Ethnic festival in Western Ukraine

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July 7, 2011, 10:49 p.m. | None — by Elena Zhuk

To its regular folk music program, this year’s Art Pole will add crafts and cooking traditions of nine nationalities.

Beach parties may be a classic summer pick, but the wild fields, green mountains and chilly rivers of the Carpathians also offer a stunning retreat. Grab a tent and head to the annual festival Art Pole (or Art Field) to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Dniester Canyon spruced up with folk music and games.

Now in its ninth year, the festival has brought together creative people from all over the world.

To its regular folk music program, this year’s Art Pole will add crafts and cooking traditions of nine nationalities, from the Crimean Gypsies to the Australians.

Learn pottery, baking or even how to make a musical instrument from a vegetable in this small village in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.

There are two options of accommodation: bring a tent to live in a camping site or stay in villagers’ houses for Hr 50 per day (includes bed, breakfast and shower).

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July 12-16, village Unizh, buses available from Ivano-Frankivsk (Hr 25) and from Ternopil (Hr 40). Tickets: Hr 80-280.
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