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Carpathian Festival

February 19 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

| $4 - $6

carpatian-fFebruary 19 marks the date of the return of the Festival honoring the Central and Eastern European cultures of the Carpathian Mountains sponsored by Ethnic Dance Theatre and the Landmark Center. The festival will be held at the historic Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be sights, sounds and smells from 10 different cultures: Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Carpatho-Rusyn, Ukrainian, Jewish, Romanian, Roma and Serbian. Folk dance and folk music performances, dance teaching, puppet shows, folk tale re-enactments, films and interesting cultural presentations will be scattered throughout the day while vendors and artisans display their wares and their talents on the main floor. The cultures will be represented by their Honorary Consuls and information tables about their organizations. A crafts area with various projects will be available to the children and everyone will be able to get their picture taken in front of a backdrop of the Carpathian Mountains that they can download for free off of Facebook after the event. Regularly scheduled tours of a cultural display of authentic costumes will be led by Artistic Director of Ethnic Dance Theatre. There is something for everyone. Admission $6 adults, $4 children, under 6 FREE.

Main Stage Schedule–Cortile


Lipa Slovak Folk Dancers

11 a.m. – Noon -> Orkestar Bez Ime, Lipa Slovak Folk Dancers, Elizabeth Kaliska on Slovak Flutes, Carpathy Children’s Dance Ensemble, Ethnic Dance Theatre (Carpatho-Rusyn)

Noon – 1:00 p.m.-> Donald LaCourse teaching on stage-audience participation; Orkestar Bez Ime (Serbian Roma); Sumadija Serbian Dancers of Milwaukee, Szaszka Hungarian Band, David Vincze-Hungarian Dance Solo; Orkestar Bez Ime (Romanian)


Ethnic Dance Theatre’s Romanian Banat

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.-> Ethnic Dance Theatre (Romanian), Dolina Polish Acapella Choir, Chabry Teen Polish Folk Dancers, Sloneczniki Children’s Polish Folk Dancers, Sitnica Tamburitza Orchestra (Serbian), Sumadija Serbian Dancers of Milwaukee


Dolina Polish Folk Dance Ensemble

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.-> Plai de Dor Romanian Women’s Dance Group, Dunarea Romanian Children’s Dance Group, Dolina Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, Czech and Slovak Folk Dancers of St. Paul, Taneční Teens Czech/Slovak Children’s Dance Group, Taneční Mla’dež Czech/Slovak Children’s Dance Group


Cheremosh Ukrainian Ensemble

3:00 – 4:00-> Donald LaCourse teaching on stage–audience participation, Hmarynky–Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Strumochky–Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Ukrainian Village Band, Hungarian Folk Tale “The Golden-Haired Fleece”–audience participation


Eisner’s Klezmorim

4:00 – 5:00-> Eisner’s Klezmorim, Ethnic Dance Theatre (Hungarian Jewish), Eisner’s Klezmorim, Judith Ingber teaching with live music with Klezmorim–audience participation

“Kolo Your Feet Off!”–North Lobby by 6th Street Entrance


Sumadija Serbian Dancers 

Sitnica Orchestra12:45 – 1:15 pm-> Meet the Sumadija Serbian Dancers of Milwaukee and the Sitnica Tamburitz Orchestra for some spontaneous dancing! Join in and Kolo Your Feet Off!

Cultural Presentations–Courtroom 326

11:15 a.m. – Andy Warhol: The cultural and religious influences on his art. Presented by Karen Varian of the Carpatho-Rusyn community.

11:45 a.m. – Dwellers of the Carpathian Mountains. Presented by Bogdan Filipescu of the Romanian community.

12:15 p.m. – Who are the Carpatho-Rusyns? Presented by Karen Varian of the Carpatho-Rusyn community.

12:45 p.m. – Discover Poland. Presented by Agnieszka Kemerley (Polish Educational Solutions of Minnesota).

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Carpatho-Rusyn Wooden Churches

1:15 p.m. – Carpatho-Rusyn Wooden Churches. Presented by Karen Varian of the Carpatho-Rusyn community.

1:45 p.m. – Legends Come Alive Through Puppets. Presented by the children of the Czech and Slovak School Twin Cities.


Legends Come Alive through Puppets Czech & Slovak School Twin Cities

2:15 p.m. – Egg Tempera Iconography, the Process. Presented by Kathy Eich of the Ukrainian community.

3:00 p.m.I Speak Polish! What’s Your Superpower? Presented by Agnieszka Kemerley (Polish Educational Solutions of Minnesota).

3:30 p.m.Yiddish: At the Heart of Jewish Culture. Presented by Dr. Markle Karlen of the Jewish community.

4:15 p.m. – Travels Through Romania. Presented by Vicki Albu & Jean Day of the Romanian community.

Video Screenings–Courtroom 317

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 9.18.11 AM11:30 a.m. – Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors. A film made in 1965 by Russian filmmaker Sergei Parajonov is a detailed portrayal of Ukrainian Hutsul culture in a harsh Carpathian environment showcases various aspects of Hutsul tradition, music, costumes and dialect. The director earned international acclaim for his rich use of costume and color in this film. (90 minute video followed by a Q & A)

1:15 p.m. – Leaving Czechoslovakia. This documentary presents the findings of an oral history project conducted by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library about the personal experience stories of 20th century immigrants who fled Communist Czechoslovakia. The personal dramas of Leaving Czechoslovakia are brought to life through the stories of émigrés in their own words. There is also a six-panel Museum display set up in the screening room about the subject for your perusal. (Video is 30 minutes followed by a Q & A.)


Inside the Brassov, Romania Train Station
Gypsy (Roma) musicians from Bacău, Moldova, Romania

2:00 p.m.  – Brassov Railway Station. Acclaimed Hungarian choreographer, László Diószegi, depicts the diversity of peoples passing through the Brassov, Romania train station. Before the advent of smart phones, it wasn’t unusual to see travelers waiting for their trains passing the time dancing and singing, eating and drinking. You will see Romanian, Hungarian, Gypsy, Jewish and Saxon dances and costumes accompanied by the local gypsy musicians from the areas represented. (Video is 40 minutes followed by a Q & A.)

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– A Thousand Dollars and Back: Recollections of Early Romanian Immigration to Minnesota. The local Heritage Organization of Romanian-Americans and the Romanian Genealogy Society produced this award-winning documentary based on oral history interview about Romanian immigration to Minnesota in the early 1900s until World War II. (Video is 60 minutes followed by Q & A.)


The definition of an artisan is a person skilled in an applied art that makes high quality or distinctive products usually by hand or by traditional methods. Come see our 5 artisans in action on the main floor of the Landmark Center.

Polish eggs

Annella Kochanowski
Polish eggs


John Rajtar & Family
Polish traditional arts

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Julianne Hertog
Carpatho-Rusyn Eggs & Candles

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Kathy Eich

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Kathy Eich
Ukrainian Eggs



Jean Verner Draheim–>  Custom Czech crystal jewelry


What would a festival be like without the opportunity to take home something from the traditions represented at the festival? Well, we’ve brought together a number of vendors from whom you can purchase items. Also, don’t forget our Artisans are also selling their one-of-a-kind wares.


Polish Pottery & Amber


Ukrainian Traditional Arts & Crafts






Dolina Polish Merchandise

PACIM (Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota)

Honorary Czech Consul to Minnesota

Honorary Hungarian Consul to Minnesota

Fact-Finding Scavenger Hunt

We have a game for children and adults alike. Pick up your Fact-Finding Scavenger Hunt sheet at EDT (Ethnic Dance Theatre) table. Talk to vendors, artisans, dancers, musicians, presenters to get the answers to questions on the Fact-Finding Scavenger Hunt sheet. When you have completed the sheet, go to the EDT table and present your findings. A result of 90% or higher will earn some candy from Sikora’s Polish Market and Deli for the winner.Carpathians

Fotobooth of Nations–Travel the World in a Photo

Have you ever wanted to travel to the Carpathian Mountains, or are you eager for a return trip? Come to the Carpathian Festival and be transported there via our FotoBooth! Select from one of 5 backgrounds,and later tell your friends about your amazing, weekend journey!


It is interesting to note that the one item of tradition held the longest by the descendants of immigrants is their FOOD recipes. Everyone has some food tradition that was passed down generation after generation. Here at the Carpathian Festival we have brought together some typical foods from local specialty food vendors for your tasting pleasure.

The Sausage 

Every culture in the Carpathian region of Central and Eastern Europe has its own sausage tradition. The pig roast in winter provided food through the lean, cold months. Here we are offering two of those venerable traditions.

Polish Sausage

Smoked sausage with just a bit of sharpness. Delicious with sauer kraut.


Slovak Sausage

This slovak sausage made to order in Kramarczuk’s kitchens has paprika and garlic.

American Hot Dog

Dill Pickle


 RuhlandStreudelStrudel–Traditional Cabbage or Mushroom Strudel


Lemon Custard or Raspberry Doughnut

Swedish Crown
Walnut or Poppyseed Roll

Pastry Chef, Eva Sabet, prepared this pastry known all through the region. This version is the Hungarian Bejgli also known as Potica in Slavic areas of Central Europe.


Swedish Crown
Cheese Pastries


 Assorted Polish Candies from Sikora’s


Coffee/Hot Chocolate



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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.




See photos from 2016 Carpathian Festival here.


February 19
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
$4 - $6


Ethnic Dance Theatre


Landmark Center
75 West 5th Street
Saint Paul, MN
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