In­de­pen­dence day cel­e­bra­tions

Halifax Courier - - This Week In Court - By Tom Scargill

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

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