Recognising Kosovo in the World of Televised International Song Contests
This chapter examines the significance of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) for Kosovo’s cultural diplomacy. Despite continuing efforts by its government, Kosovo has not been allowed to join the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and enter the ESC because the EBU argues that its rules for membership only allow national broadcasting organisations from states that are members of the International Telecommunication Union or the United Nations to do so. The chapter first discusses how Kosovo was marginalised in Yugoslavia’s participation in the ESC until the 1990s. It then considers how the question of Kosovan participation in the ESC has figured in the cultural diplomacy of Kosovo since its declaration of independence in 2008 and the implications that Kosovo’s entry could have for the Contest.
KeywordsEurovision Song Contest Kosovo Serbia Turkvision Song Contest Yugoslavia
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