First information on the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest has already been released even ahead of Saturday's Grand Final. Preliminary dates have been set - 10th and 12th of May for the two Semi-Finals, and 14th of May for the Final.
Host broadcaster gets ready
The steps that follow are usually the appointment of a "core team" - including the executive producer and the creative director - that is in charge of the organisation of the upcoming contest, and possibly the opening of a bidding process for the host city of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
After that, the host broadcaster starts working on more detailed aspects of the event, for example the artistic concept, stage design, theme art, which are being revealed in the months to come after being approved by the Reference Group.
List of represented countries
Usually the list of countries participating in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest will be released late the year before or early on the year of the contest on Eurovision.tv. So, you can expect this to happen either late this year or early 2016.
National selections kick off
In some countries, like Switzerland, national selections start as early as September, and first entries in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest are likely known already before the end of the year. Countries have until mid-March to select their songs, when they are officially presented at the Head of Delegation Meeting.