Over 110,000 London residents and visitors attended the Days of Ukraine in the UK

23.10.2013

On 19 October 2013, the exuberant ethno-fair and gala concert in Potters Field Park on the Thames’ bank near the famous Tower Bridge crowned the Days of Ukraine in the UK, the three-day festival of Ukrainian culture, organized by FIRTASH FOUNDATION and sponsored by Group DF. This day, the ethno-festival guests had an opportunity to feel the atmosphere of a Ukrainian settlement, with its trade-fair, traditional Cossack entertainment and cuisine.

 

 

“I can see that Ukraine is very attractive to every European, and first and foremost, I would like to thank you so much for coming here today to support us”, said Lada Firtash, the Director of FIRTASH FOUNDATION, as she spoke on the ethno-festival stage.

According to the estimates of Stephen Cornford, the Managing Director at Potters Field Park, the ethno-festival on the Thames was attended about 40-45 thousand Londoners. The total number of Londoners and city visitors who witnessed the events that took place as part of the Days of Ukraine amounted to 110-120 thousand people.

 

 

Oleh Skrypka, one of the festival key headliners, said that it was the largest festival in Europe he had ever seen promoting Ukraine as a country and revealing the Ukrainian spirit, and that it is truly unique because it makes the Ukrainians be proud of their country.

The big stage at Potters Field became the venue for performance of such famous Ukrainian bands as folk groups Astarta and Folkners, authentic ensemble Krosna, as well as the classical representatives of the Ukrainian rock stage Kozak System and Taras Chubai. The event and the festival as a whole was crowned with the music performance by cult Ukrainian band Vopli Vidopliasova and ethno-band Le Grand Orchestra, with Oleh Skrypka as the frontman. Their performance made the audience dance.

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