Bob Geldof and Imelda May have been announced as part of the lineup for an arts and music event launched to raise money for Ukraine.
Night for Ukraine will be held at the Roundhouse in north London on Wednesday night, with funds raised for the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) call to provide aid to those fleeing. from Ukraine.
Ukraine-born pop duo Bloom Twins, who helped organize the event, will also perform alongside The Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde and Ukrainian baritone and main of the Royal Opera House Yuriy Yurchuk.
Irish singer Geldof said he was very interested in participating in the fundraising event and wanted to do what he could to support the people of Ukraine.
He added: “At least it stops me from feeling completely helpless if only for an hour or two. You can do the same by simply showing up and enjoying yourself. See you again. ”
Bloom Twins explained that Ukrainians were “humbled” to see the support their country received from the rest of the world.
“We are really looking forward to being a part of this project and not just a one-off performance but also as creative collaborators,” they said.
“It is an absolute honor to represent our country and help those caught up in this devastating conflict.
“Each of us has a lot that we can do to make a difference and even though it’s called ‘Night for Ukraine’, its impact will last much longer than overnight. It will forever belong to our memory.”
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The evening will also feature The Royal Ballet’s resident choreographer, Wayne McGregor, and a special performance from the London Community Gospel Choir.
A host of other artists will perform on the night including Jack Garratt, Eckoes, Peter Xan, Tom Baxter, Joseph Toonga, Nadeem Din Gabisi, Joseph Lawrence and Archive.
The project is organized by Secret Cinema founder Fabien Riggall, in collaboration with Bloom Twins and Sunflower Relief, along with Phoenix Court, Roundhouse, Sofar Sounds, Platoon and Lost.
Night for Ukraine is also encouraging other artists, organizers and venues to hold their own nights across the country in support of the DEC.
DEC brings together 15 of the UK’s top aid charities, including the British Red Cross, Oxfam UK and Save the Children UK, working in Ukraine and in other countries. borders of the country to help those fleeing the conflict.
The evening will also feature a speech from DEC executive director Saleh Saeed, who said they are “grateful” to the Night for Ukraine event for helping to raise funds during this “critical time”.
He notes that the public response to the call has been “extremely generous” so far with £120m raised in five days.
Saeed added: “Our members are working tirelessly with local partners to reach people in Ukraine quickly as the devastating conflict turns lives upside down.
“Families, including many children, have been forced to leave everything they know behind in search of safety and desperately need food, water and shelter.
“The DEC exists to mobilize the kindness and goodwill of the British public in times of crisis abroad, and this is one of those moments.2
Tickets for the Roundhouse event on March 9 are currently on sale at www.nightforukraine.org.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/bob-geldof-among-line-up-for-fundraising-event-in-support-of-ukraine-41425479.html Bob Geldof in the lineup to participate in the fundraising event in favor of Ukraine