Museum of Liverpool reveals interactive Eurovision spectacle
The Museum of Liverpool is being transformed for Eurovision this week with a trio of interactive and audio-visual events and installations.
Steps on the south end of the waterfront landmark – facing the Royal Albert Dock – have become giant interactive piano keys which people can ‘play’ as they move up and down the flight.
Meanwhile Ukrainian Veronika Yasnska and leading Ukrainian AR/VR creative agency ADVIN have joined forces with National Museums Liverpool to turn a section of stairs outside the venue into a Eurovision Walk of Fame, with interactive scannable elements which will give visitors a chance to relieve some iconic Song Contest moments.
And Windows to New Worlds, a co-production between NML and Ellesmere Port-based Crucial FX - creative specialists in digital, interactive and immersive technology for live events, will also immerse passers-by in showstopping artistic interventions being projected directly on to the façade of the Museum from 8.30 each evening.
The project, a special EuroFestival commission, is a key part of National Museums Liverpool’s Eurovision celebrations which also include two special Eurovision Xtra events on both semi-final nights, tonight and May 11, hosted by Liverpool drag artist Danny Beard and Radio City star Leanne Campbell.
Above: The 2022 Eurovision winners, the Kalush Orchestra, appeared on stage at Liverpool's waterfront Eurovision Village last Friday. Photo by Catherine Jones. Top: Steps outside the Museum of Liverpool. Photo by Gareth Jones.
The ADVIN team says of the collaboration: “We wanted to give visitors an immersive experience for them to dive into the history of Eurovision and listen to songs from years past which continue to dominate the world music charts. These interactive stairs use augmented reality to help visitors feel like they are a part of the Eurovision world.
“The interactive steps not only feature the top 12 streamed Eurovision tracks of the past decade, but also feature and pay tribute to Sam Ryder, who represented the United Kingdom in 2022. Kalush Orchestra, our Ukrainian band who won last year's contest, are also featured. We are so pleased to contribute a part of us and Ukraine."
Liverpool is hosting the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of last year's winners because of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. The final takes place at the arena this Saturday, May 13.