Geopolitics, soft power, and pop culture:
Eurovision Song Contest, semi-final 1 – live from Liverpool
Drop by to watch the collision of pop culture and geopolitics for the first semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurovision began in 1956 to test live broadcast technology, while also bringing together the countries of war-torn Europe through a common love of music.
And because of war today, last year’s winner, Ukraine, is unable to host, so the UK is running this technically “nonpolitical” show on Ukraine’s behalf. Expect plenty of references to peace, unity, and democracy.
Eurovision is the most watched TV entertainment show in the world, featuring 37 countries from Iceland to Israel and Portugal to Azerbaijan – plus Australia.
Bring your lunch (and all your Eurovision questions) and join students, staff, and faculty to watch the first semi-final live from Liverpool, UK, where 15 nations compete for 10 places in Saturday’s Grand Final. Stay for as much or as little as you like.
The live show itself starts at noon PST.
Your RSVP would be appreciated!
Co-sponsored by the International Student Center and International Studies.
For more information, contact Dr Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.