Your essential Eurovision guide - visit our Liverpool gallery for exclusive art for fans!

Castle Fine Art in Liverpool’s Church Alley is proud to celebrate the city hosting the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine with a special selection of Eurovision-related artworks, and a warm welcome to fans from around the world.

Not only will the gallery still have work by our collector’s favourite artists, but there are some fabulous pieces in the gallery with a Eurovision and musical connection, some of them specially commissioned.

These include artworks featuring Eurovision legends ABBA and Celine Dion, a piece celebrating Eurovision Pride and unity by James McQueen; art by musicians Ronnie Wood and Bob Dylan, plus art featuring Frankie Goes to Hollywood and The Beatles by the Bisaillon Brothers, who have also made a piece featuring Liverpool FC, as well as many more artworks which make a visit to Liverpool’s Castle Fine Art a total must for anyone attending Eurovision.

Gallery Manager Lucy Edwards says: “As Liverpool’s leading contemporary art gallery, we are thrilled that our city is host to this year’s Eurovision. Brand-new artworks from celebrated artists such as Bisaillon Brothers, James McQueen and James Francis Gill, along with musical greats such as Bob Dylan and Ronnie Wood, adorn our walls to welcome seasoned Eurovisioners and newcomers alike.

“Our knowledgeable and friendly team of art consultants are here ready to talk art, ABBA and all things Eurovision! Take a chance on me (and the team) to be United by Music and by art at Castle Fine Art in Liverpool.”

The gallery in Church Alley, close to Liverpool ONE, offers a great welcome to Eurovision guests, with a great team, great art (and music fans may find familiar!), plus somewhere to sit and have a coffee or a glass of something sparkling to celebrate.

Castle Fine Art can also organise UK and overseas delivery for your art purchase, so there’s no need to carry your art around the city as you enjoy the biggest event that Liverpool has seen in many years.

Above: Castle Fine Art Liverpool celebrating Eurovision 2023.

Your essential guide to Eurovision in Liverpool

We asked Eurovision expert Mark Cook to provide the only guide you need for the big event. When you're not at the Castle Fine Art gallery, there are lots of things to do!

It’s May and the biggest and best Eurovision party ever is finally under way in Liverpool as the UK co-hosts the song contest with last year’s winners, war-torn Ukraine. The 37 contestants have already started rehearsing, and now begins a two-week circus of events both cultural and otherwise. The city on the Mersey, arguably the birthplace of pop music and a renowned party town, is ready.

As an (ahem) veteran of 16 Eurovisions myself - from Belgrade to Baku, and Copenhagen to Kyiv - I can safely say that the home of The Beatles has put more effort into the contest and all the surrounding brouhaha than any other host city (and this includes the uberfan Swedes). Last year in lovely (sunny!) Turin, apart from the official posters, the only evidence we saw of Eurovision’s presence outside the main arena was a random black and white photo of Sandie Shaw - the UK’s first winner, in 1967 - in a shop window.

Just walk around Liverpool now and everywhere is festooned with bunting, the eye-catching contest logo and the slogan United By Music. Along the way you might bump into one of the 12 illuminated songbird sculptures that have popped up around the city. The soloveiko - nightingale in English – is the national bird of Ukraine and a symbol of song and happiness. Each one reveals a different story. You might spot another songbird too - redheaded in plumage - dotted around. There are 20 cut-outs of Sonia, the perky local popstrel who was the runner-up at Eurovision in 1993. She will also perform in the contest final’s interval act, The Liverpool Songbook, a homage to the city’s musical heritage. Might Sir Paul McCartney make an appearance? It would be a perfect ending.

Eurovision inspired art at our Liverpool gallery

The official EuroFestival itself features 24 new commissions, 19 of them involving Ukrainian artists, from English National Opera to community and school projects, including one where the inside of Liverpool Cathedral has been transformed into a railway carriage, a symbol of the Ukrainian escape from the Russian invasion

Izyum To Liverpool is a multi-channel video installation by Katya Buchatska, in which you can go on a poignant train journey. Filmed in real-time, it starts with views of liberated Ukrainian regions moving to Western cities; it's about the fragility of our normal lives, loss and uncertainty. Runs to May 14.

You can also Immerse yourself in the stories of artists on the frontline in Ukraine as you walk the streets of Liverpool. With Fire and Rage is an immersive audio experience combining testimony with photography, visual art, poetry and music – all you need is a smartphone and headphones. It features some of Ukraine’s most innovative artists and takes you from music concerts in metro stations during air raids, to smuggling artworks out of cities as rockets fall, to creating subversive street art under Russian occupation.

Until May 14 at the Museum of Liverpool a Eurovision Walk of Fame experience invites visitors to explore, see and hear iconic contest moments from years past through AR technology. A section of the iconic steps outside the museum will have interactive scannable elements, giving visitors the chance to relive Eurovision’s colourful history. On May 9 at the Eurovision Village on Pierfront, opera and Eurovision collide as the English National Opera Chorus are joined by former Eurovision contestants Ruslana,

Sonia (there she is again!) and Linda Martin, as well as international opera stars Russell Watson, Ella Taylor and Ellie Neate to perform classical arrangements of some of the contest’s greatest hits. Expect bright costumes, rousing choirs, fabulous divas and sing-along tunes. Public screenings of the live contests - two semi finals (May 9 and 11), and the grand final May 13 - range from the Philharmonic Hall and Museum of Liverpool to the Mersey ferries and the EuroVillage. Every venue possible seems to be screening the live shows - though most are probably sold out. But you don’t have to be at all the big parties and performances to enjoy a city in the glittering throes of Eurovision. There is a special, infectious atmosphere of happiness and camaraderie among visitors, fans and locals - just turn up and enjoy.

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