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The Organisation des Amateurs de l'Eurovision, or OGAE for short, is the largest Eurovision Song Contest fan network in the world. Founded in Finland more than 20 years ago, the network now includes more than 40 national clubs across Europe and beyond, with over 10,000 individual members.
OGAE UK is the UK national club and, with over 1500 individual members, we are currently the largest of the national clubs within OGAE International.
Our club exists to promote interest in the Eurovision Song Contest by publishing a regular magazine and by organising various Eurovision-themed events across the country. Vision magazine first appeared more than 25 years ago and has grown from a simple photocopied sheet to a full-colour A5 format quarterly magazine with the higest possible high production values. Each year Vision provides members with a comprehensive review of the various national selections as well as the contest itself. It also includes articles about Eurovision artists of the past, club news and details of Eurovision-themed events.
In addition to Vision magazine, we provide members with a regular email newsletter bringing the last news about the contest.
Each year, our annual convetion, the EuroBash, provides an opportunity for members to get together and to meet special guests linked to the contest, all followed by the obligatory Eurovision disco.
Our umbrella organisation, OGAE Internatonal, works closely with the EBU and each year's host broadcaster to try to secure member access to special fan ticket packages. Access to tickets depends very much on each year's contest organisers and both prices and availability vary accordingly. Demand from members is usually very high indeed and we only receive a limited allocation of ticket packages, so OGAE UK uses a ballot to determine which members are able to buy the tickets on offer. Please remember that such packages are a bonus and not a right, and that membership of our club is about a lot more than getting access to Eurovision tickets. The OGAE UK ticket ballot for 2019 has already been completed. Members joining before 1 March 2019 will, however, be eleigible to participate in the main ballot for 2020 ESC tickets, members joining after that date will be eligible for a secondary ballot (details will be distributed when the ballot process opens in the autumn).
More details of our club's structure and activities may be found on our website www.ogae.uk