The Lagos City Council supports the Ukrainian-Portuguese FELIZONDA Festival

Lagos supports an event that aims to ‘celebrate cultural diversity’

The Lagos Council announced that it would “financially and logistically support” velizundi, a Ukrainian-Portuguese Cultural Festival Which will be held from June 29 to July 2 with the aim of “celebrating cultural diversity, peace, friendship and solidarity”.

organized by Oranta – Association for the Support of the Ukrainian Community in Portugal, the event will take place in Praça do Infante and Jardim da Constituição and will be Bringing many famous Ukrainian artists to Lagos.

And the Ukrainian rock star will be among the headliners Oleg Skripka ; The famous National Orchestra of Ukraine of 32 musicians, Noni, described by many as “The Voice of Ukraine”; and jazz singer Laura Martin. Many Portuguese and international artists will also perform.

The program also includes a reconstruction of a typical Ukrainian village, food and drink, fairs, a children’s area, and a craft fair.

The event is organized by volunteers and the visit will be free, with donations to support Ukraine. The goal is to help the Ukrainian Russian War Veterans Rehabilitation Center, which was founded by Natalia Tarapalka, the mother of the Ukrainian war hero. Stepan Trabalca (which became known as the “Ghost of Kiev”).

Tarabalka is credited with shooting down as many as 40 Russian aircraft until he was shot down on March 13, 2022 while fighting an ‘overwhelming’ number of enemy forces, it was reported. London Times.

In a statement to the press, the Lagos Council said the grant to support the festival was approved at a meeting of the municipal executive, during which the significance of the event was determined as “ Show support and solidarity towards the injured party in the conflict has been highlighted.

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The festival was also welcomed because it “contributed to the integration of the Ukrainian community in our country, especially among citizens who had recently fled the war and came to Portugal and settled in the municipality”.

by Michael Bruxo

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