Following the announcement that Liverpool was named as the 2023 host city for the Eurovision Song Contest, this week event organisers Culture Liverpool have put a call out to artists, creatives, makers, musicians and performers for ideas towards creating an inclusive, thought-provoking, entertaining and diverse cultural festival in the lead up to May’s main event.
The festival will include a series of commissions, events and installations which will celebrate UK music, Eurovision and most importantly, act as a platform for showcasing modern Ukraine.
The call out is in three categories:
- UK and Ukraine
These commissions will bring together Ukrainian and UK-based artists and producers to collaborate on creating new projects which capture the ambition and energy of modern Ukraine. Artists can come from any discipline, although there is a particular interest in large-scale outdoor works and installations.
Each commission must bring together a Ukrainian artist, creative or collective with a UK counterpart. Applications from Ukrainian nationals living in Ukraine or outside of the UK are welcome, and support will be given to match those individuals with a UK collaborator.
- Music United
These commissions will celebrate the power of music to bring communities together. They will encapsulate the joy and congregation which music can bring across boundaries, ages and backgrounds.
- Eurovision in Liverpool
These commissions will be a celebration of the joy, diversity of spirit, plurality of opinion and sheer fabulousness of Eurovision taking place in the heart of the UK’s most exciting city. They may draw on the history of the competition, or look to its future, or simply revel in what it stands for.
How to apply
Anyone interested must:
- Have a history of creating high quality work of scale, ambition and accessibility.
- Be willing to work in collaboration with other artists and producers.
- Deliver breath-taking work in a short timeframe.
Applications are welcome from creatives who live in the nations competing in Eurovision 2023 and in particular from artists from Ukraine and from the Liverpool City Region.
The deadline for expressions of interest is midday Monday, 12 December 2022. Those successful in this first stage will be given an initial £2k funding to formally develop their proposal.
For full details and information on how to apply, visit the Culture Liverpool website.