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- Festival '88
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In 1987, Ukrainian Canadians in Edmonton, Alberta, established the Festival ’88 non-profit organization in order to plan, fund, and host a number of events celebrating the 1000 year anniversary of Christianity being adopted in Ukraine. The festival was funded by the federal, provincial, and municipal governments in addition to a variety of private sponsors. Events took place in Edmonton and Vegreville from June 30th to July 3rd, 1988, and the non-profit organization was dissolved in 1989.
Festival ’88 events included live dance and music performances, displays of Ukrainian art, a Beerfest, contemporary Ukrainian Music Awards, and a variety of outreach events. Thousands of visitors and performers from across Canada and the United States took place in the festivities.
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The fonds includes records detailing the planning and organization of Festival ’88. Documents include board meeting minutes; contracts for services and sponsorships; contracts for performers and artists; detailed financial information including budgets and financial reports; records describing fundraising strategies; formal grant applications; executive correspondence; ballots and correspondence about the First Ukrainian Contemporary Music Awards; and press releases in both English and Ukrainian.
The fonds also includes promotional materials such as posters, pamphlets, programs, and brochures; news clippings about the festival; and correspondence received in the aftermath of the festival. 30 photographs depict members of the Board of Directors at work as well as events over the course of the festival.
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