**A NEW EVENT** A Crime Against Peace – A BIF fundraiser in support of Ukraine

In response to the catastrophe faced by Ukraine’s people, Buxton International Festival has added a special fundraising event to its summer programme.

‘A Crime Against Peace’ will be held on Friday 15 July at midday in Buxton Opera House when Tom Tugendhat MP and author Oliver Bullough join writer Julian Glover to debate the challenges surrounding the UK’s response to Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine. The event will be held in support of the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. To add that little extra as only BIF can do, the event ends with three songs from Ukrainian soprano, Inna Husieva.

As Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat is prominent in challenging the government from within Parliament on the UK’s response to the war in Ukraine. Before entering politics he served as a Territorial Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, as a civilian, helped set up the government in Helmand Province and later served as a military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff.

Oliver Bullough writes regularly for the Guardian and New York Times, and is the author of the prescient new book Butler to the World – How Britain has Become the Servant to Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats and Criminals.

Soprano Inna Husieva was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. She completed her master’s degree at the Pyotr Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine under the tutelage of Professor Evdokia Kolesnik. Since 2017 Inna has been working with the Open Opera Ukraine, specialising in the performance of baroque repertoire.  Inna is a 2021/22 Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. Inna will perform two Ukrainian songs and ‘Tsaryu Nebesnyy’ (O Heavenly King), a beautiful prayer composed by Tetiana Yashvili.

£5 from each £15 ticket sold will be given to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and tickets are on sale now.