The establishment of Princeton as a town was connected to the mines.  Gold, Copper, coal and platinum were mined here beginning in the late 1800s.  Many of the men who worked in the mines came from eastern Europe – Croatians, Slovaks, Poles, Yugoslavs and Russians settled in the area and many of their descendants still live here.  In honour of these immigrants this year’s Festival will have a distinctively eastern European flavour.  Throughout the weekend there will be music and dance from several countries in the area and the Friday evening dance will have everyone dancing eastern European dances accompanied by a raucous Roma brass band.

The highlight of our eastern European theme will be a two-hour session on Saturday afternoon of music, dance and song entitled “Princetonovitch!”



Further to the above post, I found this posting by Jon Bartlett elswhere:

Each year we celebrate one of the founding cultures of Princeton. Last year was the year of the Scots, and this year we've put together several presentations from eastern Europe, which contributed some 40% of Princeton's population in the 20's. They came mostly for the mining - gold at Hedley, copper at Copper Mountain, just south of town, and coal at Coalmont (obviously!), Blakeburn and Princeton itself, which still sees occasional sink holes appearing in streets and gardens, where underground workings have collapsed.

We'll have accordion music from Albania, a cabaret band from Turkey, a roma band, specializing in dance and wedding musics from across the Balkans, Slovenian singers, dancers and accordion music, and Russian songs (from our MP and also from a twenty-voice Doukhobor choir).