Pavlychenko Folklore Ensemble presents a benefit performance – DiscoverHumboldt.com
A special performance by renowned Ukrainian dance and performance troupe Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble (PFE) will take place in Humboldt on March 18 at the Humboldt Uniplex. Proceeds from the event will go to the Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis of the Canadian Congress of Ukrainians.
The performance troupe has a long and respected history in preserving and sharing Ukrainian culture and performing arts around the world. The group was formed in 1967 by Lusia Paylychenko in Saskatoon as a non-profit charity, says cast member and gala coordinator Kelsee Douglas.
“We’ve played all over the province, across the country, and we’ve toured internationally as well. Our most recent international tour was in Eastern Europe where we performed at the Ukrainian Dance and Culture Festival in Lviv. Ukrainian dance culture is truly dear to the hearts of every cast member and every member of our organization.
Unfortunately, Lviv and its nearby military base were hit by Russian rocket fire during the invasion that sent millions of Ukrainian citizens rushing across borders, seeking refuge with few possessions. This is a big part of the charity work that PFE is now undertaking as the group emerges from inactivity due to COVID.
The event is titled “Communities in Harmony,” an effort to bring the cultural community together after two years of relative isolation. With the current situation in Ukraine, Douglas feels it is even more important to celebrate Ukrainian culture and traditions. This celebration of spirit and culture will go beyond PFE’s own ranks.
“We will also feature local artists. It is a celebration of Ukrainian dance, traditions and music as part of a community building event.
The hope is that the show will turn into a mini-tour with stops in other communities with potential stops in North Battleford and other localities. The event was originally conceived as a fundraiser for the troupe itself, but the project has taken on new life given current events.
“Given everything that is happening and the needs of the day, we will also be donating the proceeds to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis Fund through the Ukraine Canada Foundation. They will provide humanitarian aid directly to Ukraine.
The show takes place in Jubilee Hall at the Uniplex. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with a full set of performances scheduled to last the entire evening. Advance tickets are available at Shoppers Drug Mart and more information is online at facebook.com/pfedance.