'Culture is meant to be lived.' Badlands Ukrainian Days coming to Belfield

Ukrainian dancing performance at the Badlands Ukrainian Days. Photo Courtesy of Emile Anheluk, President of NDUDA

Laughing, eating, drinking -- and of course dancing -- will all be the focal point at this year’s Badlands Ukrainian Days festival in Belfield.

The event will be mostly centered around the Belfield Pavilion, where Ukrainian roots run deep within the small North Dakota town. The North Dakota Ukrainian Dance Association will honor these roots with traditional Ukrainian entertainment throughout the weekend.

One of the things that most North American Ukrainians share is their inclusiveness, involving all that wish to partake in their cultural celebrations with open arms, and this event is no different. To get the full experience it is up to individuals to immerse themselves as much as they like in the festivities.

“You can’t own culture, culture is meant to be lived,” Emil Anheluk, NDUDA President, said. “Belfield is the second most Ukrainian city in the United States, per capita, so bringing the event to Belfield, working with the city, park board, the theater and local vendors has just made this a really great project.”

Authentic western North Dakota Ukrainian food will be provided by Four Corners Cafe & Catering based out of Fairfield, ND.


This year, the NDUDA worked hard with local sponsors to provide as much entertainment as possible with vendors, food, exhibits and free admission.

“Thanks to Red Rock Ford, they are our bigger sponsor and because of them we didn't have to go down the ‘admission road’ which is nice,” Anheluk said. “We try to keep this admission free and open to the public. It's important for us that people come out and enjoy themselves.”

FRIDAY (7/19)

The fun begins at The Historic Belfield Theater with an hour-long social starting at 5:00 p.m. followed by an Ukrainian show.

At 7:00 p.m, at the Belfield Pavilion, everyone will be lining up for some Ukrainian food and for the adults, a beer garden. Ukrainian band, Soloway from all the way from Philadelphia will be playing starting at 7:30 p.m. and the fun will last till 11:30 p.m.


A musical recital will be held at the Historic Belfield Theater at 2:00 p.m. but by 2:30 p.m. be ready for some more food, socializing, and entertainment at the Belfield Pavilion.

At 3:30 p.m. the Ukrainian dancers from the 2019 NDUDA Ukrainian summer camp, which originally started 1986, will be performing their recital. At 6:00 p.m. the showcase begins with The Ukrainian Dancers Stepovil. Other entertainment to follow will be Svitlo Ukrainian Dancers from Vegreville, Alberta, The MnMs from Russel, Manitoba.


At 8:00 p.m. the Pavilion will be closed but the party doesn't stop there. 7: 30 p.m “Zabava“, the ultimate Ukrainian party, will be held at The Belfield Memorial Hall where Soloway will be back on stage to close up the 2019 BUD festival.

Tempestuous weather will not stop any of the entertainment with a covered stage the festival with it is estimated to have around 300+ attendees

If you are having trouble locating the event, both the BUD website and Facebook will have a map available to use as reference. Links are below

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Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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