Eurovision reigning champions Kalush Orchestra have announced a North American tour, spanning two countries and thirteen cities, including Los Angeles and New York.
Kalush Orchestra frontman Oleh Psiuk announced the tour on his Instagram story. It will begin in Seattle on 20th October and conclude in Toronto on 6th November.
Proceeds from the tour will go to Help Heroes of Ukraine, an organisation which is supporting Ukrainian families affected by the war.
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Since their Eurovision victory, Kalush Orchestra have been raising money and awareness to support Ukraine in the war effort.
In May, the band auctioned their glass microphone trophy in aid of the Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation, which helps support the Ukrainian Army.
The Eurovision 2022 trophy sold for $900,000 to the WhiteBIT cryptocurrency community.
The band also staged a raffle for the signature pink bucket hat, which frontman Oleh wore onstage in Turin.
A grand total of 11,000,000 hryvnas were collected in the raffle for the pink bucket hat, which is almost 350,000€. The winner of the bucket hat was selected at random during a live-streamed auction on Instagram.
Kalush Orchestra are not the only Ukrainian Eurovision artists who are touring abroad in order to promote Ukrainian culture and identity to a wider audience. Eurovision 2020 and 2021 participants Go_A are embarking on a European tour, similarly to raise funds to help Ukraine.
In a statement on Instagram, Go_A spoke about the importance of Ukrainian artists showcasing their music during a time of war:
We believe that our concerts draw attention to our unique Ukrainian culture and we do our best not to let people around the world forget that the war is still going on here.
We are doing everything to debunk the myth that Ukraine is part of Russia. Ukraine is an original country with its own history, its own language and its own sovereign territory. So it has always been, so it is and so it will be.
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