£7 for members £10 for non-members
The Anglo-Belarusian Society cordially invites its members and friends to the traditional Kupalle (Midsummer) celebration in the garden of 37 Holden Road, London N12 8HS (the nearest tube stop is Woodside Park).
Travel: Please note that Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) workers will strike on 25 June. A reduced timetable is expected to cover the entire week, with just 20 per cent of services running on strike days. Please take this into account when you travel. The Tube is expected to run as normal.
This year our Kupalle celebration comes close to the 140th anniversary of the birth of Janka Kupala. To mark the poet’s jubilee, the programme will start with a reading of his poem “Kurhan”, the manuscript of which is preserved in the museum of the Skaryna Library. Our guests will also be able to visit the special exhibition dedicated to Janka Kupala, organised by the Library.
The main part of the event, in the garden of 37 Holden Road, takes place between 4pm and approximately 7pm. After 7.00pm the whole party will, later in the evening, walk to the Dollis Brook in the park, accessed by a footpath at the bottom of Holden Road, and turning right after the bridge over the river where there will be floating of the flower crowns at about 8pm – 9pm.
There will be an opportunity to buy some stunning hand-woven items and herb teas made by our Sasha Belavokaya (loomandbloom.com )and there will be a book stall.
Special guests: London-based folk group “Karpatsky Zvuki”.
Making flower crowns, the Witch and decorating the Kupalle wheel
(donations of flowers by 3pm will be greatly appreciated)
Games and songs – Kupalinka – Jumping over the fire
Please assist us if possible by bringing along flower-crowns and wearing Belarusian costumes. The use of the Belarusian language will be encouraged!
All gifts of cold food, wine, beer and soft drinks will be gratefully received, but – please – NO SPIRITS. There will be a collection to cover expenses (£7 for members, £10 for non-members).