In a bid to help the people affected by the distressing situation in the Ukraine, the Southbank Centre have announced a fundraising event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Taking place on March 22, Slava Ukraini is a night of music, poetry and spoken word, where all net proceeds and further funds raised on the evening will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee.
The night aims to show solidarity to those in Ukraine affected by the war, as well as the Ukrainian community in London. Attendees can expect a brilliant lineup that includes Ukrainian and British performers, both in person and via live link-up from Ukraine.
Slava Ukraini hosts a bill of both contemporary and classical performances. Expect to see the Kyiv-born Yuriy Yurchuk, who has previously performed Marcell in Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme at the Royal Opera House; plus pianist Dinara Klinton, born in Kharviv, who has performed at the Royal Festival Hall.
Writers on the lineup include the historian Dr Olesya Khromeychuk, who penned the bestseller Death and the Penguin, plus poet and essayist Serhiy Zhaden.
Those who attend can also look forward to readings from award-winning stars of the screen and stage Ben Whishaw, Jonathan Pryce and Juliet Stevenson. They will read poetry by Ilya Kaminsky, Lyuba Yakimchuk and Ostap Slyvynsky.
Mark Ball, the Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, said: “I’d like to thank all of the participating artists, the Ukrainian Institute in London and the British Council for their time and willingness to support the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
“We hope this event can make a difference to help people in Ukraine and those seeking sanctuary across its borders, and that it reminds us too of our responsibilities to refugees and displaced peoples from across the world.”