Issue 112, May 2018

Issue 112, May 2018

Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon

Issue 112, May 2018.
If you are active, athletic, and know how to enjoy life, then the Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon is the event for you! On 10 June, Leopolitan runners and guests of the city will race the 21 km main course, the 10+11.097 km relay, or the 5 km or 1 km runs.

Forpost Medieval Festival

Issue 112, May 2018.
Looking to experience the life and times of the medieval times? Kamyanets-Podilsky’s Forpost Festival offers Leopolitans and guests of the city the wonderful opportunity to meet old-time heroes, beautiful ladies, and brave knights.

New Wave Exhibition & Festival

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s !FESTRepublic club will play host to the New Wave Exhibition, a weekend festival of the creative industries, from 25-27 May. With panel discussions, exhibitions, and talks and gigs by artists, innovators, and industry leaders, this three-day event examines the creative and business connections between art and industry.

Porto Franko Creative Festival

Issue 112, May 2018.
Locations across the regional capital of Ivano-Frankivsk will host the Porto Franko festival, a contemporary art event rightly believed to be among the most important on the Ukrainian art scene, from 13-17 June. The event features tonnes of music, theatre and dance performances, film screenings, and art installations. This year’s theme is “Air Port” and the Ivano-Frankivsk International Airport will serve as the festival’s main artistic hub, while the festival’s main sponsor is Antonov Airlines. In addition to the airport, other intriguing event venues include City Hall, Potocki Palace, the Railway Station, and the Promprylad plant.

Purr-fect Pets at Cat Show

Issue 112, May 2018.
Crazy for cats? More than 200 of the world’s most pampered and ‘purr-fect’ felines will take over the Lviv Palace of Aesthetic Education for Youth for the International Cat Show. There will be rare breeds on display (ever heard of the ‘werewolf cat’?

Westland Festival

Issue 112, May 2018.
Kicking off the summer music festival season in Lviv is the Westland Festival at Arena Lviv on 9 June. This massive eight-hour non-stop electronic music festival will premiere this year in Lviv with a lineup packed with some of the biggest names in electronic music. The headliner is Dutch DJ icon Sander van Doorn, who began recording in 2004.

LvivKlezFest Returns!

Issue 112, May 2018.
LvivKlezFest – Lviv’s annual Klezmer Festival returns! The Klezmer Festival is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating traditional Jewish music (the joyful type typically associated with weddings and bar mitzvahs). The event generally brings this corner of Ukraine to a standstill with some 200,000 people expected to attend events from 15 May to 10 June. So, while the music might be ‘traditional’, it is still mighty popular!

Leopolis Grand Prix Roars into Lviv

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s Leopolis Grand Prix, a retro car festival started by Ukrainian retro car enthusiasts seven years ago, returns to the Western Ukrainian capital on 1-3 June. The event is designed to mark the first Leopolis Grand Prix held in 1930, to promote motor tourism in Lviv and Ukraine, and to popularise the restoration of classic cars. The track used is the same as the original and is known as the Lviv Triangle, running from Vitovskoho to I. Franko to Stryska and Maidan Heroes.

Batyars on Bicycles

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s popular Batyars on Bicycles retro bike ride returns to the city on 9 June. The event is designed to pay tribute to the city’s past and, especially, the Batyar culture that used to flourish here. In the 19th and 20th Centuries, Lviv Batyars were witty, cocky, adventurous youth that spoke with a special dialect.

Lviv Women’s Cycling Parade

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s Women’s Cycling Parade has become a Leopolitan tradition and will be held this year for the eighth time. There has been a noticeable increase in cyclists in the city, yet very few are women – only between 12 to 20 percent, depending on the day of the week. There are still many challenges for cyclists in Lviv yet cycling can be very rewarding if you follow the rules of the road and stay calm.

XXX VII Virtuosi Academic Music Festival

Issue 112, May 2018.
The Lviv Philharmonic Society Theatre’s Virtuosi Academic Music Festival is one of Lviv’s greatest cultural-music events. Since 1981, this festival has been a brilliant opportunity for music lovers to hear live performances from some of the world’s most famous classical musicians.

Children’s KinoFest

Issue 112, May 2018.
Since 2014, Children’s KinoFest has supported the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for children and teens through its international film festival. The event invites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. It has become the largest and most respected film festival in Ukraine specifically designed for children and their families. Each year the festival screens films from dozens of countries for over 40,000 people in Lviv, Kyiv, and 20 other Ukrainian cities. This year’s festival will take place from 25 May to 3 June.

Garmyder Crafts Festival – Summer Camp Edition

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s picturesque Horihovyi Hay Park will play host to the creative Garmyder Crafts Festival on the 9-10 June weekend. This year’s event will feature all the fun and excitement of summer vacation camp and will delight Leopolitans and guests of the city with a variety of indoor and outdoor crafts and food stalls. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as creating something for yourself.

Ukrainian New Wave. Runaway.

Issue 112, May 2018.
Featuring the best short films by Ukrainian film directors that debuted this year, the Ukrainian New Wave. Runaway. film festival will be held at Lviv’s IMAX cinemas from 7 June. Initiated by the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre in 2012, the festival presents audiences with the finest cinematic works by up-and-coming filmmakers whose works were screened at film festivals worldwide.

New Wave Exhibition & Festival

Issue 112, May 2018.
New Wave Exhibition & Festival 25-27 May at !FESTRepublic Club (24-36 Staroznesenska St.) Lviv’s !FESTRepbulic club will play host to the New Wave Exhibition, a weekend festival of the creative industries, from 25-27 May. With panel discussions, exhibitions, talks, and gigs by artists, innovators, and industry leaders, this three-day event Lviv’s !FESTRepublic club will play host to the New Wave Exhibition, a weekend festival of the creative industries, from 25-26 May. With panel discussions, exhibitions, and talks and gigs by artists, innovators, and industry leaders, this three-day event examines the creative and business connections between art and industry. The event explores income-generating opportunities for artists and creative entrepreneurs across a variety of disciplines, including fashion, music, film, animation, and digital media. More festival than conference, the event is a celebration of Ukrainian artistic endeavor as well as a networking opportunity for collaborative sharing between artists and creative entrepreneurs. Festival highlights will include performances by NovaЯ – the world’s one and only laser harp player, DJ Raft Tone, the Garage Drum Show, the Duo Eos aerial gymnasts, and the spectacular ILuminad light show. Tickets are 100-250 UAH. For more information, please visit facebook.com/newwaveexhibition/. Prior to the NWE (New Wave Exhibition), festival organizer Olenka Royuk took time from her schedule to answer some questions for Lviv Today.

March Athlete of the Month: Solomiya Brateyko

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s 17 yeasr old Solomiya Brateyko was awarded Athlete of the Month for March based on her performance at the 2018 BELGOSSTRAKH European Under 21 Championships in Minsk, which took place during March 8-11.

Lviv’s Halychanka Ukrainian Handball Champions

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s incredible Halychanka women’s handball team won their fourth Ukrainian Super League championship after edging Uzhhorod’s Karpaty 14-13 (28-28) on 29 April.

Lviv’s Barkom-Kazhany Wins Super League Volleyball

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv Today congratulates the Barkom-Kazhany players for winning the Ukrainian Super League Championship on 29 April! Lviv defeated Kharkiv’s Lokomotiv in the final with a dramatic and emotional 3-1 win (25-23, 18-25, 25-19, 25-19). Lviv’s Volodomyr Tevkun led the way with a determined effort and 16 points.

UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour

Issue 112, May 2018.
The UEFA Champions League trophy paraded through Lviv on 30 April on its way across Ukraine. UEFA Champions League has millions of fans globally and Ukrainian football fans in the cities of Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, and Mariupol that dream of one day seeing their own club lift the trophy were able to get up close and get a photo with the cup.

Lviv teams at Rugby National Championship

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s newly-renovated specialized Sokil Stadium hosted the second tour of the women’s rugby sevens division on 12 May. Eight teams took part in the competition, including two from Lviv – Levytsy and Ground Forces Academy.

Olena Dats’ Gallery Celebrates Spring

Issue 112, May 2018.
As has become a Spring tradition in Lviv, the Olena Dats Gallery presented the cruise collection of the namesake designer last month. Charming models - friends and clients of designer -full of colour, romance, and the spirit of travel wowed those lucky enough to be in attendance.

Lviv’s First Shared Service Centre Forum

Issue 112, May 2018.
Ukrainian and regional shared services (SSC) and business process outsourcing (BPO) experts gathered for the Ukrainian Shared Service Centre Forum at Lviv’s SoftServe Headquarters on 26 April. Organised by PwC Central & Eastern Europe with Lviv City and Regional governments, the forum attracted SSC practitioners, advisors, technology providers, and other experts to discuss the opportunities stemming from Ukraine’s emergence as an attractive destination for SSC and BPO operations in the region. For example, Lviv attracted Nestle’s SSC five years ago and the company now employs over 1100 employees. VEON (Kyivstar) is also pleased with the success it has seen with its SSC in Lviv.

Spring Business Forum

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s annual Spring Business Forum, held 19-20 April, brought together investment managers, consultants, IT representatives, members of Lviv City Council, and others from the manufacturing, retail, and property sectors.

Ukrainian President Visits Lviv

Issue 112, May 2018.
President Petro Poroshenko visited the Western Ukrainian capital on 20 April for a working visit. The Head of State took part in the Agroport West Lviv agricultural exhibition and emphasised the importance of carrying out reforms in the agricultural sector to promote Ukrainian business and attract foreign investment. While in the city, the President announced plans to launch a narrow-gauge railway from Lviv to Europe.

Miss Lviv 2018 Casting

Issue 112, May 2018.
Over 100 of the most beautiful and talented ladies in the Lviv region were drawn to Gloria Café on 26 April to try to win a coveted spot at the Miss Lviv 2018 contest at the Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre on 21 June. Using a combination of their beauty, wit, and modelling talents, the lovely ladies made their best efforts to impress the jury.

Lviv celebrated city day

Issue 112, May 2018.
This year’s Celebration of the City Day took place on May 5th-6th. Most of the celebrations with a rich and colorful entertainment program were concentrated in the central part of the city. To mark Lviv’s City Day, Mayor Andriy Sadovyi recognised 47 of the city’s most accomplished citizens with special titles and awards at a special city council meeting at city hall.

Lviv Celebrates Vyshyvanka Day

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s city centre was the site for the official start of the Vyshyvanka (Embroidered Shirt) Festival on 12 May. Held for the third time, the event was part of celebrations marking World Vyshyvanka Day.

Lviv Real Estate - Top 10 Investor Tips

Issue 112, May 2018.
A thriving IT industry, close links to the EU and an expected international tourism boom make now the ideal time to invest in Ukraine’s fairytale city While Lviv is only Ukraine’s seventh largest city, it has established itself as the country’s No.2 real estate market. These top 10 tips should provide some insight into the many Lviv-specific factors that make the west Ukrainian capital such an attractive but challenging city for potential investors.