UPitt's Slovak Heritage Festival 2020 Virtual Edition (Online Event)
Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm (EST)
Where: on your computer, tablet, or smartphone (streamed live online via Facebook and YouTube)
The Slovak Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting their Slovak Heritage Festival 2020 virtually. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions this year, the festival, now in its 30th year, will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The University of Pittsburgh is the only university in the United States where students can take Slovak language and culture classes and opt to receive a Minor in Slovak Studies.
The festival is the second largest Slovak festival in North America and the only festival to include an academic component. During the festival, attendees regularly attend lectures and films about Slovak history, language, culture, and genealogy.
- Musical and Folk Dance Performances
- Cooking and Craft Demonstrations
- Cultural and Educational Lectures
In an attempt to replicate the fun of greeting old friends and making new ones at the festival, anyone will be able to submit an advance short video greeting to festival watchers. “We are hoping to hear from not just members of our local community, representing their organizations and families, but also from friends in other states and in Slovakia itself.” explained Lyon Zeibak, the festival director. “Anyone anywhere can record a brief greeting with their mobile phones, in front of or by an important landmark, for example, and highlight an area of Slovak cultural significance along with their message.”
For more details on how to submit those videos and how to watch the festival at home, go to the festival Facebook page.