Why Manuela feels alive every May
EDITORIAL – Guest editor, Manuela Tiefnig from www.heute.at explains to oikotimes.com why the Eurovision Song Contest inspires her.
I feel alive – because it was that time of the year again
As a Eurovision Fan I’m gonna grab the moment and share my wonderful memories of Eurovision 2017 with you – which are memories in general, as my love for Eurovision will show. My name is Manuela Tiefnig, aged 29, and I am a cultural journalist working for Vienna’s biggest daily newspaper called Heute. I fell in love with Eurovision at the age of ten, when Katrina and the waves gifted us with Love shine a light.
Since 2015, after the glorious victory of Conchita and the event taking place in Vienna, I have always attended Eurovision in person. This year the city lights guided me (and many other beautiful people) to wonderful and interesting Kyiv, where the flashlight was on again. It don’t come easy to explain what’s the actual beauty and fascination about the show – but I am dying to try and give it a shot:
Actually, at Eurovision, it doesn’t matter where you come from. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what your profession is. It doesn’t matter who and how you love. Eurovision is a beautiful mess – meaning that everybody is welcome. Everybody. It is a big family where the members care for each other. The affection for music, peace and Eurovision is building bridges.
Of course it is a competition – but even this gives us the chance to catch up , discuss and talk about the acts, color our faces with national flags (most of the times not even of our own country) and dress up. Nobody needs to dance alone as we have the Euroclub, our paradise, where we can feel the Eurovision spirit of the night and dance like there is no tomorrow.
Just imagine running on air, that’s what the feeling is about. I love to call Eurovision a bubble, a dream world, a space, like an escape of reality, where there is no harm or anger. There is so much light and little shadows. For two weeks, the world and all the problems seem to be gone. What is left is only passion, friends and good (and of course some very trashy) music. I know this must sound naive, but this is actually the way I feel about it. And I guess, so many others of the wonderful Eurovision family feel the same way about the event.
But above all it seems to me that even the Eurovision staff in Ukraine, including security (who obviously had doubts about the Song Contest in the beginning), got to know the perfect (Eurovision) life in the following 14 days. No language problems, religious views or different background could stop the unity and the good time.
Since 2015 I met so many friends and amazing people from all over the world who are coming to this event to celebrate life and music. And every year this family is growing, which leads me to the only thing left to say: This is love.