On Sunday September 10, The Village Trip will celebrate Ukrainian culture and honor the bravery of the Ukrainian people with events across the East Village which will raise money for the Ukraine Children’s Action Project, founded by Irwin and Karen Redlener.

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Ukraine Children's Action Project

Karen and Irwin RedlenerUCAP logoUCAP was founded by pediatrician Irwin Redlener and children’s advocate Karen Redlener, less than three months after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. Its principal mission is to help address widespread psychological trauma and educational disruption experienced by the millions of children who were able to escape the extreme violence in eastern and southern Ukraine. In addition to addressing these major challenges, UCAP has continued to respond to a host of humanitarian needs, including purchasing back-up generators and winter clothes for children. The Redleners travel frequently to Ukraine and Poland to meet personally with every program that UCAP funds.

Their core commitment to donors? On the ground, hands on, transparent…

At the heart of this special fundraising day are St Mark’s in-the-Bowery and Veselka – landmarks in historic Little Ukraine, which today is a sea of blue and gold flags – with whom The Village Trip will be partnering.

The day will include a Play-a-Thon for Ukraine, sponsored by The Village Trip and District 1 Manhattan of the New York State Music Teachers Association and Steinway & Sons. Musicians of all stripes – students, amateur and professional – and of all ages are invited to perform. They will undertake to raise sponsorships from family and friends, classmates and colleagues. Veselka will provide light refreshments for the performers.

During the afternoon there will be a chamber music interlude - a performance inside St Mark’s by special guest artists.

In the evening, DROM will become the center of activity as The Village Trip presents a special concert headlined by Kommuna Lux direct from Odessa and supported by surprise guests from the local music community.

The Village Trip, working with Veselka, will be encouraging Ukrainian churches, the Ukrainian Museum, and other Ukrainian businesses to participate in this important initiative to help children whose lives have been torn apart by war and family separation.

Music is an international language that knows no boundaries. Music – like all the arts – has the power to entertain, elevate and inspire, in even the darkest hours.

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Playing for Change: a Play-a-Thon for Ukraine

St Mark’s in the Bowery 131 East 10th Street, New York, NY, United States

A Play-a-Thon for Ukraine which will benefit the Ukraine Children’s Action Project. We welcome performers of all ages and abilities playing any instruments. The music will be by Ukrainian composers. Find out more and REGISTER to take part.

Killing the Silence: A Concert for Ukraine: Special Guests Chorus Dumka

St Mark’s in the Bowery 131 East 10th Street, New York, NY, United States

Benefit for Ukraine Children’s Action Project. Chamber music by Ukrainian composers. Special guests Ukrainian Chorus Dumka, Bowers-Fader Duo, Didorenko-Basis Duo. Music by Barvinsky, Bortkiewicz, Silvestrov, Ornstein, Lysenko, Gliere and more.

$25 – $30

From Odesa: Kommuna Lux plus special guests

DROM 85 Avenue A, NY, United States

Making its Manhattan debut – direct from Ukraine—Kommuna Lux is a hi-energy seven-piece band whose “Odesa gangsta folk” has been thrilling audiences for almost a decade with its beguiling mix of Klezmer and rowdy speakeasy tunes that have a bohemian Black Sea coastal vibe.

$35 – $40

The Village Trip Ukraine Day Needs You!

Community events such as this are now more important than ever – so why not be a part of it?

Celebrate Ukrainian culture and food while raising money for an important cause through your business, or a pop-up event which you could organise.

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