Foreign Affairs
Disability does not prevent them from performing for Eurovision

A group of eight musicians with a disability will tonight grace the Eurovision stage.  The Shalva Band will be interpreting ‘A Million Dreams’ during the interval at tonight’s second semi-final.

The musicians are an inspirational group, and have been invited to take part in numerous events of importance  in the presence of dignitaries.  Shalve is the Israeli Association for Treatment and Inclusion of Disabled Persons, and the band is one of the inclusion programmes which has garnered most success.

The band will be performing and are sure to attract the audience’s sympathy at the Tel Aviv Arena, as well as that of televiewers who will be following tonight’s transmission. The Shalva Band took part in The Rising Star, and withdrew from the competition just before the finals. They had meanwhile gained enormous popularity in Israel, and had been favourites to win.

Their dream to take part in tonight’s Eurovision is set to become a reality, but as guest performers, not as competitors. Through their performance they will continue to impart a message of inclusion and more tolerance for the disabled.

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