Issue 115, September 2018

Issue 115, September 2018

Lviv Chocolate Festival

Issue 115, September 2018.
Lviv is known across Ukraine and far past our borders for a delicious chocolate, so chocolate-lovers and those with a sweet tooth will be pleased to hear that the never-ending festival of chocolate – Chocolate Fest – will return to Lviv from October 12th to 15th.

Craft Beer & Vinyl Music Fest

Issue 115, September 2018.
Hosted by Lviv’s creative hotspot !FESTRepublic Club, the jolly Craft Beer & Vinyl Music Fest is all set to provide beer lovers the opportunity to sample Ukraine's as well as foreign finest craft brews and delicious eats, all in a pleasant relaxing setting.

Maria Burmaka & Gypsy Lyre

Issue 115, September 2018.
A special concert featuring Maria Burmaka, renowned singer, musician, songwriter and social activist will take place at Lviv’s Dovzhenko Centre on October 7th. In 2009, this Kharkiv native was awarded the Folk Artist of Ukraine award for her contribution in the development of music and charitable activities in Ukraine. Maria is also author of over 150 songs, many of which became widely known as soundtracks of dramatic historical events in Ukraine.

HG FunkTronic in Lviv

Issue 115, September 2018.
Keeping the good grooves flowing out of Korea’s Han River is HG FunkTronic, one of the busiest bands in Korea. The funk quartet is led by Hong Gie Kim, a teacher at the Baek-Seok University and the Seoul Institute of Music.

Race Nation

Issue 115, September 2018.
Apart from being custom-built for bragging rights, the modern obstacle course known as Race Nation is a more challenging test of full-body fitness than your typical 10k or cyclosportive. The combination of walls, pits, and barriers is designed to tax your upper body as much as your cardio.

Youth Sports & Activities Fair

Issue 115, September 2018.
Anyone with a child interested in doing something other than homework should bring them to the Dynamo Sports Complex for the Youth Sports and Activities Fair from 27-29 September.

Animal Rights March

Issue 115, September 2018.
Over 400 people marched in Lviv’s first official Animal Rights March last year in an effort to end all oppression of animals. Now, to the great excitement of animal activists across Ukraine, the event will take place in 10 cities nationwide, including on 30 September in Lviv.

Lviv’s IT Arena Conference

Issue 115, September 2018.
Looking to attend one of Eastern Europe’s biggest IT events? Then IT Arena is just for you! Lviv’s IT Arena conference is a major, three-day tech event in this part of the world.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Issue 115, September 2018.
An extraordinary global event will take place when over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across six continents gather in cinemas, galleries, museums, and cafés to view and vote on the finalists of the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival from 27 September – 3 October. A celebration of film that occurs simultaneously across the globe, the event brings great films to great venues to allow audiences the chance to select their favourites. This year the Manhattan Short Film Festival features nine finalists from eight countries: Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, the USA, and two films from the UK. They represent the finest of more than 1,500 submissions from nearly 75 countries around the world.

Lviv Producers Exhibition

Issue 115, September 2018.
Leopolitans deal-lovers and guests of the city interested in locally-manufactured products won’t want to miss the Lviv Producers Exhibition at the Lviv Art Palace from 4-8 October.

Golden Lion Theatre Festival

Issue 115, September 2018.
The annual Golden Lion Theatre Festival is not just a carnival, but a European theatrical tradition in its own right. It has also become one of the most prestigious forums in modern Ukrainian cultural circles. The festival dates to 1989, when the Ukrainian Festival of Alternative Non-State Theatres was first held in Lviv.

GDG DevFest Ukraine

Issue 115, September 2018.
GDG DevFest Ukraine – Central and Eastern Europe’s biggest, community-driven conference focused on Google technologies – will take place in Lviv on 12-13 October. Organisers expect over 1,000 engineers, managers, and entrepreneurs to come together to learn and share their experiences about Android, web, and cloud technologies in one phenomenal atmosphere. This year the event is moving to Planeta Kino’s comfortable seven-hall cinema, so get ready for a whole new conference experience! Just imagine sitting with your friends in a cozy cinema chair, surrounded by perfect sound and enjoying the speaker’s presentation on the five-story-tall screen. You don’t even need to imagine; just head over to the GDG DevFest Ukraine this fall!

Lviv Fitness Convention

Issue 115, September 2018.
Known widely as the pinnacle event for Western Ukraine’s fitness industry, the Lviv Fitness Convention has for several years provided a multi-day educational convention experience where thousands of fitness professionals get inspired and educated at hundreds of sessions packed with innovative concepts and the latest in fitness trends.

Lviv Coffee Festival

Issue 115, September 2018.
The Lviv Coffee Festival is back for its twelfth year! Showcasing Lviv’s unique and rich coffee heritage, the Lviv Coffee Festival typically features over 100 artisan roasters, gourmet food stalls, a wide range of brewed drinks, beans, gadgets, and machines available for purchase at the KavaExpo coffee fair. Some of Western Ukraine’s best baristas are set to host workshops and tastings while local acts will provide live music, entertainment, and art. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to end each day buzzing.

‘Autumn Lviv’ Dog Show

Issue 115, September 2018.
Leopolitan animal lovers and guests of the city are invited to a weekend of world-class displays at the 2xFCI-CACIB Autumn Lviv dog show on 6-7 October. The first day of the event will feature special shows dedicated to the American Akita, Xolotzcuintle, and Continental Toy Spaniel Papillon, while the second day will put the spotlight on the German Boxer.

Vernissage Cat Show

Issue 115, September 2018.
It turns out that cat lovers have wanted to show off their furry companions long before the Grumpy Cat hit Instagram. The first documented cat show happened at London’s Crystal Palace in 1871. It was one of the first times that cats were elevated beyond their traditional status as rat-catchers.

Lviv International Book Fair & Literature Festival

Issue 115, September 2018.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Lviv International Book Fair and the 13th anniversary of the Literature Festival. More popularly known at the Publishers Forum, the event brings together over 1,000 publishing houses and more than 100 writers from over 25 countries to present their newest books and classical masterpieces.

West Tattoo Fest

Issue 115, September 2018.
The West Tattoo Fest has turned into the biggest, best, and most utterly awesome event in Western Ukraine’s tattoo world and it’s returning to the Western Ukrainian capital on the 28-30 September weekend.

The Stylist Hair & Beauty Forum

Issue 115, September 2018.
The Stylist Hair and Beauty Forum provides a unique opportunity for hair and beauty professionals of all levels to enhance their knowledge and skills, develop relationships with industry members and suppliers, and gain valuable inspiration.

Lviv Bike Expo

Issue 115, September 2018.
Ukraine’s first B2B bike expo will take place in Lviv from 27-29 September. Since its start eight years ago, the Kielce Bike Expo has become one of Europe’s most important bicycle industry exhibitions. The event’s success has led organisers – Targi Kielce and the Polish Cycling Association – to take on bigger challenges and this September the Lviv Bike Expo makes its debut. Partnering with Gal Expo and Boomerang Boardshop, the event hopes to boost Leopolitans’ love for bikes and cycling.

Lviv’s Summer Athletes of the Month

Issue 115, September 2018.
Lviv’s star canoer Dmytro Ozymok and versatile triathlete Sofiya Pryyma were named Lviv’s athletes of the month for June and July by the Lviv City Council’s Department of Sports and Youth.

Leopolitan Wins Bronze Medal in Rowing

Issue 115, September 2018.
Lviv’s Anastasia Gorlova paired with Poltava’s Maria Kychasova-Skoryk Chichasova-Skorik to win Ukraine an exciting bronze medal in 200 m pairs kayak at the 2018 world championships in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal.

Lviv Open Cycling Championship

Issue 115, September 2018.
Lviv’s SKA bike track hosted the Lviv Open Cycling Championship from 11-13 August.

National Dragon Boat Races

Issue 115, September 2018.
Picturesque Navaria Lake, located just outside of Lviv, played host to the Lviv Cup National Dragon Boat races on 18-19 August. Eight of the top teams in Ukraine competed in mixed and open races at the distances of 200m, 500m, and 2000m.

Ukraine Celebrates 27 Years of Independence

Issue 115, September 2018.
Ukraine celebrates Independence Day every year on 24 August to mark the adoption of the ‘Act of Independence of Ukraine’ by the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR on 24 August 1991. As always, Lviv celebrated the occasion in style.

Rapid Trident 2018

Issue 115, September 2018.
Ukraine has begun joint military exercises with 10 NATO countries in Western Ukraine amid ongoing tensions with Russia over Moscow’s illegal annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed separatists.

Etnovyr Folklore Festival

Issue 115, September 2018.
Lviv’s annual Etnovyr Folklore Festival, featuring spectacular performances by ensembles from as far away as Egypt and Indonesia, took place in Lviv from 22-26 August. Organised by CIOFF (Organisations of Festivals of Folklore and Traditional Arts), the event also drew groups from around Europe and across Ukraine.

New Army Academy Recruits

Issue 115, September 2018.
Lviv’s Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyy National Ground Forces Academy saw more than 500 freshmen take their oaths to serve the nation faithfully as they became students at one of Ukraine’s most prestigious military higher education institutions.

Lviv’s Plyazh Aqua Park Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

Issue 115, September 2018.
Lviv’s Plyazh Aqua Park celebrated its 10th anniversary with a festive party and spectacular surprises over the 11-12 August weekend. The colourful event featured a fabulous bubble show, awesome magic show, jolly entertainment by the Party na Hati animators, and exciting contests for both children and the grown ups. One of the highlights was the exciting lottery, where guests were able to win an annual membership. Groovy gigs by the DJ and Full House Project band followed.

25th International Hutsul Festival

Issue 115, September 2018.
Hutsulshchyna, the eight Hutsul districts of the Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, and Transcarpathian oblasts, is not only a rural paradise of pine-tree covered valleys and undisturbed panoramic views but is also the beating heart of one of Ukraine’s most treasured ethnic groups – the Hutsuls. Hutsul culture is known far beyond the borders of the country as Hutsuls are noteworthy for their friendliness.

Ukrainian Song Project

Issue 115, September 2018.
Arena Lviv played host to the national Ukrainian Song Project – a grand musical event featuring some of Ukraine’s hottest young artists from a wide variety of genres – on 18 August. Designed to promote the artistic talent of Ukraine, to increase national pride, and to popularise the songs of up-and-coming Ukrainian artists, the event attracted over 13,000 fans to watch performances by 27 artists.

Building Brand Ukraine

Issue 115, September 2018.
How should Ukraine seek to brand itself before international audiences? The New Europe Center and the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter assembled distinguished state officials, academics, diaspora and civil society leaders at the Hyatt Kyiv in summer 2018 to share insights and experience from the Israeli state-building project and discuss how the lessons of Israel might be applicable to modern Ukraine.

What does the EU mean to ordinary Ukrainians?

Issue 115, September 2018.
While conducting a series of regional visits earlier this year, we at the New Europe Center think tank noticed that European integration as imagined by the Kyiv political class is somewhat out of step with the perceptions of ordinary Ukrainians outside the capital. What does the EU really mean to the Ukrainian public? To be able to gain a clearer picture of these attitudes, we decided to involve polling company GfK Ukraine, with the support of USAID/ENGAGE and PACT.

Russia still overshadowing Ukraine in the heart of the European Union

Issue 115, September 2018.
A new political season is now underway in Brussels but Ukraine will have its work cut out remaining high on the EU agenda as we head towards the end of the year. Thoughts in the European capital are already turning towards upcoming elections to the European Parliament in May 2019, meaning a lull in lobbying as the focus shifts to campaigning.