London will send a message of solidarity and support to the people of Ukraine on Saturday night as the UK hosts the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the country.
Locations across the capital will be lit in yellow and blue, while 3,000 fans will gather in Battersea Park for a special screening of the song contest, which is taking place in Liverpool.
Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, City Hall and the Outernet entertainment district in the heart of Soho will be among locations lit-up in the colours of the Ukraine flag. The London Eye will feature both the UK and Ukraine colours, including a special display if either country receives 12 points.
Fans will gather in Battersea Park to watch the final at a special screening organised by Wandsworth Council and supported by the Mayor of London, while the 2,000-capacity music venue HERE at Outernet and nine Vue Cinemas in the capital are among the many venues broadcasting the show live.
Ukraine won last year’s contest but is unable to host the event this year due to the ongoing war.
The UK was invited to be the host by The European Broadcasting Union after finishing second.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Eurovision is a fantastic way to celebrate the incredible diversity, culture and music of our continent. London stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and I’m proud that our capital’s landmarks will be lit up in support of their nation.
“Ukrainians have shown incredible strength and courage as they continue to resist Putin’s horrendous attack against their country and it is only right that Britain honours them as we welcome visitors from across the globe on their behalf.”