Music, vendors, keynotes

October 14, 11 am - 8 pm
The Midway
900 Marin st, San Francisco

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You can still support us! Donate $50 or more to Leleka Foundation and receive a complimentary t-shirt. Pictures and reports coming soon!


Discover the richness of Ukrainian culture, music, art, and traditions as we spend a San Francisco summer day at The Midway. The event's mission is to raise funds for urgent causes and create a positive influence in Ukraine and among our community here in the Bay Area. The funds raised from ticket sales and donations will be used to provide critical supplies to battlefield medics in Ukraine and to bring innovative professional education to Ukrainian veterans.

Join us at this truly special event that inspires positive change and leaves a lasting impression on all participants. We look forward to seeing you on October 14 for a fun, empowering, and magical experience alongside your whole family, friends, and Bay Area community.


Warm Up Ukraine: Fall is a multimedia fundraising event to showcase Ukrainian culture through music, art, talks, and activities.
A series of talks in a format inspired by TED, with the theme of Transformations for Good.
11 am - 3 pm
Live music by highly-regarded Ukrainian musicians and DJs
4 - 8 pm
Ukrainian art exhibition
11 am - 8 pm
Activities for kids and adults
11 am - 5:30 pm
Master classes by Ukrainian artists on painting and traditional crafts
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sales of Ukraine-made home decorations, books, ceramics and more
11 am - 5 pm

The event’s language is English. We invite everyone in the Bay Area and beyond - you will enjoy this if you have no connection to Ukraine.


Come explore art from renowned Ukrainian artists. We will be selling prints and donating a part of the collected funds to our partner non-profits Leleka Foundation and New Horizons Hub.


Fima Chupakin

Yukhym “Fima” Chupakhin is a Brooklyn-based Ukrainian jazz pianist and media composer. He is highly regarded on the New York scene as a versatile keyboardist, composer, arranger, and creative sound producer.

Fima appears as a sideman on more than 30 albums and has 3 albums as a leader under his belt with his Ukrainian band. In addition to his extensive performing career, Fima composes for film and TV.

In 2019 Chupakhin was nominated by the Ukrainian Film Awards in the category “Best Composer of the Year” for his music for “The Wild Fields”, a feature film based on the book “Voroshilovgrad” written by Ukraine’s most prominent writer and poet, Serhyi Zhadan.


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Ro Rousseau

Ro Rousseau - Ukrainian musician, DJ, traveler, event promoter. Father of UBKbeach Club - the biggest beach venue on the river island in Kyiv. Since 2016 founded Hedonism Festival has featured trendy music from all around the Globe.

One of the active members of the Ukrainian burners community responsible for some unique vibes in Kurenivka Camp at Burning Man. Now getting ready for the new Burning chapter at BRC. Besides this making charity tours for Ukrainian artists around the US. The next announcement is JAMALA with her “Like a bird” tour in June ’23 Travelled around 117 countries and accomplished 5 round-the-world trips spreading love, bliss, and happiness.


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War Photography
Evgeniy Maloletka

Evgeniy Maloletka is a Ukrainian war photographer, journalist, and filmmaker, who has been covering the war in Ukraine since 2014. He has also covered the Euromaidan Revolution, the protests in Belarus, the Nagorno-Karabakh war, and the COVID-19 pandemic in Ukraine.Evgeniy Maloletka was born on the Azov Sea, in Berdyansk, Ukraine. He graduated from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 2010. In 2009, he started working as a staff photographer for Ukrainian media. Later, he worked as a freelancer and collaborated with the Associated Press, Al Jazeera, Der Spiegel, and others.

In February and March 2022, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Associated Press staff member Mstyslav Chernov and Maloletka, a freelancer working for AP, stayed in Mariupol, which was encircled by the Russian troops, under siege, and extensively bombed, whereas the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Defense Ministry claimed that Russia only targets military installations. Maloletka were among the few journalists international journalists in Mariupol during that period, and their photographs were extensively used by Western media to cover the situation.

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Yuliia Matvieieva

Ukraine-trained physician, a psychotherapist in training, a Certified Peer Support specialist, and a Ukraine-certified Military Mental Health Support specialist.

Presentation: “Bridge of Understanding: Effective Communication with War-Scarred Veterans.”


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Sam Brearey

Sam Brearey is CEO and co-founder of Accessercise, the world’s first complete fitness app for the disabled community, a former professional sailor, three world
champion and elite athlete mentor.

Sam also runs a disaster relief charity, Project Fenix, heading the Ukraine operations. Project Fenix provides support to orphanages, disabled veterans, and
civilians, key medical supplies, military supplies, medic training, and more. Sam also supports vulnerable young people in the UK and has a passion for supporting those in need.

Accessercise is challenging the fitness market and leisure providers with a new standard for inclusion, accessibility, and disability equality. Providing specific and
bespoke support to different impairments, Accessercise has been built with the disabled community at the forefront.

Sam previously founded and ran an athlete management company that spanned 16 countries, represented 14 sports, and supported 30 athletes to win over 60



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Robert Rose

Robert G. Rose (Rob) is a media entrepreneur and travel and video journalist. Over his media career, he has created a tapestry of content while producing socially conscious "media that matters." His mantra of "empathy equals strength" is displayed throughout his work.

Rob first visited Ukraine in 2012. He returned twice more in 2019 to film episodes for Raw Travel, introducing his viewers to the culture and beauty of Ukraine.

In the summer of 2023, Rob returned to Ukraine and collaborated with Anastasia to film some more. This time, they embedded themselves with soldiers and American and UK Volunteers in Eastern and Southern Ukraine, such as Kherson, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, and more. Rob will premiere a short trailer from his month-long trip in 2023 at "Warm Up Ukraine.".

Rob will premiere a short trailer "My Summer in Ukraine" from his month-long trip to Ukraine in 2023.

Raw Travel

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Maksym Goncharuk and Viktor Samoilenko

Introducing Aspichi: a USA-based company with Ukrainian roots, pioneering disruptive education technology. With a focus on seamless spatial experience sharing, the flagship innovation is the VR psychology therapist assistant—a vital solution for addressing Ukraine's mental health crisis, currently supporting 12 clinics and 300 patients daily. Aspichi also develops dual-use applications: trainings, situational awareness, simulators, and wide-vision for drones.

Meet the founders:

  • Viktor Samoilenko, CEO: With two decades of IT experience, Viktor has excelled in sales and business development, promoting Ukrainian companies globally.
  • Max Goncharuk, CTO: Max brings 23 years of IT and telecommunications expertise, including a decade as a packet data consultant for 3G, LTE, and 5G networks across South America and Europe.

Aspichi redefines education, transforms mental health, and creates a brighter future through technology.


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Protez Foundation

Protez Foundation provides care for Ukrainians who have lost limbs and need prosthetics. The goal of their work is to help Ukrainian children, civilians, and soldiers who have lost limbs as a result of the war receive high-quality prosthetics in the US and restore their quality of life. Protez Foundation joins Warm Up Ukraine speaking event together with Ukrainian veterans that outgoing their treatment in Minneapolis’ clinic, to talk about their treatment and transition.

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Dima Gazda x Esper Bionics

Dmytro Gazda, founder and CEO of Esper Bionics;  MD, serial entrepreneur, electronic engineer presents "Human augmentation. Future. Ukraine".

Introducing Esper Bionics, an award-winning engineering company at the forefront of human enhancement technology. Founded in 2019 by medical doctor and engineer Dima Gazda, Esper Bionics revolutionizing the prosthetic industry.Inspired by the beauty of the human body, Esper Bionics mission is to enhance lives, eliminate diseases, and extend human potential.

Esper Hand, a bionic, self-learning hand prosthetic, sets new standards in functionality and weight, offering users unprecedented freedom and capability. Esper Hand is named The 200 Best Inventions of 2022 by Time Magazine

Dima Gazda

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Emergency response
Iryna Gudyma

Born and raised in Ukraine, Iryna Gudyma works at UNICEF in New York, where she focuses on ending violence against children. Amidst the escalating war in Ukraine, she plays a pivotal role in the emergency response programs, securing humanitarian and medical relief, and fostering donor relationships to provide essential supplies to those in need.

Iryna's dedication to supporting conflict-affected communities spans over a decade. Prior to joining the UN, she served as a Press Officer at the OSCE, working in war-torn areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, contributing to peace and security efforts in the region. She initiated the advocacy campaign on the Danger of Mines and Unexploded Ordnance to protect children in conflict-affected areas. Iryna also worked as a first responder and a spokesperson at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Iryna holds a master's degree in Globalization and Development Communication from Temple University, earned as a Fulbright scholar, and a master's in International Business from Kyiv National Economic University.


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Lesya Kalynska & T.J. Collins

Lesya Kalynska is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, she currently lives and works in NYC where she is running the production company Pomegranate Studios.

TJ Collins is an award-winning filmmaker producing over a dozen films including short and feature narratives.

A “Rising Fury” follows two hopeful Ukrainian idealists from the peaceful protest in Kyiv in 2013 to the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Pavlo and Svitlana met and fell in love at the Maidan Revolution and were filmed over 8 years with several expeditions to the frontlines of the war. Pavlo loses his family home from the invasion and joins the Ukrainian military. Both find themselves on the battle lines, protecting their land, democracy, and their relationship.

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Yulia Zimmermann and Khrystyna Shevchenko

Yulia Zimmermann (Right Time Studios co-founder and CMO, San Francisco-Tahoe based activist, film producer, IT professional, and a mountaineer.
Khrystyna Shevchenko (LA based film director, producer, international journalist, activist.)“

Awoken by War” documentary: Work in progress documentary filmed by Kyiv-based Iryna Pravylo about the human side of war right after the de-occupation of Kyiv region (Bucha, Hostomel, Irpin, Borodyanka, and more). An honest portrait of the Ukrainians who are living through the common trauma of the Russian invasion. Reconciling with the horrors of occupation, they find strength and motivation to continue the fight. This story shows the human side of the biggest war in Europe since WWII.

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Art of Ukraine

Learn more about the history and the art of “Motanka” making at our special workshops for kids and adults prepared for you by Art of Ukraine.

Motanka is a traditional Ukrainian yarn doll that is much more than a simple toy. It serves as a powerful talisman and an important ceremonial object used in many ancient rituals and traditions. There are different types of motankas depending on their origin and application. This unique therapeutic practice will be interesting both for adults and teenagers. Participation in our workshop will not only help to restore ancient Ukrainian traditions but will also leave you with a unique souvenir and a meaningful gift for your loved ones.

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Marina Malyarenko

Maryna Malyarenko will hold a fun masterclass where you will learn to paint in the traditional Ukrainian decoration technique Petrykivka.

Petrykivka is an ornamental folk art that originated in Dnipropetrovsk oblast of Ukraine somewhere around the 18th century. It is included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity due to its distinctive features and special creation techniques. Despite its unique appearance, this painting style is accessible even to less experienced artists. As with any form of art, it activates different areas in your brain, enhances blood circulation, develops fine motor skills, and helps an artist to relax and deal with stress.

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Dragonfly Floristic
Flower Design

There are many ways to express your feelings, but the most elegant one is with flowers. Blooming stems bring joy and life to any surrounding, but they also can send a very specific message or serve a symbolic purpose.
Ukrainian women used to make flower crowns for summer festivals as decoration. But such a crown was not used for decorative purposes only, it also played an important part in an ancient tradition of finding a couple during the Kupala holiday. On the night of July 6th young girls would lay their flower crowns to float on the river and potential suitors would try to fetch them from the water.

Dragonfly Floristic

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GAnna Demidova

Handbuilding is a special kind of meditation. It allows one to take a break from daily stress, relax, and experience unforgettable tactile sensations while working with clay. This workshop will teach you the fundamentals of pottery hand-building. You will learn the basic methods of building ceramic pieces using pinch pots and slab-building techniques.

If you have ever been to a Ukrainian village, you know that you can always find delicious food served in various ceramic pots. Nowadays, most of the necessary home utensils are produced at the factory and are rarely regarded as an important cultural element. However, our ancestors used to make all their pots, bowls, and cups by hand from simple clay.  As a result, clay-making became a playground for artistic expression and imagination in Ukrainian villages. Local clay masters in various areas of Ukraine developed their unique shapes and decorative styles, such as Kosiv ceramics that were extremely popular in the Carpathian region. At the “Warm Up Ukraine: Fall” event, you will get a unique chance to make your own custom-made piece together with talented Ukrainian clay master Ganna Demidova.


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Non-profits and Partners

New Horizons Hub is a non-profit organization with a mission to open IT career opportunities for Ukrainian veterans and help them in transition into civilian life.

Leleka Foundation is a non-profit that supports Ukrainian military medics with equipment and supplies. Since 2014, Leleka has raised and spent over $8 million and provided thousands of first aid kits, backpacks, medical evacuation vehicles, and supplies for hospitals.

GlobalLogic is listed on top in digital product engineering companies that offers product consulting and software engineering partner services.

Sunflower Fund supports families suffering and living through war, as well as those who have been driven from their homes by the fighting.

Protez Foundation provides care for Ukrainians who have lost limbs and need prosthetics: from submitting an application through full rehabilitation.

Art of Ukraine is dedicated to advocacy, education, and sharing the depth of Ukrainian artistic heritage through an array of events: art exhibits, folk craft workshops, festivals, and community gatherings. We support Ukrainian artists and educators in Ukraine and in the United States.