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Spring to Summer: Concerts and Community Festivals

Ukrainian Ivana Kupala, Ipswich Global Rhythm, Hastings Sanctuary; festivals and concerts around the South East. Events we've been invited to take part in, or have supported in some way.

After a quiet couple of years, people have been organising events and concerts again.

Please note, that the events on this page are not organised by Best Foot Music but are events that artists we work with have been invited to perform at, or we have supported in some way. Links to organisers and related groups are given when possible.

For events we programmed this year follow links to Brighton Festival and Refugee Week.

July 10th: Ukrainian Ivana Kupala in Brighton

You can help support, and find more information about the local Ukrainian community and their work via the links here.

Big thanks to Oksana Kovaliova, Vladyslava Bondar, Olga Golichenko, Kira Makogon, Graham Allen and all the rest of the team for the ongoing valuable work on this event and with the community.

This event was organised by the local Ukrainian community, it was a fantastic afternoon, showcasing many aspects of Ukrainian culture, with a theatre performance, dances, singing, and workshops including folk doll making, dancing, painting, fortune telling and cultural information about Ukraine. We were happy to be able to support the event with our Community sound system.

A huge thanks to the community for such an interesting and inclusive day.

Link to event Facebook Page - with lots of information about the organising team, and festival.

Thanks Przemek Karpicki for these images of Kupala 2022.

A few more we took...

"Ivana Kupala is an ancient and mysterious Ukrainian holiday that was usually celebrated on Midsummer Day. We want to share our traditions with you and let you learn more about the beauty and magic of Ukrainian culture.
There's gonna be a small theatre performance, folk craft workshops, Ukrainian divinations, singing, dancing and lots of fun.
People of all ages are welcome, so take your family with you. We think your kids will like the event too.
There's also going to be an opportunity for you to donate to help those Ukrainians who suffered from the war and to donate to support our community in Brighton. And you'll get little presents for donating!"

The criminal invasion of Ukraine that has forced people to leave, and some to come to Brighton is a tragedy and a crime against humanity. We hope for peace, and in the meantime, let's work together to make people feel as welcome as possible.

July 2nd: Jamal & Alaa at Ipswich Jazz Festival/Global Rhythm

Thanks, Cad, and everyone at Global Village for inviting Jamal and Alaa. A great day out.

June 26th: Jamal & Alaa at Hastings Sanctuary Festival

Thanks to Polly and everyone at the festival for booking Jamal and Alaa, a fantastic festival as always.

May 12th: Kapil Seshasayee @ The Rose Hill

Kapill launched his new single , Laila made pakora, the Rose Hill people were lovely as always!

May 7th: Cuckfield, Syrian Evening, in aid of Samara's Aid.

An evening of food and music, in Cuckfield. The food was made by local Syrian chefs, and Jamal and Alaa played to an enthusiastic audience. We supported this event with our community sound system.

April 10th: Ukraine Fundraiser.

With our mate Tim, we did a small fundraiser in aid of people affected by the conflict in Ukraine. We'll be collaborating on further events with the local Ukrainian community and working with musicians who have come here because of the conflict.

March 19th: Suna Alan at Newroz, Spring Festival, Hastings.

Organised by The Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings and held in Hastings college, Suna Alan and her band played, and delicious food was served for all to enjoy. A really nice day out.

March 5th: International Women's Day, at All Saints Church, Hove.

Jamal and Alaa were invited to play a few songs, at the event organised by The Network of International Women .

The event was attended by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and was the first proper outing with our recently donated community sound system

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