There’s No Place Like Home


Date: July 21-25, 2014
Inspiration: Kateryna Perelisna’s 1959 story “Three Truths” illustrated by Myron Levitsky
Highlights: Exuberant performance by the Rosebud String Quartet from Alberta, singing bilyj (village) voices; canvas painting & acrylic printing; Ukrainian coins & beaded necklaces; jeweled poyasy (belts); performing an original 3 act musical, singing & dancing in character; appearance on CTV Ottawa News showcasing the Pokrova concert of hope for Ukraine

Held from July 21-25, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada, “There’s No Place Like Home…” is an adapted tale from the 1959 original Ukrainian story, “Three Truths” by Kateryna Perelisna and illustrated by famed artist Myron Levitsky. Pokrova’s adaption tells the story of a brave, old King with five spoiled daughters (“Knyazhenky”) who never knew misfortune, living only in a world filled with food, games and riches. Fed up, the King sent the daughters on a quest to answer three riddles which, if successful would enable them to inherit the kingdom and rule the land. Whose house is the best? Who should you not tell the truth to? Who does your blood belong to? Will the knyazenky successfully traverse rough roads? Will they break out of unfair imprisonment? Will they defeat the evil beast? With Baba’s help, we are reminded that with faith, love, trust and respect, anyone, anywhere, can rise higher than any evil.

In 2014, Pokrova week featured the camp with special performance by the Rosebud Chamber Players of Rosebud, Alberta, two master classes (Bilyj Holos/Village Voices Singing and Vinok/Wreath Making), a public exhibition & concert.

Our major partner was Roman Borys and Ottawa Chamberfest 20 – the world’s largest chamber music festival. On August 2, 2014, Pokrova Network and the Ottawa community sang and danced with Chamberfest 20’s Artist in Residence 2014 – Lemon Bucket Orkestra of Toronto, Canada.

Pokrova also partnered with rock band Kozak System of Ukraine on “Brat za Brata”.

34 children from Canada and the United States danced, sang, drew, and created a 3 act original musical celebrating hope for Ukraine. Pokrova Camp was featured on CTV Ottawa’s News at Six on July 25, 2014.

Pokrova Camp’s Honourary patron was the Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, Vadym Prystaiko.