Issue 17, October 2009

Issue 17, October 2009

Tuneful melodies and inflammatory dances of Hungarian soul

Issue 17, October 2009.
For the first time in Lviv, on October 24th Lviv Philharmonic Theatre will host Hungarian rock-opera “On falcon’s wings” . Spectacular event, will present to Lvivites the best selection of Hungarian rock and folk music, skillfully performed by actors and dancers of theatre “ Mandala”.

Short films galore as Wiz-Art returns

Issue 17, October 2009.
“Screening 69” season of short films featuring the very best from this year’s Wiz-Art festival offerings, Each Thursday throughout October from 19.00, Conference Hall, Lviv Art Palace (Kopernika Street 17).

«LvivKlezFest» in multinational Lviv

Issue 17, October 2009.
During October 16-18, 2009 in Lviv will take place International Festival of Jewish music, dances and songs «LvivKlezFest» with participants from Ukraine, Poland, Russia, USA, Moldova. Klez Fest music is music of Jewish bands, where musicians have no idea about music notation, but could incredibly precisely reflect beauties of Jewish soul. This genre of music originated in small villages.

Attention! New phone codes become active from 14 October

Issue 17, October 2009.
On 14 October some major changes will be introduced into the codes used to make inter-city and international calls from Ukraine. For landline calls the ‘8’ which had previously been a required prefix...

Technology boffins swinging into town

Issue 17, October 2009.
Summit of B.E.S.T. Presidents, 5-11 November, Lviv Lviv’s growing reputation as a centre for educational excellence has seen it appearing on the academic festival radar more and more in recent years, and next month will see a major engineering event that will further illustrate this positive trend.

Lviv Fashion Week enters fourth season

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv Fashion Week, October 23-25, Lviv Art Palace (17, Kopernyka Street) Since its launch in 2008 Lviv Fashion Week has succeeded in establishing its brand both within Ukrainian fashion circles and as an exciting fringe event on the wider Eastern European scene. This fourth series of catwalk shows will feature a host of international designers joining their Ukrainian colleagues in the sumptuous surroundings of Lviv’s Art Palace.

Fashionable charity auction for Lviv kids

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv Fashion Week charity auction, 24 October from 12.00, Leopolis Hotel (16 Teatralna Street) One of the best things about an event like Lviv Fashion Week is all the fun fringe events which appear around the perimeter of the event programme, with plenty of sexy parties featuring crowds of glamorous models and flamboyant designers,but there is also a kinder and more community-spirited side to even this most fashionable of festivals.

A feast of Chamber music

Issue 17, October 2009.
The Szymanowski Quartet and Friends Chamber Music Festival, 16-18 October, Lviv Ludkevich Philharmonic Concert Hall (7 Chaikovskoho Street) This recently introduced addition to the annual Lviv music festival calendar is a celebration of West Ukraine’s rich classical musical heritage and is also designed to illustrate the intertwined musical history that Ukraine shares with neighbouring Poland. The event will feature the acclaimed Polish foursome the Szymanowski Quartet along with such celebrated performers as violist Lyda Chen, pianist Vladimir Sverdlov and clarinet specialist Chen Halevi.

Looking for Lviv’s next generation of leaders

Issue 17, October 2009.
Savik Shuster’s search for regional leadership: Lviv casting, 14 November (venue to be confirmed – please see website for details nearer the date) For the past five years since the 2004 Orange Revolution Ukraine has enjoyed unprecedented media freedoms which have lead to the rise in a new generation of endless political talks shows and televised debates.

Complete theatrical improvisation!

Issue 17, October 2009.
Sixth annual ‘Drabyna’ International Contemporary heatre Festival, November 5-8, Theatres around the city Ever since its inception in late 2004 as the country bubbled along on a wave on national agitation that would eventually erupt into the Orange Revolution, Lviv’s challenging Drabyna festival has been all about offering an alternative. The festival is extremely post-modern in its approach sets out to give theatre performers complete freedom to let their imaginations run riot. Due to the rising reputation of the event, it has now introduced one single restriction – all performances must be not longer than one hour, in order to make sure that everybody has a chance!

Nothing personal, "no offence" … just art…

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv is known with exquisite taste reflected in art by a bit conservative and reserved style. Main benefit of these outwardly restrained Lviv art mood is keeping old traditions alive. However there are times when even the most conservative artists are interested in trying something new.

Incredible "Dolls World" in Lviv Art Palace

Issue 17, October 2009.
Main aim of the festival organizers of the event “Informational-creative center “365”” state popularization of the concept of authors dolls, development of the doll culture and creativity, presenting talented artists of the branch. For the present day, there are many different definitions to the concept of “doll” as well as various techniques of doll- making.

A special gift to Michael Jackson's fans

Issue 17, October 2009.
As Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment announced that Michael Jackson THIS IS IT will be released exclusively for a special, limited, two-week engagement worldwide on Wednesday, October 28th, Lviv will be part of the premiere network with Kinopalace “Kopernik”.

“Iron Lion 2009”

Issue 17, October 2009.
During October 16-18, 2009 Lvivites and guests of the city are invited to visit Festival of smithcraft “Iron Lion 2009” which will take place in the historical centre of Lviv on the square near Arsenal museum.

Sweet Toothed City

Issue 17, October 2009.
Foreign visitors to Lviv are often quite surprised by the local passion for all things sweet and sugary. Many remark that the vast array of cake and chocolate delicatessens they see dotting the city streets and the sumptuous dessert menus they encounter are literally the last things they would have expected of a former Soviet city. Unfortunately, much of the outside world continues to labour under the delusion of the post-Soviet space as a bleak and sour region of the world, but in actual fact Ukraine excels in its desserts and Lviv in particular has a long and proud history as one of the sweetest-toothed towns in all Europe.

Political leaders and international investors gather in Lviv Oblast for ninth annual Economic Forum

Issue 17, October 2009.
The ninth annual Lviv International Economic Foreign gathered a wide range of corporate, government and international investment sector representatives to the Lviv Oblast spa resort town of Truskavets in the Carpathian foothills 1-2 October. The event has long since been the biggest regional gathering of its kind in West Ukraine, and this prominence was reflected in the keynote speeches delivered by President Viktor Yushchenko and PM Yulia Tymoshenko.

Local hero grabs speedway laurels

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv’s growing reputation as a regional speedway hub grew in September when the city’s SKA track played host to an international competition featuring participants from seven countrie

Lviv archers hit the bull’s eye

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv has long been home to Ukraine’s leading archery school, with a long list of international competition winners and Olympic champions testifying to the caliber of the local talent.

Boxing Beauty

Issue 17, October 2009.
At first glance Lviv’s latest female celebrity appears to have come off the same conveyor belt of super stars which churns out the country’s endless supply of beautiful, confident young ladies who Ukraine’s decorate TV screens and advertising billboards. However, Olena ‘The Hunter’ Ovchynnikova may look comfortable in front of the cameras but she is no mere pop starlet or iconic movie star – in fact Olena is a newly-crowned kickboxing world champion who also has the looks and the style to become a living legend in both Lviv and beyond.

Style on show at fashion expo

Issue 17, October 2009.
September say Lviv’s Ukraine Palace exhibition hall play host to the region’s hottest designers and most attractive models as the city welcomed the 16th annual Style trade fair.

Lviv literature in focus

Issue 17, October 2009.
Ukrainian politicians and writers rubbed shoulders in September at Lviv’s ever-expanding International Book Forum, which has been the country’s premier literary gathering ever since its inception back in 1994.

Nightlife focus celebrates first birthday

Issue 17, October 2009.
On September 5 leading Lviv lounge club and restaurant Cazanova (7, Stavropygyjska str.), celebrated its first anniversary with an exquisite and ostentatious party that fitted in with the venue’s burgeoning reputation for hedonism.

The coffee capital of Ukraine

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv has long been known as the coffee capital of Ukraine – indeed, legend has it that a Lviv native first introduced coffee into Viennese culture, thus making the city the spiritual home of Eastern European coffee culture as a whole.

Keeping Lviv safe for centuries!

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv’s firefighting tradition dates back deep into the Middle Ages, when it was one of the first in Europe to develop a special municipal service changed with protecting the city from the ever-present threat of fire.

Euro 2012 airport construction work begins

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv’s bid to host matches during the Euro 2012 championships hinges largely on the city’s ability to get its stadium and airport facilities in place in time for the event. After many delays and financing wrangles work finally began in mid-September on the city’s hotly-anticipated new Airport Terminal Building.

Lviv lions on parade

Issue 17, October 2009.
For centuries Lviv has been Eastern Europe’s Lion City, and this status was further enhanced in September by the presence of a whole pride of lavishly decorated ceramic lions in the city’s picturesque downtown area.