The Sound Of Freedom – an evening dedicated to Ukrainian songs, stories and poems hosted by Waterford Area Partnership.
Waterford Area Partnership under the SICAP programme are delighted to host this event on Ukrainian Independence Day to stand in harmony with our new friends. Everyone has a voice. Still not every time this voice would sound freely. This is the story about the love and pain of every Ukrainian soul. Love to our homeland and pain about being so distant. In this performance, we get closer to our ancestors who saved their support for us. In this story, we tell the beauty of being free and bring it to our posterity. This is the song about our presence in being here and now and how we treasure the moment we can freely express our soul. This is the poem about our national identity and awareness to the whole world that war is not over.
Waterford Area Partnership Ukrainian community worker and poet from Kyiv, Ukraine. She was working as a content manager in an IT company. Moved to Waterford with her daughter in March 2022.
Concert pianist and saxophonist from Nikopol, Ukraine. She has been a music school teacher for nearly 20 years. Moved to Waterford in September 2022.
Concert violinist from Kalush, Ukraine. Regent of the church choir in Kalush since 2005. She has been a music school teacher for 33 years. Moved to Waterford in August 2022.
Singer and songwriter from Uman, Ukraine. Participant of ‘Ukrainian Emeralds’, cultural activist. She is the owner of a private music school for kids in Kyiv. Moved to Waterford in May 2022.
Ukrainian language and literature teacher from Kup’yans’k, Ukraine. Graduated philologist at Kharkiv National University. For the past three years she worked in the Department of Culture, Youth and Sports in the development of her native region. Moved to Waterford in June 2022.
The vocal ensemble of talented singers and musicians from Ukraine in Ireland. Ukrainian Emeralds were organised in 2016 by Olena Pidoprygora, a professional musician, member of Ukrainian Community Waterford.
The group took on a new quality level of music after the full-scale invasion in early 2022 consisting of new amateur singers. The members found shelter within the Republic of Ireland and have supported each other through music and song.
Newest member Natalia Ruda, an optimistic Ukrainian singer and songwriter, has motivated us to stay strong and move forward above and beyond.
With our love for Ukrainian song and culture, we participate in charitable community events, help local Ukrainians to enjoy life through music and be well.
We want to support all people who were forced to leave their homes.