The 2020 Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival lived up to its name

The Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble performs the Hopak at Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival. Photo: Epic Photography

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The annual Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival thanks the winter warriors who endured the frigid temperatures to enjoy the sights, sounds, and activities celebrating winter on 118 Avenue in Edmonton.

Over 400 artists made it an incredible weekend on Jan. 11-12, 2020. Saturday highlighted Edmonton’s rich Ukrainian heritage with dance, live music, and heritage performances. Sunday featured the Franco-Albertan and Franco-African community with live performances, delicious food, and the Tourtiére Baking Competition.

Many festival favourites returned this year including a Street Hockey Tournament and the popular Deep Freezer Races. Other highlights included the Pipon Village honouring Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit cultures, ice carving, stilt walkers, and Tom Fool’s Ice Kingdom. Saturday festival goers were warmed up with world and Latin music on four stages throughout the evening.