After the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest, it was not certain whether the country would be able to organize the next edition.  Ukraine answers with a resounding 'yes'.

After the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest, it was not certain whether the country would be able to organize the next edition. Ukraine answers with a resounding ‘yes’. © AFP

War in your country is, to say the least, a valid argument to let the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest pass you by. But the Ukrainian government is determined. After Kalush Orchestra won the festival last month, the next edition will take place in their country. “I am sure we will surprise everyone,” said Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko.

Wout Desmytere

In recent weeks, several countries have offered to help with the organization of the festival or even to take it over completely. However, Ukraine does not want to hand over anything and has already put together its own organizing committee. “We recently received a questionnaire from the European Broadcasting Union (producer of the Song Contest, ed.) completed,” says Tkashenko.

“We provided detailed answers to security questions and suggested several locations. We understand that, given the current circumstances, we face a real challenge. But we don’t shy away from that.”

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