Annual Capital Ukrainian Festival Comes Back to Ottawa

Roman Hruby for New Pathway, Ottawa.

The Second Annual Capital Ukrainian Festival will be held in Ottawa on the grounds of the Ukrainian Catholic Church from July 21-24, 2016. The President of the Festival, Jane Kolbe, is again organizing this year’s event. The 2015 Ukrainian Festival was a resounding success and attracted more than 8,000 visitors.

This year’s Festival will mark a historical milestone for Ukrainian-Canadians – the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. There are over 1.3 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent, of those, some 25,000 live in Ottawa area. The organizers are hoping this year’s Festival will draw even more people than in 2015.

The Capital Ukrainian Festival has planned four days of memorable activities. There will be a variety of activities each day, with something for everyone: workshops, demonstrations, children’s activities, and even fireworks on Saturday night.

On Thursday, July 21, the Festival will showcase Ukrainian-Canadian culture and history with a stellar series of award-winning films. On Friday, the Festival will feature a fashion catwalk and display Ukrainian art and fashion. During the evening, a dance will be held under the stars.

On Saturday, the cultural richness of Ukraine will be displayed. A yarmarok (market) will be held at which time one could buy and sell Ukrainian goods, exchange news and socialize. As well, there will be a diverse group of performers – something for all tastes and all audiences. On Sunday, July 24, the Festival will feature late afternoon Operatic performances, and the One World Show – when other cultural groups and nationalities will be invited to celebrate on stage.

Throughout the Festival, plenty of Ukrainian food will be on sale, including such favorites as varenyky (perogies), cabbage rolls, borshch and other culinary specialties. At the Beer Gardens, one will be able to enjoy ice cold Lvivske 1715 – premium beer from the oldest still functioning brewery in Eastern Europe.

The Festival organizers are determined to make this year’s event enjoyable for everyone.