The stage design for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon revealed!

Today we get to know what the stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon is going to look like.

The stage was designed by Florian Wieder, German designer, who is in high demand as he has designed countless stages in both in Germany and abroad.

Also when it comes to Eurovision, Wieder doesn’t lack experience as the stages of Düsseldorf 2011, Baku 2012, Vienna 2015 and Kyiv 2017 are all designs of his. The newest addition will now we the stage in Lisbon’s capital Portugal in May next year, which will be looking like this:

The stage design for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, designed by Florian Wieder (Source: RTP) (Click for bigger size!)

As with the logo, the stage also seeks the connection to the atlantic and naval history Portugal has. Florian explains:

The rich history of the Portuguese as a maritime nation reflects, without any boundaries, all of the values that make the Eurovision Song Contest unique today. Portugal and especially Lisbon are historic melting pots enriched by the impressions of newly discovered cultures that were brought back to the home port. This is mainly due to the Portuguese sailor men, who traveled the seas with courage and outstanding skills of navigation. The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take you on an expedition through many different cultures in Europe and around the world. A journey through the high seas of music that pursues to discover, connect and ultimately unite the nations. Portugal stands for bringing together countries and their cultures. In 2018 Portugal will unite the music of Europe. With this Eurovision Song Contest stage, Portugal will be the navigator and compass again.

Florian also explains what all the separate components in the design stand for, four key points, so to speak:

Navigation: The flag of Portugal features an armillary sphere. The armillary sphere is also featured in Portuguese heraldry, associated with the Portuguese discoveries during the Age of Exploration. For this reason the armillary sphere becomes the visual key element in the design concept.

The Sea: The sea gives us a sense of freedom and clarity making it one of the most peaceful places on earth. The design of the stage shows a modern interpretation of a sweeping wave and its organic shape.

The Ships: The Portuguese have been masters in crafting ships since the ancient times. They were able to explore the world because of this outstanding skill. The structure of the stage is inspired by these pieces of boatbuilding art.
The Maps: A map is a diagrammatic representation of land and sea. The radial lines of a map spread out in different directions to connect all of these places. Lisbon becomes the centre where all of the lines come together.
Paulo Resende, Deputy Executive Producer for Eurovision 2018, has nothing but words of praise and full confidence:
It reflects a Portuguese identity in a very elegant and distinctive way, addresses a certain modernity respecting the Portuguese legacy and, moreover, the created visual ambience underlines a consistent difference. This will be the right staging for all the performers to express their songs and artistic moments and, certainly, no one shall remain unresponsive and indifferent.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place on the 8th, 10th and 12 of May in Lisbon, Portugal.
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