Eurovision Tel Aviv 2019 Semi-Final Allocation Draw and Host City Insignia Handover Ceremony to Take Place at Tel Aviv Museum of Art on January 28th

The Semi-Final Allocation Draw and the Host City Insignia Handover Ceremony will mark the first official Eurovision 2019 event in Tel Aviv. The Ceremony will be held at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, one of Israel's leading art and culture institutions, in the presence of The Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai, The Deputy Mayor of Lisbon, Duare Cordeiro, The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon-Ola Sand and the Director General of KAN, Eldad Koblenz.

The event will open with the handing over of the Host City insignia from last year's hosts, Lisbon to this year's Host City, Tel Aviv. It is a Eurovision tradition for each Host City to add an iconic insignia to the key chain, before handing over the entire collection of insignia to the next host city.

After the handing over of the Host City Insignia, the Semi-Final Allocation Draw will take place, determining the order of appearance in the two semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place at EXPO Tel Aviv on the 14th and 16th of May. Countries will compete for a place in the Eurovision Song Contest Finals, which will take place on Saturday, May 18th.

How does it work?         

The Semi-Final Allocation Draw consists of two parts. The first part of the draw determines in which Semi-Final each of the six pre-qualified countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and host country Israel) will broadcast and vote.    

The second draw then decides in which semi-final each of the other 36 participating countries will perform. The countries that will take part in the Semi-Finals are divided into 6 pots, based on historic voting patterns. In this way, countries that traditionally award each other points are less likely to end up in the same Semi-Final. 18 countries will compete in each Semi-Final.

About the Tel Aviv Museum of Art:        
Home to the largest collection in the world of Israeli art, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is the City's main art venue and has broken its all-time records with more than 1million visits during 2018. Founded in 1932, the museum focuses on modern and contemporary art, and has been the venue of several historic events, including the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel in 1948 (which took place in the Museum's old venue).  The museum is now housed in one of Israel's most architecturally unique buildings, which includes the new wing, opened in 2012 and designed by world-renowned architect Preston Scott Cohen.

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Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality