Village-style events offer traditional dancing and food


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As the popular Brantford International Village Festival has scuttled itself for a third year due to the pandemic, two village-style events seek to fill the void with traditional dances and food.

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The Hungarian Village Festival will feature performances July 8 at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. and July 9 at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. at Hungarian Hall, 104 Albion St.

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

Chris Tolhurst, class president of the Ukraina Village Dancers Committee, said the July 9 event is called A Night of Unity.

“Because the Poles helped us find a place where we can accommodate enough people,” he said.

“It’s kind of a natural partnership, given what’s happening in Europe where Poland has practically taken over a third of Ukraine.”

Tolhurst told how the dancers started practicing last September, thinking the annual festival would be held in July. But pandemic shutdowns from December to March dashed those hopes.

The group’s senior dancers were invited to perform on April 30 at the United We Stand 80 video dance party at the Gunners Club on Henry Street, which was a fundraiser for Ukrainian relief efforts.

“We put them in the wringer for a month, so we would have dances ready for that,” Tolhurst said. “I think it was a good boost for them.

“They’re on track to put on a really good show.”

The Ukraina committee decided in February to go ahead with its own event.

“It was a question of whether any of the others would like to continue with us,” Tolhurst said.

“It led the Hungarians to say, ‘Yes, we like to do something’.”

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Shari Biro, president of the Hungarian Hall, said her team did not want the International Village Festival to be forgotten in the community.

“We had in mind that we would like to do something,” Biro said, noting that the dancers started practicing in April.

“The old diehards have returned and we have a great group ready to play.”

Biro noted that Scottish pipers, a group of Hungarian dancers from Cambridge and members of the Italian village of Brantford were also invited.

“We lowered our price to make it more accessible to families,” Biro explained.

“We will have a donation box to give funds to Ukrainian refugees in the Brantford area. We wanted to keep him in the community.

Tickets for the Hungarian Village Festival are $5 for adults, while children under 12 are free. They can be purchased at the venue between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. on June 24 or on the Brantford District Hungarian Canadian Club Facebook page. A limit of 170 tickets will be sold for each show.

Tickets for A Night of Unity are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and free for infants. They are available by emailing Tolhurst at: [email protected]m. A limit of 220 tickets will be sold for each show. Proceeds will help Ukrainian families in the Brantford area.

“Our goal is to raise over $10,000,” Tolhurst said. “That can be quite a difficult goal to achieve in a day, especially with the challenges of the past few years.”

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