The multilevel identity politics of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

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The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is an annual event that has taken place since 1956 and has become a pan-European tradition. The 2018 contest ended with a victory for Israel, represented by Netta Barzilai and her song 'Toy'. Her instinctive reaction upon winning was to shout happily: 'Next year in Jerusalem!'1 The events following this victory and leading to the May 2019 competition in Israel (not in Jerusalem, but in Tel Aviv) offer fertile ground for investigating the complex role of mega-events as arenas for multiple actors playing identity politics, seeking thereby to strengthen or contest different identities.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)729-748
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2020

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