: Ukraine has no arena for Eurovision, culture minister says

10:54 Jun. 30, 2016

Ukraine has no arena for Eurovision, culture minister says

Ukraine will host Eurovision in 2017 after Jamala's victory in Sweden (GettyImages Photo)

Country will hold contest in 2017 after Jamala was victorious in Sweden

Ukraine currently doesn't have any arena suitable for Eurovision. The country's Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyschuk says, Kyiv, which considered holding the song contest in its national stadium NSC Olimpiyskiy, should look for a new location.

"We don't really have any place that would meet the international requirements", Nyschuk said in an interview with Ukraine's Fifth Channel, according to Interfax.

Read also: Ukraine's Culture Ministry estimates costs of hosting Eurovision

The Minister added, arena for Eurovision must have a roof. While Olimpiyskiy is big enough to hold all the attendees, it is not covered, which doesn't allow to hang heavy equipment and accessories, necessary for filming the contest.

According to Nyschuk, Ukraine could build the arena in Lviv or Kyiv.

Ukrainian singer Jamala had won in the Eurovision-2016, held in Stockholm May 14, with the entry titled "1944". The song tells the story of the Crimean Tatars' tragedy of deportation from Crimea. The next year's contest will be held in Ukraine.

Read also: Highlights of Jamala's triumphant Eurovision performance (photo, video)

Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko, Odesa Mayor Hennadiy Truhanov, and Dnipro Mayor Boris Filatov have all expressed readiness to hold the contest competition in their cities.

On June 24, Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyschuk said that the competition to select the host city of the ESC-2017 will be held in four stages. The winner will be announced on August 1.

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