Famed Ukrainian folk quarter DakhaBrakha headlines Soyuzivka Ukrainian Festival


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Ukrainian National Foundation President Roman Hirniak spoke during the evening gala.

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – The Soyuzivka Ukrainian Festival at the Ukrainian National Foundation’s (UNF) Soyuzivka Heritage Center took place over three days from July 14 to 16 with the famed Ukrainian folk music quartet DakhaBrakha headlining the festival’s Saturday night performance in front of several thousand guests.

The festival attracted visitors from many states to the daily exhibits and events, as well as enthusiastic audiences for the afternoon and evening stage shows. Arts and crafts vendors exhibited their wares on the plaza.

The festival kicked off with an evening concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 14, as individuals gathered in front of the event’s main stage to enjoy performances by Korinya, Roman Karpishka and Irina Petrik, Inessa Tymochko-Dekajlo and Ihor Dekajlo, Christina Yavdoshnyak and the Roma Pryma Bohachevsky Ukrainian Dance Workshop. Andrij Dobriansky emceed the evening concert.

Other festival guests took part in a gala and fundraising dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14, that included performances by Adrian Pysariwksy, Slau Halatyn, Ms. Yavdoshnyak. That gala was emceed by Roman Wasylyk. During the gala dinner, Soyuzivka Managing Director Stephen Barankewicz outlined a vision for a new outdoor dining area.

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