A ‘party like no other’ promised for Westside to celebrate Eurovision finals

What’s been promised as a “party like no other” is taking place on Westside next month to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest finals.

Birmingham City Council is planning the free public event in Centenary Square from 3.30pm on Saturday 13 May, ahead of the live televised finals from Liverpool at 8pm that day.

The celebrations will take place in a special Birmingham Eurovision fan zone in the square with a full programme of live performances and activities.

The family-friendly live music, dance and performance will be hosted by drag act Fatt Butcher alongside Ginny Lemon from Season 2 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

There will be a special Eastern European folkdance performance and Ukrainian music presented by Centrala, an internationally recognised centre for Central and Eastern European Art and Artists.

Massaoke, the world’s biggest group sing-along party experience, will headline the live programme with two shows, with themes highlighting the fact that the UK is hosting the Eurovision finals on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine.

Council organisers explained that “the finest food and drink” will be available from street food traders, but that attendees “are also welcome to bring picnics”.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “Join our all singing, all dancing, sequin-clad live band as they play hairbrush anthems from across the decades.

“Accompanied by giant video lyrics for you to sing along to, we guarantee an electric atmosphere peppered with well-known Eurovision hits.

“Expect sequins, spandex, rock star poses and infinite air guitar before the big event is broadcast on the giant screen.”

Other key parts of the Centenary Square party will include:

  • Big Fish Little Fish leading the family rave with dance and Eurovision fan favourites, encouraging families of all ages to let loose on a dance floor filled with bubbles, snow foam, wing dancers, confetti cannons and a giant parachute dance finale.
  • Drum N Bounce leading a fast-paced, inclusive dance fitness session to get the crowd dancing and smiling with classical aerobic dance moves set to a heavy drum and bass soundtrack.
  • Ukrainian DJ Vlad Yaremchuk, from Ukrainian Association of Music Events, mixing his way through Europop and bassline classics, raising money for Music Saves UA, a non-profit fundraiser providing humanitarian for war victims in Ukraine.

Cllr Jayne Francis, cabinet member for digital, heritage, culture and tourism at the city council, explained that the special party had been arranged after Birmingham missed out to Liverpool on hosting the finals.

Cllr Francis said: “We are so excited to be hosting one of the UK’s official Eurovision fan zones with some fantastic local and Ukrainian talent and lots of fun for all ages in the build-up to the grand final.

“Following our bid to host this year’s Eurovision in Birmingham, we see this as a real opportunity to celebrate Ukrainian culture and community – so we are throwing this party on Ukraine’s behalf.”

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