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Ukrainian Heritage Festival

Jul 1, 2018

12-8pm at UMA, 1202 Kenilworth Ave.


  On June 30th and July 1st Tremont will be host to the first of what is projected to be an annual event, the Cleveland Ukrainian Heritage Festival: (https://cleukrainianheritagefest.weebly.com/about.html)  Our neighborhood is renowned for its diversity, rich immigrant history and ethnic heritage, which includes Ukrainians who first came to Cleveland for jobs during the 19th Century Industrial Revolution and settled what was then known as  the “South Side.”
 The Heritage Festival is envisioned as a way for the broader community to learn more about Cleveland’s more than-century-old Ukrainian community which has been replenished by new immigrants nearly every generation since the 1880s and sustained by those whose ancestors came here generations ago.  The Festival is sponsored by two local non-profit organizations—the Ukrainian Museum-Archives (UMA) and the Cleveland Maidan Association.  The UMA is well-known and well-established in Tremont, serving the community on the north side of Lincoln Park since 1952.  The Cleveland Maidan Association was organized in 2014 to provide aid to those who were wounded or to families of those who were killed during the Euromaidan Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv and in the Russian-led conflict in the East which followed.  
 The Festival will take place on the grounds of the Ukrainian Museum-Archives.  Starting Saturday June 30th at noon and continuing into the evening and then again at noon on Sunday,   July 30th, the Festival will feature exhibits, authentic Ukrainian cuisine, all day entertainment from local and visiting performers, a beer garden featuring Ukrainian and domestic beers on tap and lots of fun.  Proceeds from the festival will be dedicated to support the missions of the respective organizations.  
  In addition to its charitable goal, the Cleveland Ukrainian Heritage Festival will be a part of the first city-wide, week-long celebration of Cleveland’s place in history featuring Canalway Partners, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, League Park, Western Reserve Historical Society and many others:  (http://canalwaypartners.com/events/clevelandhistorydays/)
  Organizers of Cleveland History Days also see this as becoming an annual event, drawing attention to the organizations and personalities which built Cleveland, made it one of America’s premier cities and are now re-energizing our community.