I went to a festival Oreli (Орелі) dedicated to Saint Nicholas’ Day. There were some lectures and workshops on Ukrainian traditions of celebrating winter holidays that interested me and a small yet nice folk art fair. I like it because craftsman from all over the country bring their crafts and folk art and sell it personally.
I collect Ukrainian traditional decorations that are made from straw; I find them at the various folk fairs. I added some new ones to my collection 🙂
The remarkable lecture about Ukrainian vertep by Taras Kompanichenko – the lead singer of one of my favorite Ukrainian bands Khoreia Kozatska (Chorea Kozacka). The Ukrainian vertep is a removable puppet theatre that first appeared in the 17th century. During Christmas holidays vertep is also a merry Christmas show with songs, carols, jokes, short performances that are staged by musicians and actors.
The show of reconstructed traditional children’s winter clothing from Kyiv and Chernihiv Oblast of Ukraine and some traditional kolyadki sung by these little guys 🙂 (Ukrainian Carols).