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Eurovision 2017 fan zone opens on Kyiv’s Sofiyivska Square (PHOTOS)

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Visitors take selfies in front of a monument to Bohdan Khmelnytsky on Kyiv's Sofiyivska Square at the opening of the Eurovision fan zone on April 30.
Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin

The fan zone for Eurovision 2017 opened in Kyiv on April 30. Located at Sofiyivska Square in the downtown area, it features a concert stage where 11 live shows are planned over the next two weeks.

Outdoor film screenings are also on the schedule and visitors, 10,000 of which can be accommodated at the space, have access to a range of information, entertainment and dining options.

The fan zone comes in addition to the Eurovision Village, a separate area located on Khreshchatyk Street, Kyiv’s main thoroughfare. The village will also host live broadcasts of the competition’s main events as well as concerts from participants. It is scheduled to open on May 4 and will remain in place until May 14, the last official day of Eurovision festivities in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, April 30 also saw the start of rehearsals for nine of the 18 countries taking part in the first semi-final. Performers from Sweden, Georgia, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan and Portugal all got a chance to test out Kyiv’s International Exhibition Center, the main Eurovision venue in the city.

The Eurovision Village. Khreshchatyk Street. May 4-14, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free

The Eurovision Fan Zone.  Sofiyivska Square. April 30 – May 14, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free

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