Europa League: Zorya Luhansk to Host Atletico Bilbao

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s adopted footballers from the East, Zorya Luhansk, will welcome Spanish outfit Atletico Bilbao to Arena Lviv on 7 December in the final game of Europa League Group J qualifying.

Lviv Mini Maker Fair

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s sparkling new Metropolitan A. Sheptytsky Centre will play host on 25 November to the Lviv Mini Maker Fair, a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new and unique, the Maker Fair is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts – crafters, educators, tinkerers, engineers, science clubs, and artists.

The ‘High Castle’ Autumn Art Salon

Issue 106, November 2017.
Art lovers are spoiled for choice in Lviv. With a number of historical and up-and-coming districts bursting at the seams with independent galleries and established museums, the Western Ukrainian capital is home to some of the most progressive and high-quality cultural organizations in Ukraine – as well as a number of unique and artsy restaurants.

Garmyder Festival

Issue 106, November 2017.
Rain or shine, you’ll be able to find fresh local produce, artisan foods, and the area’s finest arts and crafts at the Garmyder Festival at Lviv’s Shuvar-Expo exhibition centre from 9-10 December. With a wide range of stalls selling an array of colourful and tempting locally-produced food and drink, and hand-crafted goods, there is sure to be something for everyone!

Compassfest ‘17

Issue 106, November 2017.
Compassfest ’17 – a new travel conference organized by the Ukrainian Lviv Media Forum and the Polish media project Outriders, with the support of the Lviv Travel Club – will take place in the Western Ukrainian capital on 18 November.

Jazz Bez is Back!

Issue 106, November 2017.
Each December, Lviv lights up with the sound of jazz, as an international array of talented musicians converge on the Western Ukrainian capital for Jazz Bez. Lviv’s annual Jazz Bez festival is among the biggest in Eastern Europe, as it opens up new horizons each year and unites music lovers from around the world.

Legendary Mashina Vremeni Returns to Lviv!

Issue 106, November 2017.
Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city will be treated to a concert from the legendary Mashina Vremeni (Time Machine) on 22 November. Kind of like Russia’s Rolling Stones, Mashina Vremeni is the oldest and most famous Russian rock group, continually performing since their formation in 1969. They were the first to sing rock in Russian and popularized the music in the Soviet Union. Their song ‘Povorot’ (The Turn) topped the very first Soviet chart in 1979, while their 1984 hit ‘Muzyka Pod Snegom’ (Music Under the Snow) topped the chart for a whopping 17 months! Under perestroika, when the group was permitted to sell LPs, they sold over 18 million copies. They also started Russia’s first independent music label – Sintez Records.

Les Podervianskyi in Lviv

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s Malevich Night Club hotspot is pleased to present Ukrainian poet, playwright, and performer Les Podervianskyi, whose witty performances are sure to both challenge and delight Leopolitans and guests of the city, on 12 December.

Lviv’s Pikkardijska Tercia Celebrates 25 Years!

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s magnificent Opera & Ballet Theatre will host two very special concerts by Ukraine’s most famous a capella ensemble – Pikkardijska Tercia – on 3 December. Hailing from Lviv, this group of six very talented singers are celebrating their 25th anniversary with two shows for their hometown fans. Pikkardijska Tercia is as unique as its name, which translates to ‘Picardian Chord’. Originally a quartet when they formed in 1992, the group originally sang ancient and folk Ukrainian songs. The quartet grew to a sextet that amassed an enviable repertoire of more than 300 classical, liturgical, folk, and original songs. The group has released 15 albums, including its latest, Lety (Fly), just last month.

Desire: An Album of Passion, Pain, and Lust

Issue 106, November 2017.
With a brand new set-list based on their latest album ‘Desire’, the Manchester-based duo Hurts will perform at Lviv’s SKA Velotrack on 22 November. Formed in 2009 by singer Theo Hutchcraft and multi-instrumentalist Adam Anderson, this British synthpop duo have fallen in love with Ukraine, and Lviv in particular. They released their fourth studio album in late September and have enjoyed heavy radio play for their first single ‘Beautiful Ones’.

Lviv Security Forum

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s sparkling new Metropolitan A. Sheptytsky Centre will host the Lviv Security Forum – an event featuring high-level discussions on Ukrainian and European current affairs – from 30 November to 1 December. The discussions will focus on regional conflict resolution, economic and energy security, illegal migration, organised crime, refugees, border management, corruption, terrorism, human trafficking, and conventional weapons proliferation.

EBEC Challenge Lviv

Issue 106, November 2017.
The international student organisation BEST will hold the annual EBEC Challenge, a European engineering competition, at Lviv’s Polytechnic National University from 27 November to 1 December. Supported by the students’ union, students from polytechnic universities will have the chance to showcase their knowledge and skills in a series of engineering competitions.

Dynamic Dan Balan in Lviv

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s hopping Malevich Concert Arena & Night Club will host popular Moldovan singer / songwriter Dan Balan for a concert on 1 December. The Chisinau native is the first and only Moldavian musician to be nominated for a Grammy, as co-writer of Rihanna and T.I.’s ‘Live Your Life’. He is the founder of European pop group O-Zone and wrote and produced their hit international single ‘Dragostea Din Tei’ (You’ll know it, if you hear it!).

Belgians in Revolutionary Ukraine

Issue 106, November 2017.
The unlikely epic of the WWI Belgian troops who found themselves caught up in Ukraine’s early twentieth century independence bid As Ukraine marks the centenary of the country’s WWI-era independence bid, many Ukrainians are becoming acquainted for the first time with the story of this tumultuous period. Throughout the Soviet epoch, all talk of Ukraine’s brief statehood experience was strictly taboo. Even now, relatively few Ukrainians have a detailed grasp of the chaotic events surrounding the attempts to establish an independent Ukraine amid the wreckage of the Tsarist Empire. With historians now at liberty to delve into this relatively unexplored chapter of European history, a clearer picture of Ukraine’s independence struggle is beginning to emerge. This is helping to place today’s hybrid war with Russia in a far broader historical context, while also bringing to light forgotten episodes of a struggle that has been crowded out of official histories by the global implications of the Bolshevik triumph. One of the more curious footnotes to surface in recent years involves a group of Belgian soldiers who found themselves caught up in the turmoil of the Bolshevik revolution and Ukraine’s independence bid after arriving on the eastern front at the height of WWI. This is their unlikely story.

Global Events – a leader in event management

Issue 106, November 2017.
The modern event management industry is a universe where contractors and clients live according to their own very specific rules. Each event is truly unique, like a piece of a construction kit where each detail can change everything. To learn about Ukraine’s current event management market, Lviv Today sat down with Global Events founder Denys Rynsky.

Lviv’s Muzychuk Wins European Rapid Chess Championship

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s Anna Muzychuk, the reigning rapid & blitz chess world champion, bested 91 of the world’s top chess players to capture the 2017 Women’s European Rapid Chess Championship last month at Monaco’s fabulous Hotel Novotel.

Ukraine at the European Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships

Issue 106, November 2017.
Ukraine sent 23 athletes – eight of which were from Lviv and Drohobych (Lviv region) – to the European Acrobatic Gymnastics championships in Rzeszow, Poland last month.

Ukrainian Cyclists at the European Track Championships

Issue 106, November 2017.
Berlin, Germany was the host of the 2017 UEC European Track Championships last month. In the women’s scratch race, Lviv’s Tetyana Klimchenko won silver, while fellow Leopolitan Roman Gladysh won bronze in the men’s event.

Europa League: Zorya Luhansk vs. Hertha BSC

Issue 106, November 2017.
The Ukrainian side impressed the nearly 10,000 fans at Arena Lviv when defender Oleksandr Svatok netted in the 79th minute to pull out a 2-1 win. The squad, however, appeared flat in a 2-0 loss in the return affair in Germany.

Lviv Grand Prix Half Marathon

Issue 106, November 2017.
The annual Lviv Grand Prix Half Marathon raced through the city on 29 October. Mayor Andriy Sadovyi greeted the 2,000+ runners that included many celebrities. Some of the more famous runners included singer and composer Bria Blessing, 1+1 presenter Solomiya Vitvitska, BarvyProject Band soloist Oksana Stebelska, TV Presenter of the ‘TSN. Morning’, at 1+1 TV channel Svyatoslav Hrynchuk, and many others.

Indian Culture Days in Lviv

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s International Society of Ukrainian-Indian Friendship held the Indian Culture Days cultural festival from 20-25 October. The event featured a festive opening ceremony at Lviv’s magnificent House of Scientists that attracted Indian Ambassador Manoj Bharti, Lviv Regional Administration Head Oleh Synyutka, and other officials.

Lviv’s 17th International Economic Forum

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s 17th International Economic Forum attracted more than 1,000 participants – state and regional government representatives, investors, business leaders, diplomats, and representatives from international institutions, business associations, and banks – to the Western Ukrainian capital from 26-27 October. Two new alternative energy projects in the Lviv oblast were announced: a solar power plant in Yavoriv district, and a wind power plant in the Starosambirsky district. With the opening of these facilities, as well as two more that are planned by the end of the year, the Lviv region will be able to meet its electricity needs.

LFW – Spring/Summer 2018

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv rolled out the red carpet for the glamorous Lviv Fashion Week – Spring / Summer 2018 collections last month. Traditionally hosted at Lviv’s D. Halytskyi International Airport, this season’s event added some new and intriguing locations – the Metropolitan A. Sheptytsky Centre and the Machine Hall at Lviv Polytechnic National University. The event attracted some of Ukraine’s most recognized designers, including Marta Wacholz, Vozianov, Oksana Mukha by Kateryna Yalova, Lesia Semi, and Olena Dats. Leopolitan fashionistas and guests of the city were also delighted by the debut collections of Olesya Marchuk and Jeisoni by Novitska.

2017 Polish Cinema Festival

Issue 106, November 2017.
The ‘Under the High Castle’ Polish cinema festival was held in Lviv for the sixth time from 6-15 October. Organised by the General Consulate in Lviv together with the Polish Institute of Cinematic Art, the festival aims to promote Polish film, as well as the general history and culture of Ukraine’s neighbour to the west.

Roksolana Celebrates 3 Years in Lviv!

Issue 106, November 2017.
The Roksolana shopping gallery– Lviv’s recognised centre of exquisite style, conceptual fashion, and premium shopping – recently celebrated its third anniversary. The festivities featured fashion shows from the latest collections of glamorous world-class boutiques like Stefano Lompas, Sternat, and Sonia deLux.

Escape to Elegance at Olena Dats’ Gallery

Issue 106, November 2017.
Right after the presentation of her latest collection at Paris Fashion Week, Leopolitan designer Olena Dats delighted her local fans with her Spring / Summer 2018 collection at Lviv’s remarkable Astoria Hotel. Her new collection allows you to escape the mundane daily routine to a world of splendour and glamour by telling a story about sophisticated parties at the turn of the 20th Century on the red carpets of Cote d’Azur.

Lviv to Italy by Ernest Airlines

Issue 106, November 2017.
Ernest Airlines, a small Italian airline headquartered in Milan, launched a Lviv – Bergamo flight in October. Beginning 8 December, they will be launching two additional routes from Lviv – to Napoli and to Venice.

Irish experience can help reverse Ukraine’s brain drain

Issue 106, November 2017.
Ukraine can learn from Ireland’s diaspora engagement initiatives and FDI successes Ireland’s history shares many similarities with Ukraine. We have also had our famines, foreign imperial rule, struggles for independence, and violent conflict zones. Like Ukraine, Ireland also has a long history of mass emigration. The reversal of this trend in the 1990s helped build Ireland’s famed “Celtic Tiger” economy. As Ukraine seeks ways to stem the flow of citizens seeking opportunities abroad, Ireland’s experience may offer useful insights that could help reverse the current brain drain threatening Ukraine’s future prosperity.

Park: Art of Rest

Issue 106, November 2017.
Do you remember the Druzhba cinema in the B. Khmelnitskyi Park of Leisure & Culture? The favourable venue location allowed visitors to combine a stroll in the park with a night out at the movies. The cinema ceased operations in the ‘80s along with many other ruined buildings in the park. The premises laid abandoned, waiting for someone to come along and restore their former glory. It was Leopolitan Taras Kolodiy that took up the initiative. Founder of the Akurat group, which operates Lviv restaurants like ‘Hrushevsky’, ‘Honest Meat’, and the award-winning ‘Virmenka’ coffeehouse, as well as the ‘Modern’ art-hotel and ‘Tinctures from Lviv’ shops, Kolodiy restored the cinema premises into a leisure complex called ‘Park: Art of Rest’. This spectacular location features two spacious halls for up to 500 people, which will play host for free of charge film screenings and will provide a sensational view of the park’s greenery. Lviv Today spoke to the team of professionals who, alongside Kolodiy, brought to life this grand project.

Helmfon – A Cleverly-Designed Privacy Helmet

Issue 106, November 2017.
With so many tech gadgets, media devices, and interactive tools veering us off-track, it’s really no surprise that workplace productivity has been rapidly dwindling. If you add in social media and general workplace noise, you have yourself a pretty distracting environment. Here the Helmfon helmet comes to the rescue! Designed by Lviv’s award-winning ‘Hochu Rayu’ (‘I want heaven’) design bureau, this giant isolation helmet will entirely block out any sound.