Ukrainian Independence Day Folk Festival 2022 at Tryzubivka Raised over $10,000.00 for Humanitarian Relief for the Victims of War in Ukraine.
By Eugene A. Luciw
Photos Courtesy of Christine Syzonenko
On Sunday, August 28, a warm and pleasant summer day welcomed over 3,250 festival-goers to this year’s Ukrainian Independence Day Folk Festival, at the Ukrainian American Sport Center - Tryzubivka. The shady festival glade was adorned with the flags of the United States and Ukraine, and with the vibrant and colorful Ukrainian embroideries, folk arts and crafts, jewelry, emblems, motifs and wares displayed by the vendors.
Ukrainians, haling, directly or through ancestry, from nearly all regions of Ukraine, demonstrated solidarity with their homeland and with all fellow Ukrainians: Beautiful embroidered shirts and blouses, flags, Tryzubs, Ukrainian sports and thematic jerseys and our beautiful colors and language affirmed the presence of Ukraine’s immortal and immutable spirit, well before the concert had even started. Read More >
Photo Gallery - Festival 2022 - Christine Syzonenkohttps://www.flickr.com/photos/7421005@N06/albums/72177720301973352
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Organizers said it would honor the relationships created between Americans and Ukrainians as the U.S. lends a helping hand during the troubling time. Event emcee, Eugene Luciw, said the 2022 festival would be celebrated through “a veil of tears,” but it was important to celebrate Ukrainian culture.
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A Celebration of Liberty and Unity
A Resplendent Outdoor Summer Concert
The artists (dance troupes, musicians, singers and ensembles that have performed in previous years) have created a dynamic and integrated collaborative program. Recent events in Ukraine, the Euromaidan Protest and Revolution of Dignity as well as the Ukrainian peoples’ twilight struggle against unlawful, unjustified and heinous Russian armed aggression, have forged a unified Ukrainian national identity, both in Ukraine and in the Diaspora. America’s support of Ukraine’s commitment to a self-determined democratic future - to life, liberty, freedom and justice – has created permanent bonds of friendship between the two nations. This year’s festival honors these special relationships and developments and robustly salutes the zeal, valor and dedication of the Ukrainian people.
12:00pm – Music & Song – Concessions and Vendors’ Grove Open
1:30 PM - Opening Ceremonies
4:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. - Live Music and Song
Admission - $15; Children 14 & under - Free; Free Parking
$5 of each paid admission will be donated to Humanitarian Aid for Victims of War in Ukraine!