Date: July 20-24, 2015
Inspiration:Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” struggle between good and evil inspired by Ukrainian artist Vladyslav Yerko’s illustrations and published by A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA, Kyiv, 2001.
Highlights:Textile stained glass inspired acrylic painting & canvas painting with Ottawa artist & educator Julie Gant; “Victoria” the Pokrova Rent-a-Goose clay sculpture model with Ottawa artist Christopher Griffin; Arkan, Character & Ribbon dance original choreography with Kendraht Matlashewski from Minneapolis, Minnesota and Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance Lisa Ingimundarson of Ottawa, Canada; jazz swing music from the “Jungle Book” movie, shadow puppets theatre performance narrating the story of Aurora created & taught by Alexandra Baczynskyj of Toronto, Canada; traditional Bilyj Holos/Village Voice song & American folk song adaptation with Alexandra Baczynskyj of Toronto, Canada; original created cloth messenger bags with Arnprior’s Elaine Clark; home-made ‘kolachi’/bread with Rayissa Hordychuk; colour-changing bead necklaces with Miroslawa Bilaniuk; a special message from Vadym Prystaiko, former Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada and Porkova Camp Honourary Patron & current Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine; Pokrova Camp Main Stage Performance at the inaugural Capital Ukrainian Festival on July 25, 2015.

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.