Eurovision Festival Coming to Nottingham


Nottingham is among the UK cities that have been selected to host a number of events in connection with this year’s Eurovision Song Contest! With a giant screen showing the finale, Eurofest will take over the city for two whole weeks of unparalleled entertainment. Nottingham Castle, which is scheduled to reopen in June, will be used for both the Eurovision Song Contest on May 13th and the Coronation and Coronation Concert on 6 and 7 May. To fund the festivities, a total of £1 million has been allocated by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport.

In addition to Nottingham, Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff, Darlington, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have also been part of Eurofest. More venues are expected to be revealed soon. Each of the locations will plan its own culture program, inspired by the great Eurovision.

Nigel Hawkins, who works as the head of Culture and Libraries at the City Council of Nottingham, enthused: “It’s an exciting prospect that Nottingham is one of the cities to host an official Eurovision screening. The castle grounds will make a great setting for the celebrations – we are delighted that we can open the gates early, before the full castle opening in June.” Eurofest is set to be an absolute treat, and tickets are available at a nominal fee of £1 – bookings open on April 14th.

The UK is hosting Eurovision in Liverpool after having placed second in the contest last year, losing to Ukraine which is unfortunately not able to organize the event due to ongoing war.

The Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) is a government department that works to promote the shift to a digital economy, protect the safety of citizens, preserve the UK’s heritage and culture, and increase sports participation rates. Its division of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) was created in 2018 and is still operating under its purview.

Nigel Hawkins is the Head of Culture and Libraries at Nottingham City Council. He is responsible for overseeing the culture and library services provided by the local authority, including the management of venues, events, and exhibitions. He works to improve access to cultural activities, as well as to promote education initiatives and contribute to community development.