ABBA The Museum and the EBU are excited to announce the opening of a new exhibition, dedicated to The Eurovision Song Contest. The interactive ”GOOD EVENING EUROPE!” exhibition will celebrate the history of the world’s longest running annual television competition that was first held in 1956. The opening ceremony of the exhibition will take place on Saturday 7th May 2016 in Stockholm. The project has been initiated by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus together with the EBU’s Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand.
For the first time, visitors will be able to delve into hundreds of hours of Eurovision Song Contest shows. Footage from existing Contests has been digitalised and displayed in a fun, TV-like setting for visitors to access. From the first winner, Switzerland’s Lys Assia in 1956 to Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015, visitors can immerse themselves in 60 years of great performances, nail-biting moments and classic television moments.
Speaking of the collaboration, ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus said; "The Eurovision Song Contest occupies a special place in my heart. It is a pleasure to be able to display the long and in many ways astonishing history of the longest running TV show in the world, where music is at the centre. And I couldn’t think of any better place to do it than at ABBA The Museum in Stockholm".
The winner takes it all
A special wall will also honour the Sweden’s six Eurovision winners; ABBA, Herreys, Carola, Charlotte Perrelli, Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw with stories written by Christer Björkman, the King of Sweden’s Melodifestival. Visitors can test their Eurovision Song Contest knowledge with an interactive quiz too.
"We are really excited to be working with ABBA The Museum on this unique exhibition celebrating 60 years of great music and television. It is fitting that, as the Contest returns to Stockholm for the third time, the history of the world’s biggest music event can now be explored alongside that of its most successful winners", said Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The exhibition has been curated by ABBA The Museum Director Ingmarie Halling and set designer Bengt Fröderberg together with Anna Söderberg. "I believe everyone has heard the words ”Good Evening Europe!” coming from a TV set nearby at some point in their lives. A song contest so old, so hot and so loved by so many viewers is unique. It´s a real honour for ABBA The Museum at Pop House that together with the EBU get the chance to show this colourful exhibition for fans, friends, media and artists from back in the day until now", said Ingmarie Halling.
An interactive experience
There will be a chance for fans attending the exhibition to sing their favourite songs on the Eurovision stage itself as well as see original costumes from selected artists who have taken part in Europe’s favourite TV show over the past six decades.
The exhibition will feature an empty space to be filled by the winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Stockholm on 10th, 12th & 14th May. After the Grand Final, the winning artist will be invited to visit the museum the next day and place one item from their performance in the exhibition.
Pop House is home to the world-renowned ABBA The Museum exhibition, which presents the history of Sweden’s all-time greatest pop group. The building also houses the History of Swedish Popular Music exhibition, featuring Roxette, Robyn, Ace of Base, Europe and some 400 other Swedish artists. The opening ceremony of the exhibition will take place on Saturday 7th May 2016 in Stockholm. Find out more by visiting the website of Pop House Sweden.