Shakhtar to Tackle Turkish Side Konyaspor

Issue 95, November 2016.
Already having secured advancement to the Europa League playoffs, Lviv’s adopted football team – Shakhtar Donetsk – returns to Europa League action for a tilt with Turkish team Konyaspor. Sporting a perfect record after four Group Stage games – including having yet to concede a single goal at Arena Lviv – the men in orange and black are set to host the Turkish side that has managed just a single draw in their four Group Stage games.

Candles Festival to Light Up Lviv

Issue 95, November 2016.
During November 11-13 Lviv’s Candles Festival will be back for the third time and is expected to draw many visitors due to its interesting and attractive program. Leopolitans and guests of the city will have wonderful opportunity to join a candle-making and candle-decorating workshops at the Lviv Candle Manufacturer– fee is just 100 UAH and preliminary registration on (032) 235 42 27 is required.

Sonya Sotnik at Picasso Club

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s hopping Picasso Club is pleased to present popular DJ Sonya Sotnik for a special concert program with the GurtYoGhurt band on November 18th. Born and raised in the Western Ukrainian capital, Sotnik spent over a decade as a radio presenter, station manager, and even couch host of Internews-Ukraine before venturing into DJ work.

Lviv Project Management Day

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv Project Management Day 2016 is the biggest event for project managers in Western Ukraine! Nearly 400 IT project managers from across Ukraine are expected to be in attendance to listen to over 40 speakers, including TemplateMonster HR Manager Nataliya Lebedeva, EPAM Senior Delivery Manager Mykola Alimenko, and Simple Fintech Director Dmytro Yefimenko.

Stars of Argentinian Tango

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s lovely Maria Zankovetska Ukrainian National Drama Theatre is pleased to host the Stars of Argentinian Tango for a concert in the Western Ukrainian capital on December 4th. Leopolitan fans of the world’s most sultry and sassy dance style and guests of the city will be delighted by the wonderful choreography of Neri Piliu and Yanina Quinones and the beautiful compositions of the famed Italian tango orchestra Tango Spleen Orquesta.

Carpathian Spa Summit 2016

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s central Hotel George will play host to the Carpathian Spa Summit 2016, the main event for Spa, Resort, and Wellness professionals in Ukraine, from November 29-30. This unique 2-day summit offers spa professionals, owners, investors, and product sales representatives an effective communication platform for networking and professional development.

Lviv iCamp 2016

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s iCamp conference is an annual event that has proven over the years to be an essential networking tool for sales and marketing managers, web editors, advertisers, and business directors. This November 19th the Premier Hotel Dnister will play host to the event.

Golden Inca Empire by El Dorado

Issue 95, November 2016.
This November 22nd Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city will get the unique opportunity to check out El Dorado’s ‘Golden Inca Empire’ – a colourful constellation of top representatives of South and North American musical culture! Created by the Like Production company, El Dorado is a group of stage musicians that combine traditional folk and ethno-pop.

Nino Katamadze & Insight

Issue 95, November 2016.
Georgian jazz artist Nino Katamadze and the Insight band will bring their incredible talents to Lviv’s lovely Opera & Ballet Theatre with a special concert to promote her new ‘Yellow’ album on November 21st. Katamadze began her career in 2000 alongside Insight founder Gocha Kacheishvili and has won a host of awards since, including Best Vocalist (2002 & 2003), Best Original Music (2002), Show Business Person of the Year (2003), and Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Georgian Music (2004).

Lyapis 98 by Siarhei Mikhalok

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s Picasso nightclub is proud to host former Lyapis Trubetskoy and current Brutto frontman Siarhei Mikhalok on November 12th. His Lyapis 98 concert will celebrate “The best hits of [the past] 25 years” and will feature reggae, rock, gypsy, and music performed by the pioneers of “radical chanson”.

Jazz Bez Jives Back to Lviv

Issue 95, November 2016.
What began as a weekend of jazz in Lviv back in 2000 has evolved into one of Western Ukraine’s most highly anticipated winter musical festivals! This year the Jazz Bez festival returns to unite musicians from North America, Asia, and Europe with their Ukrainian counterparts and will take place in 8 Ukrainian cities in addition to the Western Ukrainian capital as well as 5 cities in Poland. By presenting great music to audiences from both established and emerging artists, organisers hope to add an intrinsic richness and purpose to people’s everyday lives by making the arts an inclusive activity.

British Cinema Fest 2016

Issue 95, November 2016.
The 16th annual British Film Festival will satisfy even the most demanding British cinema critics with its selection of recent British film hits appearing in the Western Ukrainian capital from November 24-28. Leopolitan cinema lovers and guests of the city will want to check out the event’s showcase comedy – John Michael McDonagh’s ‘War on Everyone’ starring Alexander Skargard and Theo James.

Sumo – Lviv Open Cup

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s first, largest, and surely heaviest sumo tournament will storm into the Halychyna Sport Complex on Saturday, November 19th as nearly eight tons of sumo wrestlers begin preliminary matches from noon.

The Hardkiss Lands in Lviv

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s Ukraine Sports Palace is proud to present Ukrainian rockers The Hardkiss live in concert on December 9th. Founded in 2011 and fronted by Yulia Sanina and Valeriy Bebko, the popular group mixes rock, pop, and electronic music into a style the group labels as ‘progressive pop’. The Hardkiss is known as one of Ukraine’s top acts, having won 5 national Yuna Awards (including for Best Album, Best Song, and Best Video), for being nominated for Best Ukrainian Artist at the 2012 MTV Europe Awards, and for finishing as runner-up to Eurovision champion Jamala at last year’s national Eurovision song contest with their hit ‘Helpless’. More than that, Sanina was named one of the 30 Most Successful Ukrainians Under 30 by Ukrainian Forbes. In honour of their 5th anniversary, the group will travel Ukraine on the Perfection Tour to promote their newest singles. The Hardkiss has combined unmistakeable vocals and a unique look with top-quality live performances to become one of Ukraine’s top musical acts. Prior to her arrival in Lviv, frontwoman of the Hardkiss Yulia Sanina took time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for Lviv Today.

Ukraine’s Rugby 15 Championship

Issue 95, November 2016.
On October 29th, in Ukraine’s Rugby 15 Championship, Lviv’s “Sokil” played against “Podillya” (Khmelnitsky). Whole match was extremely tense, with several real fights between players, however local sportsmen were defeated with score 10–34, making main coach Yuriy Hrabovskyi truly very unhappy as the team lost chance to win bronze medal.

Grand Prix Lviv Half Marathon 2016

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv was host to the wonderful Grand Prix Lviv Half Marathon 2016 sports event on November 6th, sponsored by Molokija. The event was festively kicked off by Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, who greeted the over 1300 runners, including many celebrities. Among the notable athletes involved were Maryna Filatova (spouse of Dnipro Mayor Borys Filatov), MP Yehor Soboliev, 1+1 TV personality Marychka Padalko, and players from Lviv’s favourite football team – FC Karpaty.

Taihō Kōki – Ukraine’s Greatest Sumo Champion

Issue 95, November 2016.
When hearing the word ‘sumo’, the image of a huge man in conjured – as unbeatable as a block of ice. And he must have Oriental origins. “So what does Ukrainian ‘salo’ have to do with that?” you might ask. Well, as it turns out, quite a lot! Did you know that Ukraine gave Japan one of its most powerful athletes of all time! Few people outside Japan know about sumo wrestling legend Taihō Kōki, who won 32 tournaments between 1960 and 1971 – a record that was unequalled until 2014. Fewer still know that his real name was Ivan Boryshko and he could trace his roots to Ukraine. Taihō (Ivan) was the son of a Japanese mother and Ukrainian father and is often held up as an example of what a mixed race person can accomplish in a traditionally conservative country. His dominance was such that he won six tournaments in a row on two separate occasions. He is the only wrestler to win at least one championship every year while a pro and he won 45 straight matches in a stretch in 1968-69.

Handball

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’sHalychanka ladies handball team continues to be one of the strongest on the continent. The team travelled to Grodno, Belarus to take part in first round Baltic League action and handled all five rivals from Belarus and Lithuania.

Shakhtar vs. Gent

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s adopted football giants – Shakhtar Donetsk – returned to Europa League action in a Group B match against Belgian side Gent on October 20th. The fixture comes on the heels of a June 2016 friendly between the two squads that saw Shakhtarhandle their opponents 2:0.

LFW New Name: Pavlo Milcharek

Issue 95, November 2016.
Among the most interesting collections of the Spring / Summer 2017 Lviv Fashion Week was the one from Pavlo Milcharek – the well-known owner of the Galychanka Galician outfits factory. The line features a new Ukrainian brand of outfits for both men and women, as well as a full range of accessories, including creative shirts, sundresses, shorts, pants, trench coats, and sleeveless longer outer jackets.

Andrey Kurkov Presents Newest Book in Lviv

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s famed Virmenka coffeehouse (19 Virmenska St.) played host to best-selling author Andrey Kurkov on October 21st, when he stopped by to present his latest novel – Schengen History, Lithuanian Novel – to Leopolitans. The 700-page tome – published in the Russian language – will be available for purchase beginning in November, while the Ukrainian translation will be released in Spring 2017. The meeting at Virmenska was followed by a book-signing and concert by saxophonist Yuriy Mashtalir. Kurkov’s presentation was just the latest in the continuing series of literary and musical events at Virmenska dedicated to remarkable events and world-famous personalities.

Cheese & Wine Festival

Issue 95, November 2016.
One of Lviv’s most-anticipated culinary events on the calendar took place from October 21-23 as Lviv hosted its annual Cheese & Wine Festival. Leopolitan cheese-lovers and guests of the city had over 200 cheeses to choose from, provided from over 30 companies and local artisan cheesemongers. Thirsty visitors had a bevy of beverages available, including reds, whites, and a hearty selection of homemade spirits.

Lviv Hosts Polish Film Festival

Issue 95, November 2016.
Leopolitan cinema lovers and guests of the city were thrilled last month when the Under the High Castle modern Polish film festival rolled through the city from October 7-16. Organised by the General Consulate of Poland alongside the Polish Institute of Cinematic Art, the festival featured over 20 film screenings, as well as several other cinema-themed events, including discussion panels, exhibitions, concerts, and even a quest.

Lviv Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

Issue 95, November 2016.
The always dazzling and glamorous Lviv Fashion Week returned to showcase the elegant outfits of the Spring / Summer 2017 collection from Oct. 26th-30that the Lviv Airport and other locations across the city. The event featured many of Ukraine’s top fashion designers, such as Odesa’s Sofitie, Mykolaiv’s GraNat by Natalia Grechana, Lutsk’s Ivanna Yukhymchuk, and Lviv’s-own Kateryna Karol.

“Lviv Region – Factory of Europe” International Economic Forum

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv played host to the “Lviv Region – Factory of Europe” international economic forum from November 3-4. The two-day event drew over 700 entrepreneurs, foreign investors, and diplomats, as well as representatives from business associations, banks, and international foundations. Among the notable people in attendance included: Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv, Minister of Infrastructure Vladimir Omelian, and Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi.

Trattoria Tartufo – Tasty and Stylish!

Issue 95, November 2016.
Today’s restaurant interior has practically become synonymous with the brand itself and is an integral part of any culinary experience. That’s why we wanted to let Lviv Today readers know about the prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Awards – the only international award that features a contest for designers that create interesting and impressive interior concepts in restaurants and pubs around the world. It’s considered prestigious to be even shortlisted for the award, and that’s why we’re proud to announce that Ukraine’s only representative among 217 worldwide projects is Lviv’s-own Trattoria Tartufo!

The New Beaujolais Has Arrived!

Issue 95, November 2016.
Located in the very heart of the city, Lviv’s famed Chopin Restaurant invites guests to join them for the jolly Beaujolais Nouveau Festival from November 17 – December 1. Originating in the French region of Burgundy in the 19th-Century, this holiday is celebrated by participating in wine tastings over several days. So join us at Chopin, because: “Le Beaujolais noveau est arrive!” (The new Beaujolais has arrived!).