EuroFestival at Liverpool Cathedral

As part of EuroFestival 2023, the cultural festival taking place across the city, Liverpool Cathedral is hosting ‘Izyum to Liverpool’ by the Ukrainian artist Katya Buchatska. Commissioned by Culture Liverpool in partnership with Liverpool Cathedral, Izyum to Liverpool is a multi-channel video installation charting the train journey of escape taken by so many Ukrainians since the Russian invasion in February 2022.

Starting in the liberated Ukrainian regions and moving towards calmer cities in the west, the real-time filming offers a unique and poignant window into the experience of those escaping war, and how normal life can change so suddenly and dramatically in just a moment. Izyum to Liverpool also examines the mental impact of the one-way journey, focusing on the loss, uncertainty, and sense of the fragility of their environment experienced by those travelling further and further away from the frontline.

Izyum to Liverpool will be hosted by Liverpool Cathedral from 1-19 May; meanwhile on 11 May, the artist Katya Buchatska will give a detailed talk at the Cathedral about her visual art installation and the themes it explores with Elisa Nocente, Cultural Programme Manager at Liverpool Cathedral. Katya Buchatska was born in 1987 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she continues to live and work in various forms of media including painting, installations, sculpture, photography and video. You can find our more about Liverpool Cathedral’s exciting plans for EuroFestival 2023 below:

Eurovision Comes to Liverpool

Liverpool is preparing for what is billed as Europe’s biggest party, the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, with the city and the BBC hosting the one-of-a-kind competition on behalf of Ukraine this year. National Museums Liverpool has organised a packed programme of events and live performances at its venues to celebrate this musical extravaganza. Many of these are part of EuroFestival (1-14 May 2023), the two-week long cultural festival taking place across the city, which will allow visitors to see its renowned museums and galleries as they’ve never been seen before.

Eurovision week is made up of three main events: two semi-final nights on Tuesday 9 May and Thursday 11 May, with the Grand Final to follow on Saturday 13 May. The Museum of Liverpool is putting on events on all three nights, with a programme of exclusive performances by a diverse selection of artists for both semi finals and food and drink available throughout the evening. Both the Museum of Liverpool and the World Museum will also host screenings of the Grand Final, giving visitors the opportunity to watch the event in their choice of glorious surroundings.

National Museums Liverpool will also be hosting Museum Sessions Live music events between 14 April and 14 May at various venues including the Walker Art Gallery, the World Museum, the Museum of Liverpool, the Maritime Museum and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. These events are inspired by NML’s YouTube series, and will give individual musicians and groups the unique opportunity to take centre stage and perform in such iconic venues. Various other displays at NML’s galleries and museums will also be open to the public, and a number of family-friendly events will aim to keep the young as thoroughly entertained as the adults.

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