UK to give 3,000 Eurovision tickets to Ukrainian refugees

LONDON, England: Britain’s government has announced that 3,000 tickets have been set aside for displaced Ukrainians to attend the Eurovision Song Contest this year.

The government also said it would provide $12 million in funding to help host Eurovision in May on behalf of Ukraine, which won the competition in 2022 and would normally have become host for the following year. The country was unable to host the competition because of Russia’s 2022 invasion.

"Today’s announcement means that thousands of tickets will be offered to those displaced by war, so that they can take part in a show honoring their homeland, their culture and their music," Britain’s Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said.

The northern English city of Liverpool will host the 2023 Eurovision. Britain was the runner-up last year.