Plans for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest are taking shape. Today SVT and the City of Stockholm confirmed that the opening ceremony will take place in Stockholm's City Hall. One of the city's most recognisable landmarks, the City Hall also hosted the ceremony in 2000 when Stockholm last staged the Eurovision Song Contest.
The EuroClub will be hosted in a purpose-built venue constructed next to the water in front of the Royal Palace whilst the official fan zone for the Eurovision Song Contest, the Eurovision Village, will be situated in the Royal Gardens. All locations are situated within walking distance of each other and will provide the perfect setting for a range of actvities and parties in May.
"The choice of the Stockholm City Hall for the opening ceremony and the Royal Garden for the Eurovision Village feels just right, but what really stands out is the unique location of the EuroClub, at one of Stockholm's most beautiful places, at the waterfront in front of the Royal Palace", said contest producer Christer Björkman. "There will be magic", he added.
The Semi-Final allocation draw to decide which countries will take part in which Semi-Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will take place during a special handover ceremony in Stockholm on Monday 25th January 2016.