Ukraine's independence day to be celebrated in Rīga

The Independence Day of Ukraine will be celebrated in Riga on August 24 with a wide program of art performances, flash events, a concert and the illumination of the Freedom Monument in Ukrainian colors, Riga City Council representatives have announced.

From August 24 to August 29, the charity project "Ukraine. Residence of Freedom" will take place, an international cooperation project of Latvian and Ukrainian artists.

More than 20 Latvian and Ukrainian artists and representatives of creative industries will participate in the project. Visitors will be able to spend the night in something approximating what Ukrainian civilians experience sheltering from Russian rocket attacks in metro stations. Alternatively, they can enjoy a gastronomic performance and listen to a reading of a play. Artworks created during the project will be available for purchase at a charity auction. More information about the planned events is available on the project's website .

On August 24, a flash event dubbed "Sunflower Road" organized by the association "Tavi draugi" will take place. The association is organizing the campaign for the second year in a row, inviting every resident of Latvia and Ukrainians living in Latvia to join. Similar to last year, "Sunflower Road" is dedicated to Ukraine's tireless struggle for freedom and to every civilian resident of Ukraine in Latvia. The central element of the celebration is a bouquet of sunflowers, which at At 3:30 p.m., it will start its journey from the "Tavi draugi" hangar in Riga, Ventspils street 50, K-3, to the Vērmanes garden stage, where it will be ceremonially handed over to the Ambassador of Ukraine to Latvia, followed by a charity concert in support of the Ukrainian armed forces.

Performers will include "Varakuta", Timurs Vilcāns, Katrīna Gupalo, Anastasija Vasilenko, Anastasija Yachmenkina and "Subscriptum", "Rigga Reggae", Igo, Edgars Vilcāns and Rihards Saule. The concert will be opened by Ukrainian Ambassador to Latvia Anatolijs Kucevols and Riga Mayor Vilnis Ķirsis.

The festive concert will end at 19.00 with the "Chain of Unity" flash action, during which all those present will unite around the 30-meter-long Ukrainian flag, expressing unity and togetherness.

Visitors to the charity concert will have the opportunity to visit tents with Ukrainian goods and taste Ukrainian food. 

After dark, the Freedom Monument will be illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

Ukraine gained independence 32 years ago, on August 24, 1991.

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