How YOUROPE members support Ukraine

…and how you can help, too

Humanitarian help by Atlas Weekend

As part of the All-Ukrainian Association of Music Events and as the biggest music festival in Ukraine, Atlas Weekend has set up a center for humanitarian help on its festival site in Kyiv. “Our team works 24/7 to help as many victims of this cruel war as possible. Our entire team is currently located in multiple cities of Ukraine and we are in close contact with volunteers, Ukrainian military and humanitarian groups so we are aware of the current urgent needs on the ground and are ready to provide immediate help where it is most needed at this very moment,” the team wrote in a statement to YOUROPE.

Together with the telecommunications company Kyivstar, Atlas Festival also initiated the international charity concert marathon “Save Ukraine” that was televised in 20 countries. It raised 40 million hryvnia (about 1,240,000 Euro). The performances, some of them by internationally renowned artists, can still be watched on Atlas Festival’s YouTube channel.

On their Facebook page, the festival team has listed a number of trustworthy organizations accepting donations, among them Music Saves UA.

Rock for People builds shelter for refugees

With the help of donations, Rock for People (Czech Republic) has built a small village for Ukrainian refugees on their festival site: the hangars of the airport in Hradec Králové are now not only filled with festival equipment, but also with accommodation containers. The first inhabitants have arrived at the end of March. Festival director and founder Michal Thomes hopes to house up to 50 people there. The project still accepts donations to reach the target amount of 565,000 Czech koruna (appr. 23,000€) and to keep the operation running.

The festival was furthermore a part of a charity concert in Prague, organized by dozens of festivals, theaters and other cultural institutions. Watch the stream on Facebook.

Charity t-shirt by Metal Festival Alliance

The European Metal Festival Alliance (EMFA) has created a “Metal United” charity shirt. According to the Alliance, all proceeds go to Music Saves UA, the All-Ukrainian Association of Music Events and the largest association of representatives of the music industry of Ukraine. The Association uses the money to provide humanitarian help directly in Ukraine. The team has, for example, set up a humanitarian help center on the premises of the Atlas Weekend Festival venue in Kyiv.

Atlas Weekend as well as some members of EMFA are also part of the YOUROPE family, namely ARTmania Festival (Romania), Dynamo Metalfest (Netherlands), and Summer Breeze (Germany).

Find out more here. The T-Shirt can be ordered for 16.66€ in the Summer Breeze shop.

Cluj’s festivals reactivate their city’s charity organization

The Romanian city of Cluj is known for a number of popular festivals. Electric Castle, Jazz in the Park, and Untold Festival all support the humanitarian movement Un Singur Cluj, which had originally been founded at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it has been reactivated to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees, coordinate purchases, and organize transport for humanitarian response missions to Ukraine.

Donations can be made by purchasing a solidarity ticket.

Austrian charity concert collects 2 million Euros

Austrian live events company Barracuda Music GmbH – which hosts Frequency Festival and Nova Rock – organized a charity concert in Ernst-Happel-Stadium in Vienna. 40,000 visitors came to show their support against the war in Ukraine. More than 1 million Euros in donations were collected, and the Austrian government had pledged to double the amount. These 2 million were given to the charity organizations Volkshilfe and Nachbar in Not. Check out this video for a recap of the concert. 

Nova Rock also offered their storage hall to be used as shelter for people fleeing Ukraine, as they had done once before in 2015 for people fleeing the war in Syria.

Charity concert and call for a Ukrainian quota

Pohoda Festival from Ukraine’s neighbor country Slovakia hosted a charity concert on Bratislava’s Main Square only days after Russia had invaded Ukraine. In the announcement, the festival also recommended several charities which accept donations. The three-hour concert can still be watched on Pohoda’s YouTube channel.

Additionally, to support Ukrainian artists, Pohoda CEO Michal Kaščák called for a Ukrainian music quota in Slovakia. “I have always been against music quota on radios. However, positive discrimination makes sense if it is to help those who really need it,” he explained in an article.

Festivals donate a share of their ticket sales

Some of YOUROPE’s member festivals decided to donate a share of their ticket sales to charity organizations helping in Ukraine:

Ilosaarirock donated 1 Euro of every ticket sold in March to the Finnish Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund, which will directly benefit people in Ukraine.

Open Air St. Gallen and its parent company Gadget abc Entertainment announced to donate 1 Swiss franc of every ticket purchase – overall 30,000 CHF (appr. 29,000€) – to the Swiss aid organization Glückskette.

Off Festival from Katowice created a special ticket pool, whose proceeds will be donated to the fundraiser for Ukraine organized by TAG. TAG – together with OFF’s host, the city of Katowice – has been helping people affected by the war. The festival also supported a fundraiser led by the Polish Foundation Centre of International Aid for Ukraine, to which people from the Poland’s creative industry donated about 1 m zloty (appr. 216,000€). 

Finnish Flow Festival donated to the Finnish Red Cross and asked its visitors to do the same.

On International Women’s Day (March 8), Ruisrock Festival (Finland) donated to UN Women, the UN Organization for Gender Equality. The organization currently also works on Ukrainian territory and for the benefit of Ukrainian refugees.

Way Out West from Sweden donated “a chunk of money” to help Ukrainians fleeing their country and encouraged their audience to do the same.

Charity socks by Deichbrand Festival

The German festival Deichbrand has created the “мир socks“– socks with the Ukrainian colors and the Deichbrand logo printed on them. According to the festival, Deichbrand will cover the production costs, so 100% of the proceeds of the sale can go to their long-standing partner Hanseatic Help. The NGO collects item donations and transports them to Ukraine and to Ukrainian refugees in neighbor countries.

The socks can be purchased for 15€ in Deichbrand’s online shop.

More support from all over Europe

German Juicy Beats Festival and their associates at Kittball records supported their long-standing partner Babuschkas Kitchen in collecting donated items for people suffering from the war. The Russian-Ukrainian restaurant from Dortmund transported goods to Lwiw.

Stuttgart-based Kessel Festival supported their local charity organization STELP, which transports essential goods to Ukraine.

Lowlands Festival (Netherlands) shared a call for donations from their friends at Stichting Vluechteling. They also booked the band Go-A from Kyiv (long before the war had started) and introduced their anger at the Russian invasion in a statement introducing the band to their audience.

Positivus Festival from Latvia shared a Spotify playlist with Ukrainian music to show their support to Ukrainian people and musicians. It was created by music journalists and the wider music communities of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

Feel Festival (Germany) hosted the 5-hour live stream “Club Culture United”, which can still be watched on Facebook. In the post, they have also listed several charities collecting donations for Ukraine.

In a statement, German Metal festival Wacken encouraged their audience to become active against the war. They also created a playlist with the performances of Ukrainian musicians that have played at their festival.

YOUROPE statement from February 24, 2022

It’s hard to find words when you’re actually speechless. And yet we feel compelled to take a stand in these special times, because YOUROPE is a pan-European association and its members also include festivals from Ukraine and Russia. We feel solidarity with those who suffer from and disagree with this terrible aggression.
We have always strived to achieve the best together because we are convinced that only cooperation and exchange makes us stronger. A healthy and vivid society depends on awareness and tolerance for all cultures, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, colours and origins. We all should be the ambassadors of hope, respect and peaceful dialogue every day to make the world a better place for every single individual and for all of us.
Exactly five years ago we initiated Take A Stand and defined our message and those values and it has never seemed more important to say them out loud than now on this unfortunately sad anniversary: It’s time to take a stand for Europe, and indeed for the whole world…
End the unspeakable.
Lay down your arms.
Let there be peace.
For the future generations.
For the future of Europe.