Issue 113, June 2018

Issue 113, June 2018

Exhibition of Qing Dynasty Treasures

Issue 113, June 2018.
This summer Leopolitans and guests of the city will have the wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Qing dynasty – the last empire to rule China – at the ‘Treasures of the Qing Dynasty’ exhibition at Potocky Palace. After overthrowing the Ming dynasty, the Qing reigned between 1644 and 1912 and was only the second major empire ruled by an ethnic group other than the dominant Han Chinese. Spanning over 300 years, the Qing dynasty was one of the largest in history and is known for its flourishing art scene and innovations in printing production and weaponry.

Lviv Open Cup Arm Wrestling Tournament

Issue 113, June 2018.
Lviv’s Malevich Night Club is looking to find the region’s best arm wrestler when they host the Lviv Open Cup 2018 international arm wrestling tournament on 24 June. Popularised in this part of the world thanks to the 1987 Sylvester Stallone movie ‘Over the Top’, the sport remains very popular in Ukraine.

Oscar Shorts Film Screenings

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Lviv’s IMAX cinemas will screen compelling stories from the world’s best Oscar-nominated live action short films from 21 to 27 June. Watching every Oscar-nominated film is a noble endeavour; and a lengthy one. There are usually 10 films nominated for Best Picture, so you’d spend nearly a full day in front of the screen to catch them all.

Vietnam Day in Lviv

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Vietnamese culture is among the oldest in Southeast Asia, dating back to the Bronze-age Đông Sơn. Leopolitan culture lovers and guests of the city have the wonderful opportunity to get to know more about the Vietnamese during Vietnam Day in Lviv on 21 June.

Fête de la Musique 2018

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The Fête de la Musique, also known as the worldwide celebration of music, is an annual music festival taking place in cities around the world on 21 June. Created by French Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1982, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 740 sites in 116 cities worldwide, including Lviv.

Lviv Yoga Day

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Why not come on down to Lviv’s iconic Rynok Square and join in Yoga Day celebrations with the experts? From 15:00 to 22:00 on the 23-24 June weekend, Leopolitan fitness lovers and guests of the city can choose a mat and be led through a series of different yoga practices, learning about the many benefits of the ancient practice along the way. Unlike many other forms of exercise, yoga suits all ages and abilities and is both relaxing and invigorating. It is proven to improve strength, flexibility, and breathing while boosting physical and mental well-being.

Miss Lviv 2018

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Lviv’s beautiful Opera & Ballet Theatre will see some of the region’s emerging beauties compete for the right to be called Miss Lviv 2018 on 21 June. The winner will also represent the capital of West Ukraine in this year’s Miss Ukraine grand finale in Kyiv.

LvivMozArt Festival

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LvivMozArt is a festival of classical music and opera 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. Beginning just last year, this newest addition to Lviv’s busy festival scene celebrates Leopolitans pride in the place the younger Mozart played in the city’s musical heritage.

Lviv IT Jazz Conference

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Representatives of major IT, investment, and business companies will gather at Lviv’s Leopolis Jazz Lounge in the city centre on 29-30 June for the annual IT Jazz Conference. A top-tier event for IT companies and investment funds, the event provides a great networking platform and opens a whole range of new business opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors.

Atmasfera Set to Delight Lviv

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Atmasfera, one of Ukraine’s most popular indie yoga bands, are set to delight Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city with an intimate concert in the heart of the city on Rynok Square on 23 June. The group’s name is a portmanteau of ‘Atma’, a classical Sanskrit word meaning ‘a person’, and ‘sfera’, which refers to the internal feelings and experiences that surround a person.

Aquarium to Flood Lviv with Rock’s Greatest Hits

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Lviv’s Malevich Night Club will host Boris Grebenshikov – one of the founding fathers of Russian rock music – on 26 June. Hardly a music lover in former USSR hasn’t heard Grebenshikov and his legendary underground rock group Aquarium. During the 70s and 80s, Aquarium created an entirely unique musical and social aesthetic.

Leopolis Jazz Fest ‘18

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Debuting in 2011, the Leopolis Jazz Fest has become the city’s premiere event, a natural fit for the architectural and cultural capital of Ukraine. The Guardian named Leopolis Jazz Fest one of Europe’s top 10 jazz festivals in 2016, putting the event on par with world-famous festivals like France’s Jazz a Vienne, England’s A Love Supreme, and Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival. Still gaining in popularity, this year’s event will attract hundreds of thousands of guests to the Western Ukrainian capital to enjoy the high-quality music of over 200 musicians from 15 different countries.

Music as a Choice - An interview with composer and conductor Matthias Georg Kendlinger

Issue 113, June 2018.
In movies, symphony conductors are portrayed as unsmiling, intense men in coattails that lead a stuffy – but beautiful – musical performance by unsmiling, intense musicians. Matthias Georg Kendlinger may have intensity, but he’s anything but unsmiling or stuffy. A native of Tyrol, composer and conductor Kendlinger is also the founder of the K&K Philharmoniker Orchestra. Created in Lviv in 2002, the K&K is now one of Europe’s leading orchestras as they perform over 100 concerts on Europe’s biggest stages every year. Kendlinger brings his orchestra back home to Lviv several times each year and even created his own Matthias Kendlinger Music Festival last year.

Innovo – The New Quality of Life!

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For nine years already, the Innovo Medical Centre of Physical Therapy & Pain Medicine has improved the quality of life of people and their physical condition thanks to the hard work of both its children’s and adults’ departments.

Motocross at Mayorivka

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Lviv’s legendary Mayorivka racetrack played host to a series of Lviv Open Cup motocross competition on 20 May. Formerly known as one of Europe’s most difficult tracks, the Mayorivka event drew competitors from across Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland.

Lviv Wins Water Polo Championship

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Lviv’s Dynamo water polo club took home their third straight Ukrainian Water Polo Championship ahead of runners-up Kharkiv Slobozhanets and third-place Mariupol Illichevets.

European Bodybuilding Championships

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Lviv’s Malevich Night Club hosted the WABBA European Open Bodybuilding Championships on 19 May. Bodybuilding was a relatively unknown pastime in the USSR but has been enthusiastically embraced in the region since its collapse. Ukrainian bodybuilders and fitness performers have made their mark at the world level and the country remains among the most competitive in the modern sport.

Firefighters Competition

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Some of Lviv region’s fittest firefighters took part in the annual firefighting sports competition at the Lviv Region’s State Emergency Service of Ukraine Sports Complex on 15 May. This year’s event gathered 18 teams to compete in events like 100-metre obstacle course, four-storey hook ladder climb, 3-floor climb with extension ladder, 4x100 metre relay, and combat deployment.

April Athlete of the Month: Anastasiya Voznyak

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Lviv’s Anastasiya Voznyak was named April’s Athlete of the Month for her medal-winning performance at the third stage of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix series that took place in France in March.

3rd Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon

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Over 3000 participants from all over Ukraine and abroad were in Lviv to participate in the 3rd Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon on 10 June. This year the half marathon has received the five-star certification from the European Athletics Federation, its highest.

Aria Motors Opens New BMW and Mini Dealership in Lviv

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Aria Motors, Lviv’s official dealership for BMW cars and motorcycles as well as the BMW Mini, recently opened a new conceptual auto-centre. With over 1850 m2 on a one-hectare territory, the two-storey building features nine demo cars in its spacious showroom. The maintenance area has 11 work stations for repairs and detailing, while over 2000 spare parts and accessories are on site in the new warehouse. High-speed Wi-Fi and a comfortable leisure area is available on the first floor and more than 60 cars can fit easily into the centre’s expansive parking area.

Batyars Ride Bikes

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Batyar culture was on full display on 9 June as Leopolitans dove into Batyar style and culture on the annual Batyars on Bicycles retro bike ride. Participants cycled by the city’s most iconic landmarks dressed in retro outfits and took a short ‘tea time’ for a picnic in the park.

Prince of Liechtenstein Visits Lviv

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The Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein Alois and his wife Princess Sophia paid an official visit to Ukraine and Lviv in particular on 7 June at the invitation of President Poroshenko. The visit was the first since the two states established diplomatic relations.

Leopolis Grand Prix 2018

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Summer season in Lviv officially kicked off with the running of the Leopolis Grand Prix on 1-3 June. Each year since 2011, Ukrainian retro car enthusiasts mark the first running of the legendary Leopolis Grand Prix, first held in the city in 1930 – before Lviv was even part of Ukraine. Today the retro car festival promotes motor tourism in Lviv and Ukraine and popularises the restoration of classic cars.

Lviv’s First Bike Patrol Hits the Streets

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Lviv’s very first bike units set off on their maiden patrols of the city on 21 May. Equipped by the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) Ukraine, a civilian CSDP mission, the patrols are tasked with enhancing order and security on Lviv’s streets. The EUAM donated the bicycles, uniforms, and other equipment to Lviv’s police officers. The first shift was conducted together with participants of the Lviv Bicycle Marathon to celebrate the city’s annual VeloDay (bike day). Lviv becomes the 12th city in Ukraine to launch the police bike units.

German President Steinmeier Visits Lviv

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was in Lviv for an official visit on 30 May, where he met with Lviv Region Head Oleh Syniutka and representatives of Lviv Regional Council and Lviv City Council. Steinmeier noted that Germany has always been willing to support the process of Ukraine’s internal transformation and that “little has been done” in this regard over the past few years.

Ukraine Draws Closer to Europe

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Ukraine took a major step in closer integration with Europe by opening the new Beskyd Tunnel in the Carpathian Mountains on 24 May. The new tunnel crosses the mountains between the towns of Beskyd and Skotarske and connects the Ukrainian rail network with Corridor V of the pan-European transport network through a double-track link. Corridor V stretches from Venice / Trieste in northern Italy to Lviv via Slovenia and Hungary.

Local optimism vs national pessimism

Issue 113, June 2018.
Ukrainian politicians must make the case that decentralization is more than a local success story In today’s Ukraine, pessimism at the national level is a well-established phenomenon and one that often obscures the very real progress that is taking place at the local level. In fact, since 2015 the local picture has often been strikingly optimistic across Ukraine, at least according to polling data compiled by the International Republican Institute (IRI).

Carpathian cooperation can help Ukraine attract Romanian tourists

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Poor connections and low profile mean relatively few Romanians currently visit Ukraine despite close proximity

Ivana Kupala Day 2018 – Ukraine’s Newest (and Oldest) Holiday

Issue 113, June 2018.
As Ukraine continues its quest to redefine Ukrainian culture, some traditional holidays have taken on more importance. Take, for example, Ivana Kupala Day – the Ukrainian celebration of summer solstice. Celebrated for centuries in Ukraine, the event has seen a revival in recent years. Leopolitans take pride in protecting traditional Ukrainian legacies, so it’s no surprise that the Western Ukrainian capital is one of the best places to celebrate the holiday. Among the country’s most picture-ready cultural festivals, you’ll want to have camera-in-hand on 6-8 July as you check out one of Ukraine’s most unique and folksy festivals.

Taste the Ukrainian Carpathians Discover 2018’s Top Culinary Novelties!

Issue 113, June 2018.
Are you one of those people who while traveling likes to visit venues offering local foods or local craft fairs? Are you one who always looks out for tasty novelties? Do you consider degustation as more than just a process, but a tradition unto itself? Then there is good news for you!

Leopolitan Conquers Mount Everest

Issue 113, June 2018.
Rising 8,850 metres (29,035 feet) into the sky, Mount Everest is literally located at the top of the world. Since being crowned the world’s tallest mountain, people have inevitably wanted to conquer it, and many have failed. More than 2,200 people have succeeded in their endeavours, while more than 200 have lost their lives attempting the climb. So why climb Everest? “Because it is there”, English mountaineer George Mallory famously said. On 25 May, that’s just what a team of Ukrainian climbers did. Lviv’s Roman Horodechnyi and Dnipro’s Dmitry Semerenko joined Bila Tserkva’s team leader Taras Pozdnii in reaching the peak on 25 May. In doing so, Horodechnyi becomes the first Leopolitan to ever stand on top of the world.