Giant eggs designed by children from across the Liverpool City Region and the Ukrainian community are going on display in Liverpool as the city prepares for both Easter and Eurovision.
Inspired by the Ukrainian and Eastern European tradition of egg painting, Pysanka Eggs is a partnership between Liverpool City Council and Liverpool ONE.
The designs reflect Ukrainian culture and traditions, those of the other competing Eurovision countries and the wider Liverpool City Region communities.
The display – which will be situated in Liverpool ONE – features seven eggs, one for each city region, plus an additional egg to represent Ukraine:
- Sounds We Love by Nicola McGovern with St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Bootle (Sefton)
- The Murdichords Caring Owl by Caroline Daly with Murdishaw West Community Primary School in Runcorn (Halton)
- Nadiya [pronounced na-dee-ya] by MrASingh with St Paul and St Timothy’s Catholic Infant School in West Derby and Anfield Primary (Liverpool)
- Peggy by Pamela Sullivan with Castleway Primary, Leasowe Primary, Eastway Primary and Hayfield School (Wirral)
- Singing Nightingale Watch in the Meadow by Jo Eyles with St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School in Kirkby (Knowsley)
- Vision by Ruta Staseviciute with Eccleston Lane Ends Primary School (St Helens)
- Peaceanka by Ruta Staseviciute in partnership with Ukrainian Children’s Choir working with the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain
The project is part of EuroLearn, made possible thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund with additional support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Funding from Spirit of 2012 will also support EuroLearn, as well as the future evaluation of Eurovision’s benefit to the city region.
Led by Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team, alongside a wide range of creative partners, this is the first time a host city has offered an engagement programme of this scale. The community activity was an integral part of the successful bid and one of the main reasons that Liverpool was chosen to host the song contest on behalf of Ukraine.
Alongside the display, an online artist-developed resource pack is available to download via the Culture Liverpool website, enabling not only schools, but people of any age to get involved.