OGAE Rest of the World is a club devoted to serving Eurovision fans from around the world.
We are a member of OGAE (l’Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision or the International Organisation of Eurovision Fans) International – a non-profit umbrella organisation of fan clubs. OGAE was founded in 1984 in Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen. Since its foundation OGAE has become the biggest organisation for Eurovision fans. Any country that has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest is eligible to have its own local OGAE club.
OGAE Rest of the World was created in 2006 to be the home of Eurovision Song Contest fans in countries that are not active members of the European Broadcasting Union and therefore ineligible to participate in the yearly song contest.
Our club is made up of members from countries all round the world. The largest representations of members come from South Africa, Australia, the United States, Colombia, Venezuela and Costa Rica. There are also active members in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.
OGAE Rest of the World also welcomes members from countries in Europe without their own OGAE fan clubs, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Monaco, San Marino.
Our purpose is to provide a community for like-minded people who love the Eurovision Song Contest. Our website (and our Facebook Page) bring our members and activities together in a dynamic online environment. We also serve as the vehicle through which annual ticketing for the contest is made available to members.
Roy Van der Merwe (President)
Roy has been attending Eurovision for many years (24 years consecutively) and has promoted the Eurovision Song Contest by writing about the artists, songs and activities at the club’s Facebook page [www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage]. He has helped many artists to choose suitable Eurovision songs to cover in different languages, and many songs have become hits through Roy’s work. This has been a much-appreciated voluntary service to Eurovision songwriters – they work directly through us to reach talented new artists who can cover their songs in other languages and other countries.
Andy Mikheev (Vice President)
A co-founder of OGAE Rest of the World, Andy is the Editor-in-Chief of the esckaz.com website, the leading Russian/English language site devoted to the Eurovision Song Contest and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Currently we have a team of 5 volunteers working on the website, gathering information on the song contest and associated events, and providing administrative support. As our activities grow, we will add more team members to enhance the unique experience offered by our website. Additionally, we have two official photographers: Edward Till and Fred Medeiros.
Currently we have a team of 5 people