Ottawa Celebrates 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada

Jane Kolbe, Ottawa.

This year marks 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, 25,000 live in Ottawa. The Capital Ukrainian Festival has four days of memorable activities to celebrate the occasion.

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, you can explore Ukrainian-Canadian culture and history with a stellar series of award-winning films. On Friday, July 22, 2016, join us on the catwalk where we will showcase art and fashion. To end the evening, you can dance the night away under the stars at the DJ dance party.

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, take the opportunity to experience the cultural richness of all that is Ukrainian! Our line-up of performers will be diverse and unforgettable, promising something for all tastes and all audiences. Sunday’s program on July 24, 2016 brings the Festival to a new level with late afternoon Operatic performances, and the One World show where we invite other cultures and nationalities to celebrate with us on stage.

You will also experience traditional and modern Ukrainian culture as you step into the Yarmarok, the Ukrainian word for marketplace, where Ukrainians have traditionally gathered to buy and sell goods, exchange news and ideas, and share gossip.

And of course what would a Festival be without food? This is the weekend when you stock up on traditional Ukrainian food: varenyky (perogies), cabbage rolls, borshch and other culinary favorites. Visitors to the Beer Gardens can also enjoy an ice cold Lvivske 1715 — premium Beer from the oldest still-functioning brewery in Eastern Europe.

The 2016 festival experience will provide a variety of activities each day, with something for everyone: workshops, demonstrations, children’s activities, and even fireworks on Saturday night. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit our website at: www.capitalukrainianfestival.com

Media: Jane Kolbe, President, Capital Ukrainian Festival

e-mail: kolbejane@gmail.com

tel: 613.790.3856