Held July 20-24, 2015, in Ottawa, Canada, Camp“Aurora” is inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story “The Snow Queen” first published 21 December 1844, later translated from Dutch by Oksana Ivanenko and illustrated by award-winning Ukrainian artist Vladyslav Yerko.
Situated in Canada’s Northern Manitoba, Pokrova’s adaption tells the story of siblings Ruslan and Ksenia who seek to reunite through a series of challenges involving magical creatiures: Crow, Elk and Baba-Yaga, and talismans/oberehy: Vesianka songs, mirror, rushynyk (embroidered cloth) and goose feathers.
In 2015, Pokrova camp featured sculpture model Victoria, a live young goose, complements of artist Christopher Griffin; a fun pop-up ballroom dancing lesson with Ottawa’s Alexander Pauk, and a special Pokrova performance – the only musical theatre production on the Main Stage at Capital Ukrainian Festival in Canada’s Capital.
23 children aged 6-12 years from Canada and the United States danced, sang, drew & created an original multi-act play reflecting the Ukrainian Canadian spirit.
In 2015, Pokrova week featured three Master Classes – “Bilyj Holos/Village Voice Encore” with Alexandra Baczynskyj of Toronto, “Masks Workshop” with Alexandra Baczynskyj and a special “Bilyj Holos/Village Voice” Master Class with Folk Ensemble Rozhanytsya from Kyiv, Ukraine.
Pokrova Camp’s Honourary Patron is the Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada.
Former 2014 Pokrova Honourary Patron & Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, Vadym Prystaiko, and currently Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, sent a special message from Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv, Ukraine to Pokrova 2015.