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‘Lessons learned’ from Belfast Eurovision bid disappointment – Donaldson

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DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has suggested there are “lessons to be learned” after Belfast was not shortlisted to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

hile 2022 winner Ukraine should host the contest in 2023, the honor given to Great Britain as runner-up due to the Russian invasion.

The first half of the two-stage process ends on Friday, and reveals Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield as seven potential host cities.

There needs to be a more collaborative approach on these issues going forward, between local authorities and ministers at Stormont.Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Reacting to the news, Sir Jeffrey told BBC News NI: “It is disappointing to hear the announcement this morning and Belfast has been disqualified at this stage.

“Perhaps there are lessons to be learned from this.

“I think we should be faster with our bid for this.

“There needs to be a more cohesive approach on these issues going forward, between local government and ministers at Stormont.”

A Belfast councilor in charge of the Northern Irish capital that organized the song contest expressed disappointment after the city failed to make the shortlist.

SDLP Councilor Seamas De Faoite called on the city to triumph in honor of Ukraine.

He also said the lack of a fully functioning Stormont Council has hampered many efforts, including Belfast’s bid for Eurovision.

“While we are naturally disappointed that Belfast was not shortlisted as the host city for next year’s Eurovision, I am proud of all the work that has been done to make this bid a reality. , especially the cross-party element shows what we can achieve when we work together to make our city a better place for all who live here,” he said. speak.

“We weren’t successful on this occasion but Belfast remains a city capable of hosting large-scale events as we have demonstrated many times in the past, with everything from music festivals to awards programs and conferences.

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“Unfortunately, our bid was hampered, like many things in the North, by the lack of a functional Executive to lead the way and lobby on our behalf.

“We are blessed with great people, we have talent and vision, but if we solve the problems around the lack of space, infrastructure and maximize the potential of the night economy to be able to attract big events like Eurovision, we need a CEO and executive to solve these problems. “

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/lessons-to-be-learned-from-belfast-eurovision-bid-disappointment-donaldson-41908616.html ‘Lessons learned’ from Belfast Eurovision bid disappointment – Donaldson

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