Big Ideas Panel Discussion - Songs for Europe: the history & politics of the Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest is the largest song contest in the world. In 2017 an estimated one billion viewers worldwide including a growing audience in Australia will watch it. Although its organisers promote it as a ‘non-political’ event, a contest that spans Europe’s post-War and Communist eras cannot help but be political. It formed part of early attempts to unify the continent, and continues to be a platform for the celebration of minority identities, while taking place in countries embroiled in conflict. This panel will interrogate the Eurovision Song Contest as a way to illuminate identity politics in contemporary Europe. As an idealised vision of Europe, Eurovision has long existed in a strained relationship with reality. Yet, as this panel will show, there is more to it than Euro-kitsch. The discussion was recorded for ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program. Listen to the audio recording.
This panel discussion is co-hosted by the Monash European and EU Centre and the ANU Centre for European Studies.
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