The world comes to Liverpool for Eurovision
Liverpool has been dubbed ‘the world in one city’ and now the world has returned to the city – to celebrate Eurovision.
Artist Luke Jerram’s Floating Earth has been at the Royal Albert Dock as part of the grade I listed attraction’s programme of events for Eurovision.
The 67th song contest was held at the neighbouring arena on Saturday night with an estimated TV audience of 160 million, while at the other side of the dock the Eurovision Village attracted tens of thousands of people from all over the world.
Jerram’s illuminated inflatable installation has been so popular that it is extending its stay at the Royal Albert Dock until Sunday, will May 21, accompanied by a soundscape by award-winning composer Dan Jones which runs from noon to 10.30pm daily (7pm on Sunday).
Sean Morrison, estate manager for Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, said: “We're thrilled to extend the dates for Floating Earth. The response we've received from visitors has been incredible and we want to ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to enjoy this breath-taking installation."
Above and top: Luke Jerram's Floating Earth at the Royal Albert Dock. Photos by Mark McNulty
And Kate Gordon, enterprise manager for Canal & River Trust added: “It’s a remarkable installation, and to see it located majestically on the water at Royal Albert Dock will bring a sense of awe and wonder to all who view it.”
A host of Eurovision-related events and activities took place at locations around the Royal Albert Dock including Eat Drink Ukraine at various venues, a special Late at Tate event at Tate Liverpool, and free live daily performances in the Fab4 Café at the Beatles Story.
Liverpool hosted Eurovision on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine. The theme of this year’s event was United by Music.
Floating Earth is at the Royal Albert Dock until May 21 and the soundscape will run from noon to 10.30pm daily (7pm on Sunday).