UK to host 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine | Arts and Culture News

The European Broadcasting Union decides it’s too dangerous to carry the annual music competitors in war-ravaged Ukraine.

The Eurovision contest, the world’s largest dwell music occasion, goes to be hosted by the UK on behalf of Ukraine subsequent 12 months resulting from security issues, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has mentioned.

Monday’s determination comes as Ukraine, which had gained the correct to host the competitors after successful this 12 months, is combating a army invasion launched by Russia in late February.

“On account of discussions, the BBC, as runner up within the 2022 Contest, was invited by the EBU to behave as Host Broadcaster for the 67th Eurovision Track Contest,” learn a press release launched by the broadcasting union.


The transfer didn’t come with out some resistance from the the Public Broadcasting Firm of Ukraine (UA:PBC), which mentioned in June it was “upset” that the EBU had dominated out Ukraine as a bunch nation. However the threat of air assaults and mass casualties swayed the EBU’s remaining determination.

The BBC has stepped in to host for different nations prior to now and has, total, staged the occasion extra occasions that every other broadcaster. It hosted the Eurovision Track Contest in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982 and Birmingham in 1998.

“We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Track Contest within the UK in 2023,” mentioned Martin Osterdahl, the occasion’s govt supervisor.

The British metropolis internet hosting the occasion shall be chosen within the coming months following a bidding course of. A date for the 2023 occasion has not been introduced but.

The EBU’s assertion mentioned that Ukraine, because the winner of the 2022 competitors, will mechanically qualify for the subsequent finals.

“The 2023 Eurovision Track Contest won’t be in Ukraine however in help of Ukraine. We’re grateful to our BBC companions for displaying solidarity with us,” mentioned Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of the UA:PBC’s managing board.

“I’m assured that collectively we will add Ukrainian spirit to this occasion and as soon as once more unite the entire of Europe round our frequent values of peace, help, celebrating variety and expertise,” Chernotytskyi added.

This 12 months’s contest – which came about in Italy – grew to become a second of world solidarity for war-ravaged Ukraine, which gained the competitors greater than three months into the battle. Kalush Orchestra gained with a music referred to as Stefania, sung in Ukrainian, which fused rap with conventional people music.

Eurovision has taken place since 1956 and has at all times been organised by the EBU, which represents public service media in additional than 50 nations throughout Europe, the Center East and Africa.

The occasion in 2022, EBU mentioned, drew greater than 180 million viewers on TV and on-line.

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