Issue 121, March 2019

Issue 121, March 2019

X Jubilee Miss Lviv 2019 Beauty Pageant

Issue 121, March 2019.
Who is the most beautiful Leopolitan lady of them all? This April, the annual contest to wear the Miss Lviv crown will reach its climax as Lviv’s beauties do battle on stage at Lviv’s famous Hapsburg-era Opera House.

Enjoy a Chic French Spring in Lviv

Issue 121, March 2019.
Each spring Lviv welcomes French art, exciting meetings, exhibitions, and warm feelings as part of the French Spring festival. This year the event will be jam-packed with unique French projects showcasing the best of cinema, music, literature, theatre, and much more. French Spring will kick-off on 20 March at the Lvivarnya Museum with a chic fashion show by French-Swiss designer Isagus Tausch. Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city are also looking forward to the 30 April performance by French DJ Nelson at !Fest Republic.

Heart to Mouth Tour by LP

Issue 121, March 2019.
Leopolitan music fans and guests of the city will be delighted to hear that American singer Laura Pergorlizzi – better known as LP – will be in Lviv for a concert on 18 April. Known for writing songs for artists like Rihanna, Cher, Christina Aguilera, she rocketed to stardom in her own right thanks to her smash hit ‘Lost on You’ – the fourth-most Shazamed song in the world in 2016.

Lesi Street Fest One Day Shop (Spring Edition)

Issue 121, March 2019.
Last year’s Lesi Street Fest and One Day Shop were so popular that organisers plan to delight Leopolitans and guests of the city with another vibrant celebration of community, culture, and excellent cuisine on 13 April.

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk with Chamber Orchestra in Concert

Issue 121, March 2019.
Lviv’s most famous and popular citizen is returning home with a real gift for Leopolitan music fans and guests of the city – Okean Elzy frontman Svyatoslav Vakarchuk will perform at Lviv’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre with a chamber orchestra on 8 April!

Spring Business Forum

Issue 121, March 2019.
Lviv’s Spring Business Forum will take place at Park. Art of Rest on 11-12 April at 9:00. Participants will include representatives from local authorities, leading banks, experienced entrepreneurs leading Ukraine’s economic development, and foreign and international investment firms looking to start projects in Ukraine. This year’s theme is ‘Ukraine in 2019: New Possibilities or a New Period of Uncertainty?’ and will tackle issues like ‘Ukrainian economic development through export studies’, ‘A qualitative analysis of factors affecting business in Ukraine’, and ‘establishing cooperation between entrepreneurs, foreign investors, and Ukrainian political authorities’.

Lviv Fashion Week – Autumn / Winter 2019

Issue 121, March 2019.
The Lviv Fashion Week Autumn / Winter 2019 edition is all set to roll out its red carpet across the city from 20-24 March. Most of the shows will be held at Arena Lviv but this glamorous event will be shared at locations throughout the city.

AI & Big Data Conference

Issue 121, March 2019.
Arena Lviv will host the AI & Big Data conference – the largest event of its kind in Western Ukraine – on 6 April. The forum will attract 800 data scientists and engineers, developers, startup entrepreneurs, and investors from across Europe and North America to the Western Ukrainian capital.

Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet

Issue 121, March 2019.
50 Dancers! Live Musicians! Gorgeous Costumes! Dazzling Choreography! The one-of-a-kind Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet returns to Lviv to perform at the city’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre on 23 March. One of the world’s elite dance troupes, Sukhishvili has thrilled more than 50 million people worldwide on some of the world’s grandest stages, like New York’s Madison Square Garden, Rome’s Coliseum, and the Sydney Opera House.

Run the World – Lviv Half Marathon

Issue 121, March 2019.
Lviv will host the ‘Run the World – Lviv Half Marathon’ on 14 April. Racers can choose to compete in one of many distances, including the 3km charity run, 10km and, of course, the 21 km course. There will also be special kids races of 100m and 300m.

Agroport West 2019

Issue 121, March 2019.
Lviv’s D. Halytskyi International Airport will be the host for Agroport West 2019 – one of the biggest agricultural events in Eastern Europe – from 21 to 23 March. Beginning last year, the international Agroport farming forum has been held in three Ukrainian cities – Lviv, Kharkiv, and Kherson – and looks at the interests of Ukrainian agricultural producers.

Strong Architecture Thanks to Strong Women!

Issue 121, March 2019.
You can’t have a successful business without successful people. They strive for sustainable growth while embodying ambitious ideas and courageous decision-making. At Parus Development, half of these people are women and we’d like to introduce them to you.

Silver for Lviv’s Starikova at Cycling Worlds

Issue 121, March 2019.
Lviv’s Olena Starikova came back with silver from the world championships in Poland last month after falling in the women’s 500 m time trial final.

February Athletes of the Month: Kateryna Kryva, Ihor Stakhiv and Andriy Lysetskyy

Issue 121, March 2019.
Lviv’s karateka Kateryna Kryva won silver at the second round of the Karate 1 Premier League in Dubai last month. The Karate 1 Premier League is the most important event in the world of karate and a key way to qualify for next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo as ranking points from events play a critical role in determining who qualifies.

Equestrian Sport Championship

Issue 121, March 2019.
The Burevisnyk Equestrian School hosted the Equestrian Sport Championship for the Lviv region last month. Over 100 athletes from across Ukraine competed in the dressage and hurdle’s events.

Oleksiy Demyanyuk Memorial High Jump Competition

Issue 121, March 2019.
Lviv’s University of Physical Culture hosted the 20th annual Oleksiy Demyanyuk Memorial High Jump tournament last month. Demyanyuk was a Ukrainian Soviet high jumper that had the world’s best jump in 1981 at 2.33 metres and finished 11th at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Women’s Meeting for Equal Rights

Issue 121, March 2019.
International Women’s Day on 8 March saw a rally by feminist groups in front of City Hall on Rynok Square, a traditional gathering place for protests and rallies. Over 100 activists from Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic states showed their support for the Istanbul Convention, which advocates to ensure women’s protection from violence, access to equal opportunities, and the abandoning of gender stereotypes.

‘Take Off Fur Forever!’ Anti-Fur Protest

Issue 121, March 2019.
Animal rights activists hosted the ‘Take Off Fur Forever!’ anti-fur protest in front of City Hall in Lviv’s city centre on 24 February. Organisers encouraged Leopolitans to come out and support the initiative of UAnimals to adopt a law to close all fur farms and skinneries in Ukraine.

Donald Tusk Visits Lviv

Issue 121, March 2019.
European Council President Donald Tusk was in Ukraine last month to mark the five-year anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity. He arrived in Kyiv to take in ceremonies in the capital and met President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Groysman before speaking to the Verkhovna Rada about Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Casting Miss Lviv 2019

Issue 121, March 2019.
Lviv’s hotspot Gloria Café recently hosted the casting for the upcoming Miss Lviv 2019 beauty pageant. The event attracted 150 of Lviv and area’s most beautiful ladies aged 16 to 24, making it the largest regional heat for Miss Ukraine in the country.

Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’ Premieres in Lviv

Issue 121, March 2019.
Lohengrin, a three-act romantic opera written and composed by Richard Wagner, premiered at Lviv’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre in early March. While the opera remains a classic, the tale has always contained a hint of subversion. Wagner’s Lohengrin is one of the most important works of the romantic epoch and has been reinterpreted in many ways in theatres around the globe.

National record to commemorate T. Shevchenko

Issue 121, March 2019.
On March 9th in Lviv was festively celebrated the 205th birthday anniversary of T. Shavchenko, a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, public and political figure, as well as folklorist and ethnographer.

Political Pop: The Eurovision Guide to Modern Ukrainian History

Issue 121, March 2019.
Anyone who feels that Eurovision has become too politicized need look no further than Ukraine for confirmation. Nobody takes the song contest quite as seriously as the Ukrainians, who treat it as an extension of foreign policy complete with furious nationwide debates and heavy-handed government interventions.

Lviv can lead Ukraine into the international tourism mainstream

Issue 121, March 2019.
When Lviv first began marketing itself as an international tourism destination in the mid-2000s, many cynical observers sniffed haughtily at the upstart city’s outlandish ambitions. Who, they asked, wanted to spend their holidays in Ukraine? More and more people, as it turns out. Over the past fifteen years, Lviv has enjoyed a slowly but surely rising profile, emerging first as an exciting alternative destination before becoming a mainstay in annual Top Ten lists predicting the next big thing in European city breaks.

Remembering Jack Palance

Issue 121, March 2019.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Academy Award-winning Ukrainian-American Jack Palance. The legendary actor ruled the cinema screens with his devious portrayals of villainous characters. With his athletic frame, deep-set eyes, and high cheekbones, he became the quintessential evil-incarnate of his era and one of the most despised movie villain actors of all-time.

Lviv Book Wins ‘Best Book Design Worldwide’ Award

Issue 121, March 2019.
Lviv’s Old Lion Publishing House won a bronze medal at the prestigious Best Book Design Worldwide contest for ‘This is How I See’, a book designed and illustrated by Romana Romanyshyn and Andrii Lesiv at Art Studio Agrafka.