Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
18th May, 2016
DPR Ministry of Culture is ready “to provide assistance to Kiev to hold “Eurovision 2017” in Donetsk, but on specific terms. This opinion was expressed by acting Minister of culture Mihail Zheltyakov.
“Donbass can only make such a noble step in the direction of Ukraine,” he said. “We are even willing to provide a venue for the song contest, but with the condition that the Europeans see how Ukraine loves its people.”
In particular, according to him, the competition artists have to go through checkpoints that the citizens cross daily. It is desirable to make guests go to the Oktyabrsky mine, and in the district of Donetsk airport. “Let the song contest open the eyes of Europeans to reality. Another thing is that Kiev will never agree to it,” said Zheltyakov.
Another condition, according to the acting Minister, is the desire of residents to hold this event. “It should be done only after a popular referendum. It is necessary to study the opinion of the residents of the DPR capital on the subject of whether they want their city to see “Eurovision”, which in recent years has become so politicized. The idea to hold a contest is good and tempting. Donetsk is always ready. But do they want to see and hear “Eurovision”?
The final of the international “Eurovision 2016” song contest ended on the 14th May in Stockholm. The winner was the Ukrainian singer Jamala with the song “1944”. Second place went to Australian Dami Im, and third place went to Sergey Lazarev representing Russia. According to the rules of the contest, next year’s Eurovision will be held in Ukraine.