UNITED KINGDOM – Liverpool, one of the major cities in the United Kingdom, is home to the M&S Bank Arena, which seats 11,000 people.
It is England’s sole UNESCO City of Music, which has played an important role in their Eurovision candidacy. Both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport link it to the rest of the globe.
Following their initial interest in hosting the Eurovision Song Contest next year, Liverpool councillor Harry Doyle has offered an update on the city’s hosting candidacy.
“I have made it clear publicly that this is bittersweet as Ukraine as a sovereign country should have had the opportunity to host the event following their win this year. We do know however those events take a lot of time to plan, and the EBU has had to take this decision in order to get plans in place and ready for May 2023… We know that ours is a city of solidarity and we would be honoured to host the event for and on behalf of Ukraine, ensuring that the country is given a platform in our city. We have a world-beating culture and events team in the city who would work with stakeholders, ensure the event becomes more than an arena event and be evident throughout our communities, highlighting and celebrating Ukrainian identity and culture.”
Liverpool, according to Councillor Doyle, is “in it to win it” and has “the credentials, capacity, and connection to produce a world-class stage for Eurovision.”
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