A Eurovision ‘covered in sequins’ with a message of peace is planned for Liverpool

Organizers said Liverpool would be covered in “sequins and sparkles” to deliver a Eurovision Song Contest with a message of peace.

The city of Merseyside has been selected to host the 2023 competition on behalf of this year’s winners Ukraine and now has until May 13 to prepare for the grand final, which will be held at the Bank Arena. M&S store with a capacity of 11,000 on the riverbank of Liverpool.

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Claire McColgan, director of Liverpool Culture, Bill Addy, managing director at Liverpool Bid Company and Faye Dyer, chief executive officer of ACC Group, celebrate outside the Liverpool MandS Arena after the city was announced as the host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 (Peter Byrne / PA)

Claire McColgan, Liverpool’s culture director, said she was “broken but delighted” on Saturday after the city was announced as the host of the BBC’s The One Show on Friday night.

When asked what people can expect to see in the city when the competition is held, she said: “It’s glittery! There will be sparkles.

“It will be covered with sequins and sparkles.”

As with the arena shows, she said, the competition will be a program of events for communities across the city with links to Ukraine, which could not be hosted due to the Russian invasion.

“You have to use these big events to really talk about things and talk about the things that make a difference,” Ms.

“For us, we are going to run an entire program of work across the metropolitan area around peace, around what it means to be part of the bigger picture, what it means to use Use music as your common language.

“I think it’s going to be very different for Eurovision and that’s what Liverpool are going to adopt.”

We are welcoming, we are very inclusive, the atmosphere is vibrant and our values ​​as a city and as an organization really reflect and match what Eurovision is about.Faye Dyer, ACC Liverpool Group

Former Eurovision participant Sonia will also be honored, with plans for a ‘Spot Sonia’ trail with concrete figures for fans to find across the city.

Ms McColgan added: “Honestly, it is Liverpool, every bar, every restaurant, every corner of the city that will celebrate Ukraine and celebrate Eurovision. It’s not a city that does everything quietly, is it?

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“Eurovision is the biggest song contest worldwide, it’s about music, about different cultures and musical expression, about joy, about happiness and about memories.

“The world at this moment with everything terrible is going on in this world, to bring about this moment of reunion in this city with our Ukrainian partners, I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be here.

At the arena, other events will be moved to other dates or use alternative layouts to accommodate competition preparations, ACC Liverpool Group chief executive Faye Dyer said.

“The team was very excited this morning,” she said. There were tears, there were hugs, a lot of excitement.

“We just can’t wait now to get started and deliver the best Eurovision ever.”

She says she thinks the city won the bid to host it, ahead of Glasgow, for its people, not just for the facilities it has.

“We are very welcoming, we are very inclusive, the atmosphere is electrifying and our values ​​as a city and as an organization are truly reflective and relevant to the needs of the community,” she said. what Eurovision is about and I think that’s what made it for us.

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