Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information states there is no doubt the contest should take place in Ukraine but is aware that some conditions will have to change.
Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Oleksandr Tkachenko has made a statement in a recent press conference about the nation’s plans for hosting the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2023. Mr Tkachenko commented:
“We have no doubt that it [the contest] should take place in Ukraine. The only thing is that no one has ever held Eurovision during the war. […] We are now looking for answers with our colleagues to the most important conditions set by the [European] Broadcasting Union, but I think that we will have to explain during our dialogue that some conditions need to be changed,” – Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko
Mr Tkachenko recognises that the war is the major factor why Ukraine is being viewed as unlikely to host the contest in 2023, unless peace should come to the country in the next couple of months. Tkachenko added that he was talking today to representatives of the European Broadcasting Union.
Ukraine has previously hosted four Eurovision events since 2005. Kyiv has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest twice and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest twice. In 2016 it was chosen as the host city for the 2017 contest following a public competition in which Dnipro, Kharkiv, Kherson, Lviv and Odesa also bid. The Mayor’s Office in Kyiv has confirmed that the Ukrainian capital Kyiv is ready to host Eurovision 2023 should it be asked.
UA:PBC and the EBU have already had meetings to discuss hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Ukraine. Should UA:PBC feel that they are unable to host the contest, several other countries have stated that they could step in to host instead. These countries are:
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