The 17th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland. The show takes place on Sunday 24 November, so delegations are arriving to the region to get ready for the action. Let's take a peek at what artists and fans might see while they're here.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be held in Arena Gliwice, one of the largest and most modern sports and entertainment venues in Poland. Arena Gliwice boasts incredible facilities and has hosted many events such as concerts, sports competitions and more.
Gliwice, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Silesia, was chosen by TVP after looking at a selection of cities and venues across the country. The city is a cultural, historical and industrial hub that mixes medieval and Art Nouveau with 21st Century innovation and modernism.
The historic region of Silesia is made up of two parts, Lower Silesia and Upper Silesia, located along the Oder River, the region is rich in natural resources and known for its culture, heritage and diversity.
Gliwice's rich history harmoniously combines with the bold development of urban planning, modern industry, science and vibrant culture. Gliwice is one of the oldest and most modern cities in Upper Silesia.
With a population of almost 200,000, Gliwice has a rich history dating back to the 13th century. The architectural and spatial layout from the Middle Ages has been preserved to this day. Its central point is the market square with the town hall surrounded by numerous cafés and restaurants.
The town hall has a four-story clock tower with a helmet and spire. The hall plays the role of a friendly meeting place for locals and a formal meeting place for City Council, important cultural events and wedding ceremonies.
Built in 1935, the symbol of the city is the antenna tower of Gliwice Radio Station, described by some as a small Eiffel Tower. It is the tallest wooden structure in Europe and the highest wooden broadcasting tower in the world. It is built from larch wood, and the beams are connected with as many as 16,000 brass screws.
Piast Castle is one of the oldest buildings in Gliwice and is located in the Old Town. Over the centuries, it served as an arsenal, a prison and a manor house. Currently, the building houses the Gliwice Museum. The permanent exhibition is Gliwice – the city of many cultures and includes the prehistory, ethnography and history of Gliwice and the region.