Independence day celebrations
Halifax’s Ukrainian community will celebrate their country’s Independence Day on Saturday at the Halifax Ukrainian Club. Their celebrations will go with a swing thanks to an English folk band called The Playhouse and Gastric Gas Band, who have been invited by the Ukrainian club to provide the entertainment for the night.
The band agreed to do the show in their individual quirky and humorous style, which committee members felt would go down well.
“We’re looking forward to a good night with the Ukrainian community,” Rob Billson, band member, said.
“The band will be performing classic British and Irish songs.
“There will also be Ukrainian music, drink and food during the night.
“Everyone is welcome, you don’t have to be Ukrainian, there’s something for every- one,” said Roman Suchyj, cultural officer.
“We hope people will enjoy themselves and make this a great event.
“We’re asking people to wear their embroidered shirts or something colourful.”
The club has also sourced some special Ukrainian beers and premium Ukrainian vodka for the night, while there is even some Polish vodka for their Polish friends.
There will also be a raffle and some of the proceeds will go to Ukraine Prosthetics Assistance Fund, a charity that helps to provide prosthetics for Ukrainian soldiers.
“Although it’s a celebratory night, we haven’t forgotten the suffering of people in Ukraine.
“Some 1.5 million people have been displaced as a result of the conflict, with many children left as orphans.
“Many of the returning soldiers were volunteers and the main breadwinners in the family.
“We felt if we could help in some way then we should,” added Roman.
“Euromaidan, the people who supported the demo- cratic changes in Ukraine, are streaming a documentary by award-winning director Andrew Tkach called ‘Generation Maidan’ on Monday. All proceeds from this will go to the charity, so we decided to support it too.”
Bohdan Kurylak, chair of the committee, said, “Ukraine will be celebrating 24 years of independence on August 24, which is a public holiday in Ukraine.
“It’s always a big event. In Halifax we have always marked the day but it’s usually been quite low key. This year we thought we’d have a bigger event to show our support
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“We also hope to raise money for a charity helping veterans with prosthetics. “Everyone’s welcome and we’re hoping for a good turnout. Admission is free.”
Members of the Halifax Ukranian community