Back in May the CEO of Ukraine’s postal service Ukrposhta announced that he wanted to honour Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra with a special stamp.
And now that’s looking a lot more likely with the launch of the “Good evening, we are from Ukraine!” stamp competition.
In an Instagram post, Ukraine Post shared that it received more than 1,500 sketches for the competition. It has created a shortlist of five designs — two of which nod explicitly to Kalush Orchestra.
The first (listed as No. 1 in the gallery below) shows Kalush Orchestra founder and rapper Oleh Psiuk wearing his Eurovision outfit, which includes his signature pink bucket hat. He’s pictured alongside a Ukrainian soldier pointing his gun.
That Oleh is holding a mic isn’t just about music. He, and his fellow bandmates, have used their platform to raise awareness about the war at home and to remind the world of the unique signature of Ukrainian culture.
The second Kalush option (listed as No. 3 in the gallery below) shows a goose wearing a hybrid hat — one half is very clearly Oleh’s pink bucket hat, while the other half morphs into military camouflage. It again suggests the significant role the group has played during the country’s darkest hour.
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Ukraine Post is fielding opinions on its social networks. It will announce the results of its referendum on June 15. The stamp will be released in July.
Back in 2004 and 2016, Eurovision winners Ruslana and Jamala were also featured on special celebratory stamps.
Which do you prefer? Have a think and then vote in our totally unofficial poll below.