Good evening Europe, this is Southport calling!

Good evening Europe, this is Southport calling!

Hello music lovers and Eurovision enthusiasts! Get ready to sing, dance, and wave your flags because Eurovision is here! Prepare to be dazzled by glitzy performances, catchy tunes, and the undeniable Scouse charm as Liverpool hosts the iconic competition on behalf of 2022 winners: Ukraine. So, grab your microphone, put on your best sequinned outfit, and let’s dive into this unforgettable celebration of music, culture, and everything fabulous!

Liverpool, with its rich musical heritage, vibrant culture, and friendly locals, is a city bursting with life, excitement, and the perfect host for Eurovision. From the iconic Echo Arena to the warm Scouse spirit, every aspect of the event will be infused with the city’s unique charm.

Hosting Eurovision in Liverpool is like a grand homecoming for music itself. The city’s love for diverse genres and its thriving music scene will undoubtedly add a unique flavour to the contest. Southport is only a short journey from Liverpool, so you better believe that we are continuing the party mood right along the coast.

Southport BID and the Southport business community have lined up lots of exciting events for people of all ages to enjoy including a Southport Calling festival in the town centre. Southport Calling at the Lord Street Bandstand will be a fun-filled celebration of the best and brightest musical talent from our local community. This will include dance groups, live bands, string musicians, and performances from the Sing For Southport competition finalists. The event will be hosted by the team at Sandgrounder Radio.

Southport Calling will start at 12pm with a focus on family fun.  There will be performances from Birkdale Orpheus Society, Holy Trinity Primary School, and an amazing list of local dance groups. The Sing for Southport competition will start from 2pm, with talented vocalists performing to compete for the top prize. From 4pm, Southport Strings Ensemble will take the event through to evening, which will then feature a line-up of live bands performing until late.

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The team at Southport BID have also organised a family friendly trail across Southport to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest. From 29 April – 14 May, twelve businesses across the town centre will showcase Eurovision-themed displays featuring illustrations of Eurovision superstars, quiz questions and drawing activities. Take a trip into the town centre, discover the trail points, and visit some of amazing businesses along the way! Use the trail map to find 12 hearts in shop windows and write down your answers. The maps also have fun activities on the reverse to complete at home.

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Liverpool’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site speaks volumes about its rich cultural offerings. From stunning architecture like the Liver Building and the Albert Dock to an impressive array of museums, galleries, and theatres, the city provides a diverse cultural backdrop for Eurovision. Contestants and visitors alike will have plenty of opportunities to explore the city’s history, art, and culture during their stay.

One gallery in particular is highlighting contemporary Ukrainian photographers by reflecting the vibrancy, diversity and creativity of modern Ukrainian culture. That gallery is Open Eye and we are proud to be partnered with them to deliver Home.

From 4 May – 6 June 2023, works from Ukrainian photographers Sasha Kurmaz and Viktor Maruahchenko will be displayed on The Atkinson’s façade, taking over the windows of Southport Library. Both projects were shot in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, but at different times, and about different people and communities.

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Our own galleries are opening on 13 May to deliver an exciting Eurovision themed craft day for children to get involved. This artist-led event is completely free and all materials are provided. We can’t think of a better way for little visitors to get into the mood for the big final happening that evening!

Get ready to witness an extraordinary celebration of music, culture, and unity in this fabulous, fun-filled extravaganza. Eurovision in Liverpool promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with lasting memories – you’ll want to award us douze points!

Posted on 11 May 2023 under General news

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