GreenJolly – Orange Revolution 2004 Mastermind

Eurovision Song Contest 2005 participant

My country: Estonia

Eurovision News Review:

* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at | your daily Eurovision…
* Eurovision to embrace EU entries
* Britain throws a bash for Europe
* My country: Estonia
* Mickey Harte leaves Sony for own label
* Battle of the Baltic bands
* Parliamentary Report for week ending 24th April 2004
* Behind the Festival: Poogy the Producer

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at | your daily Eurovision…
In previous years, as well as this year, the Eurovision Song Contest is being produced in cooperation with a huge staff of Swedish television live-event specialists. Dagens Nyheter have spoken to the Creative Director of this year’s festival, SVT’s Sven Stojanović, who also assisted LTV last year in Riga. In his words, the situation is “completely sick. Things that should have been prepared already in February are still not completed. There is a crisis within the whole production, we are behind schedule in every aspect… Things that should have been prepared already in February are still not completed. There is a crisis within the whole production, we are behind schedule in every aspect. ” Stojanovic only had one month to prepare this year’s Eurovision Song Contest while he said to need three. According to people in the production team the main reasons for the problematic situation is “the huge increase of participating countries this year and the problematic bureaucracy at TRT”. Every decision, especially when it comes to written contracts with external partners, takes a long time since TRT have to obey special tender rules. “In Turkey, even buying a paper clip needs official documentation.

Eurovision to embrace EU entriesVariety – Variety (subscription)
Seven-day event, called Torn Curtain, will kick off today in cinemas and other venues in the Italian capital. Expected guests include Polish actor-helmer Jerzy Stuhr, who will present latest feature “Tomorrow’s Weather,” and Cypriot director Michael Cacoyannis, whose 1975 Cypriot civil war docu “Attilas ’74” will unspool. Hungary’s Miklos Jancso will bring his pic “The Lord’s Lantern in Budapest”; Slovak Martin Sulik will present his “The Key for Determining Dwarfs”; and Estonian auteur Sulev Keedus will show “Somnambulance,” which recently unspooled at Rotterdam. Fest is sponsored by Italo state film entity Istituto Luce and pubcaster RAI, which will air some of the fare.

Britain throws a bash for EuropeBBC News
The Doric and Ionic columns of the Durbar Court saw a continental market, while the India Office played host to a European Game Show. There was wine tasting from eastern Europe and music from Cyprus and Poland. A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “It’s the biggest event we’ve ever held in the Foreign Office and it’s been fantastic carnival atmosphere. “One of the acts earlier even turned into an impromptu dance session.

My country: EstoniaBBC News

Does your school have any unusual subjects?
No. We have also won Eurovision. I see it as a window of opportunity for Estonian tourism, culture and youth

Travelling to another EU country will be easier, so will be studying in a foreign school or university

The EU is already funding the fixing of roads in my country (which is a big problem), I can’t wait to see what they do next

Priit, 14, Harjumaa, Estonia

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Mickey Harte leaves Sony for own –
Harte, who stayed at Number One for five weeks with the winning single ‘We’ve Got The World’, said: “I owe a lot to all the people who worked so hard for me at Sony Music. ”
“I felt that the time was right to take hold of the reins and face the music on my own two feet,” he added. ‘We’ve Got The World’ was the biggest selling single of 2003 and Harte also hit Number One with his debut album, ‘Sometimes Right, Sometimes Wrong’. Harte’s new album is due at the end of the summer and he will release a new single ‘A New Way To Fly’ on 14 May.

Battle of the Baltic bandsBaltic Times

The “National Music League” will be aired live on LNK in Lithuania, with LNT carrying the show in Latvia. The first round was screened on April 21, with the second round to take place on April 28 and the final showdown on May 5. The contest will be broadcast live from the LNK studio in Vilnius and will showcase the talents of Lithuanian groups Skamp and B’Avarija and Latvian groups A-Europa and The Hobos. The boy band B’Avarija, which was formed in 1996, quickly shot to Lithuanian stardom in 1997 when it won the award for best debut album.

Eurovision winners in Estonia, artists and freethinkers in Lithuania. As they go about their daily business, do they perceive that the EU means anything in their lives? Or is it all hot air and fury from politicians?We have heard from those politicians. I believe it is time to see what it all actually means on the ground. I can’t promise not to digress into observations, and I ask your forgiveness from the start. But I hear you say, "Why are you bothering? What difference does it make? After all, like it or not these countries will be in the EU on May 1.

Parliamentary Report for week ending 24th April 2004ePolitix
James Fox, the UK’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest attended a House of Commons reception. James is from Bargoed and the reception was organised by his MP Wayne David. Parliamentarians from across the UK gave him a good send off for the competition which takes place in Istanbul on the 15th May. On Monday I attended a top level meeting to discuss the priorities for international development. This was arranged to give parliamentarians and others an opportunity to discuss plans ahead of the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings.

Behind the Festival: Poogy the ProducerJewish Journal of greater L.A – The Jewish Journal of greater L.A
But Poogy?s luck did change. After three albums, one North American tour, one performance at the Eurovision song contest (they lost to ABBA) and almost four years together, the beehive fell apart. And life for Poogy ? now back to being Fenigstein ? was never the same. "I was disappointed," he says, the enthusiasm fading from his voice. "Don?t forget, we started when I was in the army, so I was pretty young then. " Kaveret was more than just a band, it was a creative family ? they did sketches ("Poogy Tales"), radio, television ? which in a small country like Israel is a sure guarantee for widespread fame.

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