War in Ukraine – 6 Months On

22nd August 2022

Exeter Cathedral is the latest cathedral to host a fundraising event to support those living in war-torn Ukraine.

It will host singers and an actor from Lviv Theatre this week to raise funds to protect the country’s cultural heritage.

War in Ukraine : 6 months on

The fundraising concert is the creation of Ukrainian singer and actor, Nataliia Polovynka, who will be performing ‘Irmos for Ukraine’ a 90-minute performance combining ancient spiritual chants with traditional Ukrainian songs with fellow singers, Mariia Kmit and Solomiia Kyrylova.

Funds raised will support the Word and Voice Theatre Centre in Lviv which was founded by Polovynka in 2010 with the mission of preserving Ukraine’s living traditions through music and theatre.

Since the Russian invasion in February, it has become a relief centre for displaced Ukrainians and victims of war. The theatre also raises funds to supply journalists and hospitals with essential equipment, and organise cultural relief events for the many new residents of the city.

The performance at Exeter Cathedral is part of a brief UK tour for the trio, which is supported by Exeter-based culture group Maketank, and the Devon Ukrainian Association. Other venues for their ‘Irmos for Ukraine’ performance include St Giles-without-Cripplegate Church in London and St. Michael’s Church in Chagford, Devon.

The Revd Canon Cate Edmonds, Canon Steward at Exeter Cathedral, said:

“Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, Exeter Cathedral and the Diocese of Exeter have been working with local churches, community groups and councils in various ways to support displaced Ukrainian people in Devon.

“Our prayers are with all who are suffering the unimaginable and ongoing trauma caused by this shocking conflict, and so we are delighted to be able to help support the incredible work of the Word and Voice Theatre Centre.”

‘Irmos for Ukraine’ will be performed at Exeter Cathedral on Tuesday 23 August, starting at 7:30pm. Advance tickets can be purchased through the Exeter Cathedral website here.

All proceeds will go to support the work of the Word and Voice Theatre Centre.

Donations can also be made at the ‘Irmos for Ukraine’ Crowdfunder page.

Cathedrals continue to pray daily for the war in Ukraine and many have dedicated areas to light candles and say special prayers.