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Independence Day of Ukraine in Brighton

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

Independence Day in Brighton poster

Please, join our Ukrainian community to mark the 32nd anniversary of Ukraine`s independence Saturday, 26 August 2023.

Preston Park (Clock tower location)

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

The event is open to all.

There is no entry fee or pre-booking.

We will have a variety of free and fundraiser activities, music, fun, workshops, a kid`s zone, and more.

What is the Independence Day of Ukraine?

krainians holding the blue-and-yellow-flower

This year we will mark 32 years of Ukraine as a sovereign state and hundreds of years of fighting for freedom. Independence Day is very important to all Ukrainians of the world, as the ongoing war has in mind to erase our country from the map and our national identity from our hearts.

Our national anthem says, "Ukraine's glory and freedom/will have not yet perished", and all Ukrainians are living examples of these ancient words.

Each day brings our community a lot of grief and sorrow as Ukrainian cities are under attack and Ukraine loses the lives of its Sons and Daughters daily.

One might say that now is not the best time to celebrate as the war continues. But it is our way to prove that we are alive, our spirit is strong, and we are working, each in their place, to bring peace to our land.

What is in the programme?

You`ll meet our resilient, diverse, creative, talented, and strong community. You`ll hear Ukrainian music, both traditional and modern. Some of them are well-known, such as Stefaniya Eurovision hit, and some are loved in Ukraine but rarely known abroad there will be many songs born in the last two years.

Live Music - main stage

  • 16:00 - 17:00 - The Soul of Ukraine - Various performers concert ( Kolo choir, Anastasiya Bohdanova, Iryna Korolenko, Ihor Grohotskiy, Veronika Golenko and others)

  • 17:05 - 17:20 - Ukrainian Voises choir

  • 17:25 - 17: 40 - Dina Shenderetska & Iryna Korolenko

  • 17:45 - 18:15 - Rick Bonner - professional sax player from Eastbourne.

  • 18:20 - 18:50 - Ihor Grohotskiy - Voice of Ukraine 2014 winner

  • ----------- 18:55 - 19:20 - Tombola winners announcement

  • 19:20 - 20:00 - Dance music - Various performers

Ukrainian Dance class with live music- the second stage

Food & Craft

  • Food stalls;

  • Craft stalls;

  • Craft workshops - polymer clay (from 11 years), embroidery & diamond painting for kids (5-12).

  • The net of protection - the craft of protective net for field hospital

  • Message for Ukraine - living art project.


  • You may get tombola tickets from the tombola stall during the event

  • 18:55 - 19:20 Tombola winners announcement

Kids zone

  • Bouncing castles

  • Giant games


  • Ukrainian history exhibition

  • Ukrainian community of Brighton and Hove info zone

Please, be advised that children should be accompanied by adults at all times. Unaccompanied children will not be able to attend kids' attractions.

We thank all our friends and partners for the continuous support and making the event possible:

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