The spectacular stage design for Junior Eurovision 2023 has been officially unveiled. The European Broadcasting Union and host broadcaster France TV have this morning unveiled all the details of the stage design for the biggest musical event of the year. The festival will take place on Sunday 26 November at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice, the epicentre of the magic that will mark yet another year of the event, which is now in its 21st year.
ALL THE DETAILS OF THE AMAZING STAGE
It is a design that will be perfectly in keeping with the motto of this year’s festival, “Heroes”. The space will be dominated by an imposing LED structure in the shape of wings, ensuring that all participating children will feel like great superheroes on stage. The floor will feature a large triangular-shaped walkable floor with LED screen, perfectly enveloping the performances.
A spectacular lighting system will evoke a completely unique and differentiated atmosphere among all the stage proposals prepared by the delegations that will be performing at the Palais Niakaïa. At both ends of the stage, there will also be two long black catwalks that both artists and presenters will use to add dynamism to the big show, which will delight families all over Europe next November. It is, in short, a surprising and ground-breaking design that will strongly portray the spirit that the organisation intends to transmit to the audience.
THE EUROVISION JUNIOR 2023 STAGE IN FIGURES
In total, an estimated 5,000 people are expected to witness the magic of the festival live from the stands and pit of the Palais Nikaïa next November. At the same time, some 300 members of the technical and production team and some 200 people from the 16 participating delegations will be on hand to make the show shine and bring it to sofas across Europe.
The most recognisable element of the stage design is the large LED-clad winged structure, which will help the young performers unfold their imagination and feel like they are flying, fulfilling their dream of performing at Europe’s biggest children’s music festival. This piece will measure an impressive 30 metres wide and 12 metres high.
The Palais Nikaïa, located in Nice, France, has been selected as the venue to host Junior Eurovision 2023, after the 2021 edition was held at La Seine Musicale in Paris. The venue is noted for its modernity and versatility, having hosted numerous renowned musical events and shows over the years. This is the first time in history that Nice has had the honour of hosting an event of the Eurovision family.
Construction of the venue began in 2000 in response to Nice’s need for a larger capacity venue to host major events. It opened its doors to the public on 4 April 2001, in the presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Elton John, marking the beginning of its career as an entertainment venue. One of the most outstanding features of the Palais Nikaïa is its ability to accommodate a large number of live spectators, while offering exceptional acoustics for a high quality concert experience. The venue has been specifically designed to ensure optimum sound quality, using state-of-the-art sound systems and advanced technology.
The structure of the Palais Nikaïa is composed of six reinforced concrete towers suspended under a white exterior roof. The exterior façade is made of aluminium cladding and is distinguished by its modern and elegant design, combining glass and steel. The glazed main entrance leads to a spacious 1,800 m2 foyer with central and side staircases. The venue is highly versatile, with a total area of more than 9,500 m2 and a capacity to seat between 1,500 and 6,250 people, with the possibility of seating up to 9,000 spectators, including standing spectators. It is the largest venue in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
The heart of the Palais Nikaïa is its large performance hall, which will be the chosen venue for the Junior Eurovision 2023. The main stage is spacious and features state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, as well as video screens and projections to enhance the audience’s viewing experience. The venue’s modern infrastructure offers amenities for attendees, including spacious foyers, food and beverage outlets, and parking for more than 2,500 vehicles.
JUNIOR EUROVISION 2023
The magic of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest returns to screens across Europe for its 21st edition to unite an entire continent through music, culture, friendship and excitement. The date chosen for this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is Sunday 26 November, which means that the contest will no longer be held in December after two consecutive editions during the Christmas holidays.
The chosen venue is Nice, which under the banner of “Heroes” is hosting a Eurovision event for the first time at the imposing Palais Nikaia events venue after the victory of the young and charismatic Lissandro in Armenia in December. This will be the second time that France has hosted the music event, having done so in 2021, just two years ago. A colourful web of fireworks and holi powder form a logo marked by urban and art-deco style, a perfect symbiosis that shows the youthful and contemporary spirit of the festival without leaving aside its French essence.
A total of 16 countries will take to the festival stage in a tightly contested competition. This time, Estonia joins the competition for the first time in 21 years of celebrating European music and youth, once again opening up the event to Northern Europe. On the other side of the scale, Kazakhstan and Serbia leave the contest, leaving the door open to rejoin in future editions. Who will take the crystal microphone and join the prestigious family of Junior Eurovision winners?