Rotterdam For Real. Here’s where you will find every possible space; all possibilities. To become… and to be. This is Rotterdam. 

The 65th Eurovision Song Festival will be held in Rotterdam in 2020. On August 30 the news was announced by the Eurovision Song Festival 2020’s project organisation, consisting of NPO / AVROTROS / NOS and EBU (European Broadcasting Union). For two weeks next spring, the city will be immersed in the world’s largest music event.

On the 10th of July 2019, Rotterdam presented its bid book to organisers of the Eurovision Song Festival 2020 project in the Netherlands (NPO, AVROTROS and NOS). You can find the bidbook here. With the Rotterdam For Real film makers from Rotterdam show what Rotterdam really stands for and what can be expected from Rotterdam as a host city. The theme of the film, produced by Koala Koncepts and VideoAgency, is what connects us as residents of Rotterdam; where we have come from and, most of all, where we are going.


”From a sleeves-rolled-up Rotterdam

to a city hand in hand.

A city that has single-handedly pulled itself out of the rubble.

Rotterdam makes everything possible,

but you are responsible for yourself and it’s up to you to do it on your own.

This city provides a place to be yourself,

to realise your own ideas.

Building, writing, holding the mike, boxing, throwing,

drumming, cargo lashing, programming, inventing, cycling…

Rotterdam is the city in the new Netherlands

where you can take your future into your own hands.

Often supported by a few extra hands around you, but all the same…

You may have to search, but you will find it and you will not be denied your chance.

From rolled-up sleeves to strolling around the city, hand in hand.

And hand in hand also means working together. Make It Happen, together.”

Video: VideoAgency in co-production with Koala Koncepts (@videoagencynl / @koala_koncepts)

Header photograph: Marwan Magroun

NB: On March 18, 2020, the EBU announced that due to the measures regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Eurovision Song Contest will not take place in May 2020 but will be held in 2021.

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