Liverpool will host a never before seen two-week programme, EuroFestival, to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest.
EuroFestival presents 24 commissions - 19 of which are collaborative projects between UK and Ukrainian artists - to showcase the uniting power of music and art.
The Soloveiko Songbirds - which will have accompanied audio to represent different regions of Ukraine and are designed with unique plumage - are one of the 24 commissions announced by EuroFestival on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, images showed the exciting launch of the Eurovision EuroFestival which was held at the British Music Experience in Liverpool. Performers could be seen around the city dressed up, with smiles all around despite the rain.
At Unity, Ukrainian theatre director, writer and actor Yurii Radionov will present UKRLAND: Stories from Ukraine, and the world premiere of the newly commissioned Maria, featuring five refugee Ukrainian actors from across the UK. The Invisible Wind Factory will be the location for the critically acclaimed contemporary media-opera Chornobyldorf.
Go Fly Your Kite working with 450 children from Ukraine and 450 children from across Merseyside, Land & Sky, Home & Dreams, will connect both groups of children in a simultaneous mass participation event. The kites - which the children have designed and painted themselves - will be flown on New Brighton Beach and in four locations across Ukraine.
EuroFestival has been made possible thanks to support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, as well as The British Council, Spirit of 2012 and Arts Council England. The content partners are The Ukrainian Institute, the BBC, Liverpool ONE, The Liverpool BID and Royal Liverpool Albert Dock.