Ukrainian Village Fest Returns This Weekend With Particular Performances To Increase Cash For Ukraine Reduction

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — Ukrainian Village Fest returns this weekend, with all proceeds from the occasion benefitting troopers and victims of the struggle in Ukraine.

This 12 months’s pageant is 5-10 p.m. Saturday and a couple of:30-9 p.m. Sunday within the parking zone behind Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2200 W. Superior St., within the coronary heart of Ukrainian Village.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids, with proceeds benefitting Assist Heroes of Ukraine, an area nonprofit that’s offering help and provides to Ukrainian troopers and folks in Ukraine.

Began in 2002, the pageant showcases performances by Ukrainian dance teams and musicians in addition to meals and beer from native distributors.

“Our focus has been to have a pageant, but in addition elevate cash for Ukraine, for our defenses, for the struggle effort,” mentioned Roxana Pylypczak, one the pageant’s organizers. “Folks is likely to be slightly bit saturated with giving and giving. And so we determined to make our pageant a [fundraiser] in order that we will elevate more cash, as a result of the struggle isn’t over.”

Ukrainian Village Fest will characteristic performances from the Hromovytsia Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Chicago and native Ukrainian singers and musicians.

Organizers have additionally expanded the fest to incorporate non-Ukrainian cultural teams based mostly in Chicago.

These embody a troupe of Irish dancers, a Slovenian choir and a Spanish dance ensemble.

Pylypczak mentioned organizers hope to honor the assist given to the Ukrainian group since Russia invaded in February.

“The entire occasion is principally attempting to indicate the world that many nationalities are nonetheless serving to us, even when it appears … nobody’s speaking concerning the struggle. However we’re nonetheless on this struggle, and it’s acknowledged by many nationalities who’re serving to us spotlight the necessity to maintain serving to,” Pylypczak mentioned.

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A mural celebrating Ukraine might be unveiled Saturday, Aug. 27 earlier than the primary day of Ukrainian Village Fest

Earlier than the pageant begins Saturday, Ukrainian Village group leaders will maintain a ribbon-cutting just a few blocks away for a mural honoring the liberty of the Ukrainian individuals.

“The mural depicts the picture of a Ukrainian lady symbolizing the wonder and energy of Ukraine and its individuals, notably poignant at the moment of Russia’s violent unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” in accordance with a information launch.

The disclosing is 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the nook of Oakley Boulevard and Chicago Avenue.

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