Summer Music Colour Fest

Issue 91, June 2016.
Leopolitans and guests of the city are invited to come share the good music, dance, performance art – and, of course, colour – at the Summer Music Colour Fest on July 3rd. Lviv’s Bohdan Khmelnytsky Culture & Recreation Park will be turned into a playful battlefield as splashes of purple, pink, green, orange, and yellow-coloured dust will be thrown from one person to the next as they enjoy the festival’s lively spirit. The colour-throwing aspect is part of a Hindu tradition of throwing worries to the wind and embracing the new season through social harmony – a tradition that can be traced all the way back to the 16th Century through paintings and sculptures.

The International Ukrainian Dance & Culture Festival

Issue 91, June 2016.
Millions of Ukrainians living throughout the world maintain their connection to the motherland through the performing arts. From July 15-18, Lviv will host the International Ukrainian Dance & Culture Festival – a wonderful opportunity for Ukrainian dancers & performers from around the world to share their passion for Ukrainian dance with each other and others from all corners of the Earth. Throughout its history, the Ukrainian diaspora has greatly contributed – whether financially, ideologically, or emotionally – to the long-standing fight for Ukraine’s true independence. The festival aims to showcase the richness and diversity of Ukrainian dance, music, and song which is cherished by the Ukrainian diaspora across the globe.

Ternopil’s Faine Misto Music Festival Returns!

Issue 91, June 2016.
Music festivals are devoted to celebration and internal reflection – a place for people to live in a kind of alternate reality. Often held in natural settings, they encourage the expression of individuality through music, thought, and communication. Festivalgoers are bound by a common love of music and the ability to express their inner selves freely. Ternopil’s airport will serve as host for the return of the Faine Misto music festival – one of Ukraine’s newest and hippest summer music celebrations – from July 7-10.

Picasso Nightclub Turns 19!

Issue 91, June 2016.
Picasso Nightclub – one of Lviv’s hottest nightspots – turns the big ‘One-Nine’ on June 18th! Featuring a stylish décor inspired by the great Spanish artist, great drink specials, a massive sound system, and friendly and attentive staff – the club draws huge crowds every night of the week. To celebrate this amazing anniversary, the club invites party-goers to a unique clubbing experience with ONUKA – one of Ukraine’s hottest bands and a breath of fresh air for even the most experienced electronic music fans. Their union of live instruments and “digits” infuses Ukrainian traditions with trendy beats to create an entirely new sound that is simply impossible to forget!

Lviv IT Jazz Conference

Issue 91, June 2016.
Representatives of major IT, investment, and business companies will gather in Lviv for the Lviv IT Jazz Conference, which will take place at the Alfa Jazz Lounge in the city centre on June 26-27. The conference is a C-Level networking event for IT companies and investment funds. The event is set to feature speeches by some of the movers-and-shakers in the industry, including: Managing Director at Soros Fund Management Alex Fridlyand; Deputy Governor at the National Bank of Ukraine Vladyslav Rashkovan; Founder and Managing Partner at AVentures Capital Andriy Kolodyuk; Minister of Education & Science Liliya Hrynevych; Head of the ICT Committee in the Ukrainian Parliament Alexandr Danchenko; and Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the Lviv IT Cluster Andrew Pavliv.

EuroFanz 2016

Issue 91, June 2016.
The 10th annual EuroFanz international fan festival for football supporters from different European countries, organised by the NGO EF-2007 and partners, is set to be held at football stadiums across Lviv from July 7-10. The tournament was previously known as EuroFan, but the name has been changed to EuroFanz in time for this year’s tournament.

An Enchanting Evening with K&K Philharmoniker

Issue 91, June 2016.
The wonderful K&K Philharmoniker, a joint Ukrainian-Austrian symphony orchestra, will perform some of the greatest classical compositions for Leopolitans and guests of the city on June 24th at Lviv’s Philharmonic Hall. The program will also feature a performance by Friedrich Kleinhapl, the Austrian cellist of Belgian roots who has played concerts in major cities in Europe as well as the Americas and China. Since 2008, he plays Giovanni Battista Guadagnini’s 1743 “ex of Zweygberg” Piacenza cello, on loan from the Austrian National Bank’s collection of valuable string instruments.

Music Festival in Lviv

Issue 91, June 2016.
The Fête de la Musique – AKA the “Worldwide Celebration of Music” – is an annual music festival that takes place in cities around the world on June 21st. The holiday has originated in France and takes place every year since 1982. Back then, appeal issued by Minister of Culture to citizens to bring music into the open areas of French cities was met with enthusiasm by large number of French citizens. Since then, the annual event has ever more publicity. In 1987 the celebration took place in 50 countries and in 2010 holiday of music was celebrated already in the cities of 116 countries.

Lviv on a Plate Culinary Festival

Issue 91, June 2016.
If you are one of those people that like to indulge in culinary delights, then Lviv is your place to be from June 24-27. The Lviv on a Plate Culinary Festival will offer Leopolitans and guests of the city tasty entrées, traditional homemade beverages, and seasonal delicacies from local farms at the Lviv Cuisine food fair. Confectionaries, bistros, patisseries, bakeries and restaurants from Lviv and region will present their tastiest offerings for all to indulge. The event will also feature several workshops by Lviv’s top chefs as well as presentations of newly-crafted dishes.

Alfa Jazz Fest ‘16

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv is an architectural treasure located close to the Polish border, and many of its Habsburg, art nouveau, and baroque buildings survived the 20th Century wars relatively unscathed. So it seems only natural that Lviv was selected in 2011 to host such a delightful cultural and music festival as AlfaJazz. Five years later, and this festival is now considered to be the most important open-air events in Eastern Europe and the most ambitious music festival in Ukraine. UK’s internationally-renowned The Guardian newspaper has even named the event as one of 2016’s Top 10 European Jazz Festivals.

Fantastic opportunities: here and now

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv is a miracle. Not many cities in the world may claim to have such a deep soul as ours. With its international ratings growing day-to-day, Lviv is definitely making it to the top. A city, where everyday a dozen of new creative start-ups appear and business opportunities are available on every step. In this article, we describe how Lviv made it and what will happen in the city’s business life in the years to come.

RC Shuttle – Comfortable Residence Near Lviv

Issue 91, June 2016.
Representatives of Lev Development arranged a meeting with managers of real estate agencies and realtors where they presented the advantages of the new Shuttle residential complex. Lev Development is a new name in the local real estate market and the company works on the design and planning of apartment buildings. Shuttle is the first complex that the company has brought to the high-quality residential property market of smaller-area size. As the company’s present priority, the Shuttle complex is currently under construction on Sadova St. in Dubliany town. This club-type house has 6 floors and is located in a closed-off area. The building is a modern, cast-in-place concrete frame building with brick partitions. It features an innovative design, including: solar batteries, a water purification system, a video door-entry system, separate mailboxes, and an electronic key system. Most apartments are one or two rooms, with the possibility of redesign, however 3-room options with a terrace are available on the top floor. While each apartment features a separate heating system thanks to the installation of a two-sectional boiler, tenants will still have the option of choosing between condensing or turbine-boiler types. Panoramic windows offer maximum daylight and each apartment is equipped with high-quality metal doors with a MDF cover.

May-June Sport Digest

Issue 91, June 2016.
Find out about Lviv’s Halychanka ladies handball team, Shakhtar Wining Ukraine Cup in Lviv, Foxtrot Cup 2016 international ballroom dance competition, Qualifying tournament of European championship-2017:Ukraine vs. Greece results and much more.

Leaping Fires on Ivan Kupala Day: Summer Solstice the Ukrainian Way

Issue 91, June 2016.
If you’ve spent any time at all in the country, you’ll know that nobody in the world likes to celebrate as much as Ukrainians. There are events to mark your name, your profession, your religion – even the season – and in June another unforgettable celebration is coming to a community near you: Ivan Kupala Day. This one has it all – fire-jumping, mythical plants, superstitions about marriage – it’s like Ukrainians have taken their favourite parts from all their other celebrations and rolled them into this fantastic festival. Even though it’s celebrated on July 6-7, the event is Ukraine’s way of marking the summer solstice (which actually takes place on June 20th this year). Like many other holidays in Ukraine, this one has been celebrated for centuries, dating back to pre-Christianity Ukraine. And much like the famous Ukrainian Easter Eggs, this festival’s traditions can be traced back to the pagan rituals of the time. This is among the country’s most “folksy” festivals, so be sure to grab your camera and be on the lookout for some of these inimitable rituals…

Building Business Together

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s business community saw the festive opening ceremony of the Western Ukrainian branch of the International Turkey-Ukraine Business Association (TUID). Special guests at the event included Ambassador Yonet Can Tezel, TUID vice-president Burak Pehlivan, and chairman of the largest Turkish company in Western Ukraine (Onur Construction) Onur Cetinceviz. “The economic centre of Ukraine has been moving from the East to West over the past years and this trend will continue”, said Pehlivan. “Because of that we are opening our Western Ukrainian branch today in Lviv.

Ukraine and Turkey Strengthen Ties

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s picturesque Opera & Ballet Theatre was home to the European Music at the Ottoman Court concert on May 19th. The show was conducted by Turkish musicologist Dr. Emre Araci, a specialist in the musical tradition of the 19th Century Ottoman Empire. A special commemoration ceremony dedicated to the Ottoman Turkish soldiers that died during WWI was held at Turkish military cemeteries in the Western Ukrainian villages of Lopushnya and Rohatyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast on May 20th.

Miss Lviv 2016

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s luxurious Opera & Ballet Theatre was the host for the grand finale of the Miss Lviv 2016 beauty pageant. This glamorous production featured a fashion show by designer Olya Mak, performances by Natalka Karpa, Arkadiy Voytyuk, Andriy Kishe, Arsen Mirzoyan, and Anastasiya Prykhodko and, of course, the pageant itself. Hosts Volodymyr Andriyevskyi and Timur Miroshnichenko provided the questions for the charming contestants to show that our Leopolitan ladies are intelligent as well as beautiful.

Lviv Media Forum Returns

Issue 91, June 2016.
The convention capital of West Ukraine – Arena Lviv – was host to the 4th annual Lviv Media Forum on May 26-28. The event attracted over 800 participants this year – from journalists, bloggers and media managers to students, experts, and analysts – to look at the role of media in crisis events in Ukraine and around the world. This year’s program was dedicated to discussing the latest trends in world media and the potential of Ukrainian media amongst global competition.

Leopolis Grand Prix Roars Through Lviv

Issue 91, June 2016.
The Leopolis Grand Prix international vintage car festival roared through the Western Ukrainian capital from June 3rd-5th as the modern incarnation of this historic event was held for the 6th straight year. This time the event attracted over 150 retro cars from as far away as Lavia, Lithuania, Poland, and Italy as well as 8 different regions of Ukraine.

America Days in Lviv

Issue 91, June 2016.
Leopolitans and guests of the city celebrated America Days – a four-day cultural program highlighting American films, education, art, business, and US Embassy programs in Ukraine – from May 25-29. US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt took part in the celebrations that were organised by the US Embassy in Kyiv. In remembrance of the American Memorial Day holiday, the mayor of Lviv and senior Ukrainian army officials joined Ambassador Pyatt in laying a wreath at Lviv’s Lychakiv Cemetery on May 28th. The delegation honoured the burial sites of popular Ukrainian writer and poet Ivan Franko, 3 US servicemen, and a memorial to Ukrainians that have fought in the ATO zone in eastern Ukraine.

Medical centre Intersono – 15 Years!

Issue 91, June 2016.
To mark the 15th-anniversary, Medical centre Intersono brought together over 200 gynaecologists, fertility doctors, geneticists, and leading specialists from across Ukraine and around Europe to discuss the latest innovations in the field of reproductive medicine at the Real ART – Assisted Reproductive Technologies – international conference. Speakers from Italy, Ireland, and Israel were also in attendance and shared their profound experience, knowledge, and innovations in the reproductive medicine field with their Ukrainian colleagues.

Lviv’s First Beard Festival

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s Bohdan Khmelnytsky Culture & Recreation Park was home to the city’s first-ever Beard Festival on May 28th. The event featured a new and invigorating format – an open-air barbershop where participants could get haircuts and beard trims for a symbolic price. All the money raised was donated to a local children’s charity foundation. The festival showcased a wide array of interesting techniques, such as shaving with a wood chopper! The daredevils who agreed to get completely buzzed and shave away their entire beard were rewarded with a 1 litre bottle of whiskey. The festival also featured plenty of workshops by some of the city’s best barbers, a number of contests, and a competition for the longest, most beautiful, and most interesting beard styles.

Kavalier Kicks Off Summer in Style!

Issue 91, June 2016.
The dazzling Kavilier Beach Club opened their second season in style on May 27th with a super celebration. Event host Grygoriy Reshetnyk gave partygoers something to remember for the whole summer, along with special celebrity guests: Kateryna Osadcha, Vasilisa Frolova, Carolina Ashion, Pavlo Tabakov, Marysia Gorobets, Sonia Zabuga, Oleg Kokhan, Roxolana Bogutska, Olena Dats, Marina Shcherbenko, Svetlana Granovskaya, Natalka Karpa, Alyona Franke. Even the Mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, and his wife made a special appearance.

FiligranaEtnica: Lviv’s New Ethno-Hub

Issue 91, June 2016.
In Lviv’s central TM Opera Passage (27, Svobody Ave.) was launched FiligranaEtnica art hotspot featuring modern ethnofashion. The store is filled with some of the most interesting modern ethnic-style clothing and accessories by Ukrainian designers that are available for purchase. Charming ladies will be thrilled to buy glamorous dresses and embroidered shirts, stylish corselets, bags, and jewellery. Men will find an exciting collection of designer shirts as well as patriotic military outfits by Moryachok Manufactur. Each piece is a limited edition based on an original design concept and is handmade.

Bringing European Design to Lviv

Issue 91, June 2016.
For 12 years already, Lviv’s ARS-IDEA Interior and Architectural Design Studio has creatively developed more than 150 different projects. Founder Arsen Kostyshyn and his team are well aware that new ideas don’t just pop up out of nowhere, so they travel often, attend numerous international exhibitions, and speak to professional designers from all over the world. A must-see event for ARS-IDEA was Milan’s 55th Salone del Mobile design and furniture exhibition, which brings together designers, importers, developers, and furniture manufacturers from around the globe. The exhibition in Milan features the finest products from the world’s leading furniture manufacturers – 70% of which are Italian, and fully 30% set aside for global producers.

Hair Brotherhood for Men

Issue 91, June 2016.
As of May 31st, Leopolitan men have a new meeting hotspot in Lviv’s centre. This dynamic place is where one can get a cool haircut, a sharp beard trim, or even a manicure. The Frisor Lemberg Barbershop, located at 50 Doroshenka St., is not just a beauty salon for me – it’s more like a brotherhood where the mindblowing atmosphere is thanks to the professional barber team who take care of hairstyles and beard trimmings while men relax, enjoy drinks, and discuss the latest news.

ArArAt : Evening of Exquisite Delight

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s Citadel Inn Hotel played host for the presentation and tasting of the legendary Armenian cognac ArArAt. ArArAt is a true legend that features as the national spirit of Armenia, and Brand Ambassador Kristina Ishkhanyan welcomed Leopolitans and guests of the city by introducing them to the history, production, and taste of this exquisite liquor. She also shared many interesting and little-known facts about the creation of the famous beverage and reminded those in attendance that while the Yerevan Brandy Company carefully preserves the dearest ancient traditions of the company, they also follow the latest, top-quality standards for the well-established brand.

Jazzing it up with Chopin!

Issue 91, June 2016.
The Chopin restaurant is truly a unique cultural hub in Lviv that brings together music lovers with culinary aficionados. How could it be any other way for a restaurant named after the famed composer? Live music performed by professional artists, an exquisite interior, and spectacularly delicious cuisine make Chopin a popular delight among both Leopolitans and guests of the city.

Being Modern by Following Traditions!

Issue 91, June 2016.
Today, embroidered shirts are popular not only as festive holiday attire, but also as everyday informal wear. For many people the embroidered shirt has only recently become a regular part of their wardrobe, while for others it has never stopped being part of their regular apparel. Elements of Ukrainian embroidery are often featured in the fashion collections of Ukrainian designers, promoting national traditions not only within Ukraine but also abroad.

Lviv Tourist Alliance: Connecting leaders for change and innovation

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv has all the ingredients a city needs to be successful: spectacular architecture, rich history, and a magical atmosphere. In fact, it’s clear that the city’s success and prosperity is directly tied to the number of people visiting it. There are many people and institutions in Lviv that work every day on plans to attract more tourists and to make their stays as enjoyable as possible. It is a matter of great importance to Lviv, as can be seen by the number of people that are directly tied to the tourist industry – local authorities, business representatives, independent experts and opinion-movers, and even average Leopolitans. In fact, Lviv’s businesses have banded together in cooperation in this sphere under the Lviv Tourist Alliance.

Lonely Planet Lists Lviv as one of Europe’s 10 Best

Issue 91, June 2016.
What does your Western Ukrainian capital have in common with Greece’s Peloponnese, Italy’s Venice, and Spain’s Canary Islands? It’s listed in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Europe” list for 2016. Lviv is considered by the organisation’s ‘travel experts’ as one of 10 “European destinations you need to see in 2016”. It was the only non-European Union city selected for the list.