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The Capital Ukrainian Festival, July 19-21, 2019

Jun 24, 2019 | Featured, Arts & Culture

Roman Hruby for New Pathway – Ukrainian News.

The Fifth Annual Capital Ukrainian Festival will be held in Ottawa on the grounds of the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, 952 Green Valley Crescent, from July 19-21, 2019. The Festival Organizing Committee has been hard at work preparing for this year’s event. The 2018 Ukrainian Festival was a resounding success and attracted 30,000 visitors and many federal, provincial and municipal politicians.

The Festival is a nationally recognized celebration of Ukrainian Arts and Culture that engages the community, enriches residents’ lives and draws diverse audiences – making Ottawa one of the premier Ukrainian festival destinations in Canada and one of Ontario’s best festivals.

Admission to the Festival remains free. Parking is available onsite.

This year’s Festival will celebrate the culture, music, dance, food and fun that Canadian-Ukrainians enjoy and share with others. There are over 1.3 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent, of those, some 25,000 live in the Ottawa area. The organizers are hoping this year’s Festival will draw even more people than in 2018.

The Capital Ukrainian Festival organizers have planned three days of memorable activities. There will be a variety of activities each day, with something for everyone: workshops, talks, cultural displays and cultural demonstrations. There will be specific workshops for motanka dolls, pysanky, glass painting, iconopys, vinky and korovai/ritual braided wedding bread. If you crave shopping, then head for the marketplace. Talks will be given on genealogy, Ukrainian folk instruments, and beeswax candles. Meet Canadian author, Mary Ann Lichacz-Karwatsky, My Father’s Store and Other Stories . There will be church tours and sacred music performances. The children’s area includes a petting zoo, pony rides, crafts and other engaging activities.

There will be Ukrainian soul food classics made from fresh, local and simple ingredients, such as varenyky (perogies), holubtsi (cabbage rolls), borshch as well as kapusta, patychky, shashlyky and kovbassa and many other culinary surprises including pampushky. Good cold compote and Ukrainian beer will be available to quench your thirst.

A rich program of entertainment has been developed on the Main Stage and the Village Voices Stage. A few of these talented groups and individuals include the following:

Winnipeg’s Selo Ukrainian Dancers who are celebrating their 32nd year bringing the diverse and very rich traditions of Ukrainian dance to the public. The Selo Ukrainian Dancers’ vast wardrobe mirrors the regions of Ukraine: Hutzul, Bukovyna, Polissia, Lemko, Volyn,Transcarpathia and Poltava . A specific form of dress and dance reflect each region’s traditions;

Montreal’s Auresia, born in Edmonton, effortlessly blends unique pop sensibilities with the soul of reggae and salsa;

Nasha Rodyna dancers, from age 4 to young adults, come from St. Mary’s School of Ukrainian Dance in Sudbury, and express themselves in a cheerful and family manner;

Desna, Ukrainian Dance Company of Toronto will dazzle audiences with technically demanding and exhilarating dances accented by exquisite costumes and diverse music;

Zirka, based in Toronto, has deep Ukrainian-Canadian roots and with its passion for traditional Ukrainian music, will create a distinctive lively zabava sound to please listeners of all ages;

Kleztory, of Montreal, is considered one of the best klezmer bands and intends to transport spectators, with its music, into a state of joyful enthusiasm; and

Vasyl Popadiuk, a classically trained violinist born in Lviv and now living in Ottawa, will play a fusion of Eastern European melodies in an energetic style mixing classic rock, jazz and traditional Slavic and Gypsy music.

The Festival Organizing Committee is determined to make the 2019 Capital Ukrainian Festival most enjoyable for everyone. We look forward to welcoming our friends from across Canada to the Capital Ukrainian Festival. Do check for updates about the Festival on Facebook and on the Festival Website (

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