The contest should be held this year in Ukraine; however, Liverpool have stepped in as a substitute, hoping to do the Ukrainians proud. Eurovision is expected to inject 25 million pounds, and to increase by 5% the number of European tourists who come to this city each year.
The city of Liverpoolfamous for its music and the friendliness of its people, is impatient to receive the Europeans who will attend the Eurovision contest.
“I’d say the city is lively, they’re looking forward to it. There are Eurovision posters everywhere and everyone is in high spirits. It’s going to be fine,” said Will Cillan, a Liverpool resident.
For the residents of this city, Liverpool has always been the home of music, so this event is very much in line with its spirit. “Liverpool is the birthplace of musicit really is home from the ’50s and ’60s to now,” says Sheila Slater.
For resident Roberto Morecroft, the event will help the economy of the city. “It’s going to bring a lot of money to the city, the hotel business, the pub game, even the taxis, and you know it’s going to be brilliant for the city.”
Eurovision is expected to inject £25 million into the Merseyside economy and also increase the number of European tourists who come to this city by 5% each year.
Ukraine was supposed to host the event
For some Ukrainian families, Liverpool is now their home. Last year it was his country that won the Eurovision contest.
“I think it’s quite fair because the UK helped Ukraine a lot,” says Alex Shpek, a Ukrainian refugee living in the UK.
Eurovision fans have already started arriving to experience what this great reception will be like. This contest is expected to be one of the most relevant events for this city; people are already lining up to get tickets for this precious event.
Ukrainian music production
Inside the stadium, located on Liverpool’s Albert Dock, the decor has been designed around the motto “union, celebration and community”.
The soundtrack of this year’s event, is produced by Ukrainian composer Michael Nekrasov.
“The whole city is in Eurovision mode; restaurants and bars are totally living it, and we can’t wait to experience more as Eurovision unfolds,” says Eurovision fan Angelo Dadalis.
“It’s one of my dreams to be in England and it’s really amazing that we’re here in the city of music and that we’re going to hold the Eurovision Song Contest here in the UK,” comments Takis Gakisfotiou, a fan of the contest.
He contest should be held this year in Ukraine; however, Liverpool have stepped in as a substitute, hoping to do the Ukrainians proud.