Issue 105, October 2017

Issue 105, October 2017

Lviv Half Marathon Grand Prix

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s Grand Prix Half Marathon will come to town on October 29. Leopolitan runners and guests of the city will be able to race the 21 km main course, the 10 km ‘Lviv Run’, the 5 km ‘Grand Prix Lviv Run’, or the 2 km ‘Winners Run’. There is also the 21 km Chamber Cup relay, which will see three participants run 5 km and one run 6 km.

Patricia Kaas in Lviv

Issue 105, October 2017.
Patricia Kaas, a distinguished singer who has worked hard to make a name in the French music scene, will visit Lviv on 20 October. While the international music scene is largely dotted with British and American singers, Kaas worked her way up to bring fame for France. She started singing at eight and her career took off when she was hired by the German Saarbrucken club at 13.

Smooth Jazz Artist Keiko Matsui

Issue 105, October 2017.
Japanese contemporary jazz icon Keiko Matsui will delight Leopolitan jazz lovers and guests of the city with one of her stunning live shows in Lviv on November 6. The star of Smooth Jazz radio started playing the piano at five years old and has released 22 albums since her first in 1987. Matsui’s music is powerful and introspective, blending both Western and Eastern musical influences.

Cheese & Wine Fest 2017

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s Art Palace is the place to be from October 20-22 if you want to celebrate the famous romance between cheese and wine. Many of Ukraine’s independent retailers from the cheese and wine world will be on hand in one of the most anticipated events in Lviv’s culinary calendar. Festivalgoers can sample delicious cheeses from local dairies and match cheeseboards and chutneys with delicious wines from regional vineyards.

HoReCa Festival-Show

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s Pivdenyi-EXPO exhibition centre will play host to the HoReCa show for the hospitality, hotel, and restaurant industries from 1-3 November. Organisers promise three days of unforgettable emotions, plunging attendees into a new world of possibilities, seminars, and presentations of brands and services.

Ukrainian Automotive Forum

Issue 105, October 2017.
The Leopolis Hall will play host to the Ukrainian Automotive Forum on October 31. A major focus of the forum will be the positive investment trend gathering momentum in Ukraine – major international automotive component manufacturers have been opening up production facilities in the country, primarily in Western Ukraine, to serve their customers just over the border in the EU. In addition, Ukraine’s domestic car, bus, and truck manufacturers are posting increased sales and production figures as economic growth gathers pace.Forum participants plan to formalize the emergence of the automotive components cluster at the event.

One Day Shop Halloween Party

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s One Day Shop is the perfect place to shop for authentic souvenirs, designer clothes from up-and-coming Ukrainian brands, and to spend some quality time with your friends and family. The fair offers a large selection of Ukrainian brands to choose from, as well as an artisan food court where Leopolitans and guests of the city can find homemade jams, cupcakes, famous Lviv chocolate, and much more.

Alessandro Safina in Lviv

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre will host a concert of one of Italy’s most famous vocalists – Alessandro Safina – on 16 November. Possessing a commanding tenor voice that is equally at home singing both pop and opera, Safina often blurs the boundaries between the two. Born in 1963 in Sienna, Italy, he achieved fame with his biggest hit ‘Luna (Only You)’, from the soundtrack of Portuguese serial ‘O Clone (The Clone)’. He has collaborated with the likes of British soprano Sarah Brightman, American soprano Barbara Hendricks, Korean soprano Sumi Jo, pop star Elton John, and even movie star Ewan McGregor.

23rd German Film Festival

Issue 105, October 2017.
For over 20 years now, the German Film Festival has offered a unique insight into the world of film in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Much has happened over that time, but German cinema has kept up with the times by becoming more international and diverse. This development mirrors not only changes to the film medium, but also societal developments, which are popular themes for filmmakers.

Khrystyna Soloviy’s solo concert

Issue 105, October 2017.
Beautiful Ukrainian folk singer Khrystyna Soloviy will perform at Lviv’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre on 7 November. Born just outside the city in Drohobych to a family of choral conductors, Soloviy moved to Lviv and headed the Lemkovyna choir for three years. She also teamed with Okean Elzy frontman Svyatoslav Vakarchuk (also from Lviv) to reach the semifinals of Ukraine’s version of The Voice (Holos Krainy).

XVII Lviv International Economic Forum

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s 17th International Economic Forum (LIEF) – the driving force behind Ukraine’s “industrial revolution” – will take place in the Western Ukrainian capital from 26-27 October. The forum is a major international conference focused on the future of economic development. Held annually in Lviv, it’s not just for or about Ukraine, but an innovative platform that covers the global agenda.

Gianni Versace Exhibition by Alexandre Stefani

Issue 105, October 2017.
To mark the 20th anniversary of couturier Gianni Versace’s death, private collector Alexandre Stefani will present his carefully curated collection of Versace pieces as part of the Lviv Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2018 program. Versace was one of Italy’s most influential designers and to this day, his empire remains one of the most fascinating couture houses in the world. Versace acquired his unprecedented standing in the world of fashion thanks to his comprehensive knowledge of fabrics and the art of design he acquired while working as a buyer in his mother’s small family business. He became one of the world’s most renowned designers, creating fashion for stars like Naomi Campbell, Sting, and Michael Jackson in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lviv Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018

Issue 105, October 2017.
The Lviv Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 edition is set to roll out its red carpet from 26-29 October. Once again, this glamorous event will be hosted mainly at Lviv’s D. Halytskyi International Airport, while other events will be held at new locations, like the Metropolitan A. Sheptytsky Centre and the Machine Hall at Lviv Polytechnic National University. As always, the event will feature some of Ukraine’s most renowned designers, including Marta Wachholz, Vozianov, Oksana Mukha by Kateryna Yalova, Lesia Semi, Couture de Fleur, and Olena Dats. Roksolana Bogutska will host a special show at the Mirotel Resort & Spa in Truskavets on 4 November.

Golden Autumn 2017

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv has a long history with the sport of archery – the World Archery Federation was founded in the city way back in 1931! The Western Ukrainian capital is home to Ukraine’s leading archery school and boasts a long list of international and Olympic champions testifying to the caliber of local talent. Lviv’s Dynamo Stadium played host to the 54th Gold Autumn archery competition from 12-16 September, which featured 230 athletes from around Europe and across Ukraine.

Lviv Wins 4th Straight Water Polo Championship

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s SKA sport complex hosted the Ukraine Cup 2017 water polo competition on 24 September. The event saw hometown favourites Dynamo top the 10 best teams in Ukraine to defeat team of Kharkiv region 11-5 in the final to claim their fourth straight title.

Ukraine’s Incredible Invictus Games Debut

Issue 105, October 2017.
The Invictus Games – a sporting festival that saw more than 550 veterans from 17 countries compete in 12 disciplines – wrapped up with a star-studded closing ceremony in Toronto, Canada on 30 September. Ukraine was invited to participate for the first time and sent a team of 15 athletes to participate in events like athletics, powerlifting, swimming, archery, rowing on simulators, and highway cycling.

Big Plate a Big Part of Lviv’s Culinary Landscape

Issue 105, October 2017.
Each year thousands of tourists from around the globe come to Lviv to indulge in the city’s ancient spirit, relax and, of course, visit our many local restaurants to experience our culinary tradition. What you might not know is that Lviv has a long history as some venues were hospitably welcoming guests hundreds of years ago!

IT Arena 2017

Issue 105, October 2017.
Eastern Europe’s largest tech event – Lviv’s IT Arena – brought 2,300 industry professionals to the city from 29 September to 1 October. Representatives from some of the world’s leading companies, investors, startups, experts, and students gathered to discuss three areas of IT: business, technology, and product.

Lviv Airport at World Routes Forum

Issue 105, October 2017.
Representatives from Lviv’s D. Halytskyi International Airport, together with city officials, participated in the World Routes forum in Barcelona, Spain from 23-26 September.

Lviv Coffee Festival

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s original Coffee Festival thrilled over 150,000 coffee lovers last month as the popular festival rolled through the Western Ukrainian capital for the 11th time from 21-24 September. An important event for the each of the city’s unique coffeehouses, the event features artisan coffee and gourmet sweet tastings and demonstrations from Lviv’s world-class baristas. Other events this year included the ‘Bikes Coffee Mile’, Ukraine’s ‘Grind&Brew’ Championship, the KavaExpo coffee fair, the exclusive presentation of Coffee Wine, and the exciting Kulchytsky Coffee Cup competitions.

Rebellious Artists Exhibition

Issue 105, October 2017.
On 26 September Lviv Art Palace featured opening of the special exhibition of artists expelled from the National Union of Ukrainian Artists.

Festive Opening of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Centre

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) marked the start of the new academic year with ‘Celebration Week’ from 9-14 September. The events marked the culmination of the university’s ‘Comprehensive Campaign’ and featured a concert at the Opera Theatre, a pilgrimage to Galician spiritual centres, a series of lectures and discussions, a TEDx conference, and a meeting between graduates of the Lviv Theological Academy, UCU, and the UCU Business School.

Lviv Book Forum

Issue 105, October 2017.
Publishers and authors flocked to Lviv last month for the annual Lviv Book Forum. Founded in 1994, the literature festival and market attracts not only publishers, writers, and readers, but also famous celebrities, athletes, politicians, educators, and journalists, making it one of the most important social events of the season. The event featured thousands of new books and dozens of presentations and literary releases. There were also plenty of original works by Ukrainian authors, many of which focused on current events, like the War in Donbas, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the EuroMaidan Revolution.

Rapid Trident 2017

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv Region’s Yavoriv International Peacekeeping Centre hosted the NATO Rapid Trident 2017 multinational military exercise from 8-23 September. This year’s exercise involved nearly 1,800 personnel from 14 nations in Europe, the UK, and North America. It was held at the request of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense according to the agreement that the US will continue to train and advise Ukrainian security forces until 2020.

Why independent Ukraine is the ultimate post-Habsburg nation

Issue 105, October 2017.
Twenty-six years since it first gained independence, people still routinely refer to today’s Ukraine as a post-Soviet country. The Soviet experience, together with the Russian imperial epoch that came before it, are widely accepted as the definitive historical foundations underpinning the modern Ukrainian state. This highly Kremlin-centric perspective on Ukrainian history completely ignores the major roles played by numerous other powers in the formation of the Ukrainian nation, such as the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire.

Lviv Airport at World Routes Forum

Issue 105, October 2017.
Representatives from Lviv’s D. Halytskyi International Airport, together with city officials, participated in the World Routes forum in Barcelona, Spain from 23-26 September. World Routes is the major global meeting space for airline, airport, and aviation stakeholders. The forum presented an unrivalled platform for route development professionals to discuss, develop, and plan their network strategies. Providing unique cost and time-saving benefits, this must-attend event attracts senior decision makers from the world’s leading aviation organisations. Over the jam-packed three day schedule, 3,000 delegates took part in over 13,000 face-to-face meetings to discuss new or existing air services.