Eurovision guides reprinted due to mistakes

Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:31pm EDT
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BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - German tourism officials in the city of Dusseldorf are reprinting about 30,000 visitors' booklets promoting the Eurovision Song Contest on May 10 to correct embarrassing mistakes.

The booklets incorrectly list an event as "Gay's day of action" instead of "Schools' day of action," a city tourism board spokesman said Friday.

The error is in booklets printed in both German and English, but only English versions will be reprinted.

The booklet also contains the typos "Wielcome to Duesseldorf" on its binding.

The mistakes have generated headlines across the country since it was first reported Wednesday. The board is putting correction stickers over the event listing in the 65,000 German booklets already printed.

The mistake was made first in German, in which the words for school and gay are almost identical, and then was translated into English.

The annual Eurovision Song Contest, which is one of the longest running television shows in the world, has traditionally had a strong following in gay communities. The tourism office said the booklet contains several suggestions of gay-friendly entertainment in the city.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing Patricia Reaney)