Sakura Fest

Issue 100, April 2017.
Among the things that Uzhhorodians are most proud of is their unique valley of rare sakuras (cherry trees). Found on both sides of the Uzh River, the area is Europe’s longest and most amazing alley with more than 1000 Japanese cherry trees. Their soft, pink blossoms begin blooming in late April to early May and turn the city into a fantastic, fairy-tale garden. Delicate cheery flowers and delectable aromas attract thousands of tourists to Uzhhorod every spring to admire this cheerful and tender miracle. These unique trees grow in only three places in the world: Japan, the United States, and Uzhhorod.

Forpost Medieval Festival

Issue 100, April 2017.
Transport yourself to a place where history and fantasy wondrously merge into reality as the Forpost Medieval Festival transforms the famed fortress and castle in Kamyanets-Podilsky into a medieval wonderland. Cheer on your champion who will compete for honour and glory in the heart-pounding joust events, watch as combatants take up arms on the field of battle to prove their valour in the archery competitions, or just sit back and relax to the colourful dancers with a plate full of the finest medieval cuisine.

‘Towards the Sun’ Hot Air Balloon Festival & Podilya Cup 2017

Issue 100, April 2017.
Have you ever kicked back on the grass and experienced the beauty of a blue sky filled with hot air balloons gently gliding by? Their bright jewel colours expanding to create a panorama that takes your breath away? It’s moments like these that you want to capture with a photograph – and now you can! The ‘Towards the Sun’ and Podilya Cup 2017 are among the Khmelnytskyi region’s most photographed spring events. If you’re looking for some brilliant shots to up your social media game, then look no further!

International Dog Show

Issue 100, April 2017.
The family-friendly 2XCAC Dog Show returns to Lviv on May 13-14. Meet hundreds of dogs, chat with owners, and watch world-class competitions with the whole family! The May 13th event will feature shows for Golden Retrievers, Chihuahuas, Pugs, and Brussels Griffons, while the May 14th show will see the Cane Corsos, Jack Russell Terriers, Siberian Huskies, German Spitzes, and Miniature Pinschers (Zwergpinschers) take their turn.

International Cat Show

Issue 100, April 2017.
International Cat Show May 13-14, Lviv’s S. Gzhytskyi National Academy of Veterinary Medicine (50 Pekarska St.) What do you call a gathering of more than 250 cats for two days of competition? Well, you could call it a “cluster of cats” or maybe even a “knot of kittens”, but here in Lviv we call it the International Cat Show. The event will showcase the best unneutered purebreds (known as “whole”), neutered purebreds (or “altered”), and mixed breeds (the “household” class).

Wings for Life World Run

Issue 100, April 2017.
Red Bull’s Wings for Life World Run, a global charity event with a unique format, will take place in Lviv on May 7th. It’s a worldwide run where everybody starts at the same time and the finish line chases you! Here’s how it works – on one day each year the Wings for Life World Run takes place at event locations across the globe. Everybody starts at exactly the same moment – 11:00 UTC (14:00 in Ukraine). Whether it’s day or night, bright sun or pouring rain – you run together with everyone in the world at the same time and share an amazing experience!

Gorgany Half Marathon!

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv’s annual Gorgany Half Marathon returns to the Western Ukrainian capital on Sunday, April 23rd with its marquee starting point in front of the city’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre. The half marathon is a road running race that distinguishes itself from its Olympic cousin full marathon by its distance: 21 kilometres. Participation in the sport has seen a resurgence over the last few years as it is known as a challenging distance that doesn’t require the same level of time and commitment as a full marathon. In fact, Running USA calls it the single, fastest-growing type of race.

Lviv Hundred Bike Rally

Issue 100, April 2017.
The Lviv Hundred Rally is a major cycling event in the city that sees cyclists leave from city centre on a 100-km race. Famous for being Western Ukraine’s grandest weekend for cycling enthusiasts, organisers strive to promote a healthy lifestyle and clean environment through the activity of riding bikes.

Lviv SMM Forum

Issue 100, April 2017.
The Social Media Marketing (SMM) Forum is a premier event for digital & social marketing professionals that will take place at Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University on April 29th. The event will provide top-notch strategic advice and digital marketing insight on how to engage customers, manage brand perceptions and open untapped markets through diverse media channels. All good marketing and business is social and collaborative, regardless of goals, tactics, and channels. Marketing and business are about connecting people. A truly holistic and customer-centric approach is a must. It’s the core message of the Lviv SMM Forum community.

III Polish-Ukrainian Business Conference

Issue 100, April 2017.
On the heels of two successful Polish-Ukrainian business conferences, Lviv’s Sonata Hotel will again welcome participants from Polish and Ukrainian business circles to the city on April 27-28. The event will attract more than 200 representatives of business, government, local authorities, and financial institutions from the two neighbours.

One Day Shop

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv’s One Day Shop is a fun and charming event that marks the start of a series of popular spring/summer pop-up fairs. It is the perfect place to shop for authentic souvenirs, designer clothes from up-and-coming Ukrainian brands, and to spend some quality time with your friends and family while listening to good music and enjoying delicious food at the One Day Shop food court.

Active Weekend

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv’s B. Khmelnytsky Culture & Recreation Park welcomes Leopolitans and guests of the city to the Active Weekend – a one-day, open-air festival on May 14th. People of all ages can learn about a variety of sports and creative activities, as the event hopes to highlight the importance of physical activity and creativity in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Specifically, Active Weekend hopes to create opportunities for different generations to share experiences together by playing sports and games and having fun. Organisers scheduled the event for a Sunday, so that as many family members as possible could attend.

Long Nights of Short Metre

Issue 100, April 2017.
Extremely popular since first hitting Lviv cinemas in 2004 as part of the French Spring Festival, Long Nights of Short Metre returns to Lviv on April 29th. The concept is steadily gaining momentum – 6-7 hours to enjoy a selection of the best French short films during the night. Most of the films that Leopolitans and guests of the city will see opened at prestigious French and international film festivals last year.

Razomfest Literary & Music Festival

Issue 100, April 2017.
The Razomfest Literary & Music Festival is just around the corner, bringing a weekend of musical and artistic discovery to Lviv on April 22-23. An exciting and innovative lineup is on tap with something to please every artistic taste. Lviv’s !FESTrepublic Club will play host to the musical part of the festival on April 22nd with a spectacular concert featuring Odyn v Kanoe (Alone in Canoe), Detach, Bez Obmezhen (No Limits), and Mountain Breeze.

Craft Beer & Vinyl Music Festival

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv’s chic !FESTrepublic Club will play host to the Craft Beer & Vinyl Music Festival from April 27-29. The event will feature a conference and brewing workshops by successful craft brewers from Ukraine and around Europe. There will also be craft beer tastings, a street food fair, a vinyl market from some of Ukraine’s leading shops and collectors, a cycle polo competition, 3D-mapping on murals, and performances by Ukrainian musicians in several genres – country, rock, swing, and lindy-hop.

BG Symphonia in Lviv

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre will be the scene for the special musical delight of BG Symphonia, featuring the revered Boris Grebenshchikov, on May 16th. His success and fame – especially the lasting popularity of his band Aquarium (1972-present) – have earned him the moniker “The Grandfather of Russian Rock”. Grebenshchikov, alongside Milos Jelic of Lviv super-group Okean Elzy, joined the BG Symphonia on a Ukrainian national tour last November. Every concert sold out and organisers decided to add an additional two dates in Kyiv and at Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre.

Flugery Lvova Jazz & Music Festival!

Issue 100, April 2017.
Over the past 15 years, the Flugery Lvova Jazz & Music Festival has become sort of a Lviv trademark. The ever-growing event provides the stage for jazz bands of all kinds – from beginner to world-class. More than 280 groups have appeared on its stage over the years and the festival has developed its own traditions and customs.

Lviv City Day

Issue 100, April 2017.
Where can you feel alive, exhilarated, and entertained all at the same time? Why, only in Lviv – and especially during the Lviv City Day celebrations! The heart of Western Ukraine comes alive at the beginning of May each year as Lviv comes to life to celebrate its City Day. With a diverse and exciting range of events and activities to ignite national pride and unity, Lviv City Day encourages a sense of community.

Eurovision Comes to Ukraine

Issue 100, April 2017.
Over 230 million eyes from around the world will focus on Ukraine next month as the Eurovision Song Contest rolls into Kyiv from May 9 – 13. Ukraine won the right to host the event after Jamala won last year’s contest in Sweden with her haunting “1944”, about the Stalin-era deportation of Tatars from Crimea.

Platform that unites business and investors

Issue 100, April 2017.
“Credit Agricole Bank – platform that unites business and investors”, - that was the evaluation of the financial institution by representatives of the French Embassy in Ukraine headed by Ambassador of France to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont, who paid a visit to the recently opened branch of Credit Agricole Bank. MNC Desk - a specialized branch for corporate business in Western region, located in Lviv at 11 Hnatyuka St.

Home is Where the Hockey Is

Issue 100, April 2017.
Hockey events always draw the best fans. Maybe you’ll meet a ‘super fan’, ringing a cowbell or beating a drum with their face-painted and wearing a ridiculous national-themed costume. But if you’re really lucky – you’ll get to meet Scott McKenzie – the Canadian nomad that is making his case to be the sport’s purest – and most well-traveled – fan.

Kyokushing Karate Championship

Issue 100, April 2017.
Ministry of Defense Summer Sports Training Center SKA played hosted the KWF Kyokushing Karate Championship for grown-ups, juniors and women on April 8th. The event was organized by the Lviv regional KWF Kyokushing Karate federation and personally federation’s president Volodymyr Rohansky (2nd Dan).

Lviv Region Bodybuilding Championships

Issue 100, April 2017.
Some of Western Ukraine’s strongest and fittest athletes flexed their goods at Lviv Region Bodybuilding Open Cup Championships at Lviv’s G. Hotkevych Palace of Culture on April 2nd. The event attracted more than 100 athletes to compete in a variety of categories, including events specifically for juniors and veterans.

March was Magic for Karpaty FC

Issue 100, April 2017.
March was a month to remember for Karpaty FC, as the team went undefeated in five matches and unveiled their new kits. It has been a trying season for Lviv’s beloved boys in green, as the team has been fighting relegation from early on due to a six point penalty imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for failure to clear their debts with former Bosnian midfielder Semir Štilić.

Veronika Marchenko – March’s Athlete of the Month

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv’s European champion archer Veronika Marchenko was named Lviv’s Athlete of the Month for March for her dominating performances at the European Indoor Championships last month. Marchenko cruised through the tournament defeating her opponents by a combined score of 24:4, including a 6:0 thrashing of her Russian opponent in the final to be named European champion in the Individual Recurve event. Marchenko also assisted the Ukrainian team capture bronze in the Team Recurve event by dominating Russia 6:0.

Miss Africa Lviv 2017

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv’s trendy Picasso nightclub hosted the exotic Miss Africa Lviv 2017 beauty pageant on April 8th. The pageant aims to give young African girls currently living in Lviv a platform to showcase not only their beauty, but more importantly their culture, talent, and creativity. The pageant enables the girls to shine the spotlight on Africa, to share their stories with Leopolitans and guests of the city, and to inspire one another to build self-esteem and feel beautiful both inside and out.

Casting Miss Lviv 2017

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv’s uber-trendy Gloria Café hosted the casting for the upcoming Miss Lviv 2017 beauty pageant on March 30th. The Miss Lviv 2017 pageant itself will take place later this spring at Lviv’s lovely Opera & Ballet Theatre.

Ryanair Arrives in Ukraine

Issue 100, April 2017.
Europe’s #1 budget airline – Ireland’s Ryanair – announced its first Ukrainian flights at a press conference at Lviv’s D. Halytskyi International Airport on March 15th. Ryanair CCO David O’Brien, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodomyr Omelyan, D. Halytskyi International Airport Director Tetyana Romanovska, and Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyy attended the press conference. “Ryanair is pleased to announce that low fares have finally arrived in Ukraine, our 34th country of operation”, said O’Brien. “We will launch 4 new Kyiv routes to Eindhoven, London, Manchester, and Stockholm, and 7 new Lviv routes to Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Krakow, London, Munich Memmingen, and Wroclaw. Beginning in October, we will help deliver 510,000 annual customers to Kyiv and Lviv Airports.” Leopolitans looking to access the low cost fares are encouraged to visit the Ryanair.com website or download its mobile app.

Lviv Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2017

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv Fashion Week’s glamorous Autumn/Winter 2017 edition took place in the city from March 23-26, attracting numerous fashion experts, buyers, designers’ clients, and media. Eventgoers saw pret-a-porter collections by designer brands such as Italy’s Balossa, Germany’s Rockmädchen, and House of Byfield by Dutch designer Carmichael Byfield. New collections were also presented by young designers Anastasia Rozova, Svetland Ehrt, Famenki, and Adamovskaya. Perhaps the most anticipated shows came from Lesia Semi and Marta Wachholz. Semi once again proved her unique style and creative skills. Each piece from her collection radiated femininity and her show was met with a storm of applause. Wachholz enchanted the audience with intellectual fashion for the young and intelligent, featuring high-quality outfits of cut and fabrics, well-thought forms, and exquisite colour combinations.

France’s Egis Signs Memo on Garbage Recycling Plant

Issue 100, April 2017.
Representatives of Lviv City Council and France’s Egis company signed a memorandum on March 17th that the company will design a reclamation project at Lviv’s Hrybovychi landfill as well as a new waste recycling plant. Egis has worked in Ukraine in the public transport, roads, and utilities sectors since the 1990s.

JETRO Delegation Visits Lviv

Issue 100, April 2017.
Japanese business representatives from 21 companies visited Lviv on March 16th to discuss opportunities for trade and investment cooperation between Japanese and Ukrainian companies. The visit was organised by the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO). A business seminar was held at Lviv City Council for the delegation to meet city officials and Ukrainian business representatives. Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi spoke of the importance of increasing Japanese investment in Ukraine as the country is now an attractive place given the macroeconomic stabilisation and growth in all key sectors of the economy, especially industrial production. He stressed the need to create new and expand existing production capacities.

PLAST Celebrates 105th Anniversary

Issue 100, April 2017.
Several hundred ‘plastuny’ (members of PLAST) traveled from across Ukraine to Lviv for a special celebration to mark the 105th anniversary of the founding of the National Scout Organisation of Ukraine – PLAST. Modeled on the international scouting movement, PLAST was established in Lviv in 1912, four years after England’s Robert Baden-Powell founded the scouting movement. It was April 12th of that year that the initial Lviv plastuny swore their First PLAST Oath. Co-educational from the beginning, PLAST adapts scouting ideals and combines them with a deep commitment to Ukrainian cultural heritage.

From now on Alea 78 PORICHKA by BZ Parfums in Lviv are exclusively available at Olena Dats' Gallery.

Issue 100, April 2017.
Within Lviv Fashion Week Olena Dats’ presented new capsule collection PORICHKA inspired by collaboration with BZ Parfums. During fashion show, lovely Illaria enchanted the audience with spectacular voice, while modern track by DJ Ms. Me. came as wonderful highlight of the presentation. As partner of PORICHKA Party came Elite Club, Lviv’s network of exquisite alcohol and delicacies.

Lviv Today, Ukraine Tomorrow

Issue 100, April 2017.
Lviv Today Publisher Peter Dickinson reflects on Lviv's role as a model for Ukraine's European transformation

Romantic Culinary Getaway

Issue 100, April 2017.
With warmer weather outdoors, you might feel like going out into the country to plunge into the beauty of spring nature. Edem Resort Medical & Spa – a world of green and an oasis of relaxation located just 24 km from Lviv – invites you to enjoy your holidays at the Terasa Restaurant from March 8th.

Corks & Crumbs: Bread, Wine, and Great Impressions

Issue 100, April 2017.
Konstantyn Smoliy, the man behind the creation of Delicateka and Rock’n’Dogs, has gone the extra mile by opening another stylish venue – Corks & Crumbs – near the others at 27 Lesi Ukrainky St. The restaurant offers wines from around the world at a great price and other goods that pair great with wine. There is even a small shop that sells wines, baked goods, fruit jams, and other delicacies.

What Does Lviv Today Mean to Lviv?

Issue 100, April 2017.
The Story of Lviv Today Hello for the 100th time! You may have noticed the “Our 100th Issue” graphic on the cover of this month’s magazine. There’s a story that goes with that… Who’d have thought back in May 2008 when Lviv Today was started that 100 months later we would still be here? Turning 100 is a big event in anybody’s life – and it’s no different for this magazine. We’re a little larger than before – not just around the waist – but we’ve gone from 52 to 64 crammed, colourful pages, with the lvivtoday.com.ua website now taking up the overflow each month! Apart from that, not much has changed – we are still paddling like mad to keep up with all of the cultural, culinary, artistic, sporting, and business events that this great city has to offer each month! We called the magazine Lviv Today when it was launched as we anticipated most of our readers to live in this city. But now we have readers across Europe – heaps of them! – and even have readers as far away as Canada and Australia! We’ve had a brilliant time, met loads of lovely Leopolitans, and seen the city experience some amazing things over the last 100 months. We are truly grateful to everyone that has contributed articles, columns, and photographs. We also want to thank the many people that have worked for Lviv Today over the years and right up to the present issue. We have many loyal readers – and advertisers too (!) – and we want to thank you very much for your support. We still enjoy putting the magazine together and sharing with you all of the amazing things that this city has to offer. We hope you continue to enjoy reading it and here’s to the next 100!

Program of complete body cleanse therapy by Dr. F. X. Mayr at “Rixos –Prykarpattya”

Issue 100, April 2017.
Therapy by Dr. Mayr is one of the methods of so called natural rejuvenating medicine. It’s a featuring course of detoxification and cleanse of the body from wastes, toxins and undesirable lipids. The course of therapy was developed Austrian physician Franz Xaver Mayr in the beginning of the XX century.