Liverpool has been announced as the host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, after competing with the likes of Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham. Liverpool will be hosting on behalf of Ukraine, who won the event this year.
Due to ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, the planned celebration, which was set to be held in Kyiv in 2023, was called off for safety of residents, visitors and to focus on the more important plans of positively progressing the current situation. As the UK ranked second plane in the contest, it will be stepping in, with Liverpool taking the helm.
Already, the city region has commented on how proposed plans with celebrate culture. Liverpool aims to dedicate its Eurovision celebration to Ukrainian Culture, with further plans to showcase a major community outreach programme across the city. Overall, it will be exciting to witness what the city has instore.
To accommodate visitors, Chris Brown, Director of Marketing Liverpool said, plans “could involve cruise ships or opportunities around a campsite, but we do have a pretty robust plan…"
What makes Liverpool a perfect location for the event?
Liverpool has previously been seen as remote compared to larger cities such as its other contenders Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow etc. However, their long-term rail strategy focuses on shifting from lorry and car to rail. The city would benefit from securing an additional £158 million a year to the national economy and benefit local communities by providing up to 20,000 new jobs through use of logistics hub aspirations.
But why is rail important?
With train stations such as James Street and Liverpool Lime Street and the M62/M6 national motorways in proximity, the Liverpool northern docks region already has ample transport links to the entire country, including its mentioned competitors, which makes it an excellent venue for those wanting to explore the UK after the celebrations have ended.
Liverpool also has an extensive night life and is proud of it due to the variety and quality of activities on offer. But more importantly, it is eager to showcase it’s twelfth successive year of attaining the ‘Purple Flag’ status. The award is provided by Association of Town and City Management and rewards cities that have a diverse, safe (during the day and night) and vibrant mix of entertainment activities for residents and visitors. This creates a perfectly safe environment for visitors and residents looking to celebrate Eurovision at some of Liverpool’s famous nightlight hotspots.