Kizomba Fest

Issue 90, May 2016.
Kizomba is the result of an evolution, as it describes both the musical style and the dance style. Kizomba is an Angolan word that means “party”, and while in the 1950s the Angolan expression “Kizombadas” referred to a big party, there is no known link with the dance or the music as we know it today.

K&K Symphoniker in Concert

Issue 90, May 2016.
Mattias Georg Kendlinger, founder of the K&K Philharmoniker symphony orchestra, is proud to present to Leopolitans and guests of the city his second privately funded orchestra on May 24th – the K&K Symphoniker. He took the decision to create a second orchestra to meet the growing demand in Europe for symphony orchestras and to work on even larger musical projects in cooperation with his K&K Philharmoniker.

Lviv Media Forum

Issue 90, May 2016.
The popular Lviv Media Forum, which puts an emphasis on the role of the media in crisis events in Ukraine and around the world, will return to Lviv on May 26-28. This year’s fourth anniversary event is expected to attract more than 800 journalists, bloggers, experts, analysts, media managers, and students. The program is designed to discuss the latest trends in world media and the potential of Ukrainian media in a competitive global environment. Some of this year’s topics include: “What kind of public broadcasting does Ukraine need”; Films as media: how the industry of documentaries works”; and “The end of secrecy: how media makes the world transparent”.

Lviv Beard Festival

Issue 90, May 2016.
Today the beard revolution seems to be at full peak with facial hair having fast become the must-have fashion accessory for men. The beard is often criticised for being scruffy and unhygienic, but for some – it’s just a way of life. Having spent years perfecting and styling their beards, men will finally have the chance to show off their eye-catching efforts in front of their fellows at Lviv’s first-ever Beard Festival.

DE:CODED Festival 2016

Issue 90, May 2016.
The DE:CODED Festival is a grandiose, 72-hour celebration of computer art and information technologies. It is not a job-fair or recruitment drive; instead, it adopts the form of world-famous LAN and Demo Parties that have taken Europe by storm over the last decade and have been responsible for bringing together some of the sharpest minds in IT today.

Street Food Fest

Issue 90, May 2016.
Around the world street food has become one of the biggest and most loved, even if unstructured, culinary phenomena. Lviv’s Food Fest will be a lot like an adventure park or musical festival for foodies. More than 50 vendors from Lviv and region will make it a crazy tasty weekend festival!

Lviv E-Commerce Forum

Issue 90, May 2016.
Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University is pleased to welcome back business owners, online entrepreneurs, web studio reps, start-ups, and IT specialists to the annual Lviv E-Commerce Forum on June 11th.

Lviv – Monte Carlo Electric Marathon 2016

Issue 90, May 2016.
Leopolitans have another reason to be proud of their city’s racing heritage this summer as Lviv was selected as the starting point for the 5th Electric Marathon. This annual sports event is organised under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco in an effort to bring attention to environmental protection and cultural development. The race is the most famous event in EV (electric vehicle) racing and will feature many of the world’s most illustrious electric cars – not only modern Teslas and Nissan Leafs, but also retrofitted Soviet-made machines! Last year’s race ran from Monaco to Kyiv, while this year’s event will see the start ceremony in Lviv on May 22nd with the cars crossing the finish line in Monaco on June 3rd.

Old-Timers Football Match

Issue 90, May 2016.
Lviv’s major event hub – Arena Lviv – will play host to a special old-timers football match on May 15th between retired Ukrainian and Polish footballers in honour of famous Leopolitan sports legend Kazimierz Górski.

VeloPark Cycling Fest

Issue 90, May 2016.
Cycling continues to increase in popularity over the past few years and is now seen by the government as a way to improve the health of the nation and ease traffic congestion. Lviv’s VeloPark Cycling Festival was created to meet the demands of those who want to be part of this cycling revolution and this year’s event is set to become one of Ukraine’s premiere cycling festivals. Lviv’s VeloPark Cycling Festival is a weekend-long event celebrating all things cycling: bike rides, bike art, bike movies, bike tech, bike trends, bike jobs – bike everything! This festival provides a creative space for cyclists of all experience levels to celebrate their culture together.

Markus Schulz in Concert

Issue 90, May 2016.
May 27th promises to be one of those nights that Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city will remember for a long time as they will get to see the return of Markus Schulz for another spectacular show at Arena Lviv. Schulz is a German-American DJ and music producer known best for his weekly radio show Global DJ Broadcast that airs on Digitally Imported radio. He has released six mix compilations and four artist albums under his own name. Through his work on remixing tracks, he’s worked with such artists as: Depeche Mode, Madonna, Fatboy Slim, Book of Love, Miro, and many others. When not in studio working on new mixes, he maintains an extensive international touring schedule.

Boombox Concert

Issue 90, May 2016.
Boombox – one of Ukraine’s most popular groups – will perform in Lviv on May 28th as part of their maxi single Lyudy (People) release presentation. The concert programme will also feature the band’s greatest hits from their 10 years of performing. Boombox is known for wowing audiences with their passionate performances and energetic hits. They like to get the crowd involved in the show – be it through singing, or just grooving along. But the most striking features of the band are its elegance, style, and ability to appear in the right place at the right time.

TNMK Presents Symphonic Hip-Hop

Issue 90, May 2016.
Lviv’s signature Opera & Ballet Theatre is pleased to host one of Ukraine’s most popular alternative rock/dance groups – Kharkiv’s TNMK – on May 24th. Tanok na Maidani Kongo (TNMK, meaning Dance on the Square in Congo) is an established Ukrainian hip-hop/rock group founded in the early 90s by Oleh Mykhailuta (Fahot) and Oleksandr Sidorenko (Fozzi). The group’s sound is a unique mixture of hip-hop, funk, jazz, and rock. They also use real instruments – not only on their albums, but in their live shows as well – an unusual feature in the hip-hop genre.

Retro Concerts by Olesya Kirichuk

Issue 90, May 2016.
Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city won’t want to miss out on two concerts by Olesya Kirichuk at Lviv’s trendy Picasso nightclub on May 20th and 21st. Retro music will be on display, as the talented songstress is set to share retro songs by Ukrainian artists Anatoly Kos-Anatolsky, Bohdan Veselovsky, and Myroslav Skoryk – collectively known as the “Fathers of Ukrainian Pop Music”.

Leopolis Grand Prix Returns!

Issue 90, May 2016.
Lviv has a long and proud motoring heritage and that will be put on show this June when the Leopolis Grand Prix – an international festival of vintage cars – returns to the city. You might be unaware that back in 1930, before the city was even part of Ukraine, an international Grand Prix was held here. To put that into perspective, the internationally-renowned Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo was only in its second year at the time!

Real ART: Assisted Reproductive Technologies Conference

Issue 90, May 2016.
This year Lviv’s Intersono Medicover Group is celebrating its 15th anniversary and as part of the celebrations will host the Real ART – Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Technologies, Innovations, Unique Experience international conference. Intersono’s conference will be held on May 21st at the House of Scientists and will offer an opportunity for IVF professionals to exchange the latest in IVF news as well as to share their knowledge and experiences. The event will bring together leading fertility doctors, obstetricians, embryologists, and heads of medical centres and IVF clinics in Ukraine with representatives of European and Israeli reproductive medicine hospitals. The event will open new prospects in your professional career as well as to offer the perfect opportunity to network with your colleagues and peers.

Okean Elzy: World Tour Comes Home

Issue 90, May 2016.
Ukrainian rock legends and Lviv’s-own Okean Elzy (abbreviated OE) will be bringing their World Tour home to the friendly confines of Arena Lviv on June 11th. OE is the most successful and celebrated post-Soviet rock band in all of the CIS and Eastern Europe with over one million CDs sold in Ukraine and Russia. Formed in Lviv in the heady days of Ukrainian independence in 1994, the band released their first album in 1998 and was recognised for Breakthrough of the Year and Best Song (Where, There is No Us) at the 1999 Taurus Games festival. They were selected to be the face of Pepsi in Ukraine in 2001 after the company discovered that they were the overwhelming choice (nearly 90%) of the under-21 demographic. Group frontman and living legend Svyatoslav Vakarchuk – one of only two members that still remains from the original crew – was designated as a UN Goodwill Ambassador to Youth in Ukraine in 2005.

TABULA RASA Returns to Lviv

Issue 90, May 2016.
Lviv’s Picasso Nightclub is pleased to welcome Ukrainian rock legends TABULA RASA for a special concert programme on June 3rd. The band, formed even before Ukrainian independence back in 1989, will perform all your favourite hits from the band’s 25 years of music as well as some of their newest compositions. TABULA RASA became known for participating – and winning – several music festivals and competitions in the 1990s, when they were also a frequent mainstay on Ukrainian music channels. The band’s popularity, however, went far beyond the borders of their native country as the band managed to crack the rotation of English MTV with hits such as: My Favourite Car; Sheik; Shay-Shay; The Road; and East.

Leopolitan Ladies Cycle Parade

Issue 90, May 2016.
You can get an idea of just how bike-friendly a city Lviv has become by counting the number of women on bicycles. In a city where bike-riding in general is not always bliss, the Leopolitan Ladies Cycle Parade aims to celebrate the independence and empowerment that cycling can provide women and encourage those who don’t already to start cycling. The Leopolitan Ladies Cycle Parade is a fun, colourful, and friendly women’s bike race, where the skirt or dress is the suggested attire

Children’s KinoFest Returns

Issue 90, May 2016.
The Children’s KinoFest is an annual international film festival aimed at children and teenagers that returns for a second time this year. This festival will run in cities across Ukraine, including: Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Mariupol, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Vinnytsia, and of course, right here in Lviv from May 27th to June 5th.

Ivan Dorn’s Randorn Tour Comes to Lviv

Issue 90, May 2016.
Ukrainian superstar singer and TV personality Ivan Dorn is bringing his Randorn 2016 tour to Lviv with a special performance on the territory of Arena Lviv on June 17th. Born in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Dorn and his family relocated to Slavutich, Ukraine after his father took a job at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant. While he studied both sports and piano, it was his voice that got him noticed at a very young age. At just 6 years old, his mother took him to festivals, thereby launching his long and successful career. Dorn is noted for experimenting with different sounds and styles, especially with rap, funk, neo-disco, and house.

April-May Sports Digest

Issue 90, May 2016.
Find out about Champions League Updates for FC Shakhtar, Lviv’s women’s rugby team results at Super League, and Speedway race in Chervonograd.

Lviv’s Spring Business Forum

Issue 90, May 2016.
Arena Lviv’s sparkling conference hall was the stage for Lviv’s long-established Spring Business Forum, which took place on April 15th. This year’s event was organised by the HD Partners Legal Company around the theme of “Changing the Trajectory of Development: New Strategies, Instruments, and Markets”. The forum prides itself on being a non-profit, apolitical event aimed at improving the business environment in Ukraine. It was officially opened with addresses by Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, Head of Lviv State Administration Oleg Synyutka, and Managing Partner at HD Partners Volodymyr Glaschenkov.

Ballet-Fest Choreography Festival

Issue 90, May 2016.
Lviv’s National Academic Opera & Ballet Theatre was proud to play host to the Ballet-Fest Choreography Festival gala-concert on April 17th. The festival began at the beginning of the year and consisted of several stages where different choreographers and dancers were selected. Dancers from the Lviv Theatre of Opera & Ballet performed the ballets and the choreography was judged by an all-star jury that featured the likes of Italy’s Nazionale Acsi Danza Art Director Dino Carano, Art Director at the Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre Igor Khramov, and Honoured Artist of Ukraine Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk.

Wet Monday

Issue 90, May 2016.
Leopolitans once again got wet and wild on May 2nd for the one-of-a-kind post-Easter celebration of Wet Monday. Hundreds of Leopolitan teens took to Rynok Square to douse each other in water as part of the celebrations. The tradition is part of both the Greek Catholic and Orthodox Easter celebrations. Historically, this pagan practice was considered a symbol of purification in connection with the coming of spring.

Ukraine’s New Prime Minister Visits Lviv

Issue 90, May 2016.
Newly appointed Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodomyr Groysman was in Lviv on May 7th to meet with local officials to discuss problems at the Lviv customs service. As part of his schedule, he also visited a border checkpoint Krakowiec and gave customs officials three months to fix the issues.

Flugery Lvova International Jazz & Folk Music Festival

Issue 90, May 2016.
The inner yard of Lviv City Council on Rynok Square once again played host to the popular Flugery Lvova International Jazz & Folk Music Festival from May 6-9. Launched in 2003, the event has become a staple on Lviv’s cultural calendar and this year’s event marked a continuation of the Lviv Month in Wroclaw project. Leopolitans and guests of the city were delighted by the performances of 20 bands from Ukraine, Europe, and North America, including the charismatic Rykarda Parasol Project that showcased American energy and Polish jazz traditions.

Batyars on Bicycles

Issue 90, May 2016.
To mark Lviv’s ‘City Day’, many Leopolitans chose to dive into the style and atmosphere of the Batyars to take part in Lviv’s 3rd annual retro bike ride – Batyars on Bicycles. The event is organised by the Mozaika NGO and Lviv’s Department of Youth, Family, and Sports to pay tribute to the city’s past and, in particular, the Batyar culture that used to flourish in the city.

Lviv Turns 760!

Issue 90, May 2016.
Lviv celebrated its 760th anniversary in style with a series of festivities throughout the May 6-9 holiday. Leopolitans and guests of the city had the chance to take in public concerts and street performances, sports events, exhibitions, cultural programs, holiday fairs, and much more! The celebrations started with special services in most of the city’s temples and churches. Locals honoured the memory of the patron saint of Lviv – St. Yuriy (St. George). An impressive street parade, replete with knights on horseback, spectacular theatrical performances, and actors portraying King Lev and Queen Constance marched through the city centre.

FiligranaEtnica: ексклюзивний патріотичний одяг для чоловіків

Issue 90, May 2016.
Проект з підтримки сучасної етно-моди в Україні «FiligranaEtnica» анонсув першу лінію патріотичного чоловічого одягу, створену спільно з «Moryachok Manufaktur». Багато років мануфактура індивідуально відшивала морські військові костюми, уніформи та головні убори, як для військових, так і для кіноіндустрії, реконструкторів та колекціонерів.

Hosts No More – Can Ukraine Roar? Ukraine’s EURO 2016 Preview

Issue 90, May 2016.
Every four years a spectacle rolls through Europe – and it’s not of the EuroVision kind. UEFA’s EURO tournament is back and better than ever as it now features 24 of best teams the continent has to offer. Ukrainian football fans know just what’s in store for France, as they remember the excitement of having fans from across Europe visit the country four years ago for EURO 2012. Unlike four years ago, when the team gained automatic qualification for the tournament as host, this time the Blue-Yellows qualified the hard way, and in the process exorcised demons of qualification past.

Provence-Styled Holidays at Chopin

Issue 90, May 2016.
In the very heart of Lviv, where business activity buzzes, cars cruise around, and crowds of tourists stroll by, you can find the cozy Chopin hotel complex at 7 Malanyuka Sq. Inside the elegant Chopin Hotel, you can find a restaurant that demands special attention – Chopin. The large hall accommodates over 100 people and has many vantage points that overlook the spectacular Potocky Palace square. The Provence-style interior will have you thinking of a sunny, summer morning – no matter what the weather outside is like. Guests are always welcomed by the friendly smile of restaurant director and sommelier Kostyantyn Chernenko. Chopin is the ideal place for wedding celebrations, as the venue is almost legendary for its romantic, love-in-the-air ambiance.

Winston Churchill Pub

Issue 90, May 2016.
How does one best go about describing an authentic Irish pub? Is it the interior? Hmm… Maybe it’s some tokens of Irish folktales? Possibly… But perhaps the real way to check the true atmosphere of an Irish Pub is to see if the guests are smiling and satisfied. You can begin the day with a steaming cup of coffee and nutritious breakfast, charging yourself with positive energy for the rest of the day. Or you could sit down for a delicious business lunch with your business partners. But the true soul of an Irish pub comes out after the pleasant beams of an evening sun have set. Lviv settles down, the hectic tempo and trams don’t clink so loud, and the business centres cease looking like anthills. When the faces of Leopolitans appear light, with slightly tired smiles – that’s the moment when you’ll know where to go, where life is in full swing, where we’re waiting for you: Winston Churchill’s Pub.