Eurovision Weekend 2017 in Berlin: it’s all about collaboration
ON THE SPOT: LIVE FROM BERLIN
EDITORIAL – Can you imagine two regional Eurovision fan clubs collaborating and including another fan club in their organising committee? Well miracles happen only in Germany I guess. The two fan clubs of Germany invited last year’s OGAEvision winner OGAE Malta to co host the event in Berlin.
Eurovision Weekend takes place two month after the contest in Berlin with a weekend full of Eurovision celebration. Every year the partner fan club comes from another country. The programme starts with a party on the Welcome evening on Friday, a Gala night on Saturday with artists from the two inviting countries and closes with a brunch offering specialties from both countries on Sunday. The Eurovision Weekend is open for everyone who loves Eurovision, regardless of being organised in a fan club or not.
The welcome reception included a casual drinking party which ended up to a bunch of friends discussing and catching up since Kyiv and enjoying Eurovision music downstairs at the club or a hilarious karaoke event upstairs. On Saturday things hated up with 12 participants from all over Europe trying to prove they can be Eurovision stars for 3 minutes with the Israeli singer winning the event although Finland got the top jury points.
Sunday morning was a farewell brunch day with friends gathering around to enjoy their last hours in Berlin. Although the party the day before almost never ended we were all there to taste Maltese delicacies which personally I had them in my hotel room as I was a roomie with the OGAE Malta President but he was watching out all the time for me not to touch a slice!
Kinnie was the feature drink in the Sunday brunch and the Maltese meatballs were the highlights. But as I was compiling all the time: there was no ricotta!
What amazed me from this event was that the organisers didn’t put any effort to make it a professional stirred and strict event. They made you feel that they just organised a home party and invited their friends to attend to. No one cares who sings well, who sings playback, who sings awful. No one cared to fix the results. It was all about laughing, dancing and partying.
It was my first ever experience of Berlin. Friday and Saturday Berliners are having blast in the streets of Berlin and you can sense beer everywhere. It feels safe to stay out and the city is alive all night with almost all shops open (especially Berge King). On Saturday noon we had a great lunch at the Vapiano Pizza restaurant and I experienced by personal vibrator there! Well, you order your pizza and you go back to your table and when the pizza is ready your vibrator gives you the signal to go and get it.
Maltese, Czechs and Germans showed me that people can co-exist together. My impressions from meeting again these guys confirmed that I was right about them: Kurt is a guy who has a constant need for evolvement, Glenn is a guy that smiles and laughs all the time (almost humanly impossible), Claudia is the sister we all want to have and she gives tight and big hugs. Martina is a girl with a lot of pain and anger inside her and revealed to me what an idiot father she has. Axel is an artist that we need to have in Eurovision one day. His music (and not the Eurovision music) can work miracles for Germany in the contest.
German organisers welcomed me with warm heart and they made everything possible to feel at home. OGAE Malta’s President Adrian worked his magic so I can make this trip and although we bared with the responsibility of the entire event and his delegation, he made sure that I was always OK and treated me as a king.
Any problems with the event? Well to be honest I didn’t care at all: it was all about friendship. This is what Eurovision should be!