Tourism Ministry hosts artists and delegations for Israel Calling, a mini Eurovision, April 5-8
Mini Eurovision event “Israel Calling” returns to Israel
Over 20 Eurovision 2022 delegations will land in Israel April 5 for a four-day visit, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Yafo
Eurovision promo concert to take place
at the Menora Mivtachim Arena, in Tel Aviv on April 7
Jerusalem, March 24, 2022 – The mini Eurovision promo event “Israel Calling”, featuring dozens of European countries, has proven successful among the artists and their delegations and has become a significant growth engine for exposing Eurovision artists among the participating countries and their success in the competition. In addition, Israel Calling has given Israel wide positive exposure in both traditional and social media all over Europe, creating ambassadors of goodwill for Israel among the visiting artists.
The Israel Ministry of Tourism is hosting the competitors and the accompanying journalists who are arriving from source countries for Israel in terms of incoming tourism. All leading influencers in their respective countries, they will upload content from their four-day visit to Israel onto their social media channels throughout the visit. The ministry is hosting them for their tours around Israel, which includes Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and more, which will be documented for their millions of followers.
Israel Calling, an initiative of Israeli producer Tali Eshkoli, is taking place with the cooperation of the Israel Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage and the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality which will host the main performance.
The climax of their visit will be on April 7, with a giant musical extravaganza, a mini Eurovision, performed live to an Israeli audience at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv-Yafo and broadcast live on social media channels around Europe. The show will include the songs of artists performing in Eurovision 2022 in May in Italy.
Israel Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov: “After a difficult two years, the time has come to go back to normal, to enjoy hosting international events and to bring back life to the tourism industry in Israel. An even such as this signifies the revival of the Israeli tourism industry that needs certainty and continuity, and also opportunities such as this to showcase to the world Israel’s beauty, culture and all the good that we have to offer tourists.”
Minister of Construction and Housing, Jerusalem and Heritage, Zeev Elkin: The municipality of Jerusalem and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage with my lead are happy to host, once again, the Eurovision artists in their visit to Israel, and so opens the 55th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem. The dozens of delegations will visit the main attractions of the old city, will enjoy the unique beauty of Jerusalem and the rich and magical cultural variety of the capital of Israel.
Vice President of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of Communications Department, Noam Katz: The Eurovision Song Contest, with its joy and diversity, presents a liberal world of values with its core being accepting the others, freedom of speech and the will to unite the people of the continent and everyone who shares the same values. Therefore, especially today when the cannons roar, the muses should not stay silent. The arrival of the artists in Israel, under the slogan “Israel Calling”, is a clear statement in favor of peace and against war.
Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai: The Eurovision Song Contest is not only a song contest but a cultural phenomenon that encourages values of diversity, tolerance, loving and respecting each other, of friendship and coexistence. This competition makes us forget our conflicts for one night, to unite and be proud as Israelis. That’s why we can’t avoid mentioning the horrors that take place in the heart of Europe, in Ukraine. Israel Calling, the special promo event that will bring the best of the Eurovision Song Contest to Tel Aviv-Yafo, a moment before the actual contest, will be a celebration diluted with pain and hope. It will have a say that we should do whatever we can to stop the horrors, to lend a hand and help, to open our hearts and save lives.
Israel Calling initiator and producer Tali Eshkoli: “I am excited once again to bring to Israel a large international event, artists, delegations and journalists from all over Europe for a promo event in advance of Eurovision 2022 and to introduce them to our outstanding Israel experience. We warmly embrace all the artists and their delegations and we are happy for this opportunity to give them an unforgettable experience. I am pleased to produce Israel Calling, particularly after the recent Miss Universe and Eurovision competitions, to continue to showcase to the world that Israel is a wonderful place, unlike any other, to host international productions, to invite the artists to perform in front of a warm and embracing Israeli audience and to promote the values and beautiful colors of the State of Israel. This is going to be a colorful, happy Eurovision extravaganza that promotes connections and love. Welcome back to Israel!”
The complete list of participants will be published gradually in the social media channels:
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be aired on Kan 11 on May 14th.