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Colourful Ukrainian Celebrations
Saskatchewan’s proud multicultural heritage is celebrated year-round, and spring is the time of year when one particular type of celebration happens all across the province.
Ukrainian festivals and concerts are festive, high-energy events that feature nimble dancers, colourful costumes, great traditional music, and of course, fantastic Ukrainian food. Groups and individual dancers compete for trophies in dance festivals, or demonstrate particular dances in showcases. Festivals also often include arts and crafts sales, bands, choirs and more.
Some of Saskatchewan’s notable Ukrainian dance festivals include:
- The Prince Albert Barveenok Ukrainian Dance Festival: The 21st annual festival features 500 dancers, ages 4 and up, from throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. Prince Albert, March 27-30. (306)764-9057
- Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Spring Showcase: This concert features dancers aged 5 to 18 showcasing dances from the Poltava, Hutzul, Transcarpathian, Lemko, Volyn and Bukovina regions. Yorkton, April 13. (306) 783-3141
- Svoboda Ukrainian Dance Festival: Traditional costumes, music and dance, with participants from across the prairies. North Battleford, May 2-4. (306) 446-3454
- Veselka: Cabaret-style Ukrainian Festival featuring lively music, good food, energetic dancers and cultural displays. Foam Lake, May 3. (306) 272-4196
- Vesna Festival 2008: a Ukrainian celebration of spring featuring artisans, fine art, cultural displays, marketplace, children’s area and traditional food. Saskatoon, May 9-10. (306)242-9052. Vesna Festival 2008 website