Bay Area Events

What: Automaidan Rally for Ukraine’s Victory (National Event) 

Where: Gathering at Civic Center; Rally & Speakers – Harry Bridge Plaza (San Francisco)

When: February 24, 2024 | 12 pm

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What: An Evening to Honor Ukraine’s Resilience 

Where: McLaren Conference Center, University of San Francisco 

When: January 25, 2024 | 6 pm – 9 pm

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A dinner of regional specialties, a multi-dimensional exhibition, an auction of Ukrainian artwork made during the war, and addresses from cultural figures and key members of Ukraine’s ministerial and diplomatic services. 

What: “Culture vs War” Documentaries Screening 

Where: Ukrainian Event Center and Music Hall 

When: December 9, 2023 | 6 pm – 8 pm

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The “Culture vs War” project was initiated by the “Watch Ukrainian!” Association in April 2022 to record and convey the truth about the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The project heroes are famous Ukrainian cultural figures who, since February 24, have defended their country and/or actively engaged in supporting Ukraine for a faster victory. 

What: “Holodomor. Chroniclers” SF Premiere Screening 

Where: Ukrainian Event Center and Music Hall 

When: November 25, 2023 | 6 pm – 8 pm

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“Holodomor. Chroniclers” (by Suspilne Ukraine and Fresh Production Group) is the first documentary attempt to tell everything that is important to know about the Holodomor Genocide. It chronicles the most horrific events in the history of Ukraine – the famine that was artificially created by the communist regime of the USSR to destroy the Ukrainian people. 

What: The 90th Commemorative Anniversary of the Holodomor – Great Genocidal Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine 

Where: San Francisco Civic Center Plaza | San Francisco Main Public Library 

When: November 12, 2023 | 12:30 pm – 5 pm

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Together with the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, Ukrainian Community and Friends of Ukraine, we managed to organize a powerful show of support and remembrance of the Holodomor, the artificial famine that resulted in Genocide and millions of Ukrainians killed. 

What: “Culture vs War” Documentaries Screening as part of the “Solidarity with Ukraine” United Nations Sunday 

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center of San Francisco 

When: October 22, 2023 | 12:30 pm – 3 pm

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The “Culture vs War” project was initiated by the “Watch Ukrainian!” Association in April 2022 to record and convey the truth about the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The project heroes are famous Ukrainian cultural figures who, since February 24, have defended their country and/or actively engaged in supporting Ukraine for a faster victory. 

What: A poetry reading and discussion featuring contemporary Ukrainian poets, an attempt to answer the questions about “what we live for, what we die for” (Serhiy Zhadan). Topics include Ukrainian identity and culture, and the ongoing war.

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center of San Francisco 

When: October 22, 2023 | 9:30 am 

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Nataliia Goshylyk, Ph.D., is currently the Lecturer in Ukrainian at UC Berkeley. In Ukraine, she was the Associate Professor of the English Philology Department at Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ivano-Frankivsk). In 2021, she came to UC Berkeley as the Fulbright Visiting Professor, and since the war started in 2022, has been a relocated scholar residing in California.

What: “Culture vs War” Documentaries Screening

Where: International House at UC Berkeley  

When: October 16, 2023 | 7 pm – 9 pm

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The “Culture vs War” project was initiated by the “Watch Ukrainian!” Association in April 2022 to record and convey the truth about the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The heroes of the project are famous Ukrainian artists and cultural figures who, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, have defended their country and/or actively engaged in supporting Ukraine for a faster victory. 

What: An Evening to Defend Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage

Where: Spieker Forum, Chou Hall, Haas Business School, UC Berkeley

When: September 15, 2023 | 7 pm – 10 pm

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The evening included: (1) an exhibit of Ukrainians’ stories from Svidok, (2) addresses from key leaders in Ukraine’s cultural resistance, (3) a special banquet dinner, with an open bar and opportunities for one-on-one conversations with cultural leaders, and (4) a showcase and silent auction of traditional and modern artwork and tapestries, with many of the pieces completed during the war by leading Ukrainian artists. 

The theatrical reading “Ukraine on Stage” was enacted on April 29, 2023 by the Ukraine Solidarity Actors Ensemble, raising funds for the work being done by the Ivano-Frankivsk Drama Theatre in Ukraine.  The Theater is not only serving as a bomb shelter, community center, and food distribution point, but is also continuing to perform.

The Ukraine Solidarity Actors Ensemble unites actors, writers, and activists living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  What brings them together is their support for the Ukrainian people, who are experiencing massive suffering and destruction wreaked by the Russian invasion. 

On Friday, February 24, 2023, the first anniversary of the second phase of the Russian Federation’s illegal invasion of the democratic nation of Ukraine, a coalition of volunteers came together in San Francisco to raise funds for a variety of critical needs in the country through an artistic performance. Attempt To Focus is a site-specific performance series that uses meditation, stillness, intention in thought, and mindfulness to manifest a goal.
 
The idea of the series was inspired by the belief that one succeeds in one’s head many times over before overcoming a challenge. In Attempt To FocusRebuilding Ukraine, we envision a future where Ukraine wins, there’s peace, and Ukraine has everything it needs to build infrastructure better and greener than it had before. We envision a Ukraine where the Ukrainian people have everything they need to heal and feel safe, again. 
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Where: Civic Center Plaza | When: February 24th at noon
Who: wear all white (be prepared for them to get paint on them). We will have blue and yellow strips of fabric to tie onto our bodies in our preferred ways.
What we will do: (1) We will each contribute with at least a brush stroke in painting an enlarged replica of the Ukrainian Flag, creating a focal point for us. Our clothes will get paint on them, so wear clothes that you are ok with that result. White. (2) We will sit or stand facing the image of the flag and meditate. (3) Our mantra will be: Ukraine is in peace, they have one the war, and they are rebuilding into a stronger Ukraine.

The theatrical reading “Ukraine on Stage” was enacted on November 6, 2022 by the Ukraine Solidarity Actors Ensemble, raising funds for the work being done by the Ivano-Frankivsk Drama Theatre in Ukraine.  The Theater is not only serving as a bomb shelter, community center, and food distribution point, but is also continuing to perform.

The Ukraine Solidarity Actors Ensemble unites actors, writers, and activists living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  What brings them together is their support for the Ukrainian people, who are experiencing massive suffering and destruction wreaked by the Russian invasion.