University of Hull research – commissioned by the British Council – shows that Liverpool’s legacy redefines Eurovision for future host cities and reveals the contest’s impact on global cultural relations.
With just days to go until Liverpool officially hands over the Eurovision key to 2024 hosts Sweden – the report has concluded the city has revolutionised the hosting of the event.
Liverpool will officially pass the Eurovision key to Sweden at the Handover Ceremony and Semi-Final Allocation Draw in Malmö on Tuesday 30 January.
This research project was led by the University of Hull in collaboration with a team of consultants from the University of Brighton, the University of Glasgow, and Royal Holloway (University of London).
Dr Catherine Baker, who is a Reader in 20th Century History in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education at the University of Hull and the lead researcher, said:
‘Viewers and organisations around the UK have seen the Eurovision Song Contest in a new light since the BBC and Liverpool were invited to host the 2023 event on Ukraine’s behalf. Although Ukraine won Eurovision 2022, Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country meant that, for the first time in Eurovision history, a winning country could not host because it was under attack.
“Working with Ukrainian partners, the BBC as host broadcaster and Liverpool as host city delivered an acclaimed Eurovision including a more extensive cultural festival than any other host city has attempted, which may have redefined the event’s politics of place.
“I watched my first Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, and thirty years later it was an honour to learn the inside story of this year's event from so many of the people who helped to deliver it on Ukraine's behalf.”