First look at the Eurovision 2023 stage!02 February 2023 at 11:00 CET
The designer told Eurovision.tv:
‘The architecture takes inspiration from a wide hug, opening its arms to Ukraine, the show’s performers and guests from across the world. I focused on the cultural aspects and similarities between Ukraine, the UK and specifically Liverpool. From music, dance and art to architecture and poetry.’
Julio, who has years of experience working on huge events like the GRAMMYs and the MTV EMAs, continued:
‘It is our duty as designers to enhance performances through a compelling visual landscape, while capturing the heart and soul of the Eurovision Song Contest.’
Across more than 450 square metres of staging, this stunning 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.
‘We wanted a set design that people will remember for years,’ said Andrew Cartmell, Executive Producer of the contest.
‘It’s so important to us that the delegations have the greatest possible space to work with. We wanted to give them a set that has lots of options for staging.’
Speaking about the collaboration with Julio, he adds:
‘Julio is a joy to work with; he’s creative with innovative designs. We reached out to him because he's got phenomenal credentials, so that we can all make this a fantastic set design for Liverpool 2023.’
As Eurovision draws closer, Julio described the opportunity to design its set as ‘an honour’.
‘It’s a thrill to know that such a diverse group of talented musicians will be performing on my stage. I’ve had a long history of being a fan of the show and as a young adult, I used to take notice of the impressive stage designs.
I am excited to celebrate the future winner and to pass the creative baton to the next country.
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