British government announces £10 million of support to help host Eurovision 2023, and 3,000 tickets will be made available for displaced Ukrainians

The British government has agreed that around 3,000 tickets will be made available for Ukrainians who have been forced to leave their homes because of the war and now are living in the UK. This means that Ukrainians can attend one of the live shows and help mark the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra’s victory at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

This ticket allocation will see thousands of Ukrainians attending the live shows and is another example of the UK’s steadfast support of Ukraine for Ukraine, the official announcement of the British Government states.

In addition, the Government also announced £10 million of support to help host Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine and showcase its culture and creativity.

The money will be allocated to support Liverpool City Council and the BBC’s partnerships with Ukrainian artists and performers to ensure a collaborative show celebrating music and how it unites people from around the world.

“Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine means the contest cannot be held where it should be. But we are honored to be supporting the BBC and Liverpool in hosting it on their behalf, and are determined to make sure the Ukrainian people are at the heart of this event. Today’s announcement means that thousands of tickets will be offered to those displaced people by war, so that they can take part in a show honouring their homeland, their culture and their music. As always, we stand together with the Ukrainian people and their fight for freedom,” said British Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer.

Since the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine, millions of Ukrainians have been forced to leave their homes, with many findingsrefuge in the UK.

Those who are currently in the UKvia the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, the Ukrainian Family Scheme and the Ukraine Scheme will be able to apply for tickets. Tickets will be offered for all nine live shows, including the semi-finals, the preview shows and the live final on Saturday 13 May.

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