On weekend of 3rd-5th March, CYM Melbourne Dance Ensemble Verchovyna travelled down to Tasmania to participate
in the celebration of Hobart's newly-built Ukrainian Community Centre and Chapel.
The major aims of the trip were to share the much-loved Ukrainian culture with our southern
The day began with an official blessing of the centre, by Bishop Peter Stasiuk, followed by an
opening mass for the centre.
After the liturgy Verchovyna performed in a celebratory concert along with choirs; Sokoly,
CYM Melbourne choir Cheremosh and St Peter and Paulís Cathedral Choir. The
Performance unmistakably received a wonderful response, bringing great joy to the audience.
Friday night marked the arrival of Verchovynaís spirited team in Hobart. Quickly settling into
Quest Trinity apartments, it didnít take long for the dancers to discover Hobart. Beside a night
lit waterfront we enjoyed a quick dinner and a few drinks. The long awaited weekend had begun.
The following morning, many rose early to enjoy the splendour of the Salamanca Markets. Our tour
continued with Tasmaniaís renowned Cascade Brewery. Beer was tasted and cheese eaten, the
afternoon was a peaceful success.
Its streets lined with sandstone buildings and quaint boutiques,
Richmond, a Georgian village first explored in 1803, concluded the tour. After a short run through
at the centre, Verchovynaís members relaxed for the evening, eager for Sundayís performance.
The opening of Tasmaniaís new Ukrainian Community Centre was a tremendous success. The
various performances and rich display of Ukrainian culture inspired Ukrainianís young and old to
uphold their Ukrainian heritage. Verchovyna feels privileged and grateful for the
opportunity to take part and would like to thank Karpaty, CYOA and the CYM Uprava Melbourne for
making it possible.