In solidarity with their Ukrainian peers, local writers gather on Sunday March 6 at 8:30 p.m. at the Lyric Theater to read excerpts from contemporary Ukrainian works.
Organized and hosted by award-winning author Jan Carson, the evening will bring together readers Anna Burns, Jan Carson, Glenn Patterson, Stephen Sexton, Dara McAnulty, Leontia Flynn and the Kabosh Theater Company.
The readings will include works by Oksana Zabuzhko (novelist and short story writer), Myroslav Laiuk (poet), Olena Stiazhkina (novelist), Oksana Lutsushna (poet), Haska Shyyan (novelist), Ilya Kaminsky (poet) and Natalya Vorozhbit (playwright and director).
All proceeds from the evening will go to the Ukrainian Red Cross Appeal.
The venue, staff, artists, promotional materials, photography and streaming facility were all donated through people’s time and generosity.
Jan Carson said: “Like many others around the world, writers in Northern Ireland have been heartbroken by the situation in Ukraine and have struggled to find a tangible way to respond.
“We hope this reading will be a small but meaningful gesture that really resonates.
“It is an absolute honor to stand alongside our courageous, tenacious and incredibly talented fellow Ukrainian writers as we share their words, their frustrations and their hopes for the future of their country.”
Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer at the Lyric Theater Belfast, said: “We are proud to support the initiative of Jan and his fellow writers to go solo with Ukraine.
“It is important that our theater provides a platform for our artists to react.
“Ukraine has a rich theatrical and performance history and currently the theaters there are a sanctuary.
“It’s heartbreaking to see an army invade a country in our modern times.”
Fay added, “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Ukraine and we wish for a quick and peaceful resolution to this crisis.”
Ticket donations are available at £12, £25 or £50 at lyrictheatre.co.uk.
There will also be a streaming option for the evening and a donation platform for those who wish to donate but cannot attend the show. All donations will go directly to the Ukrainian Red Cross appeal.
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