MIP: "A Great Journey of Saint Nicholas" Tour Held in Donbas Frontline Towns
On 21 December 2018, a press conference took place on the results of the tour of a New Year performance, “A Great Journey of Saint Nicholas”.
December 7th through 19th, a New Year performance, “A Great Journey of Saint Nicholas”, toured around frontline towns of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The tour was supported by the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine. The tour was joined by Foma and the band “Mandry”, Mariia Burmaka, Sashko Lirnyk, Ivanka Chervinska, and Gypsy Lyre.
“The success of Tvoia Kraina Fest, a Ukrainian music festival, inspired us to make a dedicated tour for kids from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. They need our support very much, and they deserve holiday and a truly Christmas tale,” the State Secretary of the Ministry, Artem Bidenko, was quoted as saying.
More than 4,000 kids in Kramatorsk, Avdiivka, Zolote, Siversk, Toretsk, Zvanivka, Kurakhove, Krasnohorivka, Mariinka, Illinivka, Oleksandro-Kalynove, and Kostiantynivka saw Saint Nicholas, a Christmas angel, a taleteller, shepherds, a fairy, and carollers of Ukrainian Vertep. The performances were free for the kids, who were also given presents and books about Ukraine’s history and Christmas.
“It is very important that we managed to bring a real holiday to those kids. They are already a new generation of Ukrainians, who will understand that there is our, Ukrainian Christmas; that there is Saint Nicholas; that there is ‘Glory to Ukraine!’; that there are warriors and our, Ukrainian state,” said Serhii Fomenko (Foma), frontman of the band “Mandry”.
The singers Mariia Burmaka and Ivanka Chervinska also spoke of their impressions of the tour.
Earlier, Tvoia Kraina Fest, a Ukrainian music festival, was held in seven frontline Ukrainian towns in August through September, including Sarny, the Rivne region; Novoselytsi, the Chernivtsi region; Mukachevo, the Zakarpattia region; Konotop, the Sumy region; Mariupol, the Donetsk region; Henichesk, the Kherson region; and Izmail, the Odesa region.
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