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“Safe Space” opened in Liverpool for Eurovision visitors

Pride House Liverpool offered a “calm space” with trained support staff on hand to help keep visitors safe during Eurovision events, organisers LCR Pride Foundation said.

Eurovision safe space, in the RIBA North National Architecture Centre at Mann Island will open daily between 09:00 and 17:00 BST.

It was opened by the event’s managing director Martin Green and BBC commentator Rylan Clark.

The space is located in the RIBA North National Architecture Centre at Mann Island near the dedicated EuroVillage at the city’s Pier Head.

“When we talk to communities about feeling safe and supported, they tell us having places that they can identify with and see people like themselves in is so important,” CEO and co-founder of LCR Pride Foundation Andi Herring said.

“With thousands more LGBT+ people due to arrive in the city over the next days and weeks, this is further needed and plays a vital role in ensuring everyone can have a safe and enjoyable visit.”

The RIBA North centre is You’re Safe Here accredited, meaning staff are trained in how to support people needing help.

Support from Merseyside Police, Stop Hate UK and Sahir House will also be present in addition to the general event security provided by FGH Security.

The centre, which features a café, bar, exhibitions and community stalls will open between 09:00 and 17:00 BST each day until the Eurovision Song Contest Final on 13 May.

The Eurovision final is taking place at the M&S Bank Arena, in the city’s waterfront on Saturday 13 May.

It’s the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the UK for 25 years.

The competition is made up of two semi-finals and the grand final – all of which are being broadcast live on the BBC.

This year’s semi-finals are taking place on Tuesday 9 May and Thursday 11 May, at 20:00 BST, with ten countries from each show going through to the final.

In addition, the UK, Italy, France, Spain and Germany are already guaranteed a spot in that final, along with last year’s winners, Ukraine.

This means 26 countries will compete for the glass microphone trophy.

(Source: BBC)

(Images: Twitter)


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