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On song for Ukraine

EuroGIG concert will raise vital funds

By Akindele Matthews

Music students from across Europe aim to hit the right note at a special gig to raise funds for Ukraine.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of EuroGig, a project led by students at the University of the West of Scotland.

Founded by Allan Dumbreck, senior lecturer of music, art, performance, and international development at UWS, the initiative brings together musicians and students from across Europe and gives them a touring platform.

Now, determined to show solidarity with ordinary people in Ukraine after the invasion by Russia, all proceeds from Saturday’s international showcase at Nice N Sleazy in Glasgow will go to the victims of the war.

Allan says: “Everyone feels a great empathy with the people of Ukraine. The team has decided all of the proceeds from events over the next three days while our guests are here will be given to Ukraine aid organisations.”

Lorna Futter and Chelsea Kostrey are third year students on the commercial music degree program at UWS. They are the organisers and promoters of the EuroGIG events this week.

Chelsea says: “I had the thought of trying to turn it into a fundraiser because this came up so suddenly and I felt powerless as to being able to do anything. I thought we are hosting an event so why don’t we use the profits to do something good for Ukraine?”

Tomorrow (Friday) Glasgow City Chambers will host a celebratory awards ceremony involving students from Scotland, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

The concert on Saturday is the centre piece of the EuroGIG 25-year celebrations and will feature musicians from the UK, Belgium and France. Doors open at the Glasgow venue at 4pm.

Tickets for the Nice N Sleazy gig cost £5 and are available from www.eurogig2022.brownpapertickets.com.

You can also find more information at the EuroGIG facebook page.

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