Issue 12, April 2009

Issue 12, April 2009

Easter holiday, April 19, churches throughout Lviv

Issue 12, April 2009.
Easter in Europe’s Original Multicultural Metropolis. Eastern time is traditionally a particularly festive time of year in Lviv, which has long been a city where the wide range of religious identities present in the local population have long been more a cause for celebration than discord. Lviv has always been a crossroads where the historic empires of the Orthodox and the Catholic churches have met, but given the diverse ethnic make-up of old Lviv, Easter has often been a time of year when different denominations have been generous in their congratulations as each celebrates the miracle of the crucifixion according to their own beliefs.

Enjoy a Chic French Spring in Lviv this April!

Issue 12, April 2009.
French Spring cultural season, events throughout Lviv all month long This year Lviv will once again be serving as one of eleven city stops on the annual French Spring season of Gallic-flavoured cultural delights. This traditional spring highlight of the local Lviv high brow pop culture calendar will begin with a series of French kino classics screened from April 4 at Kopernik cinema

Celebrating Lviv as Spring Arrives!

Issue 12, April 2009.
Lviv Day celebrations, May 9-11, across town This year Lviv’s City Day celebrations will take place over the long weekend of May 9 –11, and the programme of events just keeps on growing! The first event on the long list of Lviv Day hap- penings will be the opening of the traditional festival of creativity in the courtyard of Lviv City Hall on the eve of the holiday, May 8.

Challenging Stereotypes about Disability on Stage

Issue 12, April 2009.
‘Fabulous World’ Festival of Theatre showcasing performances by troupes of mentally and physically impaired youths from across Ukraine. May 7 – 10, venue to be confirmed This year will see the eighth annual Fabulous World theatre festival, with participants from as far a field as Poland, Belarus and Russia set to join their Ukrainian colleagues in Lviv early this May.

Legend of UkrPop in Lviv

Issue 12, April 2009.
El Kravchuk in concert, 30 April, Picasso nightclub (88, Zelena Street, Lviv), beginning at 22.00 El Kravchuk (real name: Andriy Kravchuk) wrote himself into the history of Ukrainian show business in the 1990s, and he has remained one of the country’s most recognisable and iconic performers ever since, working both as a recording artist and a TV presenter. His legions of fans across the country credit Andriy with having almost single-handedly created his own genre, which many dub ‘Ukrainian neo-romantic’

Austrian Dining Delight in Lviv this May!

Issue 12, April 2009.
Austrian Cuisine Week, Leopolis Hotel (Teatralna Street 16), May 11-17 Leading Lviv venue the Leopolis Hotel has come together with famous Austrian Chef Emanuel Wernbacher to organise a special Austrian Cuisine Week which will take place in the hotel’s Lev Restaurant from 11 till 17 May, providing Lvivians the chance to sample the very best of Austrian culinary delights.

Lviv Ladies and Landmarks

Issue 12, April 2009.
‘Lviv: the City and its Women’ exhibition by Lviv artists Roman Zhuk and Sergiy Gorobets, Ukrsotsbank central office gallery, 10, Mitskevycha Square. Running throughout April With the credit crunch biting into most people’s incomes few would think of venturing into a bank for pleasure, but throughout April one of Lviv’s biggest banking institutions will be inviting art-lovers and romantics to come over to their central office gallery, where they can forget about the recession for a moment and celebrate the soul of the city and its inspiration, Lviv’s women

Football Fans Take Over Downtown Lviv!

Issue 12, April 2009.
Celebrations to mark anniversary of Ukraine’s first ever football match, April 29, City Centre This year Lviv will mark the 115th anniversary of a local footballing landmark by inviting the city’s legions of players and fans to descend on the downtown area for a day of revelry.

Fun Fund-Raising For Sight-Impaired Kids

Issue 12, April 2009.
‘From Heart to Heart’ charity campaign, May 4 – 10, events throughout Lviv and across Ukraine For the fourth year in a row early May will see schools and universities holding fund-raising events designed to provide much-needed support for the country’s sightimpaired youngsters.

Ritual Spring Songs and Dances

Issue 12, April 2009.
‘Velyka Haivka’ festival of ancient Ukrainian fertility dances, Easter Sunday (April 19), Lviv Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life Traditionally during Ukrainian Easter Sunday, young girls performed the dance known as ‘the haivky’ in front of churches or in cemeteries.

Jazz Galore as Lviv

Issue 12, April 2009.
Swaggers into Spring Eighth International ‘Flugery Lvova’ Jazz and Folk Music Festival, May 1-3, Inner Courtyard, Lviv City Council Building Spring in Lviv means Jazz with the annual Flugery Lvova, which brings jazz enthusiasts from across the region together in the stylish surrounds of Lviv City Council’s inner courtyard.

A Classical Music Masterclass

Issue 12, April 2009.
‘Virtuosi’ Annual International Academic Music Festival, venues across Lviv, May 15 until May 31 This festival has been going from strength to strength since its inception in May 1981, when it brought a little glimmer of light to the dark, dying days of the sterile Brezhnev era in Soviet Lviv.It remains closely tied to the city’s Philharmonic Society Theatre, and is arguably the number one event on what is an increasingly rich selection of classical events dotting the Lviv cultural calendar.

Celebrity all-stars to take on Lviv’s Karpaty veterans

Issue 12, April 2009.
Maestro Ukrainian All-Stars vs. Karpaty Lviv veterans, May 10, Ukraina stadium. Kick-off time to be confirmed. The match will be followed by a live concert the following evening featuring many of the game’s participants Legend has it that Lviv was the scene of Ukraine’s first ever official football match, when a local side beat their Polish rivals from Krakow in the late nineteenth century.

Tapping into the Tourist Trade Gold Mine

Issue 12, April 2009.
Ukraine is suffering more than most from the global credit crunch, which has been exasperated on a local level by the in-fighting and inability to reach consensus among the country’s political classes. With presidential elections fast approaching, many now fear that the current state of political deadlock will drag on into 2010, leaving the country’s economy to drift aimlessly and exposed to the worst dangers of the current international downturn. One of the few areas in which Lviv could be looking to bolster its local economy is in the field of tourism, and the good news is with more and more airlines now offering flights to Lviv, there is every reason to believe that even with money worries gripping potential tourists all over Europe, Lviv will nevertheless be able to attract enough visitors to keep the city’s coffers from drying up complete.

Building Business bridges

Issue 12, April 2009.
Leading Danish business consultant Anders Johansen has been active in Lviv region since 2001, and has helped a wide variety of international companies to enter Ukraine. He has witnessed the growth of the international investment community from the inside but believes that there is still a lot that needs to be done to create an investment climate which will prove regionally competitive.

Borrowing Big to Build a Better Lviv

Issue 12, April 2009.
The collapse of the international credit system has seen the cogs of global trade grind to a halt. But while the international press calls on governments to force banks to ease their grip on the levers of lending, Lviv is taking the initiative with a number of ambitious internationallyfunded infrastructure projects that could serve to catapult the city ever closer to EU standards. Serhiy Kiral, the Head of the Foreign Economic Relations and Investments Department at Lviv City Council, explains that by borrowing on a grand scale, Lviv’s authorities hope to be able to bring tomorrow’s innovations to the city today.

Ukraine’s Capital of Spiritual Diversity

Issue 12, April 2009.
Lviv has always been a city of many religious denominations. Located at one of the great crossroads of European culture, for centuries Lviv has been a place where different strains of Catholic and Orthodox Christianity have rubbed shoulders, leading visitors to claim that wherever you go in the city, you find a bar, a café or a church. As the city prepares to celebrate Easter, we take a look at this diverse religious heritage.

Lviv’s Cossacks want their boat back!

Issue 12, April 2009.
Lviv’s ‘Kysh’ Cossack brotherhood gathered in early April to celebrate the jubilee of the construction of an authentic Cossack ship and generate support for its return from its current home in France.

Fund-raising Marathon Boost for Maternity Hospitals

Issue 12, April 2009.
On March 19 American Ambassador William Taylor was in Lviv to show his support for a charity initiative which has enabled different regions of Ukraine to come together and provide better medical facilities for the nation’s new-born babies. Ambassador Taylor visited a number of Lviv maternity hospitals to have benefitted from new equipment paid for with funds raised at a charity marathon entitled, “Running for the sake of children.

International Business Community goes Polish

Issue 12, April 2009.
Following the well-established European Business Association tradition of organizing parties dedicated to different national cultures, March saw the business community go Polish for the monthly EuroDrink networking event.

Fund-raising Marathon Boost for Maternity Hospitals

Issue 12, April 2009.
On March 19 American Ambassador William Taylor was in Lviv to show his support for a charity initiative which has enabled different regions of Ukraine to come together and provide better medical facilities for the nation’s new-born babies.

Mr. Lviv 2009 Crowned

Issue 12, April 2009.
On March 8 all the ladies of Lviv received a novel present in the well-toned shape of the annual Mr. Lviv male beauty pageant at the Lviv Philharmonic Concert Hall.

Chocolate Treat on Women’s Day

Issue 12, April 2009.
Lviv’s local authorities have introduced all sorts of fun new holidays over the past few years in a bid to attract more tourists and add to the ambience of the city street scene, but few can have proved as popular as Lviv Chocolate Day, which was celebrated this year on March 8, International Women’s Day.

Opera Premiere on International Theatre Day

Issue 12, April 2009.
This year Lviv’s hallowed National Opera House marked International Theatre Day with a premiere performance of Gluck’s opera “Orpheus and Euridika.” The performance was the work of art director Zbigniew Hshanowskyi, who is best known to the Lviv theatre-going public for his previous staging of the opera “Moses

Miss Lviv 2009 Crowned in Evening of Glamour

Issue 12, April 2009.
Early April saw some of the city’s emerging beauties do battle for the fight to be called Miss Lviv for the coming twelve months and represent the capital of West Ukraine in this year’s May Miss Ukraine grand final in Kyiv.

Global Students Love Lviv!

Issue 12, April 2009.
On March 28 Rynok Square played host to the 2nd annual Lviv International festival, which is part of the World Wi thout Borders project organized by AIESEC Lviv.

Hip Hop Hurray at Street Dance Show Down

Issue 12, April 2009.
On March 14 Lviv’s Salvador Dali night club held the city’s first ever Street Dance contest, reflecting growing interest in this genre among young local dance enthusiasts.

Lviv Fashion Week is One Year Old!

Issue 12, April 2009.
West Ukraine’s premier podium event, Lviv Fashion Week, celebrated its first anniversary in style this April with three days of glamour at Lviv’s state-of-the-art Lemberg Exhibition Centre.