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Eurovisions - International Conference in Lisbon

Posted by Eurovision On Top on February 17, 2018 at 8:55 PM

The first session of the international conference "Eurovisions - Perspectives from the social sciences, humanities and the Arts" took place yesterday in Lisbon, promoted by the Institute of Ethnomusicology, the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon and the OGAE Portugal.

Building bridges and promoting interest in Eurovision themes for academic studies, researchers, musicians and fans met at the faculty during a day that defines the validation of the theme to the whole community. We must remember that the subjects of the Eurovision Song Contest have never been of great interest in this year’s host country.

It was therefore extremely important that about 100 people passed through the sessions. Old passions have been revisited and new passions have been reborn by the various generations present, from the beginnings of the Song Festival to the victory of Salvador, reflecting on the future of the festival itself.

Irving Wolther (University of Hanover) made his communication about "Conflicting Interests in Europe's biggest TV Show" highlighting all the variables involved and studied by the contest. The final reflection was on future challenges in the face of demographic variations.

Marcos Cardão alluded to one of the most popular girls band in the Eurovision Song Contest, Doce, whose because of their importance in the portuguese industry, were nominated throughout the day, especially due to their relationship with TV, Pop and their construction as a commercial product.

The participation of Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest was mainly the center of the discussion, as it could not be. Sofia Vieira Lopes, the great promoter of this conference, highlighted the national identity throughout the songs that went through the National Final: from the customs passing through the instruments, highlighting positive points and others less good.

RTP was also present and it was possible to perceive the excitement that is lived to organize the next festival. Gonçalo Madaíl, led us to understand the process of changes in the National Final since last year when Portugal returned, after a year of reflection, to the process that is being experienced this year. The balance was made in a clear and excellent communication by a great speaker who shared his reflection and personal experience, sometimes revealing some skepticism that in a way will probably change in the coming times. In any case, he revealed that RTP is taking advantage of the opportunity that it had with the organization of this event. An important reflection was undoubtedly the mediatization that Sobral produced, especially due to his absence and waiting times that he caused due to his health condition.

The two discussion boards involved some artists, musicians, composers, orchestrators and researchers on the theme of Eurovision. Tozé Brito revealed that while in jury last year some members conditioned their vote in order to project Salvador to the victory in the National Final, something that did not surprise the audience at all, but only confirmed what seems to be common to happen in contests of this kind.

Memories shared by several speakers, especially Eládio Climaco, the one who can be considered the first Portuguese presenter of Eurovision (1980) and who is undoubtedly the Portuguese who participated in more Eurovisions over 5 decades - the real Mr. Eurovision in Portugal .

This really was a very fruitful day, not only for the sharing of experiences and ideas but for bringing themes that are debated by all fans to a community that has always been closed regarding Eurovision.

It is hoped that Eurovision will not only bring contributions to Tourism and Performative Arts in Portugal, but above all, that it will be seen as an object of study with all its variables and in all its fullness.

The Organization promises a second edition already in May, during the Eurovision Week.

Categories: Portugal, Special Report, Eurovision 2018

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