Event organizer and performer Anastasia Siceac is originally from Moldova and has friends and family in neighboring Ukraine.
She was heartbroken to hear the news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and immediately contacted Jay Whitehead, co-artistic director of Théâtre Outré, with the idea of a fundraising concert.
“Ukraine is close to my heart,” Siceac said.
“Knowing that some of these people have Ukrainian heritage and others have never been to Ukraine, they are here with us and really want to support and help us.”
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Siceac and Théâtre Outré put the show together in less than two weeks and received an outpouring of support from Lethbridge’s artistic community.
The concert included five separate performances related to either the situation in Ukraine or Ukrainian culture. The group also sold handmade perogies, with proceeds going to the BCU Foundation.
“As artists, in difficult times, it is our job to draw attention to what is happening in the world, to comfort but also to stir and move people to action” , said Whitehead.
Over 50 people attended the concert in person and via livestream. So far, organizers have raised over $1,000 for humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
“It’s a small thing we can do from where we are in the world to benefit those who are hurting so much,” Whitehead said.
“We are here for Ukraine with Ukraine,” Siceac said.
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