65th Eurovision Song Contest takes place on 18, 20 and 22 May 2021

15 June

The dates for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam have been set: The two semifinals and the final will take place next year on Tuesday 18, Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 May.

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event: "The music, the artists, the fans, the competition and the connecting international character - that combination makes the Eurovision Song Contest so special. We now have a year to work out all the scenarios in detail with the parties involved and make it possible anyway, regardless of the circumstances and if necessary with adjustments. The ambition is already as high as ever!

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is part of the 'Alliantie van Evenementenbouwers' (Alliance of Event Builders), in which event organisers, venues and industry associations work together to create protocols to make events possible again step by step.

Jolanda Jansen, general director of Rotterdam Ahoy and spokesperson of the Alliance of Events Builders: "We are happy to welcome the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam again next year. Together we will make every effort to make this event possible for as large an audience as possible: of course we will do this responsibly and the safety of artists, visitors and employees will always come first".

In the coming months it is being decided which elements of the cancelled edition of 2020 will go with it towards 2021. "The décor will accompany the show to next year, because it was already finished. Much depends of course on what can be done at that time, on the availability of all those involved and on what suits the latest ideas of the new period," says Bakker. AVROTROS already confirmed in March that Jeangu Macrooy will remain the Dutch participant for 2021. The Eurovision Song Contest regulations do stipulate that Macrooy will have to submit a new song.

Ticket holders already had the opportunity to return tickets a few weeks ago. For only 4% of the bookings a refund has been requested. Now that the dates are known, a second refund round is scheduled from Monday 15 June to Friday 26 June. Go to www.songfestival.nl