Bristol Beacon has announced that it will be presenting a one-off benefit event this month, created by Bozarts Band, in support of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Taking place at the music charity and renowned venue on May 14 from 5pm onwards, the event will be free to attend, however donations are encouraged, with all proceeds going to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
Bozarts Band is a collective of Bristol’s leading musicians and instrumentalists, who will be joined for a uniquely immersive, three-part performance by actress Patrycja Kujawska (Kneehigh Theatre), soprano Katy Garden and special guest, pianist with Ukrainian roots, Veronika Shoot. The band’s programme will allow attendees to go on a journey around Bristol Beacon’s Foyer space, experiencing the happiness, sadness and hope that music evokes.
The Ukraine benefit event will be totally immersive, and attendees will be able to roam the different spaces and levels of Bristol Beacon’s Foyer and get up close to the performers. The experience aims to send you on a journey from the safety and happy security of home, through uncertainty and sadness punctuated with songs of lamentation, before ultimately landing in a place of possible recovery.
The event will be a guided exploration through music and verse, inviting the audience to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and to form their own emotional response to conflict and the displacement of people around the world. The programme will conclude with the audience joining the musicians to sing anthems of hope – Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Verdi’s Nabucco and the Ukrainian national anthem.
Tickets for the Ukraine benefit event can be reserved and donations made via the Bristol Beacon website here.