Exhibition Grand Opening • June 12, 2009
The official opening of ‘A Cape Breton Story of Ukrainian Dance: From Village to Stage’ at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery in Sydney, Nova Scotia was marked by a festive air of celebration as community members of all ages — a record audience — gathered to view a varied collection of treasured artifacts devoted to their own local history.
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This interactive multi-media exhibit, based on the original research of Dr. Marcia Ostashewski, Research Fellow of the Centre for Cape Breton Studies, stands as a model of successful collaborative research. It involved the enthusiastic participation of many community leaders and other members, and was also facilitated by the CBU Art Gallery, the Beaton Institute, Centre for Cape Breton Studies and various offices and scholars at CBU, including Dr. Richard MacKinnon, Canada Research Chair in Intangible Cultural Heritage, as well as the Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore at the University of Alberta. The exhibit, which ran from June 12 - August 14, 2009 has since garnered national recognition for research in the region and led to increased interest in the area, providing new opportunities for scholarly collaboration, inter-cultural relations and teaching/learning together with communities.
The event opened with an official welcome by CBU dignitaries, followed by a blessing led by Reverend Roman Dusanowskyj of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sydney’s Whitney Pier which included a sung response by members of the parish community.*
This recording was made at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church in Whitney Pier at the time the university was working on a major exhibit for the CBU Art Gallery on the history of Cape Breon Ukrainian Music and Dance. Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Marcia Ostashewski was the leader on this project and sings with the Holy Ghost choir on this cut.
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