As Ukraine continues to prepare to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, a stamp commemorating their third win has been issued.
Stamp designs being proposed
In a post on their official Instagram account, Ukrainian public broadcaster UA:PBC published potential designs for the stamp. Currently, five different designs are being considered including their win. The tagline alongside their likeness will bear the words ‘Good evening, we are from Ukraine’.
No specific deadline has been set by the Ukrainian postal service – UkrPoshta – for the publishing of the stamp. However, the commemoration comes following Kalush Orchestra’s auction to raise money for the Ukrainian military. Following an auction, both their Eurovision winning trophy, as well as lead singer Oleh Psiuk’s iconic bucket hat were sold. The auction was able to raise nearly $1 million, thanks to donations and cryptocurrency.
Ukraine’s Eurovision journey
Ukraine is one of the most successful countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country has scored eight top-five placements, with an extra three top-ten finishes. Ukraine won the Contest in 2004 with Ruslana’s “Wild Dances” and again in 2016 with Jamala’s “1944”. Jamala’s win made history for Ukraine, as it became the first ex-Soviet country to win the Contest more than once.
In 2022, Kalush Orchestra represented Ukraine in the 66th edition of the Contest with their song “Stefania”. The band scored 614 points, finishing in first place, marking Ukraine’s third victory.
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News Source: UA:PBC
Photo Credit: EBU / Sarah Louise Bennett