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(INDIANAPOLIS) –  Indy’s City Market is hosting a Ukrainian culture festival this afternoon.


Rebecca Vanvliet with the International Center says the six-and-a-half-hour event is meant as a reminder of the culture placed at risk by the Russian invasion:


The event features samples of Ukrainian potato dumplings and beet salad, performances by the IU Slavic Choir, and a Swiss theatre troupe presenting the U.S. premiere of a play, “Break the Silence,” written in response to the war.


The Ukrainian Cultural Festival was quickly organized after Russia invaded Ukraine in February. In fact, the Ukrainian Society of Indiana, which put the event together, didn’t exist until after the war started.


Vanvliet says 8,700 Ukrainians live in Indiana.