The BBC has revealed that a selection of cities in the United Kingdom will be hosting large-scale official screenings of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in 2023. Taking place in Liverpool on Saturday 13th May, these events are the perfect opportunity to come together and be united by music. The cities confirmed so far are Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff, Darlington, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, with more venues soon to be announced.
Martin Green CBE, BBC Managing Director of Eurovision Song Contest commented: “With the UK being home to so many Eurovision fans, we are thrilled to be able to roll out screenings across the country. Even for those who are not familiar with the Contest, this is an opportunity to join the exciting experience and the joy of watching the Grand Final surrounded by thousands of others in their local city”.
Programmes for each city will be different, but will all include screenings of the Grand Final. BBC Storyville Live films will also be available, as part of the mobile elements of the Liverpool culture programme. Furthermore, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are providing over £1million to allow people to come together to watch not just the Grand Final, but also the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.
Eurovision Minister Stuart Andrew said: “This competition gives us the opportunity to celebrate and showcase our unwavering support for Ukraine, as well as the unity we have found and embraced through music. By bringing Eurovision to the people’s doorsteps, we unite to be part of this historic moment and enjoy the magic of Eurovision together”.
On top of these live events, CinemaLive has partnered with the BBC to take the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final to more than 500 cinemas across the UK.
The BBC is one of the oldest broadcasting organisations in the world, being founded in 1922. Since then it has continued to provide the highest quality broadcasting across radio, television and digital platforms. With the Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC seeks to bring people together from different countries and cultures to celebrate music in all its diversity.