How the Sorochynsky Fair in Switzerland went! Photos, impressions, and vivid emotions

Sorochynsky Fair

On August 26, in two French-speaking cantons - Geneva and Vaud, the most famous Ukrainian fair - Sorochynsky Fair, took place. It provided a multitude of beautiful impressions to both Ukrainians and the Swiss.

 The organizers, the "Ukraine Reborn" association, and their partners dedicated it to Ukraine's Independence Day. In Versoix, Canton of Geneva, the event was supported by the mayor's office and the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, with co-organizers including the Geneva Branch of the Ukrainian Society and the D Association. Among the co-organizers in Lausanne, Canton of Vaud were the charity fund "IvAlive" and the Ukrainian Day Center. Thanks to the organizers' joint efforts, the Sorochynsky Fair in both cantons turned out to be incredibly wonderful, warm, and genuinely Ukrainian.

Ukrainians delighted in the feeling of being at home, and the Swiss could learn more about Ukraine and taste, see, and experience it. 

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"The fair combined many activities happening simultaneously: in one hall - a concert program; in another - a large fair; a bit further - a kitchen serving traditional Ukrainian dishes. On the street, animators entertained children, participated in workshops and competitions, created appliqué, and made a wish map... Everything was very active, organic, and simultaneous," say the organizers.

One of the highlights of the Sorochynsky Fair in Lausanne was the concert featuring Ukrainian performers. It was divided into classical, folk, and pop music. Both adult virtuosos and children of various ages, including teenagers who had even formed their own bands, performed in the pop music section of the concert.

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"Between the concert blocks, there were breaks," says Ivanka Onofriychuk, the head of the IvAlive association. "But people didn't want to leave the hall. They were waiting for the next block to start. It felt like everyone missed Ukrainian music, Ukrainian creativity, and our talents."

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Overall, all participants of the Sorochynsky Fair noted that it was a heartfelt, unifying, and incredibly beautiful event that entertained and inspired and gave a sense of home.


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