10TH BURNS-SHEVCHENKO SUPPER DANCE

08.03.17


On 4 March our community celebrated the tenth annual Burns-Shevchenko supper. 

Both national poets mean so much to the Scottish Ukrainian community as the parallels between them are enormous.  Both poets remained true patriots of their respective countries. They were poets of the people, for the people and wrote in the language of the people. Both drew inspiration for their works from their country’s national history and folklore and both had a heavy heart for the loss of their country’s identity.

Our honoured guests for the evening were Consul Andrii Kuslii, Scottish Government representative Michael Gough and local parish priest Father Vasyl Krenj. 

Celebrations began after a few words from honoured guests and the blessing of the meal, which included borscht, scotch broth, haggis neeps and tatties followed by tea/coffee, Ukrainian sweets and Scottish tablet and shortbread.

There was an awesome line up of entertainment with performers singing songs and reciting poems from both national ‘bards’.  One of the highlights was the ‘piping in’ of the haggis and varenyky so that tributes could be paid to these two national dishes.

Our thanks and appreciation go out to the following performers:

  • Eric Cymbir for singing “Ae Fond Kiss and думи мої
  • Stephanie Muzyka and Olya St John for reciting “Заповіт”,and “A Man’s A Man For A’ That”  in both languages.
  • Peter Kormylo for reciting ‘The Address to the Haggis and The Address to the Verynyky”
  • Steffan Modla –Thomas for playing “Садок Вишневий Коло Хати”
  • Brian Goldie and Maria Jemicz for “The toast to the lassies” and “The reply to the laddies”

The entertainment continued with amazing performances from Stockport Sokil dancers and Mirage Quartet ahead of the zabava-dance.

Many of our guests had travelled far and wide to join in the celebrations and we thank them all for their support. The dance floor was full all night with guests dancing reels and jigs to the Calum Marwick Ceilidh band and Cossack and Hopak to Chorna Rozha

The evening culminated with Chorna Rozha playing and singing “Auld Lang Syne.”

To quote one of our guests “There was plenty of whisky, horilka, pyvo and dancing.  Many will have had sore feet and heads the next day. We will remember this great evening for years to come.”

Linda Alliston
AUGB Edinburgh Branch Chair

 

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