Newcastle is the latest city to announce it will host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023.
event organizer, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), had previously decided the event could not be held in war-torn Ukraine following the Russian invasion.
Newcastle City Council has announced that it will join various UK cities including London, Manchester and Glasgow in bids to host the annual music competition.
The NewcastleGateshead Initiative is contracting on behalf of Newcastle City Council, with its destination director Ian Thomas saying: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to welcome a large number of international visitors, who performers and media to the north-east of England and to introduce our world-class culture, rich heritage and vibrant region to the world.
“The potential impact of Newcastle hosting Eurovision 2023 is phenomenal. Eurovision will play an important role in rejuvenating and sustaining our visitor economy, supporting our businesses and creating a better place for our residents.
“We have seen other major events such as the European Professional Rugby Club finals draw 95,000 fans to the region, contributing £24 million to our visitor economy I in 2019 and the World Transplant Games also in 2019 drew participants from more than 50 countries. hotel occupancy increased 13%, supporting the hospitality supply chain and helping to maintain employment in the industry.
“Eurovision will be on an even larger scale and we welcome this amazing opportunity to bring this to the region.”
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won this year’s competition in Turin, Italy.
The UK had the chance to host Eurovision for the ninth time – more than any other country – after Sam Ryder finished second in the competition.
Newcastle City Councilor Alex Hay said: “We are delighted to bid on behalf of Ukraine to host Eurovision 2023 and stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
“We are working with partners across the region to make this a reality for Newcastle, for Ukraine to be proud of and to embody everything that Eurovision stands for.”
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According to the BBC – which broadcasts the competition in the UK and will conduct the selection alongside the EBU – the winners will be selected in a two-stage process based on the city’s capacity and capacity assessment requirements.
Once all applications have been received, a shortlist will be published on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show on 12 August.
Announcing London’s bid, Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city was “ready and willing to participate” with a contest that “honored the Ukrainian people and showcased the best of Britain”.
Sheffield City Council was also among the first to announce the bid, saying on Twitter: “We’ve told Eurovision we’d like to host…check out this space.”
Leeds City Council said it was “absolutely reasonable” to host next year as Leeds is a city of culture in 2023.
Two of Scotland’s biggest cities, Glasgow and Aberdeen, have also announced that they will be competing to host the competition in 2023.
Ukraine will automatically qualify for the final along with the so-called five major nations – Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who are all free for their financial contribution to the event.
The host city is expected to be announced in the fall.
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