The BBC continues to announce their programme of events as they prepare to co-host Eurovision 2023, with the news that live screenings of the grand final will take place in towns and cities across the UK.
9 cities confirmed so far, with more to come!
Screenings have been confirmed so far in:
The BBC have said that even more locations are set to be confirmed in the coming weeks!
Each showing will be accompanied by a programme of events unique to each city. Some content from the mobile elements of Liverpool’s culture programme will also be accessible across the venues, including BBC Storyville Live films.
The announcement follows the news that 500 cinemas across the UK will also show the grand final of the contest live.
“Where no one will sing alone”
Martin Green CBE, BBC Managing Director of Eurovision Song Contest, said:
“We’re thrilled to roll out Eurovision across the UK. So many people here are huge Eurovision fans and for those new to the Contest they will get to experience the joy of watching the Grand Final surrounded by thousands of others right there in their local city.”
Eurovision Minister, Stuart Andrew, added:
“Eurovision is a fantastic opportunity for us to come together through music and our big screens will create a party atmosphere where no one will sing alone.
This competition is not just about Liverpool, but making sure we celebrate what unites us and showcasing our steadfast support for Ukraine. We are bringing the Eurovision Song Contest to people’s doorsteps, so we can all take part in this historic moment and enjoy the magic of Eurovision as one.”
What we know about Eurovision 2023
Although Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, due to the ongoing Russian invasion they are unable to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, the United Kingdom stepped in, as 2022’s runner-up; Liverpool will host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May 2023. The contest will take place at the M&S Arena, with 37 countries taking part. The full production team behind the 2023 contest is listed here. The contest is a co-production between host broadcaster the BBC and last year’s winning broadcaster, Suspilne.
Alesha Dixon, Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham will host the semi-finals, with Graham Norton joining the presenting team for the grand final.
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News Source: BBC
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