Issue 111, April 2018

Issue 111, April 2018

Sensational B&B Project

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s cosy S. Ludkevich Philharmonic Concert Hall will host a concert by Kyiv-based cover band the B&B Project (Bandura & Bayan) on 22 April. The group is famous for their covers of classical and modern songs using Ukrainian folk instruments like the bandura, which is similar to a lute but with 31 to 68 strings, and the bayan, which is a buttoned accordion.

‘Movie Romance’ French Film Festival

Issue 111, April 2018.
With hard-hitting dramas, imaginative comedies, and exciting thrillers, the latest edition of the Alliance French Film Festival – ‘Movie Romance’ – doesn’t disappoint. Lighting up Lviv’s screens from 19 to 23 April, the 2018 program features a diverse mix of titles showcasing the very best of French cinematic storytelling. All films will be shown in French and feature Ukrainian subtitles. Below we’ve put together an exceptional array of intriguing films which are sure to delight, stimulate, and engage French film fans of all shapes and sizes.

Craft Beer & Vinyl Music Fest

Issue 111, April 2018.
We’re not surprised that beer is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but a few things did amaze us. Did you know that 177 billion litres of beer ae consumed every year – that’s more that 5,600 litres every second! That’s a lot of beer! Beer lovers rejoice – from 4 to 6 May you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite drink at !FESTRepublic Club’s Craft Beer & Vinyl Music Festival.

Lviv Century Bike Race

Issue 111, April 2018.
The Lviv Century is a major cycling event organised by local clubs both as a social event for cyclists and as a fundraiser for their other activities. On 5 May, cyclists will set out on a 100 km race from city centre. The race will be completed within 10 hours and will feature a number of rest stops along the way, where riders will find food, water, and toilets.

Engineering Job Fair

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s Polytechnic University is all ‘geared up’ to host the 11th Engineering Job Fair from 25 to 26 April. Organised by the BEST student group, the event will attract representatives from more than 40 companies in the fields of information technology, electronics, auditing, education, and engineering. Eventgoers will be introduced to their companies and currently open vacancies. Since 2007, Lviv Polytechnic has been hosting the event that offers students programming like workshops, engineering competitions, and employer introductions.

Ukraine vs. Hungary Europe Conference Rugby

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s renewed Unist Stadium will play host to the Rugby Europe Conference game between Ukraine and Hungary. The Europe Conference is the third-tier rugby union competition behind the Championship and Trophy leagues.

Kvitka – Familiar, and Yet Still Unknown

Issue 111, April 2018.
A special concerts dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the birth of the incredible Kvitka Cisyk will take place at Lviv’s charming M. Zankovetska Drama Theatre on 28 and 30 April. Born in the USA to a family of Ukrainian emigrants, Cisyk studied at the New York Conservatory, where she mastered vocal technique and perfected her voice – a very rare coloratura soprano timbre.

The Great Gatsby Ballet

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Lviv’s beautiful Opera & Ballet Theatre will play host to the amazing Great Gatsby Ballet Show on 23 April. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s popular novel and Baz Luhrman’s Oscar-winning 2013 film, the show brings to life the riotous and pleasure-seeking world of 1920s America. Featuring dancers from renowned international ballet companies, the characters embody the jaded society of the filthy rich, living in a frenzy of jazz and opportunity, but whose world is superficial and empty of real emotion.

Lviv SMM Forum

Issue 111, April 2018.
The Social Media Marketing (SMM) Forum is a premiere event for digital and social marketing professionals that will take place at Arena Lviv on 28 April. If your job is to manage social media marketing, but you’re struggling to keep up with the ever-changing nature of social marketing, this event is for you. You’ll be amazed at how many people you will connect with who are just like you! Bringing together marketers, creators, and businesses, the Lviv SMM Forum promises to be a phenomenal opportunity to discover the latest tactics, network with top social marketers, and master social media in 2018.

Lviv Media Forum

Issue 111, April 2018.
Every year, more than 1,000 media representatives participate in the Lviv Media Forum, the largest media event in Central and Eastern Europe. Gathering editors-in-chief, leading journalists, business professionals, civil society, and academia, as well as representatives from state and international organisations, the Lviv Media Forum trains media practitioners from across Ukraine that cover business, governance, and other developmental issues.

Carpathian Oil & Gas Conference

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s newly-opened Grand Hotel will be the site of the Carpathian Oil & Gas Conference on 17-18 May. The conference will bring together representatives from companies operating in the Carpathian region, including Ukraine, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. The event will focus on advanced technologies for geological survey and exploration, production of oil and gas, well stimulation, well workover and recovery services, infrastructure development, and trading in oil and gas.

International Dog Shows

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv will be the place to take in two international dog shows on 12-13 May – the Lemberg Cup and the Olga Nizova Memorial. Both shows are family-friendly affairs where you’ll be able to meet hundreds of dogs, chat with owners, and watch world-class competitions.

Razomfest Literary & Music Festival

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s popular Razomfest Literary & Music Festival returns for a fifth event on 12-13 May. Razomfest is a forum for artists, scholars, writers, musicians, and anyone interested in the fusion of music and literature. Focusing on modern Ukrainian literature, the festival aims to stimulate creativity and originality and reflect the intertwined connection of music and literature through a selection of performances.

City of Professions

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Lviv’s picturesque Ivan Franko Park will morph into a City of Professions on 19 May, a place where children can try their hands at over 60 different professions. The mini-city will offer children city passports and their first ’fun’ money to experience some role-playing fun while their parents relax in the park.

Children’s Reading Festival

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The Children’s Reading Festival is a cultural celebration designed not only for children, but also for parents and adults to experience the joy of reading in a family-friendly environment. The event encourages learning and self-education from a young age, helping to raise a generation of leaders, scholars, and professionals that will contribute to the development of their society. It’s an entertaining three days of discovery, creativity, and excitement that showcase’s modern Ukrainian children’s literature. Attracting more than 50 international and local publishers, fans will be able to sit down with some of Ukraine’s top children’s authors as they feature their personal works.

Miss Lviv 2018 Casting

Issue 111, April 2018.
Attention Leopolitan girls! If you are young, beautiful, and confident, then this story is for you! On 26 April, Lviv’s chic Glory Café will host the casting for the Miss Lviv 2018 pageant. Ladies aged 16 to 24 are invited to come out to try to impress the jury with their skills, style, and personalities in an effort to qualify for this year’s event finals at Lviv’s luxurious Opera & Ballet Theatre.

Flugery Lvova Jazz & Folk Music Festival

Issue 111, April 2018.
One of Lviv’s trademark events, the Flugery Lvova Jazz & Folk Music Festival provides a stage for both eminent jazz groups and those just starting out. Every year since 2003, the event has grown with new initiatives and more prominent groups.

The Extravagant Freedom Ballet

Issue 111, April 2018.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard that the Freedom Ballet’s superb dancers will be in Lviv on 15 May to perform their modern Shafa (Closet) dance show. With the jauntily experimental spirit of its artistic director and choreographer Olena Kolyadenko, the show features 14 superb dancers presenting an engaging blend of movement, light, and sound.

Europe Cup Bodybuilding Championships

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s Malevich Night Club will host the World Amateur Body Building Association (WABBA)’s Europe Cup championships on 19 May.

Circus Water Show

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The Circus Water Show invites you on an amazing journey, where performers entertain under water, on the water, in the air, and on shore! Be ready to give thunderous applause for the fairy-like show’s jugglers, mermaid-aerialists, clowns, and quick-change artists.

Lviv City Day

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As the thriving heart of Western Ukraine, Lviv comes alive each May with a diverse and exciting range of events and activities to ignite national pride and unity and to encourage a sense of community. The events draw hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to the Western Ukrainian capital to celebrate as a collective what it means to be a Leopolitan.

Barkom-Kazhany in Volleyball National Championship

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s Barkom-Kazhany volleyball team is set to face Kharkiv’s Lokomotiv in Ukraine’s Volleyball Super League finals on 11 April after dispatching Khmelnytskyi’s Novator in the semifinals.

International Lviv Cup Karate

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s SKA bike track hosted the International Lviv Cup karate tournament from 24-25 March.

Lviv’s GM Anna Muzychuk wins European Blitz Chess Championship

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s chess phenom GM Anna Muzychuk was once again named the European ACP women’s blitz chess champion after besting 78 of the world’s top chess players from 16 countries at the championships in Tbilisi, Georgia last month.

Lviv Rising Stars 2018

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s Gratsya Sports Complex hosted the Lviv Rising Stars sports dance competition on 14 April.

Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over One of Ukraine’s Most Magical Cities

Issue 111, April 2018.
Kamyanets-Podilsky is known as Ukraine’s ‘Pearl-on-the-Stone’ thanks to its postcard-worthy 12th Century fortress on the banks of the Smotrych River canyon. A national monument since 1928, the river forms a natural moat, ensuring that the fortress wouldn’t look out of place on a Game of Thrones set. The nearby Old Town boasts of 170 historical monuments, a tribute to its thousand-year heritage as a crossroads of medieval trade routes. Different cultures and peoples have brought their own traditions and architecture to one of Ukraine’s oldest cities, and you can still find Polish, Ukrainian, and Armenian markets.

LVIV’S FIRST ETHNOFASHIONDAY

Issue 111, April 2018.
On April 15th the square in front of the Lviv’s Opera and Ballet theatre played host for the EthnoFashionDay, a fashion show featuring Ukrainian ethno outfits.

IDEAL AUTOMOBILE OF THE FUTURE ALREADY IN LVIV

Issue 111, April 2018.
Powerful, daring and impeccable Jaguar I-PACE opens new dimensions of the electric car designs. On March 11th at Lviv’s Malevych night club Leopolitan public, for the first time in Ukraine was delighted with exclusive presentation of Jaguar I-PACE - the first sports electric car, redesigned by British automobile manufacturer from the scratch into something completely unique. Presentation was organized by company “Imperi Motors”, official dealership of Jaguar Land Rover in Western Ukraine.

Grand Hotel Lviv’s Star-Studded Launch Party

Issue 111, April 2018.
The official launch party for Lviv’s elite Grand Hotel had a bit of a Hollywood feel after American socialite Paris Hilton – the great-granddaughter of eponymous hotelier Conrad Hilton - was in attendance. The celebrity heiress and reality TV star arrived in Ukraine together with her fiancée actor Chris Zylka for the opening of a hotel where she also performed a DJ set.

Austrian President Visits Lviv

Issue 111, April 2018.
Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen visited Lviv on 15 March, where he met with city and regional leaders to discuss the possibilities of cooperation between the Lviv region and the Alpine country. During his visit to Lviv, van der Bellen and his spouse took a stroll through the city centre, visited the Austrian library, and met with students at the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Lviv Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2018

Issue 111, April 2018.
Ukraine’s fashion capital hosted Lviv Fashion Week from 22-25 March – four days filled with buzz, gossip, shows, and of course, clothes! The glamorous event was mainly hosted at Lviv’s D. Halytskyi International Airport and featured the autumn and winter collections from some of Ukraine’s most renowned designers – Vozianov, Kateryna Karol, Couture de Fleur, Ivanna Yukhymchuk, and J. Perekriostova. Leopolitan fashionistas and guests of the city also took in a number of educational roundtables and enjoyed the main showroom, where they had the chance to purchase stylish clothes, bags, shoes, and other fashion accessories from over 30 popular Ukrainian and foreign brands.

French Ambassador Launches French Spring in Lviv

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s History Museum was the site for the official launch of French Spring 2018, an event designed to popularize French culture, from art and cinema to music and the culinary arts. Organised by the Institute Francais d’Ukraine, Alliance Francaise (AF), and the Embassy of France in nine Ukrainian cities including Lviv, the event was officially opened by French Ambassador Isabelle Dumont.

‘Street Food So Good’ Festival

Issue 111, April 2018.
It took us awhile to bite, but now Leopolitans won’t let go of their street food. The last couple of years have seen food trucks and pop-up cafes sprout up like mushrooms all over the city, each catering to the hungry hordes with a different brand of cheap ‘n cheerful snacks and meals. In a city famed for its culinary diversity, it may be that fast food now reigns supreme.

SHOco: sweet moments of life

Issue 111, April 2018.
SHOco – the award-winning modern confectionary-bakery – is the perfect place for early breakfasts, brunches with friends, or business meetings. Shoco’s confectioners delight guests every day with a wide choice of fresh pastries, including eclairs with different fillings, French macaroons, original cakes, crispy fragrant croissants, and tender cheesecakes – and that’s just a small part of their menu!

Unique Wines at Muscat

Issue 111, April 2018.
The Muscat restaurant recently enriched its wine list with some excellent new choices. Stop in to try the supple Sparkling Shiraz 2010 from South Australia’s Schild Estate, which is harmoniously paired with the josper oven-prepared pork fillet. The stunning confit goose leg deserves a tipple of La Crotta di Vegneron’s Pinot Noir Bianco 2015.

Veles Gallery: Five Years of Beauty

Issue 111, April 2018.
Lviv’s popular Veles Gallery (4A Fredra St.) recently celebrated their fifth anniversary. Lviv Today was on hand to mark the occasion and sat down with gallery owner Halyna Tryntsolyn to speak about the gallery’s creative achievements.

ibis Styles Lviv Center is Your Stylish Hotel in the Heart of Lviv

Issue 111, April 2018.
Located right in the UNESCO World Heritage-recognised center of Lviv on 3 Shukhevycha Street, the ibis Styles Lviv Center is the first ibis Styles hotel anywhere in the CIS. Owned by leading European hotel operator AccorHotels, the modern seven-storey stylish hotel combines the design elements of Ukrainian national culture and functional comfort.

British thriller writer inspired by Ukraine

Issue 111, April 2018.
Alex Shaw was once a Kyiv expat – now his books bring contemporary Ukraine to global audiences British novelist Alex Shaw is one of the few English-language authors to achieve international recognition for stories set in contemporary Ukraine. The former Kyiv expat has scored a string of successes with novels revolving around the escapades of Aidan Snow, a fictional former British Special Forces soldier with an affinity for all things Ukrainian. Shaw was first inspired to write while living and working in 1990s Kyiv. Despite leaving Ukraine some years ago, he has maintained his links with the country, using Ukrainian backdrops to great effect in his literary endeavours and visiting the country at every opportunity together with his Ukrainian wife. “I grew up in England,” he says, “but in my heart I feel Ukrainian.”