Seven cities have been shortlisted to host the competition, which will be a celebration of UK and Ukrainian culture following the Ukraine’s win of the 2022 competition.
Marketing Manchester is working with Manchester City Council to take forward the next stage of the bid, which will provide further detail about Manchester’s ability to host in May 2023.
Cllr Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We are thrilled to have made it through to the next stage to become the 2023 Eurovision host city. Manchester stands ready to put on the biggest party in the UK at the city’s AO Arena, taking our place in Eurovision’s unique history. We have a large and proud Ukrainian community in Manchester. It would be our privilege to host this iconic celebration on their behalf and we will do everything we can to honour them throughout.”
Sheona Southern, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester, added: “As a city-region known globally for our incredible music legends, a reputation for hosting world-class events, and as a place that warmly opens its arms to diverse communities and people from all over the globe, Greater Manchester ticks all the boxes as a potential host for the unifying and much-loved Eurovision Song Contest.
“Marketing Manchester will now work with Manchester City Council to take forward our bid as city-host and we hope our venues, infrastructure and reputation for securing large-scale events that boost the local economy, will help convince the panel that we are ready to pull out all the stops to bring this high-profile contest to Manchester in 2023.”