There’s no better place for an authentic Ukrainian experience than at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on Sunday, August 10.
Ukrainian Day invites visitors to celebrate Ukrainian dance, music, food and history in a complete day filled with everything Ukrainian. This event is co-hosted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council.
Schedule of Events
8:30 a.m. – Pancake breakfast
11:30 a.m. – Start of the Ukrainian Village Food Festival
2:00 p.m. – Concert and traditional Ukrainian performances
Ukrainian dance and music
A concert beginning at 2 p.m. features acrobatic performances from Edmonton’s Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company. Later, tap your foot to outstanding Ukrainian music from Zhyto Band, Zbytochnyky, and Zabava v koli.
Bring the entire family and see history brought to life by costumed role-players in more than 30 historic buildings. Take in a free horse-drawn wagon ride; try your luck with a spelling bee and schoolyard games; horseshoe toss; feather stripping and butter churning. Soccer games, races and arts and crafts round out the family-friendly activities.
Honouring the past and present
Formal activities on this day include church services in one of three churches, commemoration of east central Alberta’s early pioneer families, Michael Luchkovich award presentation, and a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act. Join in as Ukrainians around the world celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko, considered to be Ukraine’s greatest poet and writer.
It’s all about the food!
Gates open at 8:30 a.m. for a pancake breakfast hosted by the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society, but save some room for the Ukrainian Village Food Festival starting at 11:30 a.m. Delicious food includes pyrohy (perogies), holubtsi (cabbage rolls), kovbasa (garlic sausage) and much more!
Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair for the concert and wear traditional dress or blue and yellow to add to the colour of Ukrainian Day.
About the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Operated by Alberta Culture, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is open-air museum where costumed interpreters recreate the life of early Ukrainian pioneers who settled in east central Alberta from 1892-1930. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through to September 1.
When: Sunday, August 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, located 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Hwy 16.
Admission: is $9 for adults, $20 for a family (two adults and their children ages 7 to 17), $7 for seniors and $4 for youth (ages 7 to 17). Children six and under are admitted free. Admission is also free for those with a current Experience Alberta’s History Pass or Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society membership card.
Need more info? Visit the website or call 780-662-3640 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access in Alberta)