Press release as received from Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality for Girl at the Piano
“Good Evening Europe, This is Israel Calling!”
Eurovision 2018 Largest Pre-Show to take place in Tel Aviv, Rabin Square, Tuesday April 10th
The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo is hosting the largest Eurovision promo-event, showcasing 30 artists to a crowd of thousands of participants from Israel and around Europe. The outdoor concert is the largest of its kind ever to take place.
For the third consecutive year, “Israel Calling” will bring together representing artists from dozens of countries around the continent, including local representative Netta Barzilai, who’s song “Toy” has been topping the betting charts as a favorite to win this year’s contest in Lisbon. Thousands of local and international Eurovision fans will gather in Tel Aviv to cheer-on the representatives from approximately 30 different countries who have already confirmed their participation – three quarters of all Eurovision participants.
The event, initiated and produced by Tali Eshkoli, is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, the Ministry of Tourism, the Jewish National Fund and the Municipality of Tel Aviv- Yafo – the host city.
Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: “The Eurovision is not just a song contest; it’s a cultural phenomenon, promoting tolerance, open-mindedness, respect for one another and a love for humankind. The Eurovision holds a special place in the heart of many Israelis; the song contest is a night where we put our differences aside and share a feeling of pride. No other place could be as fitting as Tel Aviv-Yafo for such an event.”
Tali Eshkoli, initiator and producer of the show: “We’re expecting the biggest Eurovision promo event ever. Thousands of people will gather in Tel Aviv and watch performances of about three quarters of the Eurovision 2018 participants. The show will be the culmination of the Israel Calling Events which will expose artists and journalists from all over Europe to Israel and Tel Aviv. We all hope that Israel will soon win the competition and that we will host the Eurovision here once again”.
The full list of participants will be published during the upcoming days on the event’s social media pages: