Legendary H. Veryovka Folk Choir in Concert

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre will host a special double-performance by the acclaimed H. Veryovka National Honoured Academic Folk Choir on 20 January. The pride of Ukrainian art, stars of the Ukrainian choral world, and ambassadors of Ukrainian music, the Veryovka Folk Choir is named after its legendary composer and conductor, Hryhoriy Veryovka, who formed the group in 1943 to promote the development, preservation, and popularisation of folk song traditions.

Family Fest Vol. 5 – Home Alone

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s LEM Station is set to host Family Fest Vol. 5 – Home Alone on 15 December. This event offers wholesome fun for the whole family – parents, toddlers, children, teens, grandparents, and even pets!

Art Sale Lviv

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s LEM Station will host the Art Sale Lviv event that will showcase the creative works by 50 Ukrainian artists on 21 December. Under the theme #noartnofuture, the event will offer Leopolitan art aficionados and guests of the city three different areas – the exhibition, sales, and entertainment.

‘Kizz Up’ Kizomba Festival

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s ‘Kizz Up’ Kizomba Festival has in just three short years become one of the most dynamic kizomba festivals in Ukraine. ‘Kizz Up’ has developed a sterling reputation in the community for delivering quality. This year’s special guests come from all over the world, Jojo & Victoria (FR), Ronie Saleh (SE), Maxut Kumashev (KZ), George & Iva (DE), and Ukraine’s-own Evelina Marcello.

Tango Remolino DJ Festival

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s premier Hotel Dnistr will be buzzing along to anything and everything tango from 26 December until 6 January as the Tango Remolino DJ Festival returns to the Western Ukrainian capital. Scheduled events include concerts, milongas, instructional classes, and so much more! If tango is your greatest passion, milongas will be popping up hosted by world famous DJs like Jenni Valli (FI), Benjamin Lee (KR), Vivi La Falce (AR), Frank Seifart (DE), Luka Radunovic (ME), Oliver Kruse-Dougherty (NL), and James Bates (BE).

Music Icon Skrypka to Play Lviv for Christmas

Issue 129, December 2019.
Oleh Skrypka, frontman of the iconic Ukrainian folk rock band VV (Vopli Vidoplyasova) and founder of some of Ukraine’s most popular music feativals, like Kraina Mriy and Rock’N’Sich, will visit Lviv for a very special Christmas concert on 8 January.

A Capella Legends Christmas Double-Bill

Issue 129, December 2019.
Ukraine’s much-loved a capella group will visit Lviv’s M. Zankovetska Drama Theatre on 9 January where they will perform hits from their legendary albums in two holiday concerts. Formed right here in Lviv in 1992, Pikkardiyska Tertsiya (Picardy Third) started out as an a cappela quartet that adapted Ukrainian folk songs. In time, the group expanded to six members and now has a repertoire of nearly 300 works, including liturgical music, folk songs, world hits, and many popular original compositions.

‘New Year at the Opera’ with Oleksandr Bozhyk

Issue 129, December 2019.
Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city can get into the spirit of the season during two festive concerts at Lviv’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre on 3 January. Both concerts will feature Leopolitan virtuoso violinist Oleksandr Bozhyk playing some of the world’s top hits.

An Enchanting Evening with the Elegant Zlata Ognevich

Issue 129, December 2019.
Here’s your chance to meet the elegant Zlata Ognevich, the famous Ukrainian pop singer with the amazing voice. Known for representing Ukraine at Eurovision 2013, she is no stranger to the competition, having finished fifth and second in 2010 and 2012 national competitions respectively, before breaking through in 2013 with her hit ‘Gravity’.

Giant Slalom Fun at Bukovel

Issue 129, December 2019.
Bukovel – Ukraine’s largest and most popular ski resort – is set to host Bukovel Cup Giant slalom (GS) competitions on the 21-22 December weekend. This is the opportunity that skiers have been waiting patiently for – to meet each other and compete after a long midseason break.

Arsen Mirzoyan’s New ‘Ingredient’

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s stunning Opera & Ballet Theatre will host the talented and charismatic Arsen Mirzoyan on 16 December. Mirzoyan’s star is shining bright – he’s consistently getting nominated for the country’s top musical awards and his fans can sing all his biggest hits by heart, like Kapronovi Banty, Winnie the Pooh, and Geraldine.

Etno Fashion Show

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s hopping Malevich Night Club will play host to the Etno Fashion Show on 16 December. This spectacular event is set to celebrate diversity and culture through fashion, music, and the arts. Fashion and the arts are powerful tools for promoting respect and appreciation of multicultural and ethnic identities.

Discover the Amazing Khrystyna Soloviy

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s outstanding Khrystyna Soloviy will return home for a concert at the city’s stylish Malevich Night Club & Concert Arena on 15 December. A tiny, young woman with dark brown hair, Soloviy looks more like a teenager than a pop diva. Her debut album ‘Zhyva Voda’ (‘Live Water’) was released in 2015 and featured just two of her own songs alongside several folk songs of the Lemkos, a small ethnic group from Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains.

Garmyder Festival

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s Spartak Shopping & Entertainment Centre will host the creative Garmyder Crafts Festival over the 14-15 December weekend. One of Lviv’s biggest handcrafted shopping events, this jolly affair will delight Leopolitan craft lovers and guests of the city with a variety of indoor and outdoor crafts and food stalls.

Lviv’s Christmas Splendour

Issue 129, December 2019.
The spirit of Christmas is coming to Lviv and Leopolitans can look forward to the merry season with lots of fun activities! After a long year, now is the time to take a break and enjoy shopping, dining, and socialising. The Christmas season in Lviv is an absolute joy. Be sure to catch the lit-up trade malls and festive Christmas markets, where you can pick up all of your gifts and souvenirs from charming wooden chalets. Explore your way through the holiday attractions and fairs that lure merrymakers with their permeating aromas of natural soaps and perfumes and traditional Christmas honeys. Feast on gingerbread or bratwurst, enjoy the warm gluhwein, and maybe sing a carol or two at Lviv’s traditional Christmas fair, taking place from 13 December to 19 January on the alley from the Opera & Ballet Theatre to the Shevchenko monument and on Rynok Square.

St. Nicholas is Coming to Town

Issue 129, December 2019.
It’s that time of the year again – when children eagerly think of all the gifts and goodies they could imagine themselves playing with next year. And while Ukraine joins in the tradition of spoiling the little ones at this time of year, the country continues to define which holiday traditions should persevere. As with other holidays, Ukraine is struggling to define its own post-Soviet way at Christmas – and that’s where St. Nicholas comes in.

New Business Ombudsman is longtime supporter of Ukraine

Issue 129, December 2019.
When Marcin Swiecicki took up his post as Ukraine’s new Business Ombudsman in October, his arrival in Kyiv was more homecoming than departure. The veteran Polish politician boasts an impressive CV of senior posts in his native country including Minister for Foreign Economic Relations, Deputy Economy Minister and Mayor of Warsaw, but for much of the past three decades, neighboring Ukraine has been prominent thread running through his career.

Ukraine to Play in Netherlands, Romania in EURO 2020

Issue 129, December 2019.
Ukraine capped its sterling EURO 2020 qualifying run with an undefeated record after Artem Beseydin’s electrifying injury-time equaliser in its final match in Serbia. As one of only four nations to not drop a match during the entire tournament, Ukraine earned a seed in the top draw group and was drawn into Group C alongside the Netherlands and Austria The fourth team will be decided after the spring playoffs.

Leopolitan Wins Prestigious Chess Tournament

Issue 129, December 2019.
The famed Tournament of Peace chess competition was held in the legendary Zagreb Palace Hotel from 19-30 November. The tournament has a rich history, with its earliest tournaments in the ‘60s and ‘70s drawing some of the game’s biggest names, including Bobby Fischer.

National Indoor Archery Championships

Issue 129, December 2019.
The Lviv Ministry of Defense’s SKA Summer Sports Base welcomed over 200 athletes from 12 regions to the National Indoor Archery Championships in Lviv last month.

‘Titles’ Dance Championship

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s Gratsiya Sport Complex welcomed nearly 400 dancers last month when it hosted the Titles Dance Championship. Couples from across Ukraine and all over Europe were in the city to compete in various categories at this spectacular celebration of dance.

FC Oleksandriya Latest Team to Call Lviv Home

Issue 129, December 2019.
It was close, but no cigar for the latest team to call the city’s Arena Lviv home in the Europa League as FC Oleksandriya fell just short of qualifying for the playoffs in its first Europa League action after falling at home to Germany’s VfL Wolfsburg on 28 November.

Malskyy Family Foundation Charity Gala Dinner

Issue 129, December 2019.
On November 29th Lviv’s Bankhotel played host for the charity evening organized by Dr. Andriana Malska, inspirer and founder of the “Malskyy Family Foundation”. The event featured presentation of educational project of newly created foundation, all set to support internship program of medical students, members of local branch of UMSA (Ukrainian Medical Students’ Association) abroad.

Lviv Honourary Ambassadors 2019 – 2021

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s state-of-the-art D. Halytskyi International Airport hosted the 5th gala event for Lviv’s newest Honourary Ambassadors. Since 2015, the Lviv Convention Bureau has selected Leopolitans to become Lviv Honourary Ambassadors.

‘Win With the Lion!’ Tourism Forum

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s thriving D. Halytskyi International Airport hosted the ‘Win With the Lion!’ tourism forum last month. Created as a local event in 2009 by a group of enthusiasts passionate about the smart growth of tourism and hospitality in Lviv, ‘Win With the Lion!’ has become one of Ukraine’s most dynamic tourism business platforms.

‘Under the High Castle’ Polish Film Festival

Issue 129, December 2019.
The ‘Under the High Castle’ Polish film festival was held in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk last month. Organised by the Polish Consulate in Lviv and the Polish Institute of Cinematic Art, the event showcased over 20 films and had a number of supporting events, including panel discussions, cinema history lessons, exhibitions, and concerts. Leopolitan film fans and guests of the city were treated to modern Polish gems like Marek Koterski’s comedy ‘7 Uczuc’ (7 Emotions), Filip Bajon’s romantic drama ‘Kamerdyner’, and Tomasz Konecki’s charming summer-holiday-vibe story ‘Cale Szczescie’ (Their Lucky Stars).

French Ambassador Visits Lviv

Issue 129, December 2019.
Newly-appointed French Ambassador to Ukraine, Etienne de Poncins, visited Lviv on 25 November. On his first visit to the Western Ukrainian capital since beginning his diplomatic mission on 20 August, Mr. de Poncins met with Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, Lviv Regional Administration Head Markiyan Malskyy, and local business leaders to discuss joint economic and cultural projects.

The ‘Black House’ is Restored

Issue 129, December 2019.
The restoration of one of Lviv’s most famous architectural monuments – the Chorna Kamianytsia (Black House) – is finally finished! A monument of the late Renaissance, it was originally built by architects P. Barbon and P. Rymlianyn in 1588-89 with a third floor addition in 1596 by P. Krasowski.

Intriguing ‘Maid-in-Law’ to Hit the Big Screen in 2020

Issue 129, December 2019.
‘Maid-in-Law’, a romantic period piece and one of Ukraine’s biggest post-independence film releases, will premiere on 16 January. Produced by Film.ua with the support of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, the film is based on Sofia Andrukhovych’s novel ‘Felix Austria’, which is known for the depth of its character portrayals and suprising diversity.

Have a Glass of Wine in Transcarpathia

Issue 129, December 2019.
Ukraine’s wine industry is going through a revival and branching out into sophisticated blends after suffering a blow from Russia’s annexation of Crimea’s famed vineyards. According to the Association of Winegrowers & Winemakers of Ukraine (AWWU), when Russia seized the Black Sea peninsula in 2014, Ukraine lost more than half of its bottled wines – mainly semi-sweet and dessert bottles.