The largest Ukrainian cultural event on the west coast, Northwest Ukrainian International Festival, will return to the city of Bellevue on September 10. The festival was founded in 2016 to celebrate the Northwest’s Ukrainian community and culture.
This year marks the seventh year of the Northwest Ukrainian International Festival, which will take place at Bellevue’s Crossroads Park, located at 16000 Northeast 10th Street, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Earlier this year, Russian forces invaded Ukraine, resulting in the death of thousands of innocent civilians.
“One may say that it is not a good time to do a festival at such a tragic time, but when is not a good time to share values, speak about what the people of Ukraine are going through, building bridges with other communities, and pray to God for protection from evil,” said Valeriy Goloborodko, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Seattle.
The event will feature authentic Ukrainian food and snacks; a family fun area with inflatables, activities, games for children and a trout fishing pond; adult activities and games; and stage performances including bands, soloists and choirs from Northwest states and Ukraine.
Ukrainian customs including traditional clothing will be featured at the festival, and attendees are encouraged to wear traditional Ukrainian embroidered clothing, also known as vyshyvanka. Vendor booths will also be present at the event to highlight products and services of local businesses and organizations.
“Ukraine has a rich history that has brought many wonderful traditions to our families, some of which we would like to share with you at the festival,” said Goloborodko.
The festival is made possible through the Pacific Ukrainian Society, the Northwest Ukrainian International Festival Committee, and the Honorary Consulate of Ukraine in Seattle, in cooperation with the city of Bellevue.