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Date: 6 July 2017, 6pm - 11pm

Venue: Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton Street, E2 9RR London, United Kingdom

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Join us at the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve for an evening of Ivana Kupala celebration, Ukrainian tea ceremony, folk singing, astronomy talk by Paul Hill, telescopes pointing to the sun, moon and planets, fern blossom hunt, wish doll & herbal crown making.

Ivana Kupala is an Eastern European summer solstice festival, dating back to pagan times and finds its origins in many European & Scandinavia cultures. This night historically marks the life cycle & passage of seasons, with the focus on celebrating life and fertility. Each festival incorporates various forms of divination and purification rituals, as medicinal herbs are deemed to behold stronger healing power on this night.

Evening Schedule:

6pm – Ukrainian tea ritual performance by Olha Pryymak

From 6pm – Telescope observation of the Sun

6.30pm - Crown making / Wish doll making / Scavenger hunt by the Growing Puppet Project

7.30pm-10:30pm – Campfire, bar & fire cooked supper

8pm - Ukrainian folk singing by Svitlana Pyrkalo

8.30pm – The Solstice in Astronomy talk by Paul Hill

From 9.30pm to 11pm - Telescope observation of the Moon, Jupiter & Saturn


Phytology leads a research project at the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve aimed at exploring the use, value and function of wildness within modern urban ecosystems. Phytology is part physic garden; part cultural institute; part urban wilderness; and a platform for collaboration between the arts, sciences and humanities.

Lumen is an art collective, focused on our contemporary relationship to astronomy and light. Through exhibitions, seminars and residencies, Lumen advocate and promote the awareness and accessibility of astronomy within urban environments. They will be collaborating with Phytology’s Artist In Residence, Ellie Doney, producing a number of solar themed projections within the Nature Reserve in response to the Kupala celebration.

Paul Hill is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (author of Awesome Astronomy podcast, and Space Ambassador for ESERO), will talk about the significance of the solstice in astronomy. He will bring a collection of lunar rocks & meteorites along with a collection of telescopes pointed at the Sun, Moon, Saturn & Jupiter.

Olha Pryymak a Ukrainian artist who will host the traditional tea ceremony performances throughout the evening. The performance will invite the audience to participate in a tea drinking ritual, inspired by Eastern European shamanism and folk medicine. Olha's research looks into the fragmentation of faith and memory through the practice of medicinal herbs and rituals.


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This event is family friendly & open to everyone.

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