In the past few decades, a large Ukrainian diaspora has come to call the American Northwest home. Many came as a result of religious persecution, while others came to reunite with family that had immigrated previously. Since then, the Northwest’s Ukrainian population has formed a robust community with a distinct culture.
The Northwest Ukrainian International Festival Committee formed in response to the Ukrainian minority’s need to be represented, shared and, most importantly, connected to its greater Northwest community. Stewarded by the recently formed Honorary Consulate of Ukraine in Seattle and supported by the City of Bellevue, the festival has been and continues to be groundbreaking Northwestern event and a vibrant celebration of Ukrainian life.