Ukrainian Independence Day: Five events in London to mark celebration

The Ukrainian community in London have come together to mark the occasion with a series of events.

5,587 Ukrainian civilians have been killed since the war started on February 24, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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    While many celebrations have been cancelled in Ukraine due to the invasion, the Ukrainian community in London have come together to mark the occasion with a series of events.

    Ukrainian Independence Rally

    10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA Wednesday August 24 (5pm to 8pm)

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    A rally will be held outside Downing Street to both celebrate Ukraine’s Independence Day and protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    Ukraine is celebrating 31 years of independence

    The event will include a ceremonial opening, guest speeches, singing and chanting.

    Screening of Golos: Ukrainian Voices

    Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Rd, SW10 9ED Wednesday August 24 (5pm)

    Free for ticket holders for Two Ukrainian Plays the same night (tickets for Two Ukrainian Plays – £23.00)

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    Golos: Ukrainian Voice is an award winning documentary about Ukraine today.

    No 10 Downing Street is adorned with yellow and blue floral decorations to mark Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations

    It focuses on people’s response to the war across age, place and economic background.

    Golos aims to take us outside the polarised rhetoric on either side of the Ukrainian conflict and gives voice to those stuck in the middle; at once a history lesson and a taking-of-the-temperature of a people thrust into an unwanted war.

    Discover Ukraine: Bits Destroyed

    Lower Grand Square, Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9NN August 26 to 29 (8.30pm, 9.00pm, 9.30pm & 10.00pm) Free

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    Ukrainian mosaics that were destroyed in the country’s war against Russia have been recreated at an exhibition, to provide a memory of its rich cultural heritage.

    Golos: Ukrainian Voice is an award winning documentary about Ukraine today,

    The audio-visual instalment called Discover Ukraine: Bits Destroyed, from the British Council and the Ukrainian Institute,showcases 56 monumental mosaics created by Ukrainian artists between the 1960s and 1980s.

    Ukrainian Independence Day Picnic

    Regents Park Children’s Playground Saturday August 27 (1pm) Free

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    A Ukrainian Independence Day picnic has been organised to celebrate Ukrainian culture and its people.

    Discover Ukraine: Bits Destroyed

    Families are welcome to bring food and drinks to the children’s playground at Regents Park on Saturday from 1pm.

    Ukrainian Independence Day Charity Fair

    Adjacent to the Civic Centre, TW1 3BZ Saturday August 27 (1pm to 7pm)

    Celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day by indulging in delicious Ukrainian foods, enjoying live dance and music as well as shopping for Ukrainian traditional crafts.

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    The event will feature performances from ‘Stefania’, a Ukrainian dance ensemble and saxophonist and flautist Alex Smirnov.

    All proceeds from sales are dedicated to the Humanitarian Aid Centre and Refugee Support Group.