A fundraising concert will be held at Huddersfield Town Hall to raise funds for the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, which is coordinating the emergency appeal in response to the desperate situation in Ukraine.
The concert, which has been organised by members of the Huddersfield Ukranian Club Mandy and Ihor Cioch, will take place on Sunday, May 15th, between 4pm and 7pm.
Mandy and Ihor have invited all the newly-arrived refugees from Ukraine to be their VIP guests for the evening – so they would love the concert to be a sell-out to give the refugees a truly warm Yorkshire welcome.
The evening will celebrate the rich Ukrainian heritage through music and dance, and will feature performances from:
- Hoverla, an exciting Ukrainian Cossack dance troupe who will perform their exhilarating sword dance
- Zoloto Kalyna, Huddersfield’s very own Ukrainian Folk Dance troupe
- Frelach band with accordion, violin, cello and clarinet performing authentic Ukrainian melodies
- Svitloch Ukrainian Choir, Gledholt Male Voice Choir and Vocal Expressions Ladies Choir singing songs of peace and humanity in times of struggle
The whole focus of the concert is to raise funds to alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainian people and to bring the people of Kirklees together with the recently arrived refugees, in a celebration of the courageously proud culture of the Ukrainian nation.
Ihor said: “My father came from a little village near Lviv and he would be horrified at what is happening to his remaining family in Ukraine now. My mother is 92 years old and she was very proud to be present at the last fundraiser, which was held at the Huddersfield Ukrainian Club and raised a fantastic £11,000. It would be amazing if this fundraiser could raise a similar amount”.
The following day, Mandy will be joining a convoy of vans who will be driving from Halifax to the Polish/Ukraine border. The five-day trip will allow humanitarian aid to be delivered directly to those in desperate need. Mandy’s friends and family have already donated over £1000 to cover the cost of fuel for the journey.
Tickets for the event are available to buy here: https://tickets.kirklees.gov.uk/calendar/2022-05-15