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Eurovision Team to receive the first ever Liverpool UNESCO City of Music Award

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Eurovision Team to receive the first ever Liverpool UNESCO City of Music Award

The team which helped bring one of the biggest ever music events to Liverpool is to receive an inaugural music award.

On Wednesday (14 June) the Eurovision Song Contest host broadcaster, the BBC, and event owners, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), will be awarded the first ever Liverpool UNESCO City of Music Award â€“ an annual recognition for individuals or organisations who make an outstanding contribution to the city region’s music sector and further develop Liverpool’s UNESCO City of Music credentials.  

A special ceremony will take place at Liverpool Town Hall where the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen, will join Cabinet Member for Culture, Councillor Harry Doyle and Director of Culture Liverpool Claire McColgan, in presenting this brand new honour to those who headed up the record-breaking arena event – which was the most-watched Eurovision Song Contest Final in UK history.  

Liverpool City Council Leader, Councillor Liam Robinson, and Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, will also be in attendance.  

Music throughout the event will provide some Eurovision sparkle, including Sense of Sound who will perform the Eurovision classic Euphoria, as well as The Beatles track All You Need is Love – the song which acted as an emotional finale and closed the host city’s Eurovision Village after a hugely successful ten days, welcoming 250,000 people.

And it wouldn’t be a Eurovision event without a glitterball or two, and an appearance by some of the Spot Sonia cut-outs!

Director of Culture Liverpool, Claire McColgan CBE, said:

“As a UNESCO City of Music we are always looking both inwardly at what we can do to support and boost this valued sector, but equally at  how our reputation as a music city is communicated to those outside of the city – nationally and internationally. 

“For some months we have been looking at establishing an award which recognises those who make a real impact when it comes to celebrating Liverpool and its music credentials – and after what we have experienced since the moment we were announced host city in October 2022, there was no doubt that our BBC and EBU Eurovision partners had to receive this honour.

“Eurovision has been a defining moment for us and its legacy will be felt for many years to come, and no more so than in our music sector.

Credit: James Stack

“Just like we experienced 15 years ago with Capital of Culture – it doesn’t end when the stage lights are turned off and we sweep up that last sequin – in fact the journey is just beginning as we look to build on this unparalleled success and create tangible, positive changes for the city and our much-loved music sector.”

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is hailed as the most successful host city programme ever, with early indications showing an additional 500,000 visitors were attracted to the city during the first two weeks of May, bringing in millions of pounds to the local economy. 

A full evaluation of the impact of Eurovision Song Contest is currently taking place, the results of which are expected to be ready in July.

A gallery of images from Liverpool’s Eurovision host city events (which includes photos from the Eurovision Village, the two-week EuroFestival programme, EuroLearn and EuroStreet) will be available on the Visit Liverpool website in the coming days.



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