Archive for July, 2011

Weekend Watching: Australia’s got Ukrainian talent

July 29th, 2011 No comments

Here’s a video featuring the Roztiazhka Ukrainian dance group on Australia’s Got Talent:

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Ukrainian Summer Vacation Guide 2011

July 26th, 2011 1 comment

While in Ukraine the government is cancelling the 20th anniversary of Independence Day celebrations all over the country over ‘auserity’, the diaspora can still enjoy events happening in North America this season:


July 29-31

Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival (CNUF)

Dauphin, MB

In the fresh air and sunshine, enjoy the incredible view and watch the world-class grandstand shows from the only 11,000-seat, hillside amphitheatre in Canada. Authentic, rich, uniquely Ukrainian and ultimately… delicious! Excite your senses with our all-day-available traditional cuisine. As we tell our stories through costume, song and dance, you will literally see and feel the past come alive. For one whole weekend, escape to become immersed in a new adventure. Let us put a fiddle in your hands, show you a few steps and teach you some Ukrainian songs. Then celebrate with us at the nightly Zabavas; parties thrown in honour of our guests… you!



July 30 – August 1

Heritage Festival

Edmonton, AB

The 36th anniversary Edmonton Heritage Festival showcasing Canada’s vibrant multicultural heritage will feature 64 pavilions representing over eighty-five cultures from all over the world. The Ukraine Pavilion’s theme is 120 years of Ukrainian Settlement in Alberta. Admission is FREE. Since there is no public parking at Hawrelak Park, a free private shuttle service will be provided from St. Vladimir Parish Church Parking Lot (12726 – 119 Street). Free public transportation by (ETS) is available from 4 designated sites.


August 7-13


Winnipeg, MB

Experience everything Ukraine has to offer. Come and enjoy a variety of music, song and dance from our energetic performing groups while sampling traditional food including varenyky (potato-filled dumplings) and holubtsi (rice-stuffed cabbage). Try a Lvivs’ke pyvo (beer) or a Ukrainian crantini – otherwise known as our Kalyna Malyna.

Visit our cultural display to learn about Ukrainian bard Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861), an artist and poet whose works have been translated into many languages and whose statue is found in many countries around the world and locally on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature.

After the show, enjoy a slice of torte or cheesecake while your children have fun creating a cultural craft. Don’t miss our late night party on Friday and Saturday. Doors close at 12:00 midnight but we continue dancing until 1:30am.


August 7

Ukrainian Day Festival

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Alberta

Every summer thousands of people gather for the annual Ukrainian Day Festival held at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. This event has a 35 year history of bringing together families from all across east-central Alberta along with tourists and the general public for a day celebrating all things Ukrainian. From arts, cultural learning and children’s activities to great food, family reunions, unique pioneer experiences and a showcase of Ukrainian performers, Ukrainian Day has something for everyone


August 18–21

St. Josaphat Ukrainian Festival

Rochester, NY

The  St.  Josaphat’s  Ukrainian  Festival  was  established  in  1973  as  an  effort  to  introduce  Ukrainian  Arts  and  Crafts,  Ukrainian  food,  and  Ukrainian  music  and  dance  to  the  Rochester  community.   Since  its  inception  the  Festival  has  offered  tradition  Ukrainian  foods  such  as  Varenyky  (or  pyrohy  or  pierogies)  a  potato  and  cheese  dumpling,  Holubets  (stuffed  cabbage  rolls),  Kovbasa  (Ukrainian  sausage),  Kapusta  (Ukrainian  style  sauerkraut)  and  Borsch  (beet  soup)  to  the  public. The  Festival  also  has  a  number  of  vendors  who  display  a  variety  of  Ukrainian  Arts  and  Crafts  such  as  ceramics,  embroidery,  wood  carvings,  jewelry  and  Ukrainian  Easter  eggs. The  Ukrainian  Stage  offers  a  variety  of  entertainment  including  Tradition  Ukrainian  Folk  Dancers  and  Singers  both  from  Rochester,  New York  and  Canada.


August 20

Ukrainian Fall Fest

Regina, SK

Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Regina Branch proudly announces its annual outdoor cultural festival! The event aims to celebrate Ukrainian-Canadian culture and recognize its people’s contributions to Canadian society at all levels.  UCC Regina Branch coordinates the activities for 19 Ukrainian cultural organizations of very dedicated volunteers in our city and this event!  Come and Celebrate with us! Bring a lawnchair for your seating comfort!


August 20

Independence Day Celebration in Toronto

Toronto, ON

All day at Centennial Park in Etobicoke

Official opening at 1:00 pm

Organized by UCC-Toronto


August 21

Ukrainian Folk Festival

Horsham, Pa

Sunday, August 21, 2011, 12:00 noon. The 20th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival, celebrating Ukraine’s Independence Day, will be held at the Ukrainian American Sport Center — Tryzub ( , County Line and Lower State Roads, Horsham, PA.

Exciting, spectacular, dazzling, breathtaking, exhilarating, spirited, soulful, enchanting, captivating, and intriguing – modest words which describe but by no means capture the essence of Ukrainian folk art, music, and dance. From the rich color and deep symbolism of the delicate “pysanka” (Ukrainian Easter Egg) to the thunderous, climatic, power, rhythm and strength of “HOPAK” – the world’s most exciting ethnic dance, and every brilliant “Kolomiyka” (polka) and soulful folk song in between, we invite you to experience the TWENTIETH ANNUAL UKRAINIAN FOLK FESTIVAL, celebrating the anniversary of our ancestral homeland’s independence. Enjoy a festival stage show, a public dance, Ukrainian foods and baked goods, BBQ pit, kid’s fun area, and Ukrainian hospitality.


August 28

Independence Day Celebration in Edmonton

Edmonton, AB

20th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence. Celebration will take place at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex at 9615-153 Avenue, Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 2:30


August 28

Friends’ Ukrainian Music Festival

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Alberta

Catch the musical magic at the Friends’ Ukrainian Music Festival featuring an array of the region’s finest Ukrainian folk musicians. This dynamic event encompasses an abundance of entertainment, exhibits, children’s activities, a village market, and delicious foods. Visit the Historic Village where you can enjoy wagon rides and chat with historic settlers as they go about their daily routines.


August 28

Ukrainian Day at Golden Gate Park

San Francisco, CA

1:00 PM 3:00 PM

Ukrainian Cultural Program for Commemorating of 20th Anniversary of
Independence of Ukraine

More info will be soon


September 9 – 11

Montreal Ukrainian Festival

Montreal, PQ

Quebec’s Ukrainian community is 18,000 strong with active members in the development of Quebec in areas of art, culture, politics and business. In Canada, Ukrainians constitute more than 1,000,000 in population. Ukraine is an independent democratic state in Eastern Europe with more than 50 million people living in an area of 603,700 sq. km, an area larger than France and fifth in size by population in Europe.

Festival Objectives:

  • To organize a festival as a venue to introduce Ukrainian culture and heritage to the general population in the province of Quebec
  • To showcase the best of the Ukrainian community, traditions, performing arts and cuisine
  • To seek out Quebecers of Ukrainian descent who, over the years, have moved away from social and community activities and inspire them to a higher level of involvement within the community
  • To give visibility to social, community, educational & cultural organizations as well as professional and business services
  • To reactivate participation of young Ukrainians in mainstream community establishments and organizations
  • To promote the achievements of Ukrainians living in the province of Quebec by displaying their contributions to Canadian society in culture and business
  • To be financially self-sufficient



September 10 – 11

Ukrainian Festival 35th Annual

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Ukrainian Festival Committee works to share the Ukrainian heritage & culture by providing the following:

  • Live Entertainment: Traditional Ethnic Dancers, Musicians & Singers
  • Serve traditional foods, breads & beverages of Ukraine the bread basket of Europe
  • Ukrainian Folk Arts:  Paintings, Carved Wood & PSYANKY Egg Demonstrations
  • Novelties: Ceramics, Embroidery Clothing, Jewelry, & Religious artifacts
  • History of Ukraine – Famine, Chernobyl, Orange Revolution


September 12

Independence Day Celebration in Calgary

Calgary, AB

1pm at UKRAINIAN PIONEER PARK at Seventh Avenue and Sixth Street N. E. across the street from the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Calgary.

Sponsored by the Ukrainian Youth Association “CYM” a member of the Calgary Branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress

For more information call Oleksandr (403) 250-5087 or Halya (403) 276-1835


September 16 – 18

Ukrainian Festival

Toronto, ON

The Festival was born in 1995 as the result of the twinning of Toronto and Kyiv. It then came under the umbrella of Ukrainian Canadian Congress Toronto Branch as one of its projects.  While attendance in the first year was estimated at 3,000, within ten years the Festival has grown to attract audiences of 350,000.

The Toronto Ukrainian Festival is a celebration of Toronto’s diversity. It has established itself as one of the premier Ukrainian festivals in North America. The Festival takes pride in showcasing contemporary professional and amateur artists and performers of Ukrainian heritage who celebrate Ukrainian culture through music, dance and visual arts.

Throughout its thirteen year history, the Festival has hosted Prime Ministers, federal, provincial and municipal politicians. The annual parade has been honoured with Festival Parade Marshals such media celebrities Luba Goy, Ted Woloshyn, actress Mimi  Kuzyk, community activist Marika Szkambara, former Ontario Education Minister Gerard Kennedy, former Prime Minister John Turner, Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Mississauga News Publisher Ron Lenyk and Canada’s rock n roll legend Randy Bachman.

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Demjanjuk could be tried next in Bavaria

July 18th, 2011 No comments

After Germany denied extradition due to incomplete, missing crucial information regarding details of the deaths of Spanish citizens and Demjanjuk’s involvement in the deaths, it looks like Bavaria will be the next country accusing Demjanjuk of war crimes:

The new complaint accuses Demjanjuk of 4,400 additional counts of accessory to murder for the time when he allegedly guarded the Flossenbuerg concentration camp in Bavaria.

Even though thousands died or were killed in Flossenbuerg, its entire purpose was not extermination like Sobibor, Auschwitz or the other Nazi death camps.

But in the new complaint filed by Cornelius Nestler, who represented the families of Sobibor victims at the Demjanjuk trial as co-plaintiffs, the Cologne-based attorney argues there should be no distinction made between concentration camps and death camps.

"Legally, it doesn’t make a difference if the purpose is to murder everybody there, or if the purpose is to murder a third of the people there," he told The Associated Press. "It’s still murder."

The complaint was also filed against Alex Nagorny, who testified during the Demjanjuk trial that they were both guards at Flossenbuerg together and then had lived together in Germany after the war.

When asked to identify Demjanjuk, however, Nagorny told the court the man on trial bore "no resemblance" to the Demjanjuk that he knew.

Nestler, who filed his complaint jointly with Thomas Walther, a former federal prosecutor who led the investigation that prompted Germany to put Demjanjuk on trial, said the purpose is not to heap more jail time on one person, but to open the door to other possible convictions.

Read the article

Demjanjuk is currently released awaiting awaiting appeal:

The 91-year-old retired Ohio autoworker was convicted in May of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder after a Munich court found that the evidence showed he was a guard during the war the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.

The precedent-setting case was the first time someone was convicted in Germany on evidence of being only a guard, without evidence of a specific killing.

The court ruled that guarding a death camp meant, in legal terms, that Demjanjuk was an accessory to the murder of the people who were killed in the camp’s gas chambers even if it could not be proven that he was directly involved in the extermination process.

Certainly no stranger to appeals, Demjanjuk was freed on appeal by the Israeli Supreme Court in 1993 while on death row, concluding he was not “Ivan the Terrible” in Treblinka.

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July 11th, 2011 No comments
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Wladimir Klitschko defeats Haye to unify titles, brothers hold all Boxing championships!

July 4th, 2011 1 comment

Last Saturday Wladimir Klitschko defeated British boxer David Haye in Hamburg, Germany for the WBA title, scoring a unanimous points victory after 12 rounds. This match unified the WBA title with Wladimir’s other boxing titles: WBO, IBF, IBO and the Ring heavyweight championships. The remaining WBC world boxing title is held by his brother Vitali which they’ve vowed never to box each other – a promise made to their mother.

Haye blamed his defeated on a previously broken little toe that prevented him from delivering his patented ‘hay-maker’ punch, which he was quick to reveal to the TV cameras right after the match. Also Haye’s team accused Klitschko’s camp of fans stepping on the broken toe, and German doctors handing out banned substances before the fight. Some argue that if his injury were such an obstacle, then he should have rescheduled the fight since this was to be his last before retiring.

While Wladimir won, many critics come out of the woodwork to blame both brothers of having ‘boring’ matches if their wins don’t come via knockout. Upcoming possible opponents next for the Klitschkos could be two Britons, Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury.

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