Sights, sounds and tastes at Montreal Ukrainian Festival
It’s what Ukrainians do best: the annual Montreal Ukrainian Festival combines singing, dancing and culinary delights. The Festival provides a glimpse into Ukrainian culture with various kiosks and a play area with games and face painting.
There will be a diverse selection of Ukrainian music, not only in terms of style but geography as well. Acts such as Rock-H from Mukachevo, Hloptsi from Toronto, and the Vidlunnia Choir from Montreal will perform.
Of course, no concert is complete without dancing — DESNA Dance Company will grace the stage, along with the Yavir School of Ukrainian Dance, and solo acts like Victoria Kataryna Ivanus. Colourful garb is sure to catch the audience’s attention as tradition is highly valued.
To celebrate the festival’s 15th year, there will be a photo exhibit and movie screening of Youry Bilak’s The Hutsuls: In the Shadow of the Carpathians showcasing this Ukrainian highland ethno-cultural group’s customs and traditions.
The Montreal Ukrainian Festival will hold its opening ceremonies on Friday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. at Parc de l’Ukraine in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie. On Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7 the festival begins at 10 a.m.
For more information, visit ukefestmontreal.org.