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24th April 2023

Eurovision 2023 News

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest was the first time in 25 years that the UK has staged the event, which was hailed as a triumph for Liverpool, who hosted Saturday’s biggest music festival on behalf of war-torn Ukraine.

Our amazing students and staff were involved in a whole host of exciting activities throughout Eurovision 2023, details of which can be found below.

Now live: Ukraine meets Liverpool

Our Ukrainian students and staff were interviewed about life at the College, their experiences of Liverpool and the preparation for Eurovision in May 2023. Our Media department brought the images and recordings together in a short film.

Our very own Ukrainian staff and students are the stars of the video, which is dedicated to Ukraine, Eurovision and Liverpool. The images and recordings were brought together  by our media department into a fantastic piece of work that is testament to how much the College has worked with the amazing Ukrainian community to make this festival an event to remember.

We’re incredibly proud of them and hope you’ll take the time to enjoy this very moving and inspirational video.

Eurovision – Final Rehearsal

As guests of Culture Liverpool, Jan Schofield and two of our Ukrainian students, Diana Almselm and Evangelina Zamula, joined Rev. Dr. Taras Khomych at the M&S Arena on Saturday for the final rehearsals of Eurovision’s main event.

Evangelina – who proudly wore her Ukrainian national dress – and the group,  soaked up the arena’s electrifying atmosphere, and also enjoyed the live performances of twenty-six finalists as they prepared for the dazzling night of entertainment, which was watched by millions of Eurovision fans from around the world.

Ukrainian Tasting Menu @ The Academy Restaurant –  April

On 20th April, we hosted an incredible Eurovision-themed tasting menu event at The Academy Restaurant at our Duke Street campus. This exclusive seven-course menu, where each course was inspired by a country linked to Eurovision success, was extremely popular with our guests. The full menu was prepared by the College’s talented hospitality students, under the expert guidance of specialist teaching staff.

‘European Wine meet British Cheese’ @ The Academy Restaurant – April

Guests were taken on a delectable journey around the UK, tasting a selection of first-class cheeses from across the counties of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In collaboration with the renowned Liverpool Cheese Company, our budding connoisseurs were invited to taste and explore four cheeses from each of the country’s independent cheese producers, served with an array of artisan accompaniments, and paired with a European wine chosen to complement and enhance the cheese.

The event, which was hosted by the College’s talented hospitality students, under the expert guidance of specialist teaching staff, was a great success in what turned out to be a fun, relaxing evening for all involved!

Easter Egg Virtual Showcase: Chocolate Extravaganza

As part of our Eurovision preparations over the last few months, three members of the Ukrainian community visited our specialist patisserie students to talk about Ukraine and how much Easter means in their country. The students produced decorative eggs to showcase in a virtual gallery during this celebratory period.

The eggs are currently on display in John Lewis, Liverpool ONE. Make sure you pop in to see their masterpieces for yourself!

Expressive Arts & Media Academy student performances @ Salthouse Dock & Chavasse Park

As part of the Eurovision celebrations, our amazing performing arts students take part in a series of exciting performances on the floating platforms at Salthouse Dock and Chavasse Park on the following days:

Salthouse Dock:

  • 27 & 28 April: 4-6pm – both stages (dock and cobbled area)
  • 4 & 5 May: 4-6pm – both stages
  • 9 & 11 May: 4-8pm
  • 13 May: 2-8pm

Chavasse Park:

  • 12 May: 12-6pm

Come along and see some amazing performances and support our students! No tickets needed.

While you’re there, keep an eye out for artwork from our Creative Arts & Fashion students and Students’ Union on display nearby. They’ll be decorating pebbles close to the arena in the form of a giant sunflower!

Completed artwork ready to view from 12th May.

HNC Fashion – Eurovision-themed Project – 24 April onwards


Our HNC Fashion students finalised their Eurovision-themed project on Friday 20th April, designing and producing twelve garments based on the theme of Eurovision. They were encouraged to be bold with their creations and the results look incredible!

One of the students produced a fully sustainable costume for the project. His initial design research took him to charity shops in the local area, looking at shape and fabrics. He bought several samples which he went on to deconstruct and use as patterns. Old newspapers were utilised to make his pattern blocks and recycled buttons were used to accessorise. The student’s final garments are constructed from old curtains, from which the lining was removed to make his initial toiles (test version of a garment before a designer makes it in the real fabric).

A number of the garments are now on display at the British Music Experience and John Lewis (ground floor), Liverpool ONE, please do pop in to have a look at the amazing results! Take pictures, and don’t forget to tag us on social media – @colcollege!

The City of Liverpool College Egg Trail

Based on the theme of Eurovision, students at each of our five college campuses decorated a huge egg to go on display in each reception areas. The eggs all took on a 3D shape, with the form crafted in metal at our Construction and Engineering site on Vauxhall Road!

The Students’ Union, welding, art & design, academic studies and travel & tourism students decorated the eggs, which are approximately 1.5m x 1m in size, and will remain on display during the lead up to and throughout Eurovision.

Find out more about Culture Liverpool’s Eurovision Egg Trail project with local primary schools here, which was the inspiration behind this Students’ Union-led activity.

British Music ExperienceDate TBC

This half-day taster event is followed by a Q&A session with business executives from the industry as well as with people connected with Eurovision. The College will attend the event to promote its full range of courses.Keep an eye out for further details!

Eurovision Legacy Arts Festival: 9 – 11 May

The College’s Arts Centre will host a school arts festival during week commencing 8th May. Schools will create a piece of artwork, dance, acting, music, film or digital creation to be showcased in the theatre and gallery at the Arts Centre in the run up to Eurovision. The pieces will all be created under one theme, ‘Eurovision United’, and bring together primary, secondary and other FE providers in an extravaganza of culture and the arts, celebrating Liverpool, Eurovision and Ukraine’s story.

College staff and students have offered the use of workshops and other college facilities to support the creation of the final piece of work and support the process, were required. The aim is to bring together young people from across the city to celebrate the power of Eurovision and its music, by uniting nations through the Arts. The Royal Court Theatre Group will also support the event, through its young people from the organisation participating alongside school pupils and our College students.

Each day, students from schools across the region will take part in workshops and rehearsals, then perform as part of a show in the Arts Centre theatre that night.

Community Visual Arts Mural

As part of Eurovision’s Legacy Arts Festival, the College reached out to Art departments in local schools across the city with an invitation for pupils to conjure up different images of the nightingale – the emblem of Ukraine – in all its forms.

Staff and students from the school of Creative Arts and Fashion have used these images to create a little piece of magic in the form of a huge visual arts mural entitled ‘Welcome to Liverpool’. This goes on display in School Lane (Liverpool ONE) this week and is a true collaboration between the College and young people from across the city.

Why not pop along and see it for yourself, and don’t forget to tag us on social media – @colcollege!

Visitor Economy Careers Event – 26 April

We welcomed pupils from across the city to our Duke Street campus on 26th April. They had the opportunity to take part in a number of practical workshops,       alongside inspirational talks from influential employers working within the Visitor Economy sector.

We were delighted to host the next generation of talent and inspire young minds to think about their futures in this exciting industry!

Creative Industry Careers Events – Wed 10 & Thurs 11 May

COLC Arts Centre Front Shot

The Arts Centre is set to host a series of careers events for young people interested in the Creative and Digital sector (9 & 10 May).

Pupils engage in several practical workshops with specialist staff in Creative Graphics Design, Photography and Digital IT. They’ll also take part in presentations by creative entrepreneurs from the Creative and Digital industry, followed by a Q&A session with the employers about specific careers and pathways in their sector.

Backstage Careers Events @ The Everyman – Tuesday 23 May

Join us to explore a careers event for young people interested in a career as a ‘Backstage’ professional.

The event features a number of practical workshops alongside inspirational talks from influential employers working within in a back stage career. Students will have the chance to work with specialist staff in Theatrical Make-Up, Costume & Set design, Lighting and Sound & participate in a tour of The Everyman Theatre.

The day is divided into a number of practical workshops and attendees will have the opportunity to select 2 of the 4 workshops (see below) and will attend in either the morning or the afternoon session. The students will enjoy presentations from creative entrepreneurs and have the opportunity to ask questions about specific careers and pathways.

Attendees are required to book in advance of the event and to arrive on time. To book a place or find out more, contact Colette Whelan,

The City of Liverpool College – In the News!

Culture Liverpool – College hosts Eurovision events in lead up to big day day

Uncover Liverpool – College to host a range of Eurovision events

Liverpool Echo – What’s On – CoLC performance on 12 May

Liverpool World – CoLC Performance on 12 May

The Guide Liverpool – CoLC performance on 12 May

Secret Liverpool – Eurovision Theme Evening at Academy Restaurant

Capital Liverpool talk about City of Liverpool College hosting a Ukraine-themed event.
Capital Liverpool talk about City of Liverpool College hosting a Ukraine-themed event.

Link to Capital News tweet

To stay ahead of things happening in and around the City, here’s your guide to all things Eurovision!

The new Visit Liverpool/Eurovision mobile app is now live. It’s got everything you need to get the best Eurovision + Liverpool experience.

Download on App Store/Google Play

Digital version of Eurovision Visitor Guide

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