British Columbia Ukrainian Cultural Festival to be held May 7 in Mission – Maple Ridge News

The 25th BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival will take place May 7 in Mission. All activities will be offered at the Heritage Park Educational & Cultural Center and the Clarke Foundation Theater (33700 Prentice Ave).

The event features dance performances judged by groups from across the province. Vendors will be offering a range of Ukrainian arts and crafts and embroidered clothing, musicians will entertain attendees with fast tunes, and Hunky Bill’s iconic Perogy Food Truck will be on hand, serving up his delicious traditional Ukrainian food.

“We were determined to move forward this year,” said Darka Morin (Konyk), President of the BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival Society and Chair of the Organizing Committee.

“COVID has set us back the last two years. We are resolved that, despite our anguish over what is happening in Ukraine, we will continue the festival this year. »

The Society’s Vice President, Nathan Nychyporuk, said: “We are very aware of the terrible situation in Ukraine with the Russian invasion. Many of us have family there or know people who have family there.

Nychyporuk said at the March organizing committee meeting there was “a lot of tear-holding and struggling to keep your cool. But there was absolute consensus that we had to do it. Many troops from all over the province encouraged us to do so.

“Ukrainians have a wonderful and beautiful cultural heritage,” said Gladys Andreas, who founded the festival in 1995. “We are committed to showcasing it for all Canadians to enjoy.

“Today many parts of Ukraine are under attack from Russia. The devastation and the death toll were appalling.

Andreas has been recognized by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Government of Ukraine for her contribution to Ukrainian culture in Canada.

The 25th BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival will begin at 10 a.m. Participants must comply with all applicable BC Ministry of Health guidelines and posted facility requirements.

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Darcy J. Skinner