50th Anniversary University Club Malanka Celebration

15 December 2023

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first U of A Faculty Club MALANKA on 13th January 2024.

In Ukraine, the New Year’s celebration of “Malanka” is a festive event that traditionally takes place on the eve of January 13 (New Year’s Eve by the Julian calendar) and continues on until the morning of the 14th. During the festivities ‘Malanka’, together with her entourage of mummers, roams the villages and towns, visiting door to door, singing, partying and bringing tidings of good luck and joy for the coming year.

Historically, “Malanka” was not a tradition that readily made its way to Canada with the first few waves of Ukrainian immigration. However, on January 13, 1973 a major revival of the old tradition took place at the University of Alberta Faculty Club. This was the first Malanka to happen in Alberta. Join us for this one-off anniversary celebration, throwing back the first ever Malankas, with classic Zabava music and a traditional Malanka performance. We’ll celebrate the history and rich folklore of this unique event.

Join us in January to bring back this tradition, and to celebrate Ukrainian New Year with a night to remember!

Hosted at the University Club, there will be a cash bar and a Ukrainian dinner included.

Cocktails 5.30pm | Dinner 6. 30pm
Cocktail Hour Music by the Broken Banjos
Dance to John Stech and the Malanka Anniversary Ensemble
Along with UAlberta Ukrainian Students’ Society Malanka Mummers and Special Guests

Including an exclusive screening of a new mini-documentary about Canadian-Ukrainian Malankas, by Legacy Films, supported by the Friends of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre.

Tickets are $110 + GST.

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Tables will be seated, contact us to arrange group seating. For table bookings email lytwyn@ualberta.ca


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For questions, please contact ukrfolk@ualberta.ca