The Eurovision Song Contest has been awarded with the “Karlsmedaille”- Charlemagne Medal for European Media - for its special merits to bring the Europeans together. This award exists since the year 2000.
The “Karlsmedaille” is a special prize which is assigned to European personalities or institutions in the media sector for their commitment to integrity and building European identities. This award or medal is closely connected to the big award “Karlspreis” (Charlemagne Prize), which exists since 1950 and is being celebrated and handed over in Aachen, Germany.
After 60 years of its existence, the Eurovision Song Contest has been recognized as an important music show, which does not know barriers and frontiers anymore. The show is the most popular cultural event in Europe which also welcomes countries, which do not belong to Europe.
The committee has quoted the following reasons:
The Eurovision Song Contest is stimulating the “We Feeling”, which is very important nowadays
The ESC is giving the rare opportunity for the European citizens to feel connected, across borders
Through the presentation of the individual countries, the viewers come closer and tangible
The prize will be handed over on April 28th, in Aachen. The consignee will be the general director of the EBU Ingrid Deltenere. Björn Ulvaeus from ABBA (ESC winner from 1974 with “Waterloo” for Sweden) is going to hold a laudatory speech. There might be more ESC winners to be expected in Aachen.
Public relations, Editor, Journalist
About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!