Video: First Look at 2016 Eurovision Song Contest Stage

eurovision_2016It is time to start getting amped up!  The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm is here. Eurovision has to be one of the largest productions produced each year.  While not much press is given to this contest in the US, it is a huge deal across the Atlantic.  From a technical stand point, it is awe inspiring at how much technology is used to produce the contest.

Leading up to the start of the contest, Eurovision has released rendering and a walk through video of the 2016 stage design.

More from the announcement.

Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed the stage design for 2016 which is described as powerful and brave. The set has been designed by Frida Arvidsson and Viktor Brattström who also produced the stage for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö.

The set designers have used light as a strong component to create depth. “We want to do something that makes people wonder if it’s even possible”, says Viktor Brattström. Plans also include an innovative LED wall which allows the artists to move inside it. “Normally an LED wall is a flat background wall at the very end of the stage. We have broken up the wall and made it possible for people to move inside it” he added.

Reflecting on the 2016 design compared to the stage in Malmö in 2013, Frida Arvidsson said, “Back then we focused on a softer expression with no pixels and projections. This year we are trying to play with the room and create optical illusions”.

Producer, Sven Stojanovic, is very impressed with the design plans; “It’s really a great looking stage, giving us something that we haven’t seen before. In a way the stage gives us almost unlimited possibilities but at the same time forcing us to think in a new way. Creatively it’s both challenging and inspiring”.

More renderings for the 2016 stage: