Issue 16, September 2009

Issue 16, September 2009

Football addicts feast!

Issue 16, September 2009.
Football Federation of Ukraine, Lviv city council department of “EURO 2012” together with “Chernigivske” will present football addicts with two days of sport holiday – during October 10-11, Lviv center will be turned into high class fanzone. On Svobody avenue, in front of Opera and Ballet Theatre, will take place program, thoughtfully comprised by “Chernigivske” to meet all demands and tastes of football fans.

Exquisite Polish jazz in autumn Lviv

Issue 16, September 2009.
Art Association «Dzyga» and the Polish Institute in Kyiv presents Lvivites with concert of one of the most exquisite Polish jazz projects «Wlodek Pawlik Trio» within the Year of Juliusz Slowacki.

Time to read!!

Issue 16, September 2009.
16th Annual International Publishers’ Forum in Lviv, September 10-13, Lviv, Kopernika Str., 15-17 September in Lviv means the annual national gathering of Ukraine’s leading authors and publishers for a look at what’s new on the Ukrainian literary scene at the country’s leading book publishing forum. Thousands of readers will attend the event in the hope of picking up something fresh and rubbing shoulders with their literary heroes.

Lviv lions on the loose!

Issue 16, September 2009.
Lion Parade, September 1 – September 22, Rynok Square Following on from a tradition in modern public sculpture that has proved a big hit across Europe, Lviv this September will host the city’s second ever Lion Parade, featuring a series of decorated life-size ceramic lions painted and designed by local artists. In previous years a standard model had been used, with celebrities invited to add their own distinctive designs, but this year local artists have been invited to design their own Lviv lions, with the public then having the chance to vote on which one they think best sums up Lviv’s lion traditions.

International week for Lviv’s student population

Issue 16, September 2009.
Lviv has long been the hub of West Ukrainian education, and today the city abounds with institutes of higher education that rank among the very best in the former Soviet Union. This huge and thriving student population will be out in force towards the end of September as the city marks its International Student Week, which will see visiting international students given a crash cause in all that they need to know about Ukrainian and Lvivian culture, traditions and pastimes.

Acrobats, choirs and folk magic!

Issue 16, September 2009.
This festival has been attracting a keen following of colourful entertainers and fans of spectacular pastimes since its inception in 2004. It is held in the ancient West Ukrainian village of Busk and attracts a wide range of performers in a variety of disciplines from jazz dance and contemporary choreography to circus troupes and folk music choirs.

Festival of moody music

Issue 16, September 2009.
«Ruinacia» is considered to be one of the most popular Western Ukrainian music festivals of closed format, which is traditioannly held with motto “Listen to own music – choose own music”. During several years legacy, festival became good tradition not only for Lvivites, but to the music lovers from all over Ukraine.

International Investment Focus on Lviv

Issue 16, September 2009.
Ninth Annual Lviv International Economic Forum, 1-2 October, Rixos Hotel, Truskavets Following on from the highly successful series of annual autumnal international investment gatherings in Lviv, this year will see the unveiling of an even more ambitious expansion of the project with the launch of a new Lviv Investment focus dubbed ‘Lviv Investment Week’. The highlight of the initiative is set to be the ninth annual Lviv International Economic Forum, which this year is being held in the sumptuous surroundings of Lviv Oblast’s first five-star hotel, the Rixos Hotel, which is located in the famous spa resort Truskavets.

Ukraine’s Coffee Capital!

Issue 16, September 2009.
Coffee Festival, Events throughout Lviv city centre, September 26-27 In recent years the local authorities in Lviv have worked hard to inject a carnival atmosphere into the everyday life of the city, introducing a whole range of public holidays and festivities that have added to the traditionally Bohemian Lviv buzz and given the city a more festive, tourist-friendly feel. Few of these holidays have proved more popular or been more in line with local traditions than the annual Coffee Festival, which celebrates Lviv’s role as the founding father of today’s thriving Eastern Slavic coffee-drinking culture. Indeed, Lviv can lay claim to being the inspiration behind such European coffee culture powerhouses as Vienna and the other domains of the Habsburg Empire.

Seasonal treat - “VorohtaFest” in picturesque Carpathians

Issue 16, September 2009.
Special treat for those who like to combine active leisure with music and fun - “VorohtaFest”, which will take place during September 11-13, in picturesque Carpathian landscape village Vorohta (Ivano-Frankivsk region).

Propaganda Music Birthday Party

Issue 16, September 2009.
On September 18th Lviv night club Picasso will host festive celebration of second anniversary of Lviv based promo group Propaganda Music. The main activity of this group is focused on popularisation in Ukraine of modern forms of funk, jazz and other genres of intellectual club music. Group Propaganda Music is DJs Krazia, Marik T-One, who are introducing and developing music internet blogs, organizing theme parties and festivals, in addition to lots of other music related activities. Thanks to efforts of promo group Propaganda Music in Ukraine performed famous foreign musicians and for the September party as special guest will come Alex Cowan AKA TM Juke.

Literary Legends of Lviv

Issue 16, September 2009.
This month Lviv will play host to Ukraine’s largest annual literary event, a festival of Ukrainian language literature which consistently gathers the industry’s leading publishers and celebrity writers. It perhaps right and fitting that Lviv should host this annual literary gathering as for centuries the city has been the ancestral home of the Ukrainian printing tradition, with a tradition in publishing that dates back to the introduction of the region’s first printing press in the late sixteenth century. After a long enforced break with tradition throughout the Soviet period, the city is once more at the forefront of Ukrainian language publishing and is doing much to support the industry in the face of overwhelming competition from mass produced Russian language pulp fiction.

Lviv Laser Lights

Issue 16, September 2009.
Born in Austria, contemporary laser artist Erwin Redl has worked and lived in New York since 1993. Redl works with LED lights in close-set square grids to create light installations that have been described as “mesmerizing”. He recently lit up one of Lviv’s most recognisable landmarks, decorating the medieval walkway of the city’s ancient walled defences as the headliner of the late summer Week of Contemporary Art.

Turning Lviv into a Literary Focus

Issue 16, September 2009.
Oleksandra Koval is president of the Ukrainian Forum of Publishers and is one of the key figures behind this month’s annual Ukrainian language book festival. We asked her why Lviv was chosen to host this event and what role the city plays in the growth of Ukrainian literature.

Building a new investment strategy

Issue 16, September 2009.
In October 2008 the Foundation for Effective Governance together with the Lviv city authorities and consultants from Monitor Group began work developing an appropriate long-term competitiveness strategy for the city. The first phase of the project was completed by end of May 2009 with the public presentation of the new Lviv strategy with the support of both key stakeholders and the broader community. The task now remains to transform strategy into reality and implement an ambitious long-term vision for Lviv. If successful, in 10–15 years, Lviv will have built a modern open economy that houses a well-balanced mix of companies and is open to external expertise and capital.

Tram modernisation project on track

Issue 16, September 2009.
On September 8 a German Consortium from ARGE led by PTV AG presented the results of their 8-month research into Lviv Urban Transport Strategy. The Document analyses the city’s current transport problems based on field studies and traffic counts and then applied to the VISSUM-based transport model.

Human Resources: Protecting Your Key Asset

Issue 16, September 2009.
Since the recession hit Ukraine in last quarter of 2008 unemployment figures have risen sharply. According to the International Labour Organization the real unemployment rate in Ukraine is in or around 9.5%, while over the last year more than 500,000 people are thought to have lost their jobs. This difficult economic climate has meant serious implications for employers which can lead to two developments: a decrease in employee morale, and an increase in the workloads which individual employees are being asked to take on. What steps can employers implement today in order to pull themselves out of the downward spiral and make the negatives less pronounced?

Lviv heroes relive Soviet Cup glory

Issue 16, September 2009.
On August 17 the veterans of Karpaty Lviv’s legendary 1969 Soviet Cup winning side came together for a nostalgic event that allowed them to reminisce about what remains the club’s single top honour.

Contemporary art attack in downtown Lviv

Issue 16, September 2009.
The city centre enjoyed its annual week of modern art mayhem at the end of August with the Week of Contemporary Art. This week of arts initiatives is organised by Dzyga Art Centre which has consistently been one of the main engines of the Lviv cultural scene since first emerging in the heady atmosphere of liberation that accompanied the early 1990s

Etho Fest tradition alive and well

Issue 16, September 2009.
Economic woes and a lack of sponsors failed to dampen what was admittedly a slightly curtailed summer festival season in West Ukraine, but the growing ethnotradition of recent years remains alive and well. Ukraine’s western regions have long been the guarantors of the country’s national consciousness, keeping local cultures and traditions alive while much of the country experienced two centuries of Russian and Soviet rule,

Ukraine’s landmark 18th Independence Day

Issue 16, September 2009.
Ukraine came of age as a nation state on August 24 as the country celebrated 18 years of independence, and as you would expect, Lviv was very much involved in festivities. Highlights included a giant floral map of Ukraine and the decoration of many of the city’s most iconic renaissance sculptures in traditional national Ukrainian dress.

EBA launches After Work social gatherings

Issue 16, September 2009.
Most people left Lviv for a break over the long summer months, but the ever-active European Business Association was on hand to make sure that all those who were in town didn’t miss out on the networking and socialising ration by launching a new tradition – After Work evenings.

The search for Lviv’s ideal Euro 2012 couple

Issue 16, September 2009.
Who would make the ideal Lviv couple? Should she wear a mini-skirt or a long, flowing dress? Would he be more representative as an artist or a savvy businessman? Image- conscious experts at Lviv City Council have recently been pondering this question as they worked to complete their search for the ideal couple, who would go on to represent Lviv in a major promotional campaign being planned to boost the city’s preparations for Euro 2012.

Beach haven celebrates first anniversary

Issue 16, September 2009.
Lviv has always been notorious for its lack of waterways and, at times, water supplies in general, but the aquatic aspect of local culture received a significant boost last year with the opening of “Plyazh” aqua park

Multicultural festival in Ukraine’s most cosmopolitan city

Issue 16, September 2009.
This summer’s annual “Etnovyr” festival in Lviv welcomed hundreds of participants from all over the world, who came together to showcase the arts, music and costumes of their nationalities and ethnic cultures.