All proceeds will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee to support humanitarian work in Ukraine and neighbouring countries
A group of artists have announced that they will be holding a fundraising event at Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London on Wednesday 9th March. Night for Ukraine has been organised by the founder of Secret Cinema, Bloom Twins, and Sunflower Relief, as well as Phoenix Court, Roundhouse, Sofar Sounds, Platoon, Lost, and other creative collaborators.
All funds raised will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to support humanitarian and emergency response work in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. The DEC and their local partners are working tirelessly on the ground in Ukraine and at its borders, aiding refugees fleeing the ongoing conflict. Over 1.5 million people are estimated to have fled Ukraine since the invasion.
DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said: “The public reaction to our appeal has been incredibly generous so far and we’re grateful to Night for Ukraine for helping to fundraise during this critical time.”
Fabien Riggall, founder of Secret Cinema and Lost, and spokesperson for Night for Ukraine added: “We would like Night For Ukraine to engage the creative community to act, to come together for Ukraine and raise urgent funds for DEC. We are excited to be collaborating with the Bloom Twins and honoured to be partnering Sunflower Relief, an inspiring organisation to help Ukrainians at this time. We hope that this event will fuel artists and venues to create their own Nights for Ukraine to support DEC in any way they can during this crisis.”
The Ukrainian-born Bloom Twins, Anna and Sonia Kuprienko, will not only perform but also help curate the evening, which will also feature spoken word poetry, film, and DJ sets alongside live music. “This is an absolute honour to be representing our country and helping people caught up in this devastating conflict,” the twins said. “There is so much every one of us can do to make a difference and even though it’s called Night for Ukraine, the impact of it will last much longer than a night. It will belong in our memories forever.”
Sunflower Relief, a newly created grassroots organisation, is also partnering with Night for Ukraine. The organisation provides on the ground support in Ukraine, both for refugees and those remaining in the warzone. Irra Ariella Khi, Sunflower Relief founder, said: “As someone with family still on the ground in my hometown of Lviv, I am constantly hearing first-hand accounts of the destruction and devastation taking place in Ukraine. It is truly terrifying.”
“What is happening right now is not going to disappear overnight – the people of Ukraine face weeks and months of more violence, uncertainty and fear. This is why it is so vital that public support continues with the same incredible force and momentum we have seen thus far. Night for Ukraine aims to put the Ukrainian people well and truly front of mind, whilst also celebrating the incredible artists and entertainers that have come out of our country.”
Night for Ukraine will be sharing informative content from DEC and Ukrainian individuals and groups, raising awareness of the ongoing conflict, and ensuring Ukrainian voices are heard and listened to.
Tickets are are available now. Night for Ukraine is also actively encouraging other artists, organisers and venues to stage their own fundraising events to support DEC. Further information can be found here.