FANTASTIC NEWS! LIVERPOOL’S EUROFESTIVAL HAS TODAY BEEN NOMINATED FOR TWO UK FESTIVAL AWARDS 2023.
A stand-out part of our city’s wider Eurovision 2023 Song Contest event programme, EuroFestival was a two-week culture-led celebration, which took place across Liverpool city centre, helping to deliver a city-wide party atmosphere to official Eurovision 2023 proceedings.
Taking place from the 1st to 14th May 2023, EuroFestival presented 24 brand new commissions – 19 being collaborations between UK and Ukrainian artists and transformed the city as fans from across the world descended on Liverpool to celebrate the global phenomenon that is Eurovision.
Liverpool’s EuroFestival will compete in both the award’s ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’ and ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’, with the winners being selected based solely on public votes.
Marketing Liverpool’s Acting Head of Visitor Economy, Sue Finnegan said:
“It’s such an honour to be vying for these two top awards amongst all these brilliant UK festivals. EuroFestival was a special event for us, because it was created by the teams here at Culture Liverpool to generate a real buzz and deliver a real, lasting impact and impression of our city to Eurovision viewers and crowds.
“We wanted to harness and amplify the excitement that Liverpool’s hosting of Eurovision 2023 naturally created, across the whole region, and ensure that Eurovision 2023 wasn’t just for lucky ticket holders, but that it was for anyone who could get to Liverpool and who wanted to celebrate Eurovision with us.
“EuroFestival was so incredible because it put a real ‘Liverpool’ stamp on Eurovision 2023. You believed that this event could not have been delivered in quite the same way anywhere else in the world. You felt and saw what it meant for the people of Liverpool to host the event and be able to show our strong support for the people of Ukraine, through the international language of music and culture.
“EuroFestival welcomed people from all over the world with a distinct Liverpool sound and party atmosphere that captivated people’s imagination and helped to set a new standard for Eurovision host cities to follow, just as we have done for many events, including Capital of Culture 2008.
“Nationally recognised awards such are a great string in our bow, but they also have lasting benefits far beyond a glitzy ceremony and shiny trophy. Award recognition provides a short-hand quality standard, delivering confidence in Liverpool’s ability to stand out from the crowd and really deliver for the organisations and events that invest in our city, making it easier to attract future events and build upon strong a foundation of success, growing the economy of our city and region.
Billed as the place where festival industry professionals and advocates gather to celebrate festival success, The UK Festival Awards ceremony will be held over two nights, from the 5th to the 6th December 2023, at Escape to Freight Island, Baring St, Manchester.
Voting is now open and the festivals that receive the most votes will win their respective categories – So it’s all down to you. Voting only takes a minute and we believe our fantastic EuroFestival deserves to be ‘award-winning’.
Tip: If you’re short on time, you can simply vote for EuroFestival in just the two categories where the event is nominated: ‘Best Medium-Sized Festival’ and ‘Best Metropolitan Sized Festival’.
For more information on The UK Festival Awards click HERE