On August 22, 2021, Ukrainian Community in Alberta is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence and Ukrainian Day. This annual festival has been a signature community event for decades. Continuing the tradition, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Alberta plans various activities across the province to mark this milestone.
UCC-Alberta is sensitive to the constant changes caused by the pandemic. We are working on a hybrid event that will involve some community gatherings (should that be permitted), an online event and self-guided components.
What can you expect this year?
The online component of the event will feature multiple segments:
- Traditional greetings from the dignitaries and religious patriarchs; UCC-APC leadership’s opening and closing remarks;
- Ukrainian community contribution. A unique 1-hour video of greetings and performances of our Ukrainian groups in Alberta. Our schools, youth groups, choirs, theatres, and dance ensembles are contributing to the video. The video features new content dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence. UCC-APC is coordinating and supporting the process and will produce a final video product.
- Educational resources that showcase Ukraine’s quest for independence, that focuses on the theme of the democratic state, human rights and justice;
- Unique joint production video by Plast and CYM (Calgary and Edmonton) and CYMK – AB featuring an original cover of a popular Ukrainian rock song. This production is a gift of unity for our Ukrainian youth in Alberta.
In-Person local Community Gathering (TBC on July 1, 2021, & pending public orders)
This portion of the event is coordinated between Red Deer, Edmonton and Calgary. UCC-Alberta is planning for a short program of a pop-up concert at a central location. The program features vocal and performing artists, food trucks (pre-ordered), activities for children and good company.
This rally from different cities in Alberta symbolizes the harmony of Ukrainians in Alberta and will promote this milestone for Ukrainians in Ukraine.
To enhance the Ukrainian community experience and the cause for celebration, we partner with children’s organizations and artists. The experience will include:
- Installations of children’s artwork at various locations in Edmonton and Calgary on August 21-25, featuring Ukrainian national symbols – a flag or tryzub;
- A mural in Alberta’s biggest cities. The mural will represent traditional art to draw attention to modern Ukraine and Ukrainian heritage in Alberta.