Yellow Studios has released images of its stage design for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

The 67th edition of the event takes place at M&S Bank Arena (cap. 11,000) in Liverpool, with the final of the competition taking place on 13 May.

Featuring 220sqm of staging, Yellow Studio said the architecture takes inspiration from a “wide hug” that enfolds the arena – from above and below – aiming to symbolise the opening of arms to Ukraine.

The design covers the arena floor, connecting the stage, performers, audience, and greenroom as one structure.

Yellow Studio director Julio Himede said, “It’s a wonderful honour to be collaborating with the BBC and the production team to design this year’s Eurovision Song Contest set. This year’s contest unites Ukraine and the UK to celebrate the unique cultures of both”.

BBC Studios Entertainment & Music will deliver the three live shows for host broadcaster BBC. The team, led by Martin Green CBE, includes executive producer Andrew Cartmell, exec in charge of production James O’Brien, head of show Lee Smithurst, lead director Nikki Parsons, lead creative director Dan Shipton, music director Kojo Samuel, lighting designer Tim Routledge and head of sound Robert Edwards.

The next episode of Access All Areas’ new film series AAA Explores will feature M&S Bank Arena and premieres on 6 February