Eurovision Campaign – A campaign has been started to make The Eurovision Song Contest ‘viewer-friendly’ for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Campaign manager, Nicole Mendes, says that unfortunately, people with photosensitive epilepsy can only enjoy 20%-30% of the performances. The flashing lights, strobe effects and flashing images accompanying the artists’ performances make it impossible to watch without the risk of having a seizure.
While the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) does provide a warning for people who are sensitive to flashing lights, the amount of flashing images can be as risky for those with photosensitive epilepsy.
Mendes says it does not have to be this way.
“Music is not fireworks, music is feeling” – Salvador Sobral, Eurovision winner 2017.
The ESC 2017 saw Portugal’s Salvador Sobral win with an overwhelming majority vote using a simplistic, intimate, non-strobe effect performance. This dynamic shift in style is indicative of how Eurovision can connect powerfully with the public without any need for flashing lights or strobe effects.
By removing the flashing lights and strobes, the ESC will acknowledge people with photosensitive epilepsy and reach a millions of new target audience for viewership. Simple lights can be useful, but as can be seen in 2017 Eurovision, no flashing is required for a show to be successful.
This campaign to make the ESC more ‘viewer-friendly’ is calling for signatures on a petition aimed at the EBU and ESC to remove flashing lights, strobe effects and flashing images from artist performances.
If you wish t0 support the campaign, the petition is available at: https://www.change.org/p/remove-the-flashing-lights-and-images-from-eurovision