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Eurovision anthem contest for EBU's 70th anniversary

12 February 2020 at 12:06 CET
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This year is the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) 70th anniversary - the organizers behind the Eurovision Song Contest. To mark the occasion, they’re searching for inspired interpretations of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s 'Te Deum' - a captivating piece of music composed in the 17th century which is also used as the Eurovision anthem.

Be creative!

Play the anthem on spoons, do it as rap, folk, opera, grime or drum ‘n’ bass. Go solo, improvise a choir, go vocal, local or global - it’s your call. Above all, be creative, be different, be daring. They’re looking for entries that reflect the EBU’s public service values of universality, diversity, excellence and innovation – so the scope is endless.

For inspiration, listen to Charpentier’s original version or to below version, re-worked by a yodeller, accompanied by Swiss alphorn and accordion!

Win Eurovision 2020 tickets!

  • 2 tickets to the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam
  • Hotel accommodation on the night of the Grand Final (16 May 2020)
  • Reimbursement up to CHF 800 (around 750 EUR) for travel expenses (including two flights within Europe)

Noel Curran, Director-General, EBU, said: “Public service media delivers value for millions of people with dynamic, informative and entertaining content. But, for our 70th anniversary, we’re handing the creative baton to our audiences – some of the most innovative and diverse in the world. This is a landmark year for the EBU – in 70 years we’ve seen huge advances in technology, platforms, programming and services and will continue to do so – but creativity was, is and will always be central to what we deliver. We can’t wait to see how the public interpret this special musical challenge.”

What to do and when

Entries must be posted on Instagram in the form of a video (of 60 seconds or less), between 12 February and 1 April 2020, using hashtag #EBU70contest and tagging @ebu_hq.

The winning entry will be selected towards the end of April. The contest is open to people over 18 years old – check the rules first.

About the EBU

The Eurovision Song Contest is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, the world's foremost alliance of public service media, representing 116 member organizations in 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas.

Will you be entering the EBU's anniversary contest? Let us know!