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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A post shared by Ukrposhta (@ukrposhta)

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.

 

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Héctor
Héctor
16 days ago

WTF is the first one? Then talk about Eurovision not being political. Unfortunately, the Eastern countries are making it political and an state issue in favour of their nationalist agendas.

Anna
Anna
18 days ago

None of them, I don’t like weapons… war or not, i would not like it on a stamp at least….

Ron
Ron
19 days ago

This is as “apolitical” as the EBU is…

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
19 days ago

Off topic:
The Ukrainian Government has announced that a Committee has been formed to aid the organising of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

Taras Melnychuk, the Government Representative in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) has announced that a Committee has been formed for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The composition of the committee was signed off today among a number of other measures.

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
19 days ago

I find both quite disturbing if I’m being honest.

Eurofan
Eurofan
19 days ago

I’m sorry William but this is one of those very rare occasions when I cannot defend your post. What on earth were you thinking of when you decided to write this post. The sight of weapons on any stamp is objectionable and should be distanced from Eurovision and Wiwibloggs. To have a poll on the lesser of two evils is poorly judged. This is definitely one of your worst posts ever William.

Shamso
Shamso
19 days ago

We discuss here which stamp is good and which not. REALLY? There is war in Ukraine, people die, families are torn apart, chaos and violence everywhere. Need and misery among the population and we discuss stamps?

Dawid
Dawid
19 days ago

These are literally the worst two

WeAreWhitChanel
WeAreWhitChanel
19 days ago

And this isn’t politic?

Tomi
Tomi
19 days ago

I voted for the goose. But I also quite like n°1 & n°3. These aren’t the nicest stamps ever, but not sure they deserve the nasty comments they’re getting.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
19 days ago

Purely from a style standpoint…is that really the best they can do? To me neither one exactly has an appealing design…

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
20 days ago

The one that replaces the blue and yellow with the UK flag and a picture of Sam Ryder winning.

Im so fab
Im so fab
19 days ago

This or a stamp with Chanel winning. The Ukrainian winners ruin Eurovision’s values every single day.

ILPIESC
ILPIESC
20 days ago

Nothing :> but if I must choose, goose

ete sech
ete sech
20 days ago

What the heck is this?

gigi
gigi
20 days ago

Both are disgusting, such bad taste!

Truth Spitter
Truth Spitter
20 days ago
Reply to  gigi

Stay mad. You’re rage commenting and replying all the time. Get a life!

gigi
gigi
19 days ago
Reply to  Truth Spitter

You’re rage fallowing me all the time! Get a life!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
19 days ago
Reply to  gigi

Bad taste to who? They are in war. That’s just what their life is for the next few years. A commemorative stamp given out at this time is bound to have some reflection of the times and patriotism in it.

gigi
gigi
19 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Syria is at war
Iraq is at war
Yemen is at war
Lybia us at war
Haiti is at war
Afganistan is at war

I didnt see you care enough forr those wars? Ooops, arent those wars one that US + filthy part of EU is financing? Oooppps no wonder u have no clue about those wars.

We, in media free states do know all about them. And you can diskike this as much as u want but u cant beat the truth. Simply u cant 😉

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
19 days ago
Reply to  gigi

You didn’t see me commenting about war in afghanistan because they don’t compete in eurovision. There’s no war in haiti except for gang violence

Im so fab
Im so fab
20 days ago

None

Mitch
20 days ago

What the literal fu*k

Jerz
Jerz
20 days ago

I love tank and tractor stamp design so much! Even the rooster stamp design (no. 5) as well!

Jerz
Jerz
20 days ago

I will give the goose a goose.

Jerz
Jerz
20 days ago
Reply to  Jerz

Oops… sorry…
I will give the goose a go.

Azuro
Azuro
20 days ago

Go for the goose.
Not sure the relevance of the goose though, why a goose?

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
20 days ago

None of them

roja
roja
20 days ago

I am a Top Gun fans, of course I’ll choose Goose one

Ares
Ares
20 days ago

where is the option “i couldn’t care less”?

Tom
Tom
19 days ago
Reply to  Ares

WHY did you click on the article then?

Clara
Clara
20 days ago

The goose is the obvious option.

MonsieurMüller
MonsieurMüller
20 days ago

You should have included a third option: “None of them.”

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
20 days ago

I love the tank and tractor design so much!

Karl
Karl
20 days ago

Neither one. I would prefer one with only microphones and no weapons.

Christian W
Christian W
20 days ago
Reply to  Karl

Tell that to the people of Butcha and wait what they will answer….

gigi
gigi
20 days ago
Reply to  Christian W

Such hypocrit superficial media biased answer. Get a life!

esc_fl
esc_fl
20 days ago

No.1 is the one rare moment when Oleh isn’t flapping his hands everywhere XD…would totally go for the goose lol

Also can we talk about No. 4, the tractor pulling the tank? I remember seeing that video yesterday didn’t think they’d immortalize it lol

BjorkLord
BjorkLord
20 days ago

Can we have one with Go-A on it instead?

58 Points (JE)
20 days ago

Neither. One featuring the lovely Tym please.

Esc addict
Esc addict
20 days ago

You can see that it’s the worst moment of the year for the eurofans, nothi.g to eat, no stuff to comment and to criticize so you end by doing a poll about 2 stamps…