Eurovision 2022 winners Kalush Orchestra will very likely feature on a commemorative stamp to honour their Eurovision victory. The CEO of Ukraine’s postal service Ukrposhta announced the news through his Facebook page.
On Saturday, Kalush Orchestra became the third Ukrainian act to win Eurovision. They did so by topping the public vote with a record score of 439 points, whilst also receiving a respectable fourth place with the juries.
Nodding to that, Ukrposhta CEO Ihor Smilianskyy wrote on Facebook that he wants to issue a stamp in their honour. He wrote:
“Ukrposhta issues stamps, according to the decision of the Art Council. But I think I will have enough arguments as the Chairman of the Council to agree and speed up the release of the stamp dedicated to our winners. Just like we did with Ruslana and Jamala.”
“We will certainly agree on the design of the stamp separately, because we have to agree it with Eurovision. If we wish to go Europe-wide, we have to respect intellectual property rights. Therefore, the photo is an example of one variant.”
Back in 2004 and 2016, Eurovision winners Ruslana and Jamala were also featured on special celebratory stamps. After her victory at Eurovision 2016, Jamala also received the honoury title People’s Artist of Ukraine.
Unlike the two previous winners, Kalush Orchestra did not arrive at Boryspil by plane. Instead they entered via the land border near Lviv.
Although postal services are not running in large parts of Ukraine currently, the country’s national postal service remains active. Earlier, it issued a limited edition commemorative stamp in honour of the Battle of Snake Island that led people to queue up at local post offices in safer areas.