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Welcome to our first Eurovision newsletter

The Insignia Exchange – the handover event – has taken place, with the 2022 hosts Turin, officially handing over the Eurovision keys to Mayor Joanne Anderson.

The event, which was broadcast on BBC Two and shared on iPlayer, was watched by hundreds of thousands of people across the UK. It was a milestone moment for our city too, with St George’s Hall providing a beautiful backdrop.

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We thought it would be useful to recap on the financials of Eurovision.

The city council has put forward a capped contribution of £2 million which had already been earmarked for cultural events in 2023. The Liverpool City Region has also contributed another £2 million. This is a very small proportion of the overall cost. Bars, pubs, hotels, restaurants and the wider hospitality sector – which employs thousands of people – will all benefit after a challenging few years. The rest of the budget is coming from the BBC, the EBU, DCMS and Liverpool BID, as well as national and international sponsors.

Mayor Joanne is passionate about the positive impact this event will have on our city and on our communities – please read her thoughts here.

Eurovision needs you!

Our Volunteering Programme has launched and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response – more than 1,000 applications were received in the first few hours.

Volunteering is a proud tradition in Liverpool and none of our large events in recent years would have been as successful without them.

For more on volunteering, click here

Coming up

With thousands of additional tourists expected to head to the city in the coming months, our visitor economy is gearing up to make sure they experience the very best of Liverpool. Colleagues from the Combined Authority, Growth Platform and from the DWP are leading on a recruitment campaign to ensure staffing levels in our leisure and hospitality sector can support the demand. The first Eurovision Recruitment Fair takes place on Wednesday 1 March at ACC Liverpool, and is aimed at those looking for work in the sector, and also employers who want to develop and build their workforce. If you’re an employer who wants to get involved, register your interest on Eventbrite.

In the coming weeks we will share more with you about our cultural commissions which will form part of the cultural festival. After receiving more than 600 submissions, the team has narrowed it down to around 20 incredible creative pieces which will be on our streets from the beginning of May.

Details of our schools programme will also be unveiled, as we aim to get children from early years, right through to senior school involved.