Hillside Festival Free Admission for Recent Ukrainian Arrivals

[Some nice news from Elisa F.G. – AC]

The Hillside Festival outside of Guelph celebrates its fortieth year this summer and July 28th-30th Guelph Lake Island will be the place to watch it all go down, rain or shine. This year the festival is offering free admission for Ukrainians in the Guelph region who recently arrived in Canada from Ukraine. Free tickets are also being made available to hosts, handlers and sponsors of any Ukrainians that have recently moved to Canada.

“We know music has the power to heal and console, this is a small gesture to connect people to the music of their culture and to the caring community at the festival.” explains Marie Zimmerman, Executive Director of the organization.

Live performances and multimedia shows by Balaklava Blues, who are described as “the folk-noire trench-fighters on the cultural front of Ukraines battle for freedom and democracy” and Kyiv born folk band DakhaBrakha, hitting the the main stage both days.

Gates open Friday July 28, 023 at 4:30pm with performances beginning at 5:30pm until 11pm. Festival hours for Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th run from 10am-11pm.

Complimentary festival entry is being made available by sending the name, email address and/or cellphone number for each Ukrainian visitor to Isabella Asheber at [email protected]. Upon arrival, Ukrainians and their hosts/helpers will need to check in at the Hillside Main Gate and obtain their free wristband, volunteers will be around to help with directions to the Hillside Main Gate. Also, there’s a free shuttle bus every half hour available from Guelph Central Station, Downtown Guelph on Platform 14, 10am to midnight Friday July 28, 2023, a returning shuttle bus from Guelph Lake Island back to Guelph Central Station are scheduled every half an hour as well.

For tickets, schedules and festival information, go here.

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