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Belfast to send official bit to Eurovision organization if shortlisted

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Belfast City Council has agreed to submit an official bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year if the city is shortlisted on Friday.

A two-stage process is underway to select a UK host city, with Eurovision coming in second, after the event was decided not to be held in war-torn Ukraine following the Russian invasion. .

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision in Italy in May, and Ukraine had hoped to host the event in 2023.

On Wednesday night, Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee discussed the matter and decided to support a full bid should Belfast be shortlisted.

The BBC – which broadcasts the competition in the UK and will make the selection along with event organizers the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – has specified that the host city will be selected using a selection process. two stages.

Once all applications have been received, a process will take place, whereby cities will be shortlisted “based on their ability to meet the requirements and response to capacity and experience”.

Asked about shortlisting, SDLP councilor Seamus de Faoite told the PA news agency: “I suppose we don’t know, we’ll see what Friday brings, but I think Belfast there’s a really strong case to make.

“We understand from the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union that much of the show has to be about the original winners, about Ukraine. I think Belfast has a very special message to sell there: we really understand the value of peace, how difficult it is to build and the desire of the Ukrainian people to secure it. “

When asked about infrastructure, Mr. de Faoite argued that Dublin in the late 80s and early 90s was not “ahead of the light” in terms of infrastructure or tourism, and that the song contest helped demonstrates Ireland’s value as a tourist destination – something that can also be done for Belfast.

Speaking en route to celebrate the news, Mr de Faoite added: “We know we are a small fish in here, but that has never stopped us before.

“We successfully hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards 10 years ago, we hosted the World Fire and Police Olympics, Open in Portrush, there was so much that the region North was able to host successfully, deliver a great program, and a great welcome to people from all over the world.

“I don’t see why we can’t do the same for Eurovision.”

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