Issue 122, April 2019

Issue 122, April 2019

Flugery Lvova Jazz Music Festival

Issue 122, April 2019.
Each year since 2003, jazz lovers from around the world flock to Lviv for the Flugery Festival – one of the city’s most popular musical events. Flugery has become a staple of Lviv’s cultural calendar and provides an important stage for both up-and-coming and recognised jazz bands.

Lviv City Day

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv City Day is the official celebration to mark the city’s founding. This year Lviv is celebrating its 763rd birthday on the first weekend of May! This year’s program features more than 100 events and activities, including parades, fairs, street entertainment, sports contests, free tours, and live music. Some of Lviv’s museums will also be offering free admission.

Zero Waste Fest

Issue 122, April 2019.
The Zero Waste Fest 2019 will take place at Lviv’s !FESTRepublic Club on 20 April. As sustainability becomes an ever more accepted idea within organisations and communities across the nation, Zero Waste events are spreading. Additionally, the steady expansion of recycling and commercial composting infrastructure makes it possible to offer recycling and food composting at events in many locations.

Enigmatic Sharon Kovacs in Concert

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv’s Malevich Night Club will play host to Sharon Kovacs, the shaven-headed chanteuse with the voice of a soul legend, on 15 April. The Netherlands might be famous for tulips, van Gogh, and Gouda cheese – but great soul singers? Well, Kovacs is about to change expectations.

Lviv Ultra Trail

Issue 122, April 2019.
All Leopolitan runners and guests of the city are welcome to join the Lviv Ultra Trail running event on 11 May. Trail running combines running up steep gradients, hiking, and running on “any unpaved surface”. It’s similar to both mountain and fell running (aka hill running).

Lviv Open Cup Motocross

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv’s legendary Mayorivka racetrack will play host to the Lviv Open Cup motocross competition on 12 May. Renowned as one of Europe’s most difficult tracks, the Mayorivka event is expected to draw competitors from across Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

Lviv Model UN 2019

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv’s Bank Hotel is set to play host to this year’s Lviv Model UN conference from 18-21 April. The simulation allows participants to learn about world affairs, improve conflict resolution capabilities, and develop communication skills through role-play. Organisers believe the event will educate participants informally through team-building and workshops, so there are plenty of practical benefits to taking part.

Knyhomania’ Children’s Forum & Reading Festival

Issue 122, April 2019.
The ‘Knyhomania’ Children’s Forum & Reading Festival is a three-day event in May that brings together authors, illustrators, and publishers for and exciting and dynamic program to foster the enjoyment of reading among Ukrainian youth. Dating back to 2002 when it was known as the Children’s Reading Festival, the event quickly became one of the few festivals that tied together educational, entertainment, and cultural activities to popularise the development of children’s book publishing. It remains a premier platform for national and foreign publishing houses to present and promote their books.

Quality Management Conference

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv’s QMO Conference will take place at the sparkling new A. Sheptytsky Centre on 18 May. Ten experienced speakers from across Ukraine and Europe will share their knowledge in the areas of testing, quality management, and test automation with attendees.

Terrific Tarja Turunen

Issue 122, April 2019.
Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city will be delighted to hear that Finland’s fantastic Tarja Turunen will play live at Lviv’s Malevich night club on 12 May. As a classically-trained, three-octave lyric soprano, Turonen’s combination of hard and fast guitar riffs with her ‘operatic’ vocals have achieved both critical and commercial success.

Andriy Makarevich Presents YO5

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv’s grandiose Opera & Ballet Theatre is pleased to host a concert by outspoken and iconic rock star Andriy Makarevich on 6 May. Makarevich has been playing jazz for 15 years and all his projects have seen at least 10 musicians on stage with him. His Creole Tango Orchestra began modestly, with just seven musicians, but soon grew to a big band with a full horn section.

‘Street Food, So Good’ Festival

Issue 122, April 2019.
Festivals are great, but food festivals are even better! There’s nothing wrong with planning a meal this far in advance… Street Food, So Good has established itself as the coolest foodie event in Lviv. Held in the B. Khmelnytsky Culture & Recreation Park, visitors can try exciting street food, discover new products, shop to your heart’s content, and learn from the experts.

Retro Lviv Festival

Issue 122, April 2019.
The Retro Lviv Festival allows us to celebrate everything that makes us Leopolitan – our values, diversity, freedom, and the natural beauty of our city. Whether your thing is Lviv’s history, our Batyar culture, or even if you just want to dress up for the day – the Retro Lviv Festival will be a joyous creative feast for all ages.

Lviv Outsourcing Forum

Issue 122, April 2019.
The annual Lviv Outsourcing Forum, which brings together owners and managers of outsourcing companies with freelancers from across Ukraine, will take place at Lviv’s Hotel Dnister on 20-21 April. Participants will share their experiences of how to best address the industry’s key issues and discuss how to operate in a continually changing global environment.

Avatar Yoga Festival

Issue 122, April 2019.
Mark your calendars to to make sure to attend the not-to-be-missed Avatar Yoga Fest on 21 April! Bringing together exceptional instructors of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness – like Marta Chorna, Anna Klapiychuk, Keira Moore, Volodymyr Sarakhman and others – the event will create a conscious connection to yoga, culture, and adventure right in the heart of ancient Lviv.

Engineering Job Fair

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv’s Polytechnic University is all ‘geared’ up to host the annual Engineering Job Fair on 17-18 April. Organised by the BEST student group each year since 2007, the event will feature over 40 companies in the fields of information technology, electronics, auditing, education, and engineering.

Music Track Cycling Race

Issue 122, April 2019.
The lights get turned down low and the music turned up high at Music Track, which combines the very best in track cycling with an incredible party atmosphere. Expect the action to come thick and fast as the DJ keeps the party going before, during, and after each race.

Craft Beer & Vinyl Music Fest

Issue 122, April 2019.
Your favourite Craft Beer & Vinyl Music Festival is back! Hosted by !FESTRepublic Club, the event gives beer lovers the opportunity to taste more than 50 of the finest brews crafted by top brewers, cider-makers, and distillers from across Ukraine and abroad.

Amazing Mario Biondi in Concert

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv’s picturesque Opera & Ballet Theatre will be the stage for the wonderful Mario Biondi on 22 April. The Italian vocalist possesses a deep, grainy-yet-smooth baritone that is very low, intense, and profoundly emotional. His jazzy takes on soul and R&B music are inspired by the likes of Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau, and Isaac Hayes.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Issue 122, April 2019.
Twice a year – in May and October – Kamyanets-Podilskyi hosts the marvellous Hot Air Balloon Festival. For more than 20 years Ukraine’s southern gem has attracted more and more tourists from across Ukraine and around the world.

Alberto Lysy International Festival

Issue 122, April 2019.
Leopolitan music lovers are thrilled to welcome Lviv’s newest festival as the Alberto Lysy International Festival will take place from 15-20 April. This wonderful musical event is designed to honour Alberto Lysy, an Argentinian violinist and conductor of Ukrainian origin.

Sofia Stefanovka: Turning Dreams into Reality

Issue 122, April 2019.
Sofia Stefanovka is the beautiful and charismatic owner of Pierre Cardin Shop – the exclusive brand for Pierre Cardin for Women in Ukraine. Being among “TOP-50 successful women of Lviv region”, she sat down with us to give Lviv Today readers an idea of what personal qualities are necessary to own your own business and how to turn your dreams into reality.

Dance Competition Draws Hundreds

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv’s Gratsya Sports Complex hosted over 500 dancers aged 7-27 from from across Ukraine and Europe during the Silver Edelweiss competition on 6-7 April. The dancers wowed the crowds with spectacular shows in both Standard and Latin programs and were highly appraised by main judge Oleh Levitsky.

Cherkasova Named Ukraine’s ‘Sensation of the Year’

Issue 122, April 2019.
Leopolitan wrestler Alla Cherkasova was named Ukraine’s ‘Sensation of the Year’ at the recent Heroes of Sports event in Kyiv. Cherkasova was recognised for a dominant 2018 where she became world champion by defeating France’s Koumba Larroque in the final.

Leopolitans Lead the Way in Karate

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv continues to be the heart and soul of the Ukrainian karate team as shown through the success of many of the city’s karetekas in recent tournaments. Lviv’s-own Halina Melnik and Diana Shostak starred on the Ukrainian women’s team (with Anzhelika Terliuga and Anita Seryogina) that captured gold in Kumite at the recent EKF European championships in Guadalajara, Spain.

Lviv’s Korostylov is Europe’s Top Shooter

Issue 122, April 2019.
Pavlo Korostylov was named Lviv’s March Athlete of the Month for his exceptional performance at European Championship which took place during March 16-25 in Osijek, Croatia.

Celebrating Easter in Ukraine – Paska & Pysanka, Not Chocolate & Rabbits

Issue 122, April 2019.
Sunny and warm spring is always a great time to visit Lviv. Best of all – it’s Eastertime! Have you ever wondered how Leopolitans celebrate Easter? One of the most important holidays in Ukraine, Easter marks the end of the Great Fast and celebrates the rebirth of Christ. The date changes each year, but it usually falls a week after Catholic Easter. This year Easter is on 28 April, so you have a great chance to combine your travel with a wonderful cultural experience.

Dzyga 2.0 – Still Spinning

Issue 122, April 2019.
Late March saw the reopening of Lviv’s most famous art gallery – Dzyga. Located on Virmenska Street in the heart of the Armenian quarter of medieval Lviv, the iconic gallery first opened its doors in 1997. The original layout had a gallery, exhibition hall, and retro café on the ground floor, while live jazz performances and dining were upstairs.

INSO-Lviv’s Skoryk Celebrated

Issue 122, April 2019.
The Lviv National Philharmonic’s Lyudkevych Concert Hall hosted the ’24 Caprices: Paganini – Skoryk’ in honour of Ukrainian composer and conductor Myroslav Skoryk, who turned 80 last year. Skoryk is also the Music Director of the INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra and his musicians prepared a special gift for the occasion, presenting the maestro with a ‘Paganini by Arrangement’ CD featuring Paganini’s 24 Caprices for a big symphony arrangement by Skoryk.

Lviv Fashion Week – Autumn / Winter 2019

Issue 122, April 2019.
The Lviv Fashion Week Autumn / Winter 2019 took place in the city from 20-24 March. The glamorous event was hosted at Arena Lviv and other locations throughout the city. Some of Ukraine’s hottest designers introduced their autumn and winter lines, including Vozianov, Marta Wachholz, Kateryna Karol, LiLi Sas, and Mykytyuk & Yatsenyuk. Some of the country’s top up-and-coming talents also made their debuts, like Anna Mukha, chereshnivska, Konyk, and Rimma Donna by Rimma Turkiya.

Lviv Art Days

Issue 122, April 2019.
At the end of March Lvivarnya Museum and Cultural Complex played host for the Lviv Art Days. This creative initiative was held for the second time with the main aim of popularization of modern Ukrainian art as well as active development of communication between various art-unions.

Romantic Spring by Olena Dats’

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv’s spectacular Lozinski Palace was the setting for the charming presentation of the latest fashion collection by Leopolitan designer Olena Dats’. On show was her spring / summer 2019 line that was inspired by Witold Pruszkowski’s painting ‘Spring’. The light, airy, and romantic garments came as a triumph of youth, strength, and beauty.

Lviv Welcomes Grand Opening of Spartak Centre

Issue 122, April 2019.
Lviv celebrated the grand opening of its newest sports, trade, and entertainment complex when the Spartak Centre opened its doors on 15-17 March. This spectacular complex boasts a seven-cinema Multiplex, a 6,500 m2 Sportslife area with own Olympic swimming pool, and a Silpo supermarket as its anchor tenants.

Ukraine continues to climb in global passport index as visa-free options expand

Issue 122, April 2019.
Ukrainian passport holders now find themselves well ahead of all CIS countries with visa-free access to 128 countries

TODAY’S FOCUS: THE HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE ON THE IMPACTS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DEVELOPMENTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS, DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW

Issue 122, April 2019.
Ukraine is one of the 47 members of the Council of Europe (CoE), the prominent international organization with headquarters in Strasbourg, France. The CoE’s member states are exclusively European. As a member state of the CoE, Ukraine participates in all the organization’s bodies, contributing actively to their respective activities and work.