Spring Festival returns to celebrate Slavic cultures, raise money for KU for Ukraine

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A spring festival celebrating Eastern European cultures will return this week, featuring live music, cultural craft activities and food from Eastern European and Eurasian regions.

The festival, which is sponsored by the University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the South Park Gazebo, according to a press release.


“KU CREES is thrilled to bring its Spring Festival back to Lawrence following a hiatus due to the pandemic,” the release states. 

The festival will also be used to raise awareness of the KU for Ukraine fundraiser for at-risk students and scholars. An event in April had the same goal, and the fundraiser has now raised almost $21,000 of its $50,000 goal, according to its website.

Craft activities from Poland, Ukraine, Turkey and Bulgaria for both kids and adults help create a “family friendly environment,” but adults 21 and older can choose to bring their own beverages. 

Light food from Russia, Eastern Europe and the Eurasia region will be provided, though the release “encourages attendees to bring a dish to share.”

The live music comes courtesy of the Baric Brothers, Joe and Jim Baric. The Kansas City duo performs “a variety of folk music from Eastern European countries” such as Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Macedonia, Albania, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, and Russia.

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