Issue 11, March 2009.
This month see’s International Theatre Day, making this the ideal time to explore Lviv’s long tradition as a focus of Ukrainian theatre. Many elements of Lviv’s theatrical inheritance can be traced in ancient Ukrainian folk customs and rites, with many of today’s theatircal customs dating back to pagan traditions and rituals. These are especially evident in the Spring vesnianky songs, the summer Kupalo festival, winter carols and above all in the ceremony of the Ukrainian wedding. Elements of all these traditions are upheld by Lviv’s many theatres, where the best traditions of international theatre are also in evidence.
Issue 10, February 2009.
Lviv is Ukraine’s most romantic city, full of little courtyards and atmospheric palaces where couples can fall in love as they take in the ancient and breath-taking architecture. Over the centuries Lviv has been the major crossroads between Central Europe and the Eurasian plains spreading out to the east, making it a place where young lovers from all over the world would meet and fall for each other.
Issue 2, June 2008.
Lviv region has been one of the focal points of eastern European history for the past millennium, with the tide of empire regularly washing up conquerors up into the woodlands and foothills of Halychyna. Lviv has traditionally been a gateway region highly prized by neighbouring powers and often fought over. This turbulent history has left the surrounding countryside dotted with the fortress relics of bygone frontiers and the palaces of extinct dynasties. While much of Ukraine’s historical inheritance remains tied to the Soviet or Russian Imperial past, Lviv region continues to act as an anchor for the country in a different, quintessentially European experience.
Issue 3, July 2008.
Summer in Lviv is increasingly becoming associated with growing number of annual summer music and ethno-folk festivals being held in the region. As the cultural capital of the country, Lviv has provided a patriotic impulse to much of the national soul-searching of the past 17 years of independence, and one of the off-shoots of this has been the development of an open air festival culture that has mushroomed in recent years into a genuine East European phenomenon. Many of this year’s festivals are within easy reach of Lviv. Day trips come highly recommended.
Issue 7, November 2008.
The countryside surrounding Lviv is not only strikingly beautiful but also famed for its recuperative powers and medicinal treasures, with numerous spa resorts and mountainside retreats offering the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries. Although the most celebrated Lviv Oblast resort remains Truskavets with its high-level Soviet and post-Soviet connotations, the more understated resort of Morshyn remains a wonder of Prykarpattya and one of the finest mineral water sources in eastern Europe.
Issue 4, August 2008.
On August 17 Lviv’s Armenian community will be celebrating the 645th anniversary of the city’s Armenian Cathedral. Relatively small in stature, this symbol of Lviv’s ancient Armenian heritage was modelled on the 10th century cathedral at Ani, the historic capital of the Armenian nation. It is the oldest cathedral in Lviv and is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Issue 9, January 2009.
Ukraine’s enormous tourism potential has yet to be effectively harnessed, but the sector is showing signs of slow but steady progress towards the kind of facilities that could do justice to the country’s obvious appeal and help the next generation of Ukrainian capitalise on their natural riches.
Issue 6, October 2008.
Lviv is an ancient city where history has literally accumulated in waves from every direction for the past 750 years. In addition to inspiring Lviv’s beautiful architecture and mosaic culture, this colourful past has also served to fill the city with an international army of ghosts and ghouls who offer a supernatural twist to Lviv’s famed cosmopolitanism.
Issue 1, May 2008.
Lviv is one of Europe’s driest, most land-locked regional capitals, but what it may lack in ocean breezes and riverside views it more than makes up for in park life greenery. May is traditionally the time of year when Lvivites return to their urban gardens in droves to celebrate the end of the long winter hibernation period and the arrival of the glorious Lviv summer.