demands are articulated on the stage.

Split between its initial role as an entertaining television show and the role of a seismograph of European history after Protected content it was entrusted with, the Eurovision Song Contest offers a unique “runway” for European cultural politics. Today we would like to experience the past and present of the Eurovision Song Contest with you and our international guests through discursive and artistic formats.

2 p.m.
Welcome address
Thomas Krüger, President of the Federal Agency for Civic Education
2.15 – 2.45 p.m.
Commonalities, differences and one Euro-vision – how the ESC makes Europe tangible
Keynote by Dr Irving Wolther
2.45 – 4 p.m.
“Douze points” for 63 years. Or what does an entertainment show have to do with identity?
(in German with English translation)
Discussion with Prof Dr Susanne Binas-Preisendörfer (musicologist, Carl von Ossietzky University of
Oldenburg), Jan Feddersen (journalist, taz) and Katja Lucker (music representative of the capital Berlin and
head of Musicboard Berlin)
Host: Tobi Müller (cultural journalist and author)
4 – 4.30 p.m.
Coffee break
4.30 – 5.45 p.m.
“Cultural kitsch” in office. Or how a music competition shapes European cultural policy?
(in English with German translation)
Discussion with Dr Irving Wolther (cultural scientist), Dr Dean Vuletic (historian, University of Vienna) and
Ruslana Lyzhychko (activist and ESC winner in Protected content
Host: Tobi Müller (cultural journalist and author)
6 – 7 p.m.
In small groups, the participants have the chance to exchange views, discuss issues in-depth, get first-hand information and meet interesting personalities.
## „Germany: 12 Points!“: The ESC as pop history of German self-images and self-understandings
(in German)
With Dr Thorsten Hindrichs (musicologist, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz)
## East-West relations and the Eurovision Song Contest
(in English)
With Dr Dean Vuletic (historian, University of Vienna)
## Sexual democracy and queer publics in the Eurovision Song Contest
(in English)
With Prof Dr Milija Gluhovic (theatre studies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
## Film “Eurovisions” (ARTE, Protected content

7.30 – 9 p.m.
Reception and get-together
From 9 p.m.
Eurovision Song Contest – LIVE BROADCAST + VOTING
11.30 p.m. – announcement of the voting results

The event is free of charge. REGISTRATION is OBLIGATORY required due to limited capacity.
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