Two South Bay venues are hosting Ukrainian cultural events this weekend to raise funds for Ukrainian relief and increase awareness.
SATURDAY IN CAMPBELL: Bay Area musicians and dancers of all ages will come together tonight, May 21, for a show in support of the war-ravaged country.
The event will feature a multilingual repertoire, with songs in Ukrainian, Russian, Georgian, English and Yiddish. Featured musicians will include Sergei Chumakov, Vadim Rabinovich, Nati Chitadze, Regina Karpovich, Zhanna Shpits, Zhenya Rock and Zaza Korinteli. In addition to adult participants, young singers and dancers from Deep Dance Studio will also perform.
This is the second fundraising concert organized by Friends in Deeds, a Facebook group. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and music will begin at 6 p.m. at the Starbright Theater, 1770 W. Campbell Ave., in Campbell. The venue owners are donating the space and production services for the concert.
All proceeds will go to Nova Ukraine, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit humanitarian organization, and a representative from the group will speak at the event.
Suggested ticket donation is $30. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal by emailing Friends in Deeds at [email protected]
SUNDAY AT MORGAN HILL: Lightpost Winery, in partnership with Art of Ukraine, will host Ukraine Vyshyvanka Fest at Morgan Hill Winery. The event, which will run from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., will include dance and music performances, live painting, craft workshops, wine tastings and small bites.
“Our mission is to preserve traditions, dance, art and folklore in order to protect Ukrainian national identity from eradication,” writes Polina Krasnova, founder of Art of Ukraine, on the group’s website at non-profit. “We organize fundraising events and folk craft workshops to showcase the depth of Ukrainian cultural heritage. We want our guests to know that they are not just helping an abstract country in need. They protect an incredibly rich and deep ancient culture – an important part of our shared history on this planet.
In the art workshops, children and adults can make their own vinok, a Ukrainian headdress, from living flowers and greenery; make a motanka doll from flax and string; and learn the art of Ukrainian embroidery.
Free entry; attendees are encouraged to register for a ticket on Eventbrite. Lightpost Winery is located at 900 Lightpost Way, Morgan Hill.