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Check out these London fundraising events in support of Ukraine

These cultural happenings in the capital will help to raise funds for the humanitarian crisis

Written by
Chiara Wilkinson
Written by
Ellie Muir
India Lawrence
Since Russian president Vladimir Putin waged war on Ukraine, dozens of events, campaigns and cultural projects have arrived in London, all aiming to raise money to support the humanitarian effort.

If you’re looking for top-quality activities to fill your week while helping the people of Ukraine when you’re at it, check out our round-up of the latest events happening in the capital. You can also check out other ways to help Ukraine from London here

Cook for Ukraine

 Since Clerkenwell Boy and the NEXTGen London team launched #CookForUkraine, a mammoth fundraising initiative with London’s foodie community, more than £662,775 has been raised for Unicef UK’s Ukraine appeal.

Restaurant owners have been encouraged to add a voluntary donation to bills, meanwhile individual fundraising events by top chefs, food writers, and members of the public have been taking place across the city. To get involved, you can host your own supper club or bake sale, donate to the fundraiser, or share your culinary masterpieces over social media with the hashtag #CookForUkraine. Keep up to date with the project on and look out for upcoming events on Instagram

Music and nightlife

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For electronic fans, Cafe OTO in Dalston is putting on a night in collaboration with Kyiv-based label ШЩЦ on May 21. The party starts off with DJ sets from Lolina and Felicita, followed by live performances by Ukrainian duo Alien Body and Solar X. Tickets are £13 in advance and £15 on the door, with all proceeds going to Kyiv Angels, a volunteer organisation helping people and defenders in Ukraine.

Renowned British concert pianist Ashley Fripp will be doing a solo piano recital at All Saints West Dulwich church on June 16. Raising money for The British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal, the proceeds from the two-hour concert will help provide Ukrainians with food, water clothing and other necessities. Tickets are free, but you can donate at the venue. 

Everything else

On May 23 and May 30 professors from the King’s College London film department will be hosting screenings of independent Ukrainian films at the university’s Strand campus. First up is ‘My Unkown Soldier’ with director Anna Kryvenko. The film follows a Ukrainian student as she journeys into her family’s history through photo albums. Tickets are priced as a pay what you feel donation, which will go to charities selected by the filmmakers such as Karkhiv Pride which supports LGBTQ+ Ukrainians. 

The Guardian is putting on a night of Ukrainian literature at Kings Place on May 27British authors will read works by their Ukrainian peers, and the line-up features impressive names like Ian McEwan, Women's prize winner Kamila Shamsie and Costa prize winner Caleb Azumah Nelson. There will also be recorded readings by Ukrainian authors, such as poet Ludmilla Khersonsky. Tickets for ‘Voices of Ukraine’ are £25 and all profits go to the DEC Ukraine humanitarian appeal.

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