August 24 represents a special day for the Ukrainian community. On this day, Ukraine celebrates its sovereignty. Therefore, the Bonn chapter of the Blue-Yellow Cross German-Ukrainian Association invites for Thursday, August 24, 2023, starting at 5 p.m., to a demonstration march, a rally and a celebration on Market Square to recognize the 32nd Independence Day of Ukraine.
"In times of war, this celebration takes on a deeper meaning: it becomes clearer than ever that it is necessary to fight for these values and for a peaceful European coexistence with all our strength," say the organizers. The event will start with a so-called "march of the independent" through the streets of Bonn that will end at Bonn’s Markt. The celebration will then be opened by Sofiya Bohoslavets and Olga Demydova, and Mayor Dr. Ursula Sautter will convey the greetings on behalf of the City of Bonn.
After more speakers, a concert with performances of various singers, choirs and bands will follow at 7 pm. From 8 p.m., a flash mob with a hopak dance, a Ukrainian folk dance, is planned. In addition, a virtual reality exhibition on the war in Ukraine will be shown throughout the evening, and visitors will be able to buy souvenirs and Ukrainian specialties for charitable purposes.
A representative of the aid organization Help - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe will also be present at the festival. She will draw attention to the fundraising campaign for the Ukrainian city of Kherson. In the framework of the solidarity partnership "Bonn helps Kherson" the organization Help is working with the City of Bonn to ensure a long-term support of the city. Help has already been supporting people in Ukraine since the escalation of the war in February 2022 with distributions of food and hygiene items, psychosocial assistance, on-site medical care and financial aid, for example for accommodation expenses.
As part of its donation project "Bonn helps Kherson" together with the Bonn aid organization Help, the City of Bonn is also asking citizens to donate money for the people in the war zone.