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 Drs Irwin and Karen Redlener.

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 Playathon for Ukraine, sponsored by The Village Trip and District 1 Manhattan of the New York State Music Teachers Association. 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.

For their registration fee of just $25, each will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Veselka will provide light refreshments for the performers.

The Playathon will run as long as there are players. During the afternoon there will be chamber music interludes - a performance inside St Mark’s by special guest artists, and a student community performance at St John’s in the Village, on West 11th and Waverly Place.

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

Ukraine Day flyer

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.

Details of how to sign up for the Playathon, and where to donate, as well as ticket sales for DROM, will be announced shortly.

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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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Please join The Village Trip in a day of music-making for the best of causes.

And never forget – it takes a Village!

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