We’re joining our Ukrainian community in celebration of Ukrainian Independence Day, which takes place on Thursday 24 August.
This date marks 32 years since Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union and 18 months since the country became a target of Russia’s invasion.
To show our long-standing support and solidarity, we will be lighting our landmarks in yellow and blue, the colours of the Ukrainian flag.
Finding a safe haven in our city
As a result of the war, over 500 Ukrainian individuals and families have come to Brighton & Hove in search of a safe haven.
Most of our guests arrived through the Homes for Ukraine hosting scheme, which supported them in finding new beginnings, hope and lifelong bonds within the communities in our city.
We’ve documented the journey of two of our lovely hosting pairings in a short video earlier this year.
Seeking new hosts
We’re deeply grateful to all our partners and community groups, who provided their assistance and expertise while dealing with the crisis, and most of all to residents who opened their homes to people fleeing war.
As the violence continues, we’re still in need of over 40 new hosts to provide support for our Ukrainian guests that are coming to the end of their stay with their hosts.
These guests usually need less support, many have already found work and are settled into their local area.
All hosts now receive a £750 monthly thank you payment along with support from our Ukrainian Response team.
To find out more about becoming a host, visit our supporting the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis web pages.
Celebrating with Brighton & Hove’s Ukrainian community
As a part of their Independence Day celebrations, our Ukrainian community has planned an exciting event taking place from 4pm to 8pm on Saturday 26 August, near the Preston Park clock tower.
Come along to immerse yourself in Ukrainian culture and join us for a day of traditional and modern music, history exhibitions, food stalls, arts and crafts and children’s entertainment.
The event is open to all, no entry fee or pre-booking necessary.
To learn more about the event, visit the Stand for Ukraine website.
Courage, resolution and unity
Councillor Maureen Winder, deputy chair of the Equalities, Community Safety & Human Rights Committee, said: “It’s heartbreaking to see Ukrainian communities celebrate their national holiday displaced from their homes and loved ones for second year in row.
“The courage, resolution and unity that Ukrainians continue showing in the face of war is an inspiration to us all and should not be forgotten.
“Independence Day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate with our Ukrainian community and show our support in any way we can, whether it is attending an event, donating to a charity, hosting a Ukrainian guest or even just talking to a friend.”