Israel Calling 2018 🇮🇱 Tel Aviv ready to welcome us all in the biggest Eurovision party of Europe
During 8-11 April the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest artists will arrive to Israel for a special promo event that will be held before the actual contest. Last year, 28 countries have participated in Israel Calling 2017. The event was a huge success and showed Israel in a bright light among the European media outlets, the social media and the participating artists who became Israel’s new ambassadors.
The Israel Calling project, initiated and produced by Tali Eshkoli, takes place thanks to the assistance and sponsorship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, the Ministry of Tourism, KKL, Herzliya Municipality and Tel Aviv Municipality – the host city.
As in previous years, the event will run for four days in which the artists will get to know Israel: Touring in the holy places of Jerusalem as well as the old and new parts of the city, where they will be welcomed by the Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage, Mr. Ze’ev Elkin, in an event featuring previous representatives of Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The red-carpet event will be held in the Marina of Herzliya together with the ambassadors of the participating countries, representatives of the government’s offices and VIPs.
A press conference for the local and foreign media will be held right before the artists will plant trees in the Eurovision Forest at “President’s Forest”, thanks to KKL.
The highlight of the event will take place on Tuesday, April 10th, as a mini-Eurovision live show will be held in front of the Israeli audience. During the show, the artists will perform their entry for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
Closing the Israel Calling event is a flotilla of yachts in front of Israel’s coastline.
Today, the contest “Israel is Calling You” will be launched on the official Facebook page of the event. Eurovision fans from all over the world will be able to take part in the contest, in which they will have to submit videos of themselves telling why do they want to come to Israel. The winner will get a double VIP package for Israel Calling 2018, which includes flights, hotel accommodation together with the artists and participation in all of the events, including the live show.
So far, more than 25 countries have confirmed their attendance to the event, and the number goes up every day.
The full list of participants will be published step by step during the upcoming days in the social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter:
Yuval Rotem, General Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
“The State of Israel is proud to host the artists of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in relation to the 70th anniversary since its declaration of independence, and to expose the Israeli public to the artists, which will give them love for sure.
This meeting is an opportunity for you to experience and celebrate our 70th anniversary and to get to know Israel and the Israeli people, the rich and diverse culture we have here. For us, it’s an opportunity to get to know your cultures that you represent in your countries and abroad, and to create connections between our cultures and nations.
I wish the participants more collaborations in the future with the rich and full of energy Israeli culture. Douze Points for everybody!”
Ze’ev Elkin, Minister of Jerusalem affairs, heritage and environmental protection:
“The city of Jerusalem is delighted to host once again the Eurovision candidates who visit Israel for its 70th birthday celebrations, and hopes that it’s about to become a long continuous tradition. Our guests will be impressed by a beautiful city, prominent heritage touristic sites and the city’s rich and magical cultural supply.
I am delighted by the honor of hosting a delegation of artists and leading journalists from all over Europe in Jerusalem, capital of Israel, who come through the ministry of Jerusalem and legacy’s International program whose aim is to promote Jerusalem’s status in the world. So far we’ve brought to Israel numerous delegations of journalists, musicians, chefs, advocates, parliament members and former prime ministers. Through the international program we’ve also initiated conferences in various domains. The delegations get to know Jerusalem firsthand, with no mediators. They get to touch the sacred stones that tell the story of the city, and to discuss the many challenges of our capita”l.
Amir Halevi, General Director for the ministry of tourism:
“It’s the third year in a row that we host the candidates of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. Being the host for the event is part of the new marketing strategy of the department, which promotes tourism brands and which has proved to create a constant rising trend (reaching an all-time record) in incoming tourists to Israel.
The candidates who come from all over Europe will enjoy the great Israeli weather and an extraordinary touristic experience. Israel has plenty to offer – starting with Tel-Aviv, the city that never stops; history and culture in Jerusalem and the world’s biggest spa – the Dead Sea. In addition, sacred sites in Jerusalem and the desert experience in the Negev and Eilat. We hope that the candidates, who are about to become public opinion leaders, will also, become ambassadors for tourism to Israe”l.
Daniel Atar, KKL-JNF World Chairman:
“The arrival of the Eurovision artists to plant trees in the forest will present the beautiful side of Israel all around the world. Every year we get to see how this activity excites the participants and offers them to make a positive connection to our country. The wide outreach of each artist in its own country will make it possible for a huge amount of followers around the world to see Israel from a different angle and to emphasize Israel’s part in the world of nationwide culture”.
Tali Eshkoli, the initiator and producer of Israel Calling:
“Once again the State of Israel opens its gates and welcomes dozens of leading artists and main journalists and TV crews from European media with a big hug for an extraordinary Israeli experience. The Eurovision community all over Europe follows the event in order to see the artists perform in front of the loving Israel crowd. I am happy that we have such a wonderful opportunity to show the beauty of Israel to the artists and to celebrate Eurovision together that will promote each and every one of the artists in front of potential Israeli voters. Welcome to Israel!”