Boombox presents new EP album!

Issue 104, September 2017.
Boombox – one of Ukraine’s most popular groups – will perform in Lviv on 23 September as part of the release of their new album, Golyi Korol (Naked King). Their new EP album is comprised of six singles that will be performed at the concert alongside the band’s greatest hits from their first 10 years of performing. Boombox is known for wowing audiences with their passionate performances and energetic hits.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Issue 104, September 2017.
An extraordinary global event will take place from 29 September to 8 October when over 100,000 people in over 300 cities across six continents will gather in cinemas, galleries, museums, and cafes for one purpose – to view and vote on the finalists in the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. The event is a simultaneous celebration across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing audiences to select their favourites. Winners will be announced at ManhattanShort.com on 8 October.

Lviv Coffee Festival

Issue 104, September 2017.
The Lviv Coffee Festival returns for its 11th year! Delve into Lviv’s café culture with the city’s most beloved cafés and baristas from across Ukraine. Enjoy your cup of coffee in specially designed social spaces or book yourself into a workshop to learn more about Lviv’s favourite drink. Treat yourself to coffee shopping therapy while relaxing to renowned local musical acts. For coffee-fueled night owls and music lovers, live musicians and DJs will be entertaining crowds in the evenings near the Lviv’s wonderful Opera House.

Lviv Fitness Covention 2017

Issue 104, September 2017.
The Lviv Fitness Convention 2017 is an exciting fitness event dedicated to celebrating an active and healthy lifestyle! This conference is great for anyone involved with strength and fitness, as the sessions tend to be more technically focused. Visitors will have access to all of the latest trends in fitness wear, fitness equipment, food and nutritional advice and samples, class providers, fitness training, and absolutely everything you could possibly need to compliment your healthy lifestyle.

Lviv Producers Exhibition-Fair

Issue 104, September 2017.
The Lviv Art Palace is the place to be from 5-9 October if you’re looking for goods manufactured by local plants, factories, and private companies. The event aims to highlight local manufacturers in the food & nutrition, paper & cellulose, chemical, and furniture industries. Along with the exhibition-fair, Leopolitans and guests of the city will be able to participate in several seminars, trainings, and roundtables.

Lviv Book Forum

Issue 104, September 2017.
The Lviv Book Forum is the single most important event for the literature and publishing business in Ukraine. Publishers and authors will flock to Lviv for this annual literature market and festival from 13-17 September. Founded in 1994, this is the 24th time that publishers, readers, and writers will be joined by celebrities, athletes, educators, and journalists at one of the most important social events on the Leopolitan calendar. New publishing houses and indie editorials are presented each year alongside many other interesting events, like the ‘Non-stop night of poetry and music’, the Lviv International Literary Festival, the ‘Enjoy Reading’ charity initiative for elderly people, and hundreds of events with Ukrainian and foreign authors. Special attention will be paid to the ‘Best Book of 2017’ awards ceremony. But what is the Lviv Book Forum without its enormous book fair!

International Tattoo Fest 2017

Issue 104, September 2017.
Looking for something interesting to do over the 29 September to 1 October weekend? Check out the colourful side of Leopolitan life at the International Tattoo Festival at Lviv’s D. Halystkyi International Airport. This event has turned into the single biggest, most significant, and wicked cool event in Western Ukraine’s tattoo world. The ‘Golden Lion Cup’, where grandmaster tattoo artists from several countries compete in a ‘Tattoo Battle’ for best festival tattoo, headlines the event.

Tina Karol Back in Lviv

Issue 104, September 2017.
Stunning Ukrainian vocalist Tina Karol has long been one of Ukraine’s most popular pop stars thanks to her supple voice and graceful dancing. Leopolitan fans of Karol will have the chance to see her perform at Lviv’s beautiful Opera & Ballet Theatre on 2, 3, and 4 October, as she brings her newest concert program “Tina” to the city as part of a national tour. The program will feature women’s success stories expressed in song and dance as a form of contemporary art. It’s a sort of artistic revelation – a musical confession of the power of love that is highlighted by Karol’s melodic vocals.

Futureland Festival

Issue 104, September 2017.
The Futureland Festival – a truly sensational celebration of electronic music – will take place in Lviv on the last day of September. With spectacular music and some of the world’s best DJs, the festival will bring more than 5000 music fans and industry professionals to the Western Ukrainian capital! The headliner is the world famous French duo Cassius, comprised of Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass.

Lviv IT Arena Conference

Issue 104, September 2017.
The most remarkable IT event in Ukraine – Lviv IT Arena – will return to the Western Ukrainian capital from 29 September to 1 October. More than 1000 programmers, developers, IT CEOs, and startups will attend this year. This year’s conference will focus on the latest IT trends in three areas: Product, Technology, and Business. Key speakers include Viber COO Michael Shmilov (IL), Co-founder and Design Director at Hotjar Jonathan Vella (MT), Co-founder and CTO at BioBots Ricky Solorzano (US), and Founder and CEO at Jugnoo Samar Singla (IN).

S.T.I. Lviv Furniture Exhibition

Issue 104, September 2017.
Lviv’s rapid development of the construction and real estate sectors has seen the launch of many commercial, residential, and tourism projects. These projects have created a demand in the city for interior and outdoor design, décor, and furnishings. The answer to this demand is the Style.Technologies.Interior Lviv exhibition at Lviv’s Pivdennyi Expo from 20-23 September.

International Medical Students Conference 2017

Issue 104, September 2017.
The International Medical Students Conference, to take place in Lviv from 29-30 September, will offer a stimulating platform for student research and give students the wonderful opportunity to broaden their social and scientific networks. The forum will focus on the ‘Role and importance of modern technology in medicine’ and will feature both professional researchers and students from across Ukraine presenting their work to their colleagues. Dr. Mobeen Syed, a King Edward Medical University alumnus, will be one of the event’s keynote speakers.

Golden Lion International Theatre Festival!

Issue 104, September 2017.
The annual Golden Lion festival is not just a carnival, but a European theatrical tradition in its own right. It is also one of modern Ukraine’s most prestigious forums in international cultural circles. Founded back in 1989, it has been transforming the streets of Lviv into a theatre every autumn since, providing vivid memories and a true carnival atmosphere. This year, the festival will delight the theatre-going public with performances by troupes from Australia, Belarus, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and of course, Ukraine.

Housing Development Forum

Issue 104, September 2017.
Arena Lviv will host the Housing Development Forum on 21-22 September. The event will see several seminars on key issues of purchasing real estate, an exhibition of new housing projects, the presentation of the new Pro Development Awards, and even a 100,000 UAH lottery for visitors.

Prom Design Fest: Garage SALE

Issue 104, September 2017.
Over the 7-8 October weekend, Leopolitans and guests of the city will have the wonderful chance to take part in the Prom Design Fest: Garage SALE event. Organised jointly by Prom Design Fest, Design House, and Creative Design School, this event will feature sales of designer furniture and home decor items, as well as informative lectures and a delicious food court.

‘Carte Postale: Woman on the Borderline of Epochs’ Postcard Exhibition

Issue 104, September 2017.
The Lviv Art Gallery is set to host a special postcards exhibition from 29 September to 29 November. Since the introduction of email, the once fond pastime of sending postcards abroad has dropped by nearly 75%. This exhibition will celebrate the heyday of the postcard as a souvenir and form of open communication.

‘Parens’ infertility treatment centre presents the joy of parenthood

Issue 104, September 2017.
Lviv’s ‘Parens-Ukraine’ centre, a member of the international ‘Parens Medical Group’, specialises in comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of infertility. In addition to Ukraine, the group offers centres in the UK, Ireland, and Poland. Since opening in 2012, the Lviv centre has earned a reputation as one of the best in its respective field.

Ukraine 1st at European Shooting Championship in Baku

Issue 104, September 2017.
No country in Europe could top Ukraine’s shooting team at the European Shooting Championships this summer in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Ukrainian team topped 42 other countries and 932 athletes by winning 10 gold, 8 silver, and 4 bronze medals. The competition saw 79 sets of medals awarded in 25m, 50m, 300m, rifle and pistol, and Shotgun and Running Target events.

Lviv Cup 2017 Dragon Boats

Issue 104, September 2017.
Navaria Lake, located just outside Lviv, played host to the Lviv Cup National Dragon Boat competition on 22 July. Over 300 participants from across Ukraine competed in mixed and open races at the distances of 200m and 2000m. The races served as preparation for the upcoming European Championships to be held in Italy in September and drew some fine teams, including Kyiv’s Mala Flotylia, Rivne’s Zakhidyi Viter, Dubno’s Hetman, Poltava’s Dragon, and Lviv’s-own Otaman.

Europa League Back in Lviv

Issue 104, September 2017.
While our beloved Karpaty struggles to avoid relegation to Ukraine’s First Division, Leopolitan football fans and guests of the city that are starving for some quality international action are once again in luck. One year after Shakhtar Donetsk abandoned the city after going undefeated at Arena Lviv in the calendar year 2016, another team affected by the conflict in the East has decided to call Arena Lviv home.

Lviv’s Halychanka Capture Ukrainian Handball Super Cup

Issue 104, September 2017.
Lviv’s powerhouse Halychanka women’s handball team picked up the new season right where they left last year – as winners. The Halychanka knocked off Kherson’s Dnipryanka 34-23 on 5 September at Lviv’s Halychyna Sports Palace in the second women’s league Super Cup. Last season the home town squad also defeated Kherson, by a score of 44-23.

Athletes of the Month: July & August

Issue 104, September 2017.
Lviv’s karate superstar Stanislav Horuna was named Lviv’s Athlete of the Month for the second time this year (January & July) after claiming World Games gold in Wroclaw, Poland and becoming the sport’s first Ukrainian champion. The World Games is an Olympic-sanctioned multi-sport event for sports that are not included in the Olympic program, such as billiards, lacrosse, and karate.

FlixBus in Ukraine!

Issue 104, September 2017.
Europe’s popular FlixBus extended its network to Ukraine in July with routes from Kyiv, Rivne, Zhytomyr, and Lviv to destinations in Poland and the Czech Republic. The long distance bus operator connects cities and towns throughout Europe for excellent prices. Since launching its first route in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become a leading operator in Europe with its extensive route network and innovative ticketing system. The company’s green busses comply with the highest safety and environmental standards, so travelers get a sustainable and convenient alternative to private transport.

International Hutsul Festival Shines

Issue 104, September 2017.
Hutsulshchyna is an original land of free and independent Ukraine and the Hutsuls are an ethno-cultural group of Ukrainians that have inhabited the Carpathian Mountains for centuries – mainly in the areas of Bukovina and Maramures, and the northern part of Romania. Hutsuls regard themselves as Ukrainian highlanders. The Hutsul culture is known far beyond the borders of this country as a hardworking and friendly people. That’s why each year a festival is held in their honour.

Lviv MozArt Festival

Issue 104, September 2017.
Lviv played host to the city’s newest addition to its busy festival scene – the one-of-a-kind LvivMozArt festival – from 18-25 August. This musical holiday is dedicated to the musical heritage of Mozart’s youngest son, Franz Xaver Mozart, who lived and worked in Lviv for 30 years (1808-38) and actively promoted music in the city. Lviv’s picturesque Opera & Ballet Theatre hosted the festival’s glitzy opening with a symphony concert featuring a number of esteemed soloists Antoniy Baryshevskyi, piano (Ukraine), Iulia Maria Dan, soprano (Romania-Germany), Zoryana Kushpler, mezzo-soprano (Ukraine-Austria), Mykhailo Malafii, tenor (Ukraine),Ihor Tsarkov, bass (Ukraine-Germany) backed by Lviv’s Dudaryk State Academic Male Choir and the INSO-Lviv Academic Symphony Orchestra. The festival’s art director, Ukrainian-German Oksana Lyniv, conducted the concert.

Etnovyr Folklore Festival

Issue 104, September 2017.
The Etnovyr International Folklore Festival was held in Lviv from 24-27 August. This year’s event featured colourful performances of foreign ensembles, spectacular participant parades through central Lviv, and dancing and singing workshops. Participating ensembles came from as far away as Poland, Estonia, and Macedonia, as well as from around Ukraine.

‘Between Us’ – Danish art exhibition

Issue 104, September 2017.
Lviv’s B.G. Voznytskyi National Art Gallery will host Ukraine’s first-ever Danish contemporary art display when the Dansk Folkekunst Art Association brings the ‘Between Us’ exhibition to the city from 2-24 September. The exhibit features a number of Denmark’s finest modern artists, including Ditte Knus Tønnesen, Mie Mørkeberg, Aaberg Kærn, Kristian Devantier, Andreas Monty Freddie, Ulla-Bech Bruun and others.

10th Anniversary of Days of Performance

Issue 104, September 2017.
Ukraine’s one and only festival of art performance that features masters from different countries present their works – Days of Performance – celebrated its 10th anniversary in Lviv from 28 August to 3 September. This year saw artists from Thailand and Norway perform in Ukraine for the first time. Leopolitans and guests of the city also enjoyed artists from Great Britain, Israel, Poland, and Ukraine. The celebrated works of Stein Henningsen, who lives and works in Svalbard, Norway, were premiered during the event.

‘Happy Kilometre’ Run for the Children

Issue 104, September 2017.
The successful Lviv plant of Japan’s Fujikura Automotive Ukraine hosted the second ‘Happy Kilometre’ charity event to raise money for the purchase of a surgical LED lamp luvis-L200 for the city’s Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital. The event raised over 40,000 UAH towards the total purchase price of 184,000. The money was raised through voluntary donations, as event participation was free of charge. The remaining part was covered by a charitable donation by Fujikura Automotive. This year’s ‘Happy Kilometre’ was open to participants of any age and ability level. There were men’s and women’s races of 1, 4, and 7 kilometres, as well as a special 100m children’s dash – where they ran alongside their favourite fairytale characters!

Unforgettable Summer at Lviv’s Plyazh Aqua Park

Issue 104, September 2017.
What can be better than the relaxation of a nice sunbath just a few steps from the city centre? Lviv’s new summer leisure hotspot is at the Plyazh Aqua Park, which opened the city’s largest summer sunbathing terrace in July with a spectacular party. Eventgoers were delighted with the DJ’s groovy music sets, the bartender’s show, the flamboyant show-ballet dances, and the magician’s amazing tricks. Plenty of prizes were also available from Plyazh and its partners! Throughout the entire summer, visitors of Plyazh’s pools and fitness centre could also enjoying getting some sun on the comfortable deck chairs while sipping a cocktail or soft drink from its cocktail bar.

Time for Ukrainians to discover Ukraine

Issue 104, September 2017.
One of the biggest victories scored by the Ukrainian government this year was the approval of comprehensive visa liberalization with the European Union. Thanks to this measure, Ukrainians have entered into a new phase in their relationship with the EU and will be able to travel throughout Europe without visas for the first time in the country’s history.

Ukraine prepares to boost public diplomacy efforts

Issue 104, September 2017.
Plans underway to establish Ukrainian Institute as Kyiv seeks to improve country’s weak international profile What do most foreigners know about Ukraine? There is a good chance they know next to nothing, while what little information they may have is likely to be both distorted and negative in character. This unsatisfactory state of affairs may be about to change. After decades of neglect, Ukraine is finally addressing the country’s international image problems. Autumn 2017 will see preparations continue for the launch of a public diplomacy initiative designed to promote Brand Ukraine internationally and raise the country’s cultural profile around the world.

Steampunk Superheroes of Ukrainian Independence

Issue 104, September 2017.
Comic book blockbuster seeks to bring 1917 Ukrainian Revolution heroes to post-Maidan audiences When people think of Ukraine’s long struggle for independence, they tend to focus on the WWII-era insurgent army that fought both Nazis and Soviets, or the Cossack statehood bids of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This is perhaps understandable: the romance of Cossack leaders Bohdan Khmelnitskiy and Ivan Mazepa has captivated generations of Ukrainians, while the polarizing figure of WWII insurgency leader Stepan Bandera has cast a shadow over the national identity debate ever since the 1940s. However, prior to 1991, the closest Ukraine actually came to establishing a recognizable modern state was during the epic independence struggle that began in 1917. As Ukraine marks the centenary of those momentous events, a group of comic book artists is attempting to introduce today’s post-Maidan generation to an era of Ukrainian history that has direct relevance to the ongoing hybrid war with Russia.