Whilst the war on Ukraine rages, it is hard for us to feel okay about posting other things. In times of crisis artists do what they can in the way they do. I can donate, I can help, I can promote others doing the same.
Art itself can help raise spirits, many of you will have seen the footage of the brave young singer in the basement or the man playing Imagine for the refugees crossing the border.
Musician Davide Martello, 40, lives in Konstanz, southern Germany.
There will be many local fundraisers for you to get involved with. Here are some coming up in my region and beyond.
Fundraiser In Ledbury For Ukraine
Saturday 19th March, 10.30am – 10pm,
The Poetry House, The Barrett Browning Institute, Ledbury HR8 2AA.
There will be:
Drop-in Art Workshops with artist Jeanette McCulloch10.30am – 12.30pm Make a beautiful Ukraine inspired folk art greeting card
11am – 5pm Receive individual feedback from poet Lesley Ingram. Minimum donation £20 for 20 minutes.
2pm – 5pm Read a poem by a Ukrainian poet. Or any poem of your choice. Drop-in. All welcome.
Poets and Musicians for Ukraine!
6pm – 10pm Live performances from Elvis McGonagall, Connie Gordon, Jonny Fluffypunk, Mark Stevenson, Amy Rainbow, Nick Trigg, Sara-Jane Arbury, John Rose and Steve Rooney. Minimum donation £10.
Raising money for https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
A spoken word event Manchester Writers for Ukraine will be taking place on Friday 25 March 2022 at 7:30pm at the King’s Arms in Salford.
Writers will include Sarah Butler, Michael Conley, Fat Roland, Peter Kalu, John McAuliffe, Cheryl Martin, Reshma Ruia and Louise Wallwein. All funds raised go to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Manchester writers share poems and stories in the intimate setting of the Kings Arms Theatre.
All funds raised go to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
Full capacity seating with no social distancing. Please do not attend if showing any COVID-19 symptoms.
The following night, in Worcester Earth Hour is an event raising funds for Ukraine.
Saturday 26th March, 7:15 pm, Freds, 33 The Tything, Worcs., WR1 1JL
Entry to the event is free, all proceeds will be for the fundraiser.
And in April, Ade Couper, Worcestershire Poet Laureate, is organising Poetry for Ukraine.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2022 AT 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Worcester Quaker Meeting House
An evening of live poetry to raise funds for people affected by the war in Ukraine.
Find out more information about the event here.