Just as everyone was expecting, on 22nd of February 2015 was the last day of the Exhibition at the Filmbase.
Luckily enough in the same Chinese Community in Ireland was celebrating Chinese New Year nearby the Filmbase, and we unexpectedly received a bit more attention from locals.
It was originally planned to have some events every day of the week on the exhibition, but soon enough we figured that we will not have even Ukrainians during the week days, so eventually we had to squeeze everything into the weekend.
So, 22nd was planned as the day when all Ukrainians will arrive to the Filmbase for Closing Day as it would be the mourning of the Heavenly Hundred.
Members of Ukrainian Connection started to arrive quite soon, since they had to prepare all the events, snacks, chairs… many many little things, to have the doors opened by 1 p.m.
Now about the surprises, last time on the Opening Day, we thought we’ve a had a lot of visitors. Until Sunday. On Sunday it has become clear how many Ukrainians remember and care about Maidan.
Our Ukrainian community is not limited just within the main cities of Ireland, and thanks to the power of the Internet, people all around Ireland were aware of the event and brought their families, friends and little children. Talking about children, I would be remiss indeed if I did not mention how nice, smart and polite are Ukrainian kids in Ireland!
At 1 p.m. after everyone settled, we have started with speeches from members of the Community.
Also Ukrainian Ambassador, Mr. Reva has given a speech regarding the events on Maidan.
Later, when they were finished, it was time to build the announced Peace Chain to support peace in Ukraine.
Oksana Halby as a leader of the Peace Chain went outside to guide everyone willing to build a chain around Dublin’s bridges.
This was a time for another surprise for all the community. It later appeared that apart from Peace Chain, it occurred to be something like Ukrainian march in memory of Heavenly Hundred and supporting a peace in Ukraine. But the most stunning was the way we have never seen in our Irish member Crisotoir O’Loingsigh, would make a perfect leader, luckily enough someone brought a megaphone, so it was used in the way no one would expect from Crisotoir!
Event went very well organized and within 30 minutes everyone came back to the Filmbase.
The story of the rest of the day will be published very soon, stay tuned!
Meanwhile, all the pictures below are clickable.