The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is getting ready to reopen on May 21. It will be the first time since 2019 that the Village opens without any public health measures.  

Familiar favourites like the celebration of dance, which marks the opening weekend, will take place on Monday, May 23. Over 250 Ukrainian dancers will participate in the celebration at the bandshell stage, with the Edmonton-based Viter and Volya Ukrainian Dance Group headlining the event. 

"We're excited to be able to do things like hands-on activities and demonstrations, which we weren't able to do during the public health restrictions that we faced," explained the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village head of education and interpretation, Pam Trischuk. 

Also returning this year are the Village's costumed interpreters and roving guides. They will show visitors around the Village and explain the history of the Ukrainian settlement in East-central Alberta. 

"Visitors will be able to step back in time and really get that first-hand experience of what Ukrainian lives were like in the past." 

Trischuk told MIX 107 staff are looking forward to normal activities, especially as schoolchildren will be welcomed back this season for the first time since COVID-19. 

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Additionally, the Village is taking part in efforts to support Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war. Their "wagon of hope" food drive will shoot to fill as many wagons as possible full of food for local food banks. She noted, however, that they aren't looking just to feed refugees but the community as a whole. 

You can find the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village's complete program guide here.