A group of Ukrainian creatives will be designing Birmingham’s Eurovision bid logo, the city council has announced after it made the first-round shortlist to host Eurovision 2023.
The group are already brainstorming to put their ideas onto paper. The bid logo will reflect Ukrainian culture, music and heritage, they pledge.
The workshop was held at Birmingham’s Council House with support from representatives of Centrala Space – the only community-based organisation in the UK promoting Central and Eastern European arts and culture.
Hosting Eurovision would be another great opportunity for Birmingham to turn into a global city. The other shortlisted cities include Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.
The Ukrainian band Antytila - which performed with Ed Sheeran - has backed Birmingham’s big, according to BBC.
Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision contest but are unable to host it due to the ongoing war with Russia. So, they have asked the UK, who came in second, to host it instead.
Birmingham has a strong connection with Ukraine, including being twinned with the country’s sixth largest city Zaporizhzhia, will be at the heart of its bid to host Eurovision next year.
After the success of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the city also has a ready-made platform to collaborate with local arts, cultural and creative organisations as part of its bid.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:“Birmingham has long been home to a proud Ukrainian community and, thanks to our partners at Centrala Space, our bid to host Eurovision 2023 will reflect the city’s Ukrainian culture. This is Ukraine’s Eurovision and if we are chosen to host, Birmingham will do them proud.”
Ilona Mandyradzhy, Gallery Assistant at Centrala Space, said she arrived in Birmingham at the beginning of the year to study. “I am proud to live in a city that has been so supportive of me and my fellow Ukraine’s. This is why I am supporting Birmingham’s bid to host this iconic event on our behalf,” she added.
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