To emphasise European Unity between the peoples of Europe we took the opportunity to create a People Ring at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday afternoon, 31st July 2022 to show the people of the UK (as distinct to the Government) stand beside the people of Ukraine. Together with our partner organisations, we formed a human chain which became a Ring, and, through both standing in silent tribute to those who have died, and applause for those resisting, we showed we stand with all Ukrainians in their hour of need.
For this event we partnered with:
ThankEUfortheMusic: for the last few years they have sought to emphasis the unity of Europe and its music by distributing EU flags at the Last Night of the Proms to supplement the numerous Union Jacks usually seen. At this event they distributed Ukraine flags superimposed with EU stars.
Sincere Education and Cultural Development is UK based charity organisation that provides educational and social support for talented children in Ukraine and abroad, including vulnerable children and children with disabilities. They host the Sunflower Quilt in the UK. This has been made from 9000 patches by an Australian artist, Janno McLaughlin, with patches donated by people worldwide and is destined for display in Kyiv. It was shown for the first time in Europe at this event.
Join Hands for Ukraine – video produced by Thank EU for the Music, edited by Our Star, and featuring the Chant ‘Thy Resurrection’ by the monks of Kyiv Perchesk Lavra
The Ring included many European nationalities, especially the Ukraine diaspora and refugees acknowledging the wide support for Ukraine. Members of the public found the event very emotional and moving.