Ben Whishaw and Maisie Williams read poetry to raise money for Ukraine


Actors Ben Whishaw and Maisie Williams have given somber readings of translated Ukrainian poetry at a live event raising money for the country under siege.

Dressed in black against a blue and yellow background light, the film and television stars read emotional passages to thousands of people at the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Center in London on Tuesday.

The event, called Slava Ukraini, which means Glory to Ukraine, is raising money for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal, which is providing aid to Ukrainian refugees.

Whishaw and Williams took the stage after classical renditions of Ukrainian folk music sung by Kseniia Nikolaieva and pianist Dinara Klinton.

Bafta winner Whishaw read Dancing In Odessa and A Cigarette by Ukrainian writer Ilya Kaminsky, while Game Of Thrones actor Williams gave an emotional account of a woman fleeing Kyiv.

Juliet Stevenson, who welcomed a Ukrainian refugee family into their home, Jonathan Pryce and Kyiv-born baritone and leading man of the Royal Opera House Yuriy Yurchuk will also perform.

The event marks the 27th day of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Slava Ukraini was organized in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute in London and is supported by the British Council.

The DEC brings together 15 of the UK’s leading charities, including the British Red Cross, Oxfam UK and Save The Children UK, working on the ground in Ukraine and on the country’s borders to help those fleeing the conflict. Ben Whishaw and Maisie Williams read poetry to raise money for Ukraine

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