FestiVille music festival returns with benefit concert for Ukraine; here are 5 other local performances for the benefit of Ukrainians | Entertainment


For the first time since 2019, Millersville University will bring back its massive music festival that brought Joan Jett and Young the Giant to Lancaster County.

This time it’s for a good cause.

Barry Atticks, an associate professor of music business technology, had just six weeks to bring people together for FestiVille, a music festival that will double as a benefit concert to help refugees from Ukraine.

“The music, historically, has always been there,” says Atticks. “Music brings people together anyway… It seems to be universal: public support for Ukrainian refugees.”

Atticks, one of the main organizers of the event, brought together student clubs and organizations, groups, local food trucks, and Millersville University itself to plan this event. They have also planned an outdoor cafe.

The festival will kick off at 2 p.m. on May 1 at the Student Memorial Center on the Millersville campus.

It will feature seven local artists and bands, including ska band Big Fat Meanies, rock band Eternal Frequency, African fusion artist Emmanuel Nsingani, country-rock singer Gillian Smith, multi-genre duo Dandy , bluegrass group Big Sky Quartet and Music Business Technology. Showcase group.






FestiVille will return on May 1, 2022 for the first time in three years, this time for the benefit of Ukrainian refugees.




The headliner has yet to be announced.

Tickets are $25 for the public and free for Millersville students. All ticket sales revenue, as well as some beer garden revenue and band merchandise sales, will go to Church World Service, Atticks said.

Church World Service is sending funds in its Ukraine Crisis Response Fund to people in Moldova, where nearly 100,000 Ukrainians have sought refuge.

In a typical year, FestiVille raises funds for the university. Atticks says the university intends to modify this plan in the coming years and raise funds for local philanthropic efforts, such as housing or sustainability.

“We don’t just do this for ourselves or just for students,” says Atticks. “We’re actually doing it now for a greater cause outside of Millersville. We’re part of a global community rather than Millersville.”

Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday and can be purchased at lanc.news/FestiVille22.

Although FestiVille is one of the biggest festivals in Lancaster County that strives to raise money for Ukrainians, it’s just one of the many ways the local community is stepping up to help.

Here are five other fun events to raise money for Ukrainian refugees planned for Lancaster County.


Lancaster County Cruisers

Lancaster County Cruisers is hosting a car show at Root’s Market called “Cruisin’ for Ukraine”.

All proceeds from the auto show will go to the Mennonite Central Committee, which plans to use the funds to provide housing and care for Ukrainian refugees, according to the MCC website.

The event will feature food vendors, trophies, car competitions, JC Fisher band shows and more.

-“Motor show “Cruisin’ for Ukraine”: April 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Root’s Market, 705 Graystone Road, Manheim. Registration is by donation and is done the same day.

For more information, visit facebook.com/CruisinForUkraine.


Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra will hold two performances to raise funds for Ukraine this Friday and Saturday. Finalist musical director Michael Butterman will conduct Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, which was intended as a love letter to Ukraine. It features several references to Ukrainian folk songs.

The Second Symphony is sometimes referred to as “Little Russia”, as Ukraine was previously nicknamed “Little Russia”, according to the Encyclopedia of Ukraine. It’s not called that anymore. LSO rightly called the symphony “The Ukrainian”.

“This is an opportunity for Lancaster to stand up and stand with those most affected by this cruel and unwarranted attack on Ukraine,” LSO Executive Director Guy McIntosh said in a press release.

There will be other ways to donate to Ukraine at the concert through Bethany Slavic Church’s Ukrainian War Refugee Relief Fund.

Show “The Ukrainian”: April 8 at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St. in Lancaster. Tickets range from $35 to $75.

For more information, visit lancastersymphony.org.


Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy

Viktor Yeliohin trained a lot in ballet in Ukraine in his youth.

His academy’s annual holiday performances of “The Nutcracker” traditionally feature American dancers alongside dancers from Donetsk, Ukraine.

It’s unclear whether the Donetsk dancers will be able to return in 2022, but Yeliohin is doing his best to bring them to Lancaster.

“I will try to make things better for Ukrainian dancers. It’s not easy,” Yeliohin told LNP | LancasterOnline in a recent profile.

“We want people to support us now, because I’m just a school here in Ukraine, and I’m the director here who supports Ukrainian dancers,” Yeliohin said.

Proceeds from the academy’s performances in 2022 will go to Ukrainian families through the US-Ukraine Foundation.

All performances will be held at the High Fine Arts Center of Lancaster Mennonite High School, 2176 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster.

Performance of Oceans and Pearls: May 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for students and seniors.

Representation of the VYIBA gala: June 11 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $30.

29th Annual Nutcracker Ballet: 2 Dec. at 6:30 p.m., 3 Dec. at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., 4 Dec. at 2:30 p.m. Tickets not yet on sale.

For more information, visit vyballet.com.

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