The set and stage for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been unveiled by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla.
The royals were joined by BBC director-general Tim Davie on a tour of the Liverpool Arena, where they met the staff, creative team and apprentices getting the venue ready to host the event.
They were then invited to light and animate the Arena with the set designer, and sound and lighting directors – revealing the Eurovision staging, for the very first time.
The stage has been designed on the principles of ‘togetherness, celebration and community’. Across more than 450 square metres of staging, the set brings together another 220 square metres of independently moving and turning video screens, as well as over 700 video tiles integrated into the floor and more than 1500 metres of LED lights.
Martin Green, managing director of Eurovision, said: “We are thrilled His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort have unveiled this landmark moment for 2023 Eurovision. It has been a fantastic collaboration between all of our partners and the BBC to get to this point and now the stage is officially set to capture everyone’s imaginations and bring together audiences from across the world.”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with Semi-Finals on May 9th and 11th and the Grand Final on May 13th.
The Eurovision Song Contest is organised by the European Broadcasting Union and watched annually by around 160 million people. It is being hosted by the BBC on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine.