No Russian artist will be allowed to participate in this yearEurovision Song Contest after that of Russia invasion of Ukraine, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced on Friday.
The lavish annual musical competition, which millions of the viewers in Europe, even Australia, will go ahead without any action from Russia, EBU executive board decided.
“In light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, inclusion of a Russian entry in this yearthe contest would bring the competition into disrepute,” the EBU said. in A declaration.
the invasion causes a series of cultural conflicts across Europe and the United States.
Acclaimed Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, conductor of Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg and known for his warm ties with the Kremlin, was suddenly excluded from the concerts where he was to lead the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York.
And on mayor friday of German city Munich warned Gergiev to speak out against the invasion Where risk to lose son conductor job of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mayor Dieter Reiter said he told the maestro “to clearly and unequivocally distance himself from brutal war of the aggression that (President Vladimir) Putin is carrying out against Ukraine.”
Gergiev has also faced pressure to speak out in Milan, where he is leading Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen” of Pique” at the Teatro alla Scala.
If he does not, “the collaboration will be over”, declared the mayor of Milan to the media.
The Royal Opera House in London said on Friday was the cancellation of a season of performances by the famous Moscow Bolshoi Ballet.
the call exclude Russia from Eurovision this year in Italy was “based on the rules of the event and the values of the EBU”, the body noted.
In addition, Russian residents also to be prevented from voting in the competition.
“They are completely excluded from the set event”, an EBU spokesperson told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
“The EBU is an apolitical member organization of broadcasters committed to defending the values of public service”, emphasizes son communicated.
the song competition “promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.”
The 66th edition is set be held in May in Turin after the victory of lederhosen-wearing Maneskin Italian Rockers in 2021.
This year is not the first time hostilities between Russia and Ukraine boiled over into kitsch competition.
Moscow was angry when Ukraine won the 2016 competition with the 1944 ballad of Jamala, describing Soviet persecution of son Tatar ethnicity people in Crimea.
The peninsula had been annexed again by Russia in 2014, when the Kremlin also began to support a separatist war which, even before this week invasion had cost more more than 14,000 lives.
Eurovision passions flared up again in 2017, when competition Host Ukraine has banned Moscow from picking up a singer in a wheelchair named Julia Samoilova, for organize a concert in 2015 in annexed Crimea.
The organizers were finally forced to drop Russia contest after son state broadcaster decided not to air Eurovision in demonstration.
The 2016 competition marked Ukraine second winafter also take top honors in 2004 with Ruslana wild dances.
Russia has won Eurovision once since competition has begun in 1956, with the song Believe performed by Dima Bilan in 2008.
Last yearRussian ally Belarus found herself barred from competition amid unrest after strongman chief Alexander Lukashenko claimed a sixth presidential run term in a vote the opposition and Western diplomats said it was rigged.
Estonia, Slovakia and Latvia have seen measures against Russia’s cultural presence, while the main sports events as the Russian Grand Prix have been canceled and the UEFA Champions League final moved from St. Petersburg to Paris.
Among other cultural casualties, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra even removed two works by the Russian composer Tchaikovsky from son gig later on Friday in solidarity with Ukraine.
Deputy Culture of Poland minister Jaroslaw Sellin hailed the “magnificent… music and literature” but condemned the “crazy neo-imperial concepts” of today’s leaders who mean “full cultural cooperation with Russia does not seem possible.”