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Welcome to the 4th Ukrainian Festival in South Africa and first online edition!

November 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

 12th (Thursday) and the 14th (Saturday) of November, 2020 online from 03:00 till 05:00 p.m. 

Ukrainian culture can unfold right in front of your eyes on ‘your doorstep’ or on your screen. See the longest instrument – Trembita, hear the sounds of Ukrainian language, learn how to prepare Ukrainian food and meet artists from anywhere in the world.



Reminder: check your local time. 

Day One | 12th, November 

at 03:00 p.m. | Welcome speech

Dzvinka Kachur, The Present of Ukrainian Association of South Africa 

Liubov Abravitova, The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of South Africa

Andre Johannes Groenewald, The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to Ukraine

Nataliya Poshyvaylo-Towler, Regional Vice President of Eastern, South, South-Eastern Asia, Oceania and Africa 

at 03:30 p.m. | Explore Ukraine through the poetry  

Oksana Kutsenko, Ukrainian poet, author of children’s books, philosopher

Hanna Yanovska, Ukrainian poet,essayist, translator and interpreter

Joseph Koetsier, South African (a Dutch national born) poet

at 04:00 p.m. | What is Vyshyvanka?

Yuliya Magdych, entrepreneur, designer, journalist, public figure.

In 2009 she received the “Icon of Style” award according to ELLE magazine, the Elle Style Awards. She has repeatedly been included in the lists of the most stylish people in Ukraine according to Harper’s Bazaar magazine. In 2014, it-girl Yulia Magdych founded a fashion brand, whose mission is to collect clothing out of time and trends.

Interpreting the DNA of the classic “embroidered shirt”, the designer creates a kind of “uniform” for the modern Lady – luxurious, and at the same time casual images that are relevant for morning walks and for so-called evenings.

The special property of the brand is technically complex three-dimensional embroidery, based on ornaments found in museums, private collections and local history trips to Ukraine.

at 04:30 p.m. | Learn more about Ukrainian dance

Kateryna Aloshyna (Ukraine/South Africa), choreographer, performer, director and coach, founder and director of Dance Theatre”Respiro” (Kyiv, Ukraine). Organizes and conducts master classes, workshops, training and training programs. Dozens of projects were created in Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Belarus and Ukraine.
Most recently works
“FENCE” contemporary dance performance | 2019 for Gauteng International Festival, South Africa

“Show me your Christmas” poetry and dance performance | 2019 South Africa​

Day Two | 14th, November 

at 03:00 p.m. | Discover Ukraine through the music and traditional instruments

Maksym Berezhnuk, Ukrainian virtuoso musician, performer on traditional wind instruments, vocalist, co-founder of the groups “The Doox”

Mary and Liliya Zhornikovi (pianists, Ukraine)

at 03:30 p.m. | Travel to the Trypillia culture

Olesya Loubser, UAZA Vice-President of economic development

at 04:00 p.m. | Explore Ukraine through the art

Tatiana Hurn, Ukrainian-born artist who currently lives in Lamberts Bay, South Africa 

Olexandr Nikityuk, manager of contemporary art, curator, artist, founder and chairman of the board of the regional public organization “Laboratory of Contemporary Art”, Ukraine.

at 04:30 p.m. | Learn about traditional Ukrainian necklace

Tetyana Vatsenko, master of folk art.

Organised by the Ukrainian Association of South Africa with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine to the Republic of South Africa

Our informational partners the Ukrainian Online Fest, the Taste of Belgium Market and Kyiv National Academic Operetta’s Theatre.

The Festival will bring together fascinating Ukrainian artists from all over the world to celebrate our culture together! 

Dzvinka Kachur, President of the Ukrainian Association of South Africa (UAZA), and Svitlana Sheremet, UAZA Vice-President of Culture Projects, will co-host the Festival. Through stories of incredible Ukrainians and friends, we will explore Ukrainian roots, traditions and modern Ukraine as well. What unites Ukrainians in South Africa. What is the source of strength and what helps them remain Ukrainians no matter where they may live? 

The Festival will seek to answer these and many other questions. The Festival will start on November 12, 2020, at 3 PM  (SAST) live on Facebook page of Ukrainian Association of South Africa аnd via zoom. 

Save the date and get ready to experience a two days of Ukrainian culture from the comfort and safety of your home.  

If you need help, download the instructions manual that we have prepared: install Zoom