Held July 18-22, 2016, in Ottawa, Canada, Camp “Malanka Magic” is inspired by the traditions of Ukrainians celebrating the ancient holiday of “Malanka” (New Years).
Situated in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine, Pokrova Camp explored the story of Ostapchyk, a child visiting his grandparents in a Hutzul village during the Christmas season. Curious, Ostap stumbles into his grandfather’s magical workshop to discover the secrets of Malanka as animal masks come to life creating chaos. Is it real, or a dream? Ostap never knows.
In 2016, Pokrova Camp, in partnership with Roman Borys, Artistic Director and Colin McFarland, Education Coordinator for ChamberFest 2016, featured a performance of the Amarok Ensemble. Consisting of Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh (violin), Bryan Holt (cello), and Lisa Tahara (piano), the trio collaborated with Pokrova music instructor Stephania Romaniuk for a concert of classical, romantic and show tunes, including featuring Ukrainian composer Bohdan Wesolowsky (1915-1971). For the second year, Pokrova Camp performed at Capital Ukrainian Festival on July 23, 2016.
ChamberFest, Pokrova & Pianos in the Park (Ottawa) collaborated by sanding, priming and decorating a donated upright piano used by Amarok Ensemble concerts throughout the City of Ottawa.
31 children aged 6-12 years from Canada, the United States and Ukraine danced, sang, drew & created artwork and performances reflecting the unique Hutzul Malanka experience.
In 2016, Pokrova week featured a double-header Master Class with Ottawa visual artist Sheena Kalmakova focusing on acrylic painting and Ukrainian dancers from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Jeremy Luby and Sara Cooper showcasing Ukrainian dance.
Pokrova Camp’s Honourary Patron is His Excellency, Andrij Shevchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada.