Families invited to festival to mark Ukrainian independence

A FREE festival celebrating 28 years of Ukrainian independence will be held in the carpark of the St Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Lidcombe this Saturday, August 24, from 10am to 4pm.

Brianna Berehowyj says Australian-Ukrainians remain proud of their culture and heritage and aim to share it with the wider Australian community.
She says the event will showcase Ukrainian and other ethnic groups, with a beer garden as well as plenty of festival stalls serving coffee, drinks, Ukrainian and Australian food, and goods from local businesses.
Folk-rock Ukrainian-Canadian band Zapovid will headline the entertainment with a concert starting at 11am, and there will also be performances by dance ensembles Zahrava and Veselka, along with Polish song and dance ensemble Lajkonik, and Latvian folk dance group Jautrais Pāris.
Other performers on the day will include the Sutsvittya Ukrainian Women’s Ensemble, Ukrainian indie folk duo Pidlisnepole, and Ukrainian Cossacks.
Families and children of all ages are welcome, with plenty of activities for children including a jumping castle.
St Andrew’s is located at 57 Church Street and is a short walk from Lidcombe train station.
An after party will also be held at the Ukrainian Youth Centre in John Street from 7pm, with tickets $30 online from, or at the door for $35.