Easter Egg Festival

Issue 99, March 2017.
Every year, Leopolitans and guests of the city come from near and far to gaze at one of the nation’s cultural wonders. They surely leave in awe of the miracle they have witnessed and wonder – which came first, Easter or the Ukrainian Easter Egg? Organisers of the annual Easter Egg festival have cracked the answer just in time for Easter and welcome everyone to explore the art, symbolism, and joy of creating pysanky – Ukrainian Easter Eggs. From April 1-23 festivalgoers will have the chance to see beautifully-adorned eggs and learn about the centuries-old art form at a variety of workshops.

Bukovel Kids Cup

Issue 99, March 2017.
Bukovel – Ukraine’s largest and most popular ski resort – will host the biggest and best-attended junior alpine ski competition in Ukraine, the Bukovel Kids Cup, from March 24-26. Bukovel has supported the Kids Cup for the last few years, actively contributing to alpine ski development in Ukraine.

Symphonic Pearls of Vienna

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv has always prided itself as being one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan classical music centres and in recent years this reputation has increasingly attracted more quality performers. A case in point is the Symphonic Pearls of Vienna concert that will take place at Lviv’s S. Ludkevich Philharmonic Concert Hall on April 8th. The musical language of the Viennese classics is characterised by a well-defined form and clarity of harmonic structures and instrumentation. And who but the Vienna Conservatory graduate Georg Kugi, a person who cherishes and practices traditions of the Viennese classical school, can convey the true idea of his outstanding countrymen, depicting history in music. Works of this period are a central part of every classical musician’s education. Mozart and Haydn’s immortal music is its own universe and, while founded on classicist ideals, is still being explored over 200 years after it was written. Each performance brings a new interpretation.

Miss Lviv 2017 Casting

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s fashionable Glory Café will be the place where dozens of Lviv region’s most attractive young women will gather on March 3rd for the casting of the Miss Lviv 2017 beauty pageant.

Lviv Fashion Week – Autumn / Winter 2017

Issue 99, March 2017.
The Lviv Fashion Week (LFW) Autumn / Winter 2017 edition is all set to roll its red carpet into town from March 23-26. This glamorous event will be mainly hosted at the Danylo Halytskyi International Airport, as well as locations throughout the city. The event will feature some of Ukraine’s most renowned designers, including: Vozianov, Marta Wachholz, Lesia Semi, Oskana Piekna, and Couture de Fleur.

French Spring 2017

Issue 99, March 2017.
This year the colourful and rich events of French Spring 2017 return to Lviv at the end of March and brighten up venues across the city until April 29th. This outstanding and eventful festival is organised by the Embassy of France in coordination with the Alliance Francaise French Cultural Centre. This year’s French Spring has a full programme that includes conferences, workshops, literary readings, photo exhibitions, theatre performances, film screenings, and concerts.

A Tribute to Czech Cinematography

Issue 99, March 2017.
Dzyga, Lviv’s centre of culture and art, will delight Leopolitan cinema lovers and guests of the city as they bring Czech Thursdays – a retrospective of the best films of Czech cinema – to the city beginning March 30th. The Czech Republic has produced generations of wonderful screenwriters, directors, and actors. Czech films have not only won many prestigious prizes at international film festivals, but have also won film’s highest honour – the Oscar – several times.

Celebrate International Francophonie Day!

Issue 99, March 2017.
While the word ‘Francophonie’ may sound like the name of a knock-off Gothic novel monster, it’s actually a term that refers to the diverse regions worldwide where people speak French. Spoken by 274 million people around the world, French is second only to English as the official language of most countries – 33 to be exact. It was French writer Onesime Reclus that first termed the term ‘Francophonie’ in the late 1880s, in reference to the global population of French speakers. An international Francophonie agency was established in 1970 to promote the language. Today, the International Organisation of La Francophonie continues to advocate for the unique linguistic and humanist value of the French language across the globe.

First Galician Ball Charity Event

Issue 99, March 2017.
The ballroom at Lviv’s House of Scientists will play host to a very special charity event – the First Galician Ball – on March 21st. The event is set to showcase an entertaining program highlighted with a live performance by Lviv National Opera soloist Oleh Lykhach and an Argentinian tango show and workshop by the masters at Barrio de Palermo dance school.

‘March Cats’ Erotic Art Festival

Issue 99, March 2017.
Since the ‘March Cats’ festival first launched in 2006, it has become tremendously popular among Ukrainians and participants and guests from Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus. The ‘March Cats’ Erotic Art Festival is an experience quite unlike any other festival or gallery you have likely ever attended. Over the course of three days, a curated selection of some of the finest erotic art modern artists have to offer will be on display in the city’s galleries, awaiting your perusal and enjoyment. Visitors are invited to view the art and other daily entertainments – from poetry readings to pantomime and acrobatic displays.

Andrei Gavrilov at Lviv’s Opera

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s spectacular Opera & Ballet Theatre will play host to a special musical delight on April 13th – a piano concert by internationally acclaimed pianist Andrei Gavrilov. The brilliant pianist came to the public’s attention back in 1974 when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and he’s been playing to great acclaim ever since.

Engineering Job Fair

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s Polytechnic University is all set to host the 10th annual Engineering Job Fair (EJF) on April 5-6. Organised by the BEST student organisation, the event will draw 20 companies from the IT, electronics, auditing, education, and engineering fields to present their companies and speak about job openings. The EJF gives companies an opportunity to represent themselves while giving students the chance to discover career possibilities and even find their first job. The event acts as a face-to-face platform for communication between students and companies.

Higher Education 2017 Exhibition

Issue 99, March 2017.
Do you know someone that is looking at going to university next year? Then the Higher Education 2017 Expo is just for you! Western Ukrainian students are invited to the Lviv Art Palace on March 24-25 to meet with over 100 higher education institutions from around the world, as well as many of Ukraine’s own reputable universities and specialised colleges.

Lviv’s Outstanding Artistic Phenomenon – Yaroslav Bryn

Issue 99, March 2017.
Yaroslav Bryn began his art education at Lviv’s Ivan Trush Art College before studying in the Department of Monumental Painting at Lviv’s Art Academy. The talented young artist then took the opportunity to work on stained glass panel layouts at a Spanish company before moving to Lviv’s S. Krushelnitska Opera & Ballet Theatre in 2004 as the artistic director for scenery design of the ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’ ballet.

EBA Ladies Talks

Issue 99, March 2017.
Traditionally in March issue we are going to talk with our Ladies leaders on the role of woman in business and the prospective of industries which they represent.

Young Lviv Archer is European Champion

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s young Archery phenom Veronika Marchenko crushed her Russian opponent 6:0 to capture gold in the Individual Recurve at the European Indoor Championships in Vittel, France on March 12. The 23-year-old Olympian cruised through the tournament defeating France’s Tiffany Bankert 6:0 in the 1/8 final, Poland’s Violeta Mischor 6:2 in the quarterfinal, and France’s Angelina Koende 6:2 in her semifinal.

Arena Lviv Trades One Donetsk Tenant for Another

Issue 99, March 2017.
Leopolitan football fans will have a new team to watch after Olimpik Donetsk signed on to play at Arena Lviv for the remainder of the Ukrainian Premier League championship. The team replaces Shakhtar Donetsk, who moved their operations to abandoned Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, empty since the former tenants folded last year. While Olimpik may not bring in the prime Champions and Europa League matchups that Shakhtar did, the team looks set to play in the Ukrainian League’s new “championship round” against the country’s other top 5 teams. Olimpik currently sits in 5th place on 29 points with 3 games remaining in the opening round. The top 5 of the 6 teams in the championship round will qualify for either the Champions or Europa League.

Tatiana Klimchenko – Lviv’s February Athlete of the Month

Issue 99, March 2017.
Up-and-coming Leopolitan cyclist Tatiana Klimchenko was awarded Lviv’s Athlete of the Month Award in February for her performance at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Snowboard Championship

Issue 99, March 2017.
With the gorgeous Carpathian Mountains situated in the western corner of our country, Ukraine has itself a real gem to offer ski lovers. Already famous with local tourists, Ukrainian skiing spots are slowly getting on the radars of more distant travelers.

Handball Super League: Halychanka Hammer Dnipryanka

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s Halychanka women’s handball team roared back after the winter break to score two wins in their first Super League action of 2017.

Just One Step Shy of Victory

Issue 99, March 2017.
It was one step short for Lviv’s Anna Muzychuk at the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship in Tehran, Iran last month, as the talented Leopolitan player fell in a dramatic tiebreaker in the final to just miss out on following in her sister’s footsteps as world champion. Several top players skipped the knock-out tournament, including the reigning world champion and top ranked female player Hou Yifan. Yifan won her title by defeating Anna’s sister Mariya last year in Lviv and refused to participate at the event due to dissatisfaction with the FIDE world championship system. Mariya – the 2015 women’s world champion – and current US women’s champion Nazi Paikidze also refused to attend out of protest of the tournament’s location in Iran, where it is mandatory for women to wear a hijab in public.

Lviv – Leader 2017 Sport Dance Competition

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s Halychyna Sport Complex played host to the Lviv – Leader 2017 Ukrainian Sport Dance Championship on February 25-26. The 20-year event is now on the official calendar of the World Dance Sport Federation. The city’s Leader Modern Dance Club brought together 300 dance couples from around Ukraine – as well as dancers from Portugal, Turkey, Estonia, and Poland – for this spectacular show and popular celebration of dance.

Spotlighting Lviv’s Entrance Halls

Issue 99, March 2017.
When we speak about Lviv’s wonderful architecture, the image that usually comes to mind is the building’s façade. But you know what they say – “The space within becomes the reality of the building”. ‘Behind Lviv’s Entrances’ is a new book that takes an intimate look at the interiors of 50 of the city’s most remarkable buildings.

The Servant of Two Masters Premiers in Lviv

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s Mariya Zankovetska Drama Theatre brought Carlo Goldoni’s ‘The Servant of Two Masters’, a popular comedy that has been adapted over and over again for the last 270 years, to the Western Ukrainian capital last month. In the wrong hands, ‘The Servant of Two Masters’ could be a complete disaster. But due to the efforts of Kyiv’s artist Violetta Makar, who created the sumptuous costumes and spectacular stage designs, the play is an absolute triumph.

Lviv to Welcome New Airlines

Issue 99, March 2017.
On March 10th representatives of Lviv’s Danylo Halytskyi International Airport, the Lviv Tourism Alliance, and Lviv City Council announced the creation of a special foundation that hopes to attract new airlines and flight destinations to Lviv. The foundation will raise money to be used to attract the airlines and increase budget air travel options to and from Lviv – an important stimulus to Lviv’s hotel and restaurant industries. “Generally, the financial stimulation of air carriers is a common practice around the world, while in Ukraine it will be implemented for the first time”, said Andriy Sydor of the Lviv Tourism Alliance.

Women’s March for Equal Rights

Issue 99, March 2017.
Over 100 people marched through Lviv on International Women’s Day calling for women to rise up, fight domestic violence, and demand equality. The March 8th holiday was celebrated in the Soviet Union is still widely marked in Ukraine, but activists say a recent emphasis on giving women flowers and compliments is not what women really want.

‘Professionals’ Exhibition

Issue 99, March 2017.
The open-air ‘Professionals’ exhibition featuring women that have made great contributions to various areas of life – from art to physics – was put on display in Lviv’s city centre from March 8th to mark International Women’s Day.

The World of Kabuki

Issue 99, March 2017.
The Year of Japan in Ukraine kicked off in Lviv on March 3rd with The World of Kabuki, an elegant and exquisite exhibition of art at the Sheptytsky National Museum. The Embassy of Japan in Ukraine presented a unique part of the heritage of world art – authentic Japanese prints of Kabuki theatre. In his welcoming speech, Japanese Ambassador Shigeki Sumi said that traditional Japanese Kabuki theatre has long been highly regarded around the world. He said he is always very happy to introduce the splendour of Japanese painting art to as many people as possible.

Good or Not – Bitter Harvest is a Must-See Movie

Issue 99, March 2017.
Let’s get this out of the way right now – if you are a foreigner that lives or spends any amount of time in Ukraine, you have to see Bitter Harvest. The Canadian-made movie about the Soviet-manufactured famine in Ukraine in the 1930s has polarised the critics, but that shouldn’t stop you from this cinematic treatment of a subject integral to Ukrainian-Russian relationship that is not widely known in the Western world. The film tells the story of two star-crossed lovers struggling to survive the Holodomor, a genocidal famine in Ukraine caused by Joseph Stalin’s collectivisation policies. The film labours to be as meaningful as other cinematic treatments of horrific wartime atrocities, such as Schindler’s List’s take on the Holocaust or The Pianist’s portrayal of the Warsaw Uprising. Bitter Harvest doesn’t quite live up to it’s subject matter though, reminding viewers more of Passendaele – another Canadian wartime movie about a famed World War I battle. Both movies have $20 million budgets and plots that, despite the important subject matter, fail to sufficiently impact viewers. Despite this – or perhaps because of it – the films are required viewing. Good or not – Bitter Harvest is a must-see movie.

Rock’n’Dog: Fresh Ideas in the Ancient City

Issue 99, March 2017.
A new venue popped up in Lviv recently, just a stone cast away from the Delicateka gastro pub at 33 Lesi Ukrainky St. – Rock’n’Dogs. This trendy locale offers up a wide selection of hotdogs, sausage dishes, craft beer, spirits, and freshly roasted coffee. In addition to the bar, the venue also features a showroom filled with clothes and accessories by Ukrainian designers as well as a tattoo studio!

LVIV: UKRAINE’S PROPERTY BOOMTOWN

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv real estate boom: the elegant capital city of West Ukraine is experiencing a construction spike as the local economy surges ahead on the back of growing international investor interest together with easy access to EU markets and strong regional tourism and IT sector expansion