‘The Rising Hawk’ Premiers – Ukraine’s Most Anticipated Film Release Ever!

Issue 127, October 2019.
Ukrainian cinema continues to reach new heights and cool, new films keep becoming more famous and successful. For decades, Ukraine’s modest film industry has been overshadowed by neighbouring Russia’s – and Russian films still garner much more attention, acclaim, and money. But in the years since a corrupt, eastward-looking government was toppled in 2014, Ukrainian cinema has enjoyed a moment in the spotlight, bolstered by a wave of nationalist fervour, an energised class of passionate young filmmakers, and increased state funding.

Study Abroad Exhibition

Issue 127, October 2019.
Are you looking for an unforgettable experience of a lifetime? Studying abroad can be an exciting opportunity for you to experience life – and learn! – beyond your front door. On 19 October, Lviv’s Grand Hotel will host the Study Abroad Exhibition, where potential students and their parents can meet representatives from some of the leading colleges and universities in Canada, the USA, the UK, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and more.

The Rasmus with Dead Letters Anniversary European Tour

Issue 127, October 2019.
Finnish goth-rockers The Rasmus will bring their European tour to Arena Lviv on 27 October. Formed in Helsinki in 1994 while still in high school, the band has become one of Finland’s most successful with more than 3.5 million albums sold, eight gold records, and five platinum.

NASA Space Apps Challenge

Issue 127, October 2019.
Now in its eighth year, the NASA Space Apps Challenge takes place around the globe. An intense 48-hour hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, builders, and technologists from around the world, the event engages over 18,000 participants in 75 countries to use NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems in Space and on Earth.

Lviv Open Debate Tournament

Issue 127, October 2019.
Western Ukraine’s largest debate tournament – the Lviv Open – will take place at the Lviv Polytechnic National University on 26-27 October. Debating is a movement that unites students worldwide under the common pursuit of self-improvement, development, and changing the world for the better. Debate blurs geographical borders and breaks down language barriers, proving convincingly that disputes are best resolved through peaceful means and by intellectual opposition.

Lviv Fitness Weekend

Issue 127, October 2019.
One of the biggest mind and body events in Western Ukraine – the Lviv Fitness Weekend – will take place in the city from 18-20 October. Lviv Fitness Weekend keeps Lviv’s fitness industry vibrant by offering Leopolitans the most cutting-edge information from world-renowned experts. The event motivates our fitness community by expanding participants’ education and providing hand-on experience and in-person instruction from industry-leading trainers in Pilates, Yoga, Body Art, Full Body stretch, TRX force, Portdebras, and Hitworks.

Alina Pash Brings Pinteatour to Lviv

Issue 127, October 2019.
Be sure to save the date of 9 November in your calendar as one of the newest names on the Ukrainian music scene – Alina Pash – will perform at Lviv’s !FESTRepublic Club. Hailing from Transcarpathia, Alina’s original and zingy image has her destined for stardom. She is considered one of 2018’s best discoveries thanks to her extravagant and easy-going style that mixes hip-hop and electronica with her Ukrainian ethnicity.

International Economic Forum

Issue 127, October 2019.
The 19th Lviv International Economic Forum (LIEF) – ‘Invest in the Lviv Region’ – will take place at Arena Lviv from 31 October to 1 November. LIEF is a major conference focused on the future of economic development – not just in Lviv or Ukraine, but covering the global economic development agenda.

Family Fest Vol. 4: The Addams Family

Issue 127, October 2019.
Lviv’s !FESTRepublic Club will host the Family Fest Vol. 4: The Addams Family event – a celebration of handmade goods – on 26 October. Designed to introduce Leopolitans and guests of the city with an inspiring collection of creative people and skilled crafters, organisers handpick individuals from all of Ukraine’s regions to showcase their incredible products.

High Castle Autumn Art Salon

Issue 127, October 2019.
The annual High Castle Autumn Art Salon returns to the Lviv Art Palace this November. Showcasing over 300 works of contemporary artists from Ukraine and abroad, the exhibition will feature not only paintings and graphics, but also sculptures, ceramics, and textiles.

Autumn AI & Big Data Day

Issue 127, October 2019.
Arena Lviv is set to host Western Ukraine’s biggest events for data scientists and engineers, start-up entrepreneurs, and investors – the AI & Big Data Day – on 15 November. The event attracts hundreds of professionals looking to learn about the latest developments in the fields of artificial intelligence and big data processing.

Virsky Ensemble in Concert

Issue 127, October 2019.
Ukraine’s iconic P. Virsky National Folk Dance Ensemble is bringing their spectacular concert programme to Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre on 11 November. For the last 75 years, Virsky has become a calling card of Ukrainian culture, garnering popularity not only in the folklore and modern choreography circles, but amongst the general public as well.

Lviv Security Forum

Issue 127, October 2019.
Lviv’s Metropolitan A. Sheptytsky Centre will host the Lviv Security Forum from 30 October to 1 November. Featuring high-level discussions on current issues in Ukraine and Europe, this year’s event will focus on ‘Russia in Europe: Old Mistakes and New Challenges’.

EuroAgro 2019

Issue 127, October 2019.
The EuroAgro 2019 agricultural exhibition will take place in Lviv from 12-14 November. EuroAgro is a platform where domestic producers can demonstrate their agricultural achievements and learn about the latest technologies and solutions in the European agricultural market.

DevOps Conference 2019

Issue 127, October 2019.
Whether you just started your DevOps journey or are already practicing its principles, Lviv’s DevOps Conference 2019 is indispensable. The festival continues to fundamentally influence Lviv’s IT world and set the path for successful business transformation.

Cheese & Wine Festival

Issue 127, October 2019.
Lviv’s annual Cheese & Wine Festival – an exquisite market-style event celebrating cheese and everything that goes with it – returns to Lviv from 18-20 October. Celebrating the match made in heaven – cheese and wine – with all thing fermented has never looked (or tasted!) so good.

Ukrainian-Style Halloween Costumes

Issue 127, October 2019.
In Ukraine, the 31 October – 1 November dates has traditionally been celebrated mainly as All Saints’ Day, where people remember Christian martyrs and their loved ones that have passed on. More and more these days, young Ukrainians are following global trends, so it’s far easier to find evil spirits, vampires, zombies, ghosts, and other spillovers from the horror movie industry.

Why the Pumpkin is Bad in Ukraine

Issue 127, October 2019.
As the end of October ‘creeps’ up on us, we start to think about traditional Halloween symbols like ghosts, witches, black cats and, of course, pumpkins (Harbuz in Ukrainian). While most foreigners see pumpkins as little more than a harmless Halloween decoration, pumpkins in Ukraine once had a very different meaning.

UKRAINIAN IT SECTOR REVIEW: REVENUES EXPECTED TO REACH $5 BILLION IN 2019

Issue 127, October 2019.
Ukraine’s IT sector is expanding rapidly and will play an increasingly important role in the country’s economy over the coming years as revenues continue to rise and more qualified Ukrainians enter the IT workforce

Pavlo Korostylov Triumphs Again

Issue 127, October 2019.
Lviv’s marvelous Pavlo Korostylov was the star at last month’s European Rifle & Pistol Championships in Bologna, Italy, winning eight of the team’s 14 medals. The Leopolitan sharpshooter won 3 gold, 4 silver, and a bronze, while his teammates managed to capture another six bronze medals.

Leopolitans at the Wheelchair Fencing World Championships

Issue 127, October 2019.
Ukraine sent a team of 15 athletes – including three Leopolitans – to the Wheelchair Fencing World Championships in Cheongju, South Korea last month.

Didukh Wins European Championship in Para Table Tennis

Issue 127, October 2019.
The Ukrainian team won eight medals (3 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze) at the European Para Table Championships in Helsingborg, Sweden last month.

Lviv’s Otaman Dragon Boat Team Triumphant

Issue 127, October 2019.
Ukrainians are beginning to excel in dragon boat racing and Lviv’s Otaman team is leading the way. For the uninitiated, dragon boat racing is a boat race between teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and someone that steers.

Golden Autumn Archery Tournament

Issue 127, October 2019.
The 56th Golden Autumn archery tournament was held in Lviv, with its finals in front of the city’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre on 14 September. Dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Leopolitan participation in the World Championships, this year’s event attracted 280 archers from the national teams of Belarus, Georgia, Israel, Poland, UK, USA, and Uzbekistan, as well as 11 different regions of Ukraine.

You Inspire. You Excite. You Attract

Issue 127, October 2019.
FOLTOVYCH is a fashion brand created by lauded Ukrainian designer Oksana Foltovych 10 years ago. While studying law, Oksana fell in love with business / office wear, which inspired her to create her own brand specialising in formal dress style.

Lviv Celebrates Citroën Centenary

Issue 127, October 2019.
This October marks an interesting anniversary – it’s one hundred years since Andre Citroen produced the first car bearing his name, and the company has been making them ever since. Citroen started an automobile production revolution when he introduced the first front-wheel drive cars, introduced the vehicle log book, and even turned Paris’ Eiffel Tower into a huge advert for his company. Since then, Citroen’s 100 years of history are marked with courage and innovation – and Ukraine is part of that history.

Children’s Dreams Sent into the Universe

Issue 127, October 2019.
The Space Centre in Zolochiv (Lviv region) held a unique event last month as for the first time in history more than 100,000 drawings of children’s dreams were encrypted and sent into the infinity of space. The State Space Agency worked with the Zdiisni Mriiu (Fulfil a Dream) charity to code and transmit the radio signal filled with the drawings 41 light-years into the Universe.

Golden Lion Theatre Festival 2019

Issue 127, October 2019.
The Golden Lion Theatre Festival opened on 28 September with a festive colourful theatrical carnival featuring performers from Ukraine, Poland, USA, and the Czech Republic. This year the festival celebrated 30 years of transforming Lviv into a cultural and theatrical hotspot and treating Leopolitan theatre lovers and guests of the city with vibrant, internationally-diverse productions filled with aesthetics of exquisite poetry and playwriting.

Rapid Trident 2019

Issue 127, October 2019.
The opening ceremony of Rapid Trident 2019 took place at the International Peacekeeping Security Centre near Yavoriv on 16 September. Rapid Trident is an annual, multinational training exercise that involves more than 3,000 personnel from 14 nations.

Lviv Publisher’s Forum

Issue 127, October 2019.
The 26th annual Lviv Publishers Forum (officially the Lviv International Book Fair & Literature Festival) took place last month. Besides the main event at Lviv Art Palace, events were hosted at 30 different venues across the city that attracted over 1000 publishing houses and over 100 writers from 30 countries.

Why do People Prefer IQOS?

Issue 127, October 2019.
A well-known tobacco heating device has quite a few advantages, including unique ones depending on the user, which is one of the main reasons of its increasing popularity. IQOS has long become a common name among its users. The gadget for heating tobacco is associated with a certain way of life and stands out for its appearance and content. What makes the device so popular, and how is it different from the other products?

Leopolitan Writer Wins EU Prize for Literature

Issue 127, October 2019.
Leopolitan writer Haska Shyyan was awarded the EU Prize for Literature at a ceremony in Brussels on 2 October. The prize recognizes outstanding new and emerging literary talents across Europe. Shyyan was named one of the 14 laureates for her second novel, ‘Beyond the Back’. Set in contemporary Ukraine, the book tells the story of a successful, young woman whose boyfriend is sent to fight in Russia’s undeclared war in Donbas. It marked the first time a writer from Ukraine was recognised with the prestigious award.