It seems a bit fitting that the last Youth Engaging Youth event in Alberta would be a celebration of Ukraine’s Independence. We partnered with UCC Edmonton once again to make this event happen. The afternoon consisted of a concert that was full of a variety of performances. Chajka Concert Ensemble, an orchestra led by Ludvik Marianych, performed a multitude of pieces that were Ukrainian folk songs.
After this, Olesya Sinchuk, a modern Ukrainian singer from Ukraine, performed by singing, reciting poetry, playing the sopilka and the piano. Her husband accompanied her on some pieces. She had wonderful things to say about the hospitality of Ukrainian Canadians. Some stories even brought her to tears.
There were also other performances from Zorianka Ukrainian Dancers, Molfary band and even more from Olesya Sinchuk.
Laryssa Babych gave a keynote speech about the accomplishments and challenges after 26 years of independence in Ukraine. She is from Ukraine and witnessed the revolution, her husband lost his life to the cause. Now she works to help those still in Ukraine and criticizes the politics and corruption in Ukraine.
The national anthem of Ukraine was then sung by Olesya Sinchuk.
During the reception, Charlie who is of Japanese origin played on the bandura. He played both Ukrainian and Japanese songs. Charlie also plays the guitar and Ukrainian chimbaly.
There was also a bouncy castle for the kids to enjoy.
Hope to see you at the 27th anniversary celebration!
The Discover Canada Kids Camp has been going on for several weeks over this summer. It’s a camp where newcomers of Canada can learn about the country and about all the different cultures in our society. The camp is put on by the South Pointe Community Centre and has been happening for a few years now.
With the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and our Youth Engaging Youth project, we were able to bring the campers to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village to have a fun day. There, they were able to explore the village, engage with the village actors and participate in a pysanka workshop.
Enjoy some pictures from the day!
On August 18th, Youth Engaging Youth hosted an art night at the Art Gallery of Alberta. The night was a thank you to the community and organizations and individuals that we had partnered with to help make our events possible. The night was called Before 150 Art Night. When guests arrived they were invited to watch our slideshow of pictures that I had acquired throughout the summer over our many events. There was also cocktails, tea, coffee and yummy snacks for everyone to enjoy.
The guests were then invited to explore the exhibits in the gallery, paying special attention to the Past Imperfect: A Canadian History Project exhibit. This exhibit displayed over 120 pieces from various artists that portrayed pivotal moments in Canadian history as the artist had interpreted it. Many pieces were of or by Aboriginal artists.
Thank you to all those who came out for this very special night!
On August 13th, UCC-APC hosted Ukrainian Day at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village with great success. There were thousands of people that visited the grounds that day and hundreds of thousands of perogies sold to an eager crowd.
The Youth Engaging Youth project was able to sponsor the performances from the Polonez Polish Dance Ensemble, the Balada Romanian Dance Ensemble and the Prince Charles fiddlers, a group based of Aboriginal and Metis children.
There were also other performances from Korinnya Choir and Shumka Ukrainian dancers. The Luchkovich award was also presented and Mayor Don Iveson gave a speech.
Hope to see you all there next year for the festivities!
On August 5th through to August 7th, Edmonton hosted their annual Heritage Festival in Hawrelak Park. Even with a couple rainy days, the festival was a huge success! Sunday broke record numbers of attendance with 360,000 people enjoying the festivities that day. At the Ukrainian pavilion we also had major success, completely selling out of borscht on Monday morning and having long lines for our food.
On Saturday, the Ukrainian Pavilion held their arm wrestling competition in partnership with the Edmonton Extreme Arm Wrestling Association. The event saw multiple pavilions competing against each other for the gold medal. The competition definitely drew a crowd and got people riled up and cheering for their pavilion. Eventually, Canada was the winner of the arm wrestling competition. After, the crowd was called up to learn how to properly arm wrestle and compete against each other.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress and our Youth Engaging Youth project would like to present an art night as a a thank you to the community and all of the participants of the Alberta events. The Before 150 Art Night will be held at the Art Gallery of Alberta on August 18th from 7pm to 9pm. […]
Over the August long-weekend, August 5th to 7th, Edmonton will be bringing back Servus Heritage Festival for the 42nd year! Every year, this festival has hundreds of pavilions that represent cultures within our community. It is a weekend to recognize the multiculturalism that Canada has developed over the 150 years since Confederation. UCC National has […]
On August 13th, most of, if not all, of the community will be heading out to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village to enjoy Ukrainian Day. It will be a full day from 9:00am to 5:00pm! This year, in the tradition of all our Canada 150 events, Ukrainian Day’s theme will be all about acknowledging our […]
It was a scorcher of a day on July 13th at Pigeon Lake. The campers at Camp St. Basil needed a break and some time in the water. Our sixth Canada 150 Youth Engaging Youth event was taking all these campers to Ma-Me-O Beach for some fun in the sun. We played a couple group games like human knot, meltdown tag, Alaskan baseball, poop deck and FFEACH. Later, the campers had free time in the water and got some freezies to enjoy.
Afterwards, we were able to surprise the campers with ice cream from Daisy McBeans at Pigeon Lake Village before we went back to camp. They were all super excited for the treat and it was a lovely end to this event.
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