Issue 102, June 2017

Issue 102, June 2017

‘Show Promise’ Exhibition

Issue 102, June 2017.
The Lviv Art Palace will be home to the Zenko Foundation’s ‘Show Promise’ exhibition beginning from 13 June. The show aims to erase the borders between reality and fiction, and to show that despite all the disturbances, the only constant thing is that human nature strives for a better future. The instability and collapse of plans and relationships that knock our feet out from under us opens more space for the immaterial – faith, nihilism, doubts, hopes, fears. In search for support in this shaky and unpredictable place is art – one of the most reliable and accurate instruments to serve as both a reflection of the past and an explorer of the future. Without laying the route along the strait, comfortable, predictable path, in art one can define the reference points.

Masters-Bet Eurofanz 2017

Issue 102, June 2017.
The Eurofanz festival for football fans from all over Europe – aka Masters- Bet Eurofanz 2017 – will return to Lviv for the 11th straight year from 29 June to 2 July. With 24 different teams from across the continent competing, Masters-Bet Eurofanz 2017 will be the largest event of its type in Europe.

Lviv IT Jazz Conference

Issue 102, June 2017.
Representatives of major IT, investment, and business companies will gather in Lviv on 23 June for the IT Jazz Conference, an annual event that focuses on the trending topics in the tech industry. Surrounded by a unique atmosphere of jazz music, the one-day conference is a great networking platform and opens a whole range of new business opportunities to entrepreneurs and investors.

Picasso Nightclub Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Issue 102, June 2017.
When Lviv’s hopping Picasso Club opened up in 1997, it’s hard to believe the city’s nightlife scene was quiet and even shadowy. Lviv has changed so much since then, and the city’s nightlife scene has matured and diversified. Against the odds, the Picasso Club has been able to keep up with the changing times. Today, Picasso is one of Lviv’s hottest nightclubs with huge crowds every night of the week. With great drink specials, a massive sound system, stylish décor inspired by its eponymous Spanish artist, and friendly staff, it’s easy to see why.

K&K Philharmoniker Jubilee Concert

Issue 102, June 2017.
Ukrainian-Austrian symphonic orchestra K&K Philharmoniker invites Leopolitan musical lovers and guests of the city to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the group with a special jubilee concert at the S. Ludkevich Philharmonic Concert Hall on 29 June. Under the bouncing baton of charismatic conductor Mathhias Kendlinger, the show will feature Mozart’s The Magical Flute, a philosophical opera about the utopian world of goodness and wisdom and dark and light forces.

Italian Cinema Week

Issue 102, June 2017.
Italian Cinema Week kicks off in Lviv – and across Ukraine – on 22 June. The program features films that participated in the prestigious Cannes, Venice, Berlin, and Tokyo film festivals. Classic Italian films from the 1970s were quite popular in Ukraine at the time and organisers hope to introduce Ukrainian audiences to modern Italian cinema in order to continue the tradition of cultural exchange between the two nations.

Alfa Jazz Fest ‘17

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s Alfa Jazz Fest is an international open-air jazz festival and one of the biggest festivals on Lviv’s cultural calendar. Each June since 2011, world class musicians coverge on three stages in Lviv’s downtown area to perform in front of over 40,000 Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city. The Eddie Rosner main stage, where tickets are required, is located at the B. Khmelnytsky Culture Park, while free stages are located in the city’s historic district (Potocki Palace Square) and city centre (Rynok Square).

Lviv on a Plate Art Exhibition

Issue 102, June 2017.
Decorative plates are a common travel souvenir all around the world. While plates are normally used for eating, some are actually created for decorative purposes. You can mount them on your wall or place them on a stand to display the beautiful artwork at your own home or office.

Global Music Day

Issue 102, June 2017.
The Fête de la Musique, AKA ‘the worldwide celebration of music’, is an annual music festival that takes place each 21 June in cities around the world. Created back in 1982 by French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, the event has become an international phenomenon, celebrated in more than 740 cities in 116 countries around the world – including Ukraine.

Ukrainian Streetball League Championship

Issue 102, June 2017.
Streetball, or street basketball, is a variation of basketball featuring significantly less formal structure and enforcement of the game’s rules and typically played on outdoor courts. This allows players to better display their individual talents. Considered an extension of hip-hop culture, streetball can even refer to other urban sports played on asphalt. It is particularly popular in larger cities, with some organising streetball programs similar to midnight basketball programs.

“Night in Lviv” festival

Issue 102, June 2017.
It’s time again for Lviv’s museums to open their doors at night to Leopolitans and guests of the city as “Night in Lviv” festival returns to the Western Ukrainian capital from 14-16 July. Organisers promise the tours to be more interesting and exciting than ever!

The New Musical Heights of Matthias Kendlinger

Issue 102, June 2017.
Nearly 100 musicians in the orchestra, about the same amount of concerts every year on Europe’s top stages, over 40 studio recordings, and thousands of fans eagerly awaiting their next live concert – that’s how best to describe the K&K Philharmoniker orchestra, founded in Lviv in 2002 by Austrian Matthias Georg Kendlinger. In addition to creating his own symphony orchestra, this Tyrolean native is its conductor and composer. With the stated goal of becoming one of Europe’s top orchestras, the K&K Philharmoniker touring schedule is planned nearly two years in advance. Tickets often sell out even when the group has two concerts on the same day, so it looks like the orchestra has nearly reached their goal! Lviv Today met up with Mr. Kendlinger to learn more about the man, his orchestra, and a new musical festival coming to Lviv very soon.

Foxtrot Cup 2017

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s Halychyna Sport Palace played host to the Foxtrot Cup 2017 international ballroom dance competition from 20-21 May.

Firefighting Championship

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv was host of the 30th international competition on fire-applied sport – in honour of the firefighting heroes of Chornobyl – from 24-26 May. The 3-day competition brought together 70 athletes from across Central Europe and Turkey, as well as top teams from the Volyn and Lviv oblasts, an all-Ukrainian team, the Lviv State University of Life Safety team, the Ukrainian National University of Civil Defence team, and a team from the Cherkasy Fire Safety Institute named after the Heroes of Chornobyl. The competition program featured events such as: climbing the hook ladder to the 4th floor window of a training tower, overcoming a 100-metre strip full of obstacles, a 4x100 metre fire relay race, and combat deployment.

May Athlete of the Month: Kateryna Kryva

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s Kateryna Kryva has put the entire karate world on notice that she intends to be on top of the podium when karate makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo, Japan in 2020. In Izmir, Turkey, at the first European Championships to be held under Olympic status, Kryva won gold in the kumite under-50kg event. The 25-year-old was simply brilliant on her way to becoming a double European champion as she helped Ukraine triumph in the team competition.

FC Karpaty Lviv

Issue 102, June 2017.
A trying season for Lviv’s Karpaty FC came to a merciful end last month as the team narrowly avoided relegation. The team sat in last place in the 12-team league for the first 20 weeks of the 32-week season and was the final team to secure a spot in the Premiere League next season. Karpaty had to fight uphill all year after being docked six points for debts to former midfielder Semir Stilic.

The One-of-a-Kind Dniester River Cruise

Issue 102, June 2017.
Ukrainian culture is filled with rich traditions and a variety of noteworthy landmarks that attract travelers from all over the globe. The picturesque Dniester Canyon, stretching across three Western Ukrainian regions, is rightly called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Ukraine. At 250 km long, the landmark is one of the longest ravines in Europe. The Dniester Canyon impresses not only with its immensity, but also with breathtaking natural landscapes that include rocky cliffs, caves and grottoes covered by green forests, peculiar islands, and fascinating waterfalls.

Western Ukraine is an Ecotourism Gem

Issue 102, June 2017.
Tired of the big city and bored of trying to get through the rushing crowds? Then it’s time for you to flee the asphalt jungle and take a breath of fresh air in nature’s solitude. Plunge into the crystal clear waters, discover the jewels of untouched nature, and behold the beauty of a forgotten world of traditions and a slow pace of life. Feel reborn before heading back into the urban scene. Tourism streams like ‘ecotourism’, ‘rural tourism’, ‘green tourism’, and ‘agro tourism’ are relatively new in Ukraine, but they are already marvellously established. So why not look at relaxing your body and soul in the countryside on your next vacation?

A-Bank conquers new heights!

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s A-Bank brought together all of their Western Ukrainian employees to celebrate the Day of Bank Employees on 27 May. The energy of the bank’s young team was on display as participants enjoyed the excitement and rivalry of a Spartakiad!

Miss Lviv 2017

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s landmark Opera and Ballet Theatre hosted the glitzy grand finale of the Miss Lviv 2017 beauty pageant on 8 June. The finals featured plenty of glamour including the dazzling contestants in eye-catching swimsuits and gorgeous evening gowns. While the young ladies were the main attraction, Leopolitans and guests of the city were also treated to wonderful music performances from Mariya Yaremchuk, Andriy Kishe, Ivan NAVI, Tayanna, and the marvelous Khrystyna Soloviy.

Cruise Collection by Roksolana Bogutska

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s ‘Lvivarnya’ museum-cultural complex was the host for the glamorous presentation of renowned Ukrainian fashion designer Roksolana Bogutska’s 2017 ‘Cruise Collection’ on 19 May. The collection features a colourful mix of modern trends and authentic Ukrainian ethnic motifs. The designer’s main inspiration – the basis for the collection’s cuts and prints – came from ancient Borschivska embroidery.

V Lviv Media Forum

Issue 102, June 2017.
Arena Lviv was home to a spectacular 3-day media event packed with numerous speeches, public talks, and thematic streams, when the Lviv Media Forum came to town from 25-27 May. With the overarching theme of “Search(wait)ing for new algorithms – media in the post-truth era”, the event attracted over 800 journalists, bloggers, experts, analysts, media managers, and students, including nearly 100 representatives from around the world.

Lviv’s Spectacular Ballet Festival

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s National Academic Opera & Ballet Theatre was proud to play host to the Ballet Fest Choreography gala concert on 28 May. The project began at the beginning of the year and consisted of several stages where different choreographers and dancers competed against each other to be one of the 10 choreographers featured at the gala. Lviv’s Theatre of Opera & Ballet provided the dancers, while an all-star jury selected the winning dances.

Ukraine is Europe’s Shield

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s Armour Vehicle Factory played host to very special ‘Ukraine is Europe’s Shield” event – dedicated to the celebration of Europe Day – on 25 May. The event featured a colourful and varied program that presented Leopolitans and guests of the city with the latest achievements of the factory – a caterpillar-tracked firefighting vehicle and modernised armoured vehicles created especially for use in the ATO zone. The event attracted over 350 guests including EU Delegation to Ukraine Head Hugh Mingarelli, Ukraine Vice-PM for Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Lviv State Administration Head Oleh Synutka, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, and ATO soldiers.

Leopolis Grand Prix 2017

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s stunning summer vintage car festival – the Leopolis Grand Prix – drew over 200 retro cars from across Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Austria, Belarus, Italy, Estonia, Czech Republic as well as from USA to the city from 2-4 June. The seventh annual event since its resurrection attracted representatives from over 48 auto fan clubs from around the globe!

Ukraine’s First Pet Adoption Centre

Issue 102, June 2017.
If it’s time for a new pet in your life, you’ll surely find your perfect companion at Lviv’s newly-opened Adoption Centre (56 Promyslova St.). Currently the only place of its kind in Ukraine, it was opened thanks to the support of Leopolitan animal rescuers, volunteers, and the Lev public utility company. These are exciting times for every person that cares about animals in Lviv. As animal welfare takes a greater place in the consciousness of Ukrainian communities and legislatures, the city’s – and your – opportunity to enact meaningful change has increased dramatically!

ARS-IDEA: Triumph of Elegancy & Style

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s ARS-IDEA interior and architectural design, under the guidance of Arsen Kostyshyn, was recently awarded first prize in the “interior of a public premises” competition at the INTERIUM 2017 international interior design contest for their ‘CABINET’ project located at 12 Vynnychenko St. in Lviv.