Issue 103, July 2017

Issue 103, July 2017

TUSTAN MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL

Issue 103, July 2017.
The Tustan Fortress, located in the village of Urich, has a special historical aura and has always been a link to Ukraine’s past. So it’s no wonder that back in 2006 one of Ukraine’s most successful medieval festivals was launched here.

Authors’ Reading Month

Issue 103, July 2017.
The annual Authors’ Reading Month (ARM) – the largest literary festival in Central Europe – will be held in Lviv from 5 July to 4 August. First held in Brno in 2000, the event quickly spread to other cities, first in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, then Poland, and since 2015 in Lviv. The event’s focus is twofold: on one hand, it concentrates on presenting the national literature of the hosting countries; on the other, it selects a fifth country each year to become the ‘Guest of Honour’ and feature its literature – this year it is Georgia.

Parajanov Festival in Levandivka

Issue 103, July 2017.
Taking place in one of Lviv’s more remote and industrial districts – Levandivka – the Parajanov Festival kicked off the whole new cinema art movement in Ukraine. The festival takes its name from a Ukrainian legend of cinematic art, Sergey Parajanov. One of the 20th Century’s greatest masters of cinema, Parajanov was born in Georgia to Armenian parents. It was never likely that his work would conform to the strict socialist realism that the Soviet authorities demanded, so he carved out his own unique cinematic style. Through films like ‘Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors’ (Tini Zabutyh Predkiv), a rhapsodic celebration of Ukrainian folk culture, and ‘The Colour of Pomegranates’ (Nran Guyne), a masterpiece about Armenian poet Sayat Nova, Parajanov became an international celebrity, even as his films were banned at home and he was imprisoned. His films were just beginning to hit the foreign film festival circuit when he died in 1990.

LvivMozArt Festival

Issue 103, July 2017.
The spectacular LvivMozArt is a festival of classical music and opera and is the newest addition to Lviv’s busy festival scene. The festival is dedicated to the musical heritage of Mozart’s youngest son, Franz Xaver, who lived and worked in Lviv for 30 years (1808-38) and actively promoted music in the city. He was the founder of Lviv’s first music union, the St. Cecilia Choir Society, which put Lviv on the map alongside other European music centres. Leopolitans are proud that Franz Xaver Mozart is a part of the city’s history and to honour his legacy, are adding this innovative musical tradition as the newest chapter in the city’s rich musical heritage.

‘Music in Old Lviv’ International Festival

Issue 103, July 2017.
Some of the biggest names in classical and fine music will converge in Lviv’s historic centre as part of the ‘Music in Old Lviv’ international festival from 13-31 August. The idea first occurred in 2014, as Lviv’s Virtuosos Academic Chamber Orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary. Serhiy Burko, a People’s Artist of Ukraine, together with his Polish partner Stanislaw Galonski, the director of ‘Music in Old Krakow’, brought the idea to life. What makes this festival unique is that concerts are held simultaneously in churches, memorials, and historical places in both Lviv and Krakow. The Twin Cities attract famous artists and bands from around the world and debut talented, young musicians alongside them.

Etnovyr Folklore Festival

Issue 103, July 2017.
The Etnovyr Folklore Festival, which highlights the bright, beautiful, sensual, magical, inspirational, and unforgettable nature of cultures from around the world, has become an enormous success since launching a few years ago. Organised by CIOFF (Organisations of Festivals of Folklore and Traditional Arts), the festival aims to discover talented new performers and to present their skills and multicultural traditions to Leopolitan culture lovers and guests of the city. The festival also hopes to introduce friends with similar interests, to enrich Ukraine’s multicultural culture through the mutual respect of cultural traditions around the planet, to popularise the creative works of youth, and to improve the professional qualifications of art leaders.

Model Gliders World Championships

Issue 103, July 2017.
The 2017 FAI F3K Model Glider World Championships is coming to a flying field near Lviv from 23-29 July. Leopolitan aviation lovers and guests of the city are welcome to attend this spectacular event that will include breathtaking glider flights and plenty of entertaining outdoor activities. A radio-controlled glider is a type of aircraft that normally doesn’t have any form of propulsion. They are able to sustain continuous flight by exploiting the lift produced by slopes and thermals and are controlled remotely from the ground with a transmitter. They can be constructed from a variety of materials, including wood, plastic, polymer foams, and composites, and can vary in wing loading from very light to relatively heavy, depending on their intended use.

Boykivsky Festyny Ethno-Fest

Issue 103, July 2017.
The sixth Boykivsky Festyny Ethno-Festival – held only once every five years (!) – will take place in the Turka region of Lviv oblast from 2-6 August. The Boykos are an ethnic group of Ukrainian highlanders that live along the slopes in the middle of the Carpathian Mountains in the Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Transcarpathian oblasts.

World Federation of Ukrainian Lemko Unions Congress

Issue 103, July 2017.
Lviv will play host to the World Federation of Ukrainian Lemko Unions Congress from 24-26 August. The event will see the congress take place at Lviv Regional Council in conjunction with a formal reception as part of the third ‘Homin Lemkivshcyny’ regional festival of Lemko culture in the village of Zymna Voda just outside Lviv. The Lemkos are an ethnic subgroup of Ukrainians inhabiting a stretch of the Carpathian Mountains known as Lemkivshchyna. Ukraine has signed – but not honoured – the Copenhagen agreement granting self-identified Lemkos minority rights status in Ukraine. This differs from neighbouring Slovakia, which identifies Lemkos as a subgroup of Ruthenians, an East Slavic minority distinct from Ukrainians.

The Musical Delights of Lyudkevych Fest

Issue 103, July 2017.
Lviv – the Ukrainian festival capital – will host a new musical festival called Lyudkevych Fest from 8-17 September. Dedicated to famed Ukrainian composer, teacher, and musical activist Stanyslav Lyudkevych, the festival will be held at 10 locations and feature 30 artists from across the country at 20 extraordinary musical events. Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city won’t want to miss out on the concerts, workshops, roundtable discussions, or educational excursions that the festival will also have to offer.

Music festival as spectacular summer vacation

Issue 103, July 2017.
Here comes the hot and sizzling July and August – the perfect time for vacations and holidays! People are looking for interesting spots to visit, to see something new and unusual. Beach and seaside resorts are too popular in summer, making it difficult and expensive to make reservations. Instead, Lviv Today encourages you to take a different vacation this summer, one full of rich experiences. Besides all the marvelous places in Ukraine that are certainly worth a visit, you can also visit one of our many nation-wide famous festivals. Ukraine may not be the main destination for foreign music fans, but it offers some very interesting options for mid-range music festivals. Choose whichever of the following it to your liking and, whatever you decide to do, enjoy your summer vacations!

Lviv Was Always the Home of Polish Star Bogdanska

Issue 103, July 2017.
Renata Bogdanska-Anders may be a Polish diva and national icon, but did you know that this remarkable woman was actually Ukrainian? Her marriage to Poland’s legendary military and political leader General Wladyslaw Anders turned her into the First Lady of the postwar Polish anti-communist diaspora, but her birth 100 years ago (12-May-1917), formative years, and rise to stardom were all spent right here in Lviv.

Stefan Behnisch: “Good universities are built around a good idea”

Issue 103, July 2017.
Stefan Behnisch, together with his partners from the firm Behnisch Architekten, has designed dozens of buildings during his successful career. His most recent project, the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Centre at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, will open September 10, 2017. In terms of design and concept, the Centre is a unique structure in Ukraine which has generated great excitement in advance of the grand opening and consecration of the new Centre. We met with architect Stefan Behnisch and spoke with him about the project, and the specific challenges he faced designing the Centre.

Pavlo Korostylov: Lviv’s June Athlete of the Month

Issue 103, July 2017.
Lviv’s Pavlo Korostylov confirmed his place as one of the most promising up-and-coming pistol shooters in the world after winning five medals

Masters-Bet EUROFANZ 2017

Issue 103, July 2017.
Lviv held the Masters-Bet EUROFANZ festival for football supporters from different countries for the 11th straight year from 29 June to 2 July. Teams of supporters from 24 different national teams and many other club teams came to Lviv to participate in a football tournament, donate gifts to charitable organisations, and to get to know one another.

Water Polo

Issue 103, July 2017.
Lviv’s Dynamo water polo team won the silver medal in the Ukrainian Super League Water Polo Championship on 18 June.

Ukraine Claims Historic Gold in European League Volleyball

Issue 103, July 2017.
Ukraine won the 2017 CEV Volleyball European League championship by knocking off powerhouse FYR Macedonia 3-1 in the gold medal match in the Danish city of Gentofte last month. Coach Ugis Krastins’ team made their first appearance in the competition this season and proved too much for FYR Macedonia, who were playing in their third straight European League final.

Football Matches in Memory of Andriy Bal

Issue 103, July 2017.
As part of the Alfa Jazz Fest schedule, football events dedicated to the iconic Ukrainian footballer Andriy Bal took place near the city’s main sports venue – Arena Lviv – on 26 June. The idea to organise the events came from Bal’s coach and friend Oleksiy Mykhailychenko, another famous Ukrainian footballer. The events centred around a match in memory of Bal, Dyamo’s legendary “Number Eight”, and featured many of his friends – well-known footballers that have played in World Cups and for teams like Dynamo Kyiv, Karpaty Lviv, and other renowned clubs.

BUCC’s Annual Lviv Reception

Issue 103, July 2017.
The British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (BUCC)’s annual Lviv Reception and Luncheon, held with the assistance of the Lviv Chamber of Commerce and in cooperation with Alfa Jazz Fest, took place at the Citadel Inn Hotel’s Garmata Restaurant on 23 June. The event saw the Leopolitan business elite mingle and dine alongside local and regional government officials and media to discuss issues of doing business in Ukraine, especially in Lviv and region.

From Canada With Love: Canadian Benefactors Help Ukrainian Kids

Issue 103, July 2017.
Thanks to the generosity of distinguished Canadian entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist James Temerty, Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital received significant equipment on 19 June to improve surgical care for the little patients. Canadian Ambassador Roman Waschuk headed the benefactors’ delegation and met with Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, while Lviv Children’s Hospital Head Physician Dmytro Kvit gave members of the delegation paintings made by kids saved through timely surgeries.

‘Ukrainian Haute Couture’ by Oksana Karavanska

Issue 103, July 2017.
The dazzling ‘Ukrainian Haute Couture’ fashion show featuring outfits by famed Ukrainian designer Oksana Karavanska took place in Lviv on 24 June as part of the Alfa Jazz Fest programme. The show was staged in a very special place – the Andrey Sheptytskyi Metropolitan Gardens on St. George’s Hill. This unique monument of 18th Century architecture and the park, normally closed to the public, welcomes the local glitterati once a year especially to enjoy this extraordinary event. The event attracted Lviv’s first lady Kateryna Kit-Sadova, TV presenters Katya Osadcha and Oleksiy Diveev-Tserkovny, designer, Victoria Gres, and singers Pavlo Tabokov and Pikkardiyska Tertsiya.

Alfa Jazz Fest 2017

Issue 103, July 2017.
Lviv’s Alfa Jazz Fest, the international open-air jazz festival held on three downtown stages every June, has grown to be one of the city’s largest and most popular events, drawing hundreds of press and over 40,000 spectators each year. First held in 2011, this is the story of how Alfa Jazz Fest became Lviv’s festival gem.

10 ‘Must-Have’ Travel Apps

Issue 103, July 2017.
With Ukrainians now able to explore their European neighbours with little more than their new biometric passports and their mobile phones, we thought we’d help out by offering the 10 must-have travel apps for your phone. Having these handy little helpers in your pocket will take the worry out of your journey and allow you to maximise your relaxing time. To keep a few extra nickels in your pocket (which you’ll need when paying €10 for a beer in London), we’ve made sure that every featured app in this article is free to download. So, happy travels!

That Never Happened: The Untold Story of How Canada Interned its Ukrainian Citizens

Issue 103, July 2017.
Imagine a place where during the Great War, Ukrainian men, women, and children were rounded-up and transported to remote places far from their homes. They had committed no crimes, nor been charged or convicted. They were then forced to spend years living behind barbed wire and providing forced labour. Can you believe that place was Canada? At the time, Canada was at war with Germany and Austria-Hungary and interned over 8,500 Ukrainians at work camps (aka concentration camps). They were forced to work on projects like road- and railway- building or in mines or on farms. Most had their savings confiscated and some never returned home. The rest of Canada’s Ukrainian population – some 80,000 people – were forced to register as “enemy aliens”.

CityLife TV – Brightly Covering the Stylish Life

Issue 103, July 2017.
The dynamic, energetic, and committed team at CityLife TV channel are sure to impress you not only with their professionalism, but also with their devotion and beauty. The charming ladies never stop taking interviews, shooting videos, and searching for the most interesting news about the luxury life. Created initially in Monaco, CityLife TV operates in Ukraine in Lviv, Kyiv, and Odesa. There are also offices in Dubai, Milan, and soon in London. Resting in hotels, eating in restaurants, hitting nightclubs, or relaxing in beauty salons – you can always find the latest news about the luxury lifestyle on CityLife TV. If you’re looking for the coolest venues, hottest events, or chic tips, then this groovy, captivating, and progressive channel is just for you. Lviv Today invited Kateryna Liubchyk, one of the hosts on CityLife TV, to tell us more about the channel and her exciting work.

Belleville – the new ambitious project of the city of the future

Issue 103, July 2017.
Lviv’s ‘Belgian Village’ started its development nearly five years ago and after successfully finishing two projects (one of 312 apartments and one of 110 houses), on July 7th company presented the most innovative project yet – Belleville, located 8 km outside the Lviv ring road in a forested area.