After the sounds, the sights of Malmö…

If you ever get the chance to travel to Malmö I would highly recommend it. What a lovely city in which to spend a few days.  We have been very lucky with the weather so far, with the sun shining on the World of Eurovision.  Good times.

Over the last couple of days I have snapped a few images of life about town here in Malmö…

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06 malmoThe more we explore the city, the more the presence of Eurovision becomes almost unavoidable, with the local host theme “We Are One” on every billboard, hoarding and lamp post…

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It really does make you feel a part of something special – more than an exercise in branding. It’s hard to explain. I love the theme and the artwork – a stunning piece of design. I have noticed that when visiting the host city over the course of five Contests that I become quite obsessed by flags.  I’m not sure why! Somehow yesterday I managed to take a really good picture of the local theme flags…

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Good, right!  So, that’s life about time in downtown Malmö. Let’s now turn out attention to the life and soul of the press centre…

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It is still relatively early in the week – and the press centre does get gradually busier as we move through the semi-finals into the final weekend. It’s a really nice environment in which to work.  Brian and I have been posting to our Eurovision Research Network website (www.eurovisionresearch.net – click through to the blogs link). I have been finalising a conference paper that I delivered earlier today (more on that shortly), and I’ve been blogging for my friends and colleagues at Edge Hill. It all take a lot of time, and this is the most hospitable press centre that I have experienced. Who can forget that in Moscow the press centre was built on a false floor on top of a swimming pool. No, really – health and safety, anyone?!.

One final note on this post, and something that will amuse my friends and music students, who hear me gushing about how much I like Swedish music and all things schlager *all the time*.  You can see from the notices (below) that there is dedicated ‘schlager time’ as part of the daily diary of cultural events.

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It made me smile – sound of schlager harps, indeed… 😀