World Culture Festival in Rural Ukraine

  • World Culture Festival in Rural Ukraine
Issue 14, June 2009.

International Festival of World Culture,
July 31 – August 1, Village of Svirzh, Lviv Oblast

Ukraine has always been a borderland and international crossroads where different cultures have met in war and peace, so it is perhaps fitting that the country’s most multicultural region, Lviv, should be playing host to an annual festival which invites people from all over the world to come and learn more about different cultures while also showcasing their own folk traditions. The festival will take place in the historic village of Svirzh, which boasts everything from breathtaking landscapes and a gushing river to ancient churches and other buildings which reflect the region’s diverse background. Music and literature, dances and handicrafts, cuisines and dramatic art from almost every corner of the world will be presented at the festival with participants set to include Armenians and Georgians, Americans, Japanese,  Hungarians,Moldavians, French, Estonians, Israelis, Algerians, Italians, Polish, Czechs and Russians. A total of over 60 concerts will be squeezed into the short festival programme, making this something of an intensive course for anyone fascinated by exploring different cultures. The festival is particularly geared towards families and young children and will allow kids to gain a firm grounding in different cultures while also enjoying a fantastic environment and communicating with people from all over the world!

For more information about the festival please visit the official website at