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Eurovision Daily Friday 5th May: Eleven things going on today in Liverpool

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We’re back again to give you the latest update on what you can get up to in the city for Eurovision – and today is jam-packed with boss events you can get yourself involved in!

Today is gonna be a BIG ONE as Eurovision Village is set to launch on the Pier Head from 5.00pm today! Taking over the iconic Pier Head in Liverpool, Eurovision Village is the official fan zone for Eurovision 2023 and promises to be one huge party.

Josh and Claire Simmo went to have a look around St George’s Plateau yesterday because, on Sunday May 7, St. George’s Hall Square will play host to the Big Eurovision Welcome.

Take a look at what they said here – be warned… Simmo is about to burst with excitement!

Jay and Gem will be giving us an update from the Pier head around 12.30pm so make sure you check back in for that!

For now let’s dive into the fun-filled Friday ahead. Here are 11 exciting things going on around the city that you won’t want to miss.

EuroFestival – Welcome to Eurotopia

Welcome to Eurotopia Credit: Visit Liverpool website
Welcome to Eurotopia Credit: Visit Liverpool website

Join Welcome To Eurotopia for an avant-pop spectacle, launching Eurovision Village at the Pier Head on 5 May. Liverpool art scene musicians Natalie McCool and Stealing Sheep lead a line-up of hometown all-stars and Ukrainian musicians. 

Joining forces with Ukrainian artists Helleroid, Krapka;KOMA and Iryna Muha, Welcome To Eurotopia is a cosmic show, melding Ukrainian styles with classic sounds from the city. Visitors can enjoy a host of guest performances from some of Liverpool’s brightest stars in celebration of EuroFestival, Ukraine and the spirit of Liverpool – the centre of the creative universe.

For more info click here.

EuroFestival – Home


What does Home mean to you? Ukrainian photography inspires UK words, shared in exhibitions, trails and events across Liverpool City Region.

Spot especially created Ukrainian photographs and UK poems in train stations and public spaces. Visitors can follow the Home Trails app and explore 25 independent venues each hosting a Ukrainian photograph.

They can also collect the postcards and respond by uploading their own poem, lyric or letter. End each trail with an exhibition at the Unity Theatre, Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Norton Priory, Kirby Gallery, or The Atkinson.

Visit the Home exhibition at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and see Ukrainian photography that brings to life the vibrancy, diversity and creativity of modern Ukrainian culture.

Find more on Home events, film, poetry workshops and publications here.

EuroFestival – The People’s Flag

The Peoples Flag. Credit: Visit Liverpool
The Peoples Flag. Credit: Visit Liverpool

Visitors to Liverpool will be welcomed with The People’s Flag, a brand new, mass participation film. Mass Movement Director Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE and local choreographers Lisi Perry and Grace Goulding have invited the public to be part of this exciting film project, designed to create a unique, warm welcome to all Eurovision-comers.

For more info click here.

EuroFestival – The Blue and Yellow Submarine Parade


A submarine research vessel explores the deep sea, its mission: an underwater life of happiness, making friends in a world where everyone lives in unity. The trusty seafarers and their friends symbolise the partnership with Liverpool and Ukraine, the global Eurovision community and the unity it brings.

A drumming octopus, skating jellyfish, disco ball angler fish and lots of other sea creatures parade the street, the submarine gliding in their wake. Members of the public are invited to join en route and adopt the underwater fancy dress theme.

Performers in blue form a vast undulating sea, with a shoal of fish weaving in and out. It is an underwater kingdom of sounds, dancing and fun ending in a very exciting finale not to be missed.

For more info click here.

After Hours: Song Writing Contest

Museum of Liverpool
Image Pete Carr

NML’s Youth Engagement Forum are inviting young people from across the city to write a song inspired by the themes of unity and friendship, with the winning entries getting the chance to perform their song at a special Eurovision inspired event organised at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday 5 May.

Fancy dress obligatory!  

For more info click here.

Bingo Lingo Eurovision Special

Bingo Lingo - Camp and Furnace - Eurovision
Credit: Bingo Lingo. Camp and Furnace


May 5 & 6 – will celebrate the city’s honour of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest with a wild night of Bingo!!

Find out more here.

Eurovision Disco Bingo at The Bombed Out Church


Love Eurovision? Love Bingo? Then join St. Luke’s for a night like no other, with this fun new event for The Bombed Out Church!

Expect Eurovision anthems, funny Eurovision themed prizes (who wouldn’t love a Sam Ryder cardboard cut out?!) to amazing prizes such as tickets to Knowsley Safari, meal for two at Albert’s Schenke, tickets to Quirky Quarter, savoury and sweet hampers, bar tab, dance offs, drinks, snacks, fancy dress and so much more!

For more info click here.

BODA – Eurovision Special – LEAF

Credit: BODA
Credit: BODA

Bored of Dating Apps – or BODA as it’s affectionately known by regulars – is all about traditional face-to-face dating set in a relaxed social get together, recently reaching its 1st birthday.

At Jess Evans’ night there’s no pressure to mingle and chat, but that’s exactly what everyone does; some guests come in groups of singles but many come on their own, drawn to something new happening in Liverpool and rejecting the culture of dating apps.

And now with Eurovision coming to Liverpool, the team figured it’s only right to welcome every person (who’s single, obviously!) coming from all around Europe to join together for the biggest singles party Europe has ever seen. 

For more info click here.

An Evening Of Ukrainian Poetry

Unity Theatre - Unity Theatre
Credit: Unity Theatre

Curated by and featuring the cast and creative teams of UKRLAND and Maria, this poignant and skilfully delivered evening of poetry will shine a light on the love and defiance of a people.

Featuring performances from Shorena Shoniia, Yurii Radionov, Oleksandr Begma, Vika Ilina, Lavrentii Tarasevych, Vadym Golovko and Olena Shevtsova

This performance is part of A Place of Hope – a two-week long celebration of Ukraine at Unity, commissioned by Culture Liverpool for the Eurovision Cultural Festival 2023.

For more info click here.

10 Bands 10 Minutes: ABBA – Eurovision Special – at District

10Bands10Minutes - District - Eurovision
Credit: District, Liverpool

Yeah, you heard it right: 10 Bands 10 Minutes is back for a Eurovision Special to celebrate the music (and outfits) of Sweden’s greatest export: ABBA.

Once again, Married to the Sea presents 10 boss bands, 10 break-neck sets, all in 1 night of fun, music, and dancing.

DJ Our Graeme will be playing a load of bangers till the wee hours. So, dust off your dancing queen shoes and get your butts down to District at 8pm tonight!

For more info click here.

EuroClub – ABBA Revival Tribute Show

Calling all Dancing Queens, Super Troupers & Honey Honeys – This is your night! When all is said and done, ABBA will always have our hearts, so it’s time for a night dedicated to 1974 Eurovision winners themselves!

Kicking off EuroClub 2023 with an ABBA celebration…You Can Dance, Jive & Have The Time of Your Life! Get ready to boogie the night away to ABBA’s biggest hits performed LIVE by the incomparable ABBA REVIVAL TRIBUTE! You won’t wanna let these tickets go Slipping Through Your Fingers!

EuroClub 2023 is the heart and soul of all things Eurovision! Camp and Furnace is the place where we all come together, in celebration of music, diversity and live performance, all under one roof!

For more info click here.

Grab a Drink

If you’re looking for a place to sit in the sun and while away the hours with a craft beer or a glass of fizz, there’s one city pub that should certainly be on your bevvy beat!

The Bridewell in Campbell Square has already got a great reputation for its unusual and fascinating bar area, in the cells of this former Liverpool lock-up.

Its beautiful beer garden makes for an arresting sight too; with loads of gorgeous greenery and a sunflower splashed wall (and twinkling lights for when the sun goes down) it’s the perfect place to unwind with your mates, catch up with the family, or take a break after all these Eurovision events.

Find out more here.

Grab a bite

Stoke is a dining destination you need to get in your diary. Right in the centre of St. George’s Quarter it is the perfect place to stop off today for a stunning Friday night meal.

Stoke Restaurant and Bar is the gorgeous dining and drinking venue within the Radisson RED, the beautiful hotel that’s been created in the 19th century former North Western Hall.

The gothic-style building with its turrets and spires and magnificent sandstone staircase has undergone an incredible transformation and Stoke Restaurant and Bar – with fantastic views of St George’s Hall – is at its heart.

For more info click here.

For all the latest Eurovision events keep checking our Calendar here.



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