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2017 North Dakota Ukrainian Festival Unites Community in Cultural Setting
Post Date: Jul 06 2017

dickinson_8716_lr.jpgThe Ukrainian Cultural Institute (UCI) and North Dakota Ukrainian Dance Association (NDUDA) are pleased to welcome the people of Dickinson, Belfield and surrounding communities to the 32nd Annual North Dakota Ukrainian Festival, July 21-22, 2017.

Festival events get underway Friday, July 21, with a Ukrainian luncheon at UCI in Dickinson. Ss Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Belfield, celebrating its 100th year, will be open for a tour at 4:00pm.

The energy ramps up at 5:00pm Friday at the Pavilion in Belfield with a Beer Garden and Street Dance featuring live music by the Ukrainian Village Band of Minneapolis. Opening ceremonies will take place at the Belfield Theater at 6:00pm that evening. The 2017 North Dakota Ukrainian Festival Chamber Choir, under the direction of Joel Walters, will raise their voices in song with a number of Ukrainian themed selections.

With ongoing support from Dickinson State University, North Dakota's own "The Ukrainian Dancers Stepovi" will again delight fans of Ukrainian dance with a festival showcase in May Hall on Saturday, July 22. Doors open at 4:30pm, and the show begins at 5:00. Tickets will be available at the door at $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.

Saturday evening, festival excitement culminates at Zabava! at Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge. This full tilt celebration will again feature the music of the Ukrainian Village Band as young and old, experienced and beginners alike, hit the dance floor to pay homage to Ukrainian culture through exuberant dancing.

Structured as a joint, non-profit venture between the North Dakota Ukrainian Dance Association and the Ukrainian Cultural Institute, the 2017 NDUF is presented under the direction of a Festival Committee - forward thinking, community minded and eager to set the stage for another 30 successful years. "While the Festival has a long history of strong attendance, we are focused on creating an event that brings together our local communities, traveling visitors, and the state of North Dakota.", noted NDUDA President, Emil Anheluk. He continued, "The NDUF consistently attracts attendees from coast to coast, Oregon to Georgia, Texas to the Canadian Prairie Provinces. This year is no different."

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