ABBA traffic light
Crossing the street has never been so much fun. The world's first swinging traffic light can be found in Rotterdam. In honour of Eurovision, the traffic light in front of host venue Rotterdam Ahoy plays ABBA's hit song ‘Waterloo’ when the light turns green.
Visual artist Tymon de Laat has immortalised Jeangu Macrooy on an enormous wall near the Ahoy venue. Called ‘Birth of a New Age’, the mural is part of a larger street art project called #UpStreet. Several European artists will also work together to create a collective artwork on six large shipping containers.
Artist duo VollaersZwart are dressing up iconic buildings and public space with a medley of winning songs in the colours of the flags of the competing countries. Old national flags and other recycled materials were used to make the canvas. The large banner, which starts at Central Station and ends at Ahoy, is 6 kilometres long!
Taste of Rotterdam
Cook now and visit later. Taste of Rotterdam contains 41 recipes from the competing countries. Rotterdam based chef Terry Priem created this first Eurovision-inspired cookbook and talked to local artists and entrepreneurs like singer Shirma Rouse.
The City Program aims to involve as many locals as possible in the festive spirit of Eurovision. Highlights include the online world premiere of the British Eurovision musical Let Me Be the One and a runway and lip-sync battle live from music venue BIRD. City carillonneur Richard de Waardt will play songs from all of the participating countries from the carillons of city hall and the Church of St Lawrence.