January 29, 2023


Food loaded for bear

Village-style events offer traditional dance and food

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Whilst the well-liked Brantford Worldwide Villages Festival is scuttled for a 3rd calendar year because of the pandemic, two village-design and style situations are searching for to fill the gap with regular dances and food items.

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The Hungarian Village Party will aspect shows on July 8 at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and July 9 at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Hungarian Hall, 104 Albion St.

And Village Ukraina organizers are staging four shows on July 9 at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Polish Corridor, 154 Pearl St.

Chris Tolhurst, promotional chair for the Village Ukraina dancers’ committee, said the July 9 event is becoming known as A Evening of Unity.

“Because the Polish have aided us find a location that we can household more than enough folks in,” he reported.

“It’s kind of a normal partnership, looking at what is taking place around in Europe exactly where Poland has generally taken in a person-third of Ukraine.”

Tolhurst recounted how dancers commenced practising very last September, imagining that annual festival would progress in July. But pandemic lockdowns from December by March dashed all those hopes.

The group’s senior dancers were asked for to execute on April 30 at the United We Stand 80’s online video dance party at the Gunners Club on Henry Avenue, which was a fundraiser for Ukrainian relief endeavours.

“We set them by way of the wringer for a thirty day period, so we’d have dances ready for that,” Tolhurst mentioned. “I do consider it was a good kickstart for them.

“They are properly on their way to putting on a actually fantastic exhibit.”

The Ukraina committee made a decision in February to forge ahead with its own function.

“It was a query of would any of the other kinds want to go forward with us,” mentioned Tolhurst.

“That led to the Hungarians who mentioned, ‘Yes, we’ like to do something’.”

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Shari Biro, chairperson for the Hungarian Hall, claimed her staff didn’t want the Worldwide Villages Competition to be neglected in the group.

“We had it in the back again of our minds that we’d like to do a thing,” reported Biro, noting that dancers started out practising in April.

“The more mature die-hards have arrive back, and we have a fantastic group ready to conduct.”

Biro mentioned that Scottish pipers, a group of Hungarian dancers from Cambridge and members of Brantford’s Italian village have also been invited.

“We reduced our selling price to make it additional feasible for people,” Biro defined.

“We will have a donation box to donate cash to the Ukrainian refugees in the Brantford area. We needed to keep it in the local community.”

Tickets for the Hungarian Village Bash are $5 for older people, while young children under the age of 12 are totally free. They can be obtained at the corridor amongst 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. on June 24 or by way of the Brantford District Hungarian Canadian Club page on Fb. A limit of 170 tickets will be sold for every demonstrate.

Tickets for A Night time of Unity are $10 for grown ups, $5 for small children, aged 12 and below, and absolutely free for infants. They are obtainable by emailing Tolhurst at: [email protected] A limit of 220 tickets will be offered for every single show. Proceeds will support Ukrainian family members in the Brantford region.

“Our aim is to increase more than $10,000,” Tolhurst said. “That can be a fairly steep aim to elevate in one particular day, specifically with the troubles of the earlier couple of yrs.”

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