Eurovision Red Carpet and Opening Ceremony to Take Place at City Hall and EuroCLub

Mark your calendars, put in your dry cleaning, and get ready to look glam! Sweden's SVT has revealed that the official Opening Ceremony for Eurovision 2016 will take place on May 8 from 19:00 CET.

In previous years the red carpet and the official Opening Ceremony have been held in the same venue: Acts would walk the red carpet, which led straight into the event. Not this year. For the first time ever the event will be split into two locations.

The Red Carpet

The evening starts at the red carpet, which will take place at Euroclub, located at the wharf of Skeppbron, which is right next to the Swedish Royal Palace.

It boasts a beautiful view of the waterfront and the city of Stockholm.

Along the 94-meter long red carpet accredited media and fans will have the chance to chat with and interview the artists from the 42 competing countries. But even if you're not accredited you can still see the artists and admire all their bling.

Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede, the hosts of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, will oversee the festivities, alongside Contest Producer Christer Björkman and Show Producer Sven Stojanovic.

The Opening Ceremony

Thereafter the 43 acts and their delegation head to Stockholm City Hall and the Blue Hall, where the official opening ceremony will take place. This is the same venue where the Nobel Prize dinner is held.

Accredited media and fans are not allowed to attend the opening ceremony, but don't worry. The opening ceremony after party will be held at Euroclub, and the artists will be encouraged to attend after they leave City Hall. The afterparty is open to all accredited fans and media, so get ready to par-tay!

During the Opening Ceremony, Stockholm's mayor Karin Wanngård, Eurovision Executive Supervisor Jan Ola Sand and executive producer Martin Österdahl will greet the contestants as they perform and mingle with the other acts over drinks and canapes.

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