Zabava Line Up 2016

Babas & Borshch Ukrainian Festival Coordinator Hazel Anaka is pleased to announce the line-up of talent for the 2016 Zabava to be held Saturday, August 20th in Andrew. “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to hold prices steady at $50 a ticket for the fourth straight year. As before, we have some exceptional acts ready, willing, and able to entertain our crowd, “ said Anaka.

“It’s hard to know whether people come for the incredible Ukrainian banquet or the amazing entertainment,” said Jim Newman, Lamont County Manager of Economic Development. “Luckily they don’t have to choose. In January a small committee was treated to a tasting of menu items and we believe people will be very impressed. “A Taste for Life” Ukrainian ?afé & ?istro by St. John’s Institute of Edmonton is the 2016 caterer and one of our weekend food vendors.”

This year Edmonton’s Verkhovyna Ensemble featuring the Dunai Dancers and the Verkhovyna Choir will provide the incredible sound and colour audiences have come to expect during floor-level performances at the Zabava. Guests need to stay long enough to witness (or take part in!) the traditional kolomyika. To round out the evening Edmonton’s Trembita offers a wide variety of dance music, from traditional Ukrainian songs to a mix of pop, country, and rock.

“I’ve been fielding ticket inquiries for a couple months now and expect it will once again sell out,” said Anaka. “Last year we found that our system of coloured dots on the tickets rewarded early buyers and made the seating process orderly and fair. So we’re doing that again. Tickets are available online, by mail, or in person at the Andrew Village Office.”

Stay tuned for more Festival 2016 news as we unveil plans for marking the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.