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Celebrate A Year Of Castaways And Visit Île de Bezençon Live In Lisbon Written by on May 2, 2018

ESC Insight’s Ellie Chalkley has spent the past year inviting friends to their Eurovision paradise island. Now we’re bringing the Île de Bezençon to EuroCafé in Lisbon.

Once the glitter cannons and wind machines are packed away after the big show in May, what do Eurovision fans do?

Last summer, the ESC Insight team discovered a beautiful, unspoilt and totally fictional island where where it’s somehow always early May. The sun shines daily, the temperature is comfortable, coffee and local beverages are free and plentiful but there’s a strangely restrictive policy on music imports. In order to gain access to this paradise, visitors are required to declare their eight favourite Eurovision-related songs and, co-incidentally, reveal the stories of how the Song Contest has changed their lives.

With the ESC Insight team on the ground in Lisbon, we’ll be taking the opportunity to bring you a live episode of Eurovision Castaways on May 8th, where you’ll be able to hear the stories that get edited out of the podcast and see Ellie in Customs Officer mode, putting our guests through the full paperwork.

In the 2017 off-season, we welcomed the ESC Insight team and some friends of the parish:

Castaways Live takes place at EuroCafé (location and access details) at 2pm on May 8th (Semi Final 1 live day). The event runs during the day so all are welcome, not just EuroCafé pass holders.

About The Author: Ellie Chalkley

Ellie Chalkley is an all-round music, media and culture enthusiast and citizen of the internet. As an overly analytical pop fan and general knowledge hoarder she finds the Eurovision Song Contest bubble to be her natural home. She comments gnomically and statistically on Eurovision matters at @ellie_made.

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