Initiated by FinTech and Sustainable Innovation Centre Rockit, “The Nightingale of Freedom” is a joint work by artist Agnė Kišonaitė and more than 400 children from all over Lithuania. Being launched as an NFT, the unique project is now available to any fan art or modern technologies who wants to help Ukraine.
In collaboration with blockchain specialists, “The Nightingale of Freedom” was digitised and transformed into 265 non-fungible tokens (NFTs). As of today, anyone with a virtual wallet will be able to buy them on the initiative’s page here, and all the funds raised will be donated to the #IAmUkraine initiative.
The art piece is made from more than 500 unique feathers. They were created and sent to artist A. Kišonaite by children from all over Lithuania. She was particularly surprised and inspired by the enthusiasm and involvement of the young participants as well as the educational community. Just one month has passed from the idea to its implementation, and “The Nightingale of Freedom” has finally spread its wings.
“When I was invited to contribute to this project, I immediately thought of a nightingale. It is the national bird of Ukraine. Very fragile, but at the same time its song is magical. It is said that a nightingale can’t stop singing so too Ukraine, which fights for the freedom of all of us, can’t stop fighting. And we are here to help with everything in our power. The outward appearance of the nightingale is quite neutral, it is colourless, with no distinctive features; therefore, together with the children, we gave it the colours of the Ukrainian flag and today we invite you to give it the wings of freedom,” says A. Kišonaitė.
According to the authors of the initiative, the FinTech and Sustainable Innovation Centre Rockit, the FinTech community is more united than ever and contributes toward sustainable changes in society. This is essential in the context of the war in Ukraine today, when news from the front has become a daily occurrence and the drive to donate is slowing down. The aim of this project is to remind and invite everyone to not forget, as “The Nightingale of Freedom” is dedicated to all people who love freedom and who fight for it.
“Every year, on our birthday, we tend to remember ourselves and others that the greatest gift is the gift of giving. As probably many of us, this year we had one single wish − to help Ukraine. Being a part of the FinTech ecosystem, we found a solution to empower what we know best and to bring our community together for a common purpose,” says Lina Žemaitytė-Kirkman, Head of Rockit.
According to her, the “The Nightingale of Freedom” is symbolically divided into 265 non-fungible tokens, each with its own unique code. The Lithuanian FinTech industry unites 265 startups, and just like the nightingale, each of them is unique, bright, and one-of-a-kind, with its activities drawing a picture of Lithuanian innovation.
Everyone can contribute to the project and purchase a part of “The Nightingale of Freedom”. For Web3 newcomers, detailed instructions are available on the initiative’s website.
“Web3 technologies enable innovations that open new opportunities for the business and FinTech industry to advance along with community support. In addition to strengthening these links and cooperation, the ‘The Nightingale of Freedom’ will also open the door to new projects and initiatives like this one. Therefore, I believe that today our community will welcome new members who, with a good goal in mind, will discover together the miracles created by modern technologies,” says Andrius Petkevičius, CEO of BCCS Cluster.
All funds raised during the project will be donated to the fund “I am Ukraine”, established by the Ukrainian Embassy in Lithuania, which provides the fastest and most effective assistance to Ukrainian heroes fighting on the war front. BCCS Cluster, Bitlocus, Lithuanian Museums Centre for Information, Digitisation and LIMIS, Lithuanian National Museum of Art, and Go Vilnius also took part in “The Nightingale of Freedom”. For more information: https://www.rockitvilnius.com/nft.