Ukraine’s cities ban Independence Day occasions as Calgary celebrates vital day with music – Calgary

Music has introduced a brand new that means to the lives of Ukrainians around the globe. Lots of them dwelling in Canada stated the music reminded them of house and was therapeutic.

That’s the reason it turned the topic of upcoming Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations and concert events. August 24, 2022 marks 31 years of Ukrainian independence because the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Signal outdoors the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church.

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Stefania Romaniuk is a mezzo-soprano and has been performing in out of doors concert events organized by the Calgary department of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

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“Singing and music deliver individuals collectively. Some individuals could have relations who’ve died, they could have needed to journey 1000’s of kilometers to get to Canada themselves,” Romaniuk stated. This is essential not just for the spirit of Ukraine however for the therapeutic of our group.”

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The artists rehearse in a Ukrainian church earlier than the weekend live performance.

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Occasions marking Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday have additionally been banned within the nation’s capital Kyiv and Kharkiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that Russia could launch missile strikes.

Ukrainian-Canadians are grateful to have the chance to honor at the present time on this nation. On Sunday afternoon particular celebrations and concert events happen within the Ukrainian Pioneers Park subsequent to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church.

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“We’re honored that we will rejoice in Canada. It isn’t one thing we take flippantly,” Romaniuk stated.

Meals and different Ukrainian objects will likely be on sale to assist the nation, in addition to youngsters’s actions. Additionally concerned within the occasion will likely be performances by the Ukrainian choir Perevslo. The choir, with half the vocalists as newcomers, is led by Katerina Saxon.

“It was laborious for me to cease watching the information and to cease getting offended and I used to be praying,” Saxon stated. “At some point I simply have the reply to do one thing. simply make one thing For me, the choir is a part of my house.”

Katerina Saxon.

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Saxon is a music instructor by occupation and is at all times passionate and enthusiastic to affix the stated choir.

“It is a aid for them to be part of one thing larger,” Saxon stated.

By a translator, Anastasia Lukovtseva stated that she had come to Calgary three months in the past and was extremely appreciative of becoming a member of the choir as a soprano.

“When she hears the Ukrainian tune and sings the tune, her coronary heart could be very comfortable on that event,” stated Saxon.

“The Ukrainians are united and stronger than ever and this can be a nation that can by no means go to conflict and they won’t be defeated as a result of victory is on Ukraine’s facet.”

There will likely be a flag hoisting ceremony and rally within the Municipal Plaza from 7 to eight pm on Wednesday, six months after the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine.

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