Issue 19, December 2009

Issue 19, December 2009

“True speech” on the Left bank”

Issue 19, December 2009.
ČAČI VORBA - "true speech " - this is how Gypsies describe their own music. ČAČI VORBA is a Polish-Ukrainian band specialising in the impulsive mixture of Gypsy, Carpathian and Balkan music. The group serves an acoustic fusion of ethnic music, jazz, modern Balkan wedding music and other genres performed on traditional instruments such as Hungarian bracsa, Turkish kemence, Greek bouzouki, Romanian cobza or Middle-Eastern darabuka and dombek.

Project “Our Christmas” in Lviv

Issue 19, December 2009.
«Our Christmas» - musical festival, which was initiated by company «Film Plus Production» in January 2008, aiming to bring back traditional Ukrainian Christmas celebrations and festivities in all their authentic beauty and charm.

Lviv’s ‘Chef of the Year’

Issue 19, December 2009.
Grand final of “Lviv Frying Pan” competition, 21 December, Ukraine Palace (18 Melnyka Street) The Guild of Lviv Restaurant Owners and Lviv City Council have teamed together to organise the second ever “Lviv Frying Pan” award to find the city’s best chef.

Christmas Gift from Lviv’s Hotels & Restaurants

Issue 19, December 2009.
“Winter in Lviv 2010” project, discounts in participating hotels and restaurants across the city on 19 December As part of the ongoing efforts to make Lviv as marketable as possible as a Christmas tourism destination, the everactive Lviv City Council has joined forces with the Lviv Guild of Restaurant Owners and participating hotels to produce a one-off event that will provide Lviv citizens and visitors to the city with the chance to indulge themselves in some of West Ukraine’s most celebrated venues at heavily discounted rates for one day only! On December 19 and only on December 19 everyone will be able to enjoy halfprice discounts on a wide variety of goods and services at participating venues.

New Year with a Lviv Legend

Issue 19, December 2009.
New Year concert with Slava Vakarchuk, Lviv Opera House, January 2, performances begin at 18.00 and 21.00 Lviv’s majestic National Opera and Ballet Theatre will be hosting Ukrainian rock legend Slava Vakarchuk at its traditional annual New Year concert this year.

Video Art Extravaganza Boosts Alternative Scene

Issue 19, December 2009.
“Videologia” festival of musical video, Lviv Art Palace (17, Kopernika str.) December 19-20 Lviv has earned a reputation in recent years as an up-andcoming alternative venue for the visual arts and this reputation looks set to be enhanced by this December’s ‘Videologia’ festival which will feature a wide range of musical documentaries, live concert screenings, video clips and other examples of modern musical visual arts. The main programme of the festival will feature six screenings of one and a half hours in length, while fans of fast flicks will no doubt enjoy the ‘100 films in one session’ concept, a headlong rush into the world of ten-second attention spans and adolescent artistic aesthetics where films are condensed into a single minute and shown en masse over a single one hour forty minute sitting.

Snow Whites Wanted

Issue 19, December 2009.
Miss Student Beauty Pageant, 24 December, Millennium Nightclub (2, Chornovola Street) Most cultures venerate a Father Christmas figure dressed in red robes and sporting a long white beart and jovial disposition, but only Slavic culture has Snegorochka, the seductive show princess whose blue and white trimmed winter outfits disguise a playful and flirtatious character that has echoes of pagan fertility myths and ancient Slavic forms of worship.

Festive Gala

Issue 19, December 2009.
Sniznist festive concert, January 8, 9, 10, National Academic Ukrainian Drama Theatre named after Mariya Zankovetska (1, L. Ukrainka str., Lviv) This festive musical treat will offer partied out Lviv citizens the chance to unwind and sample the delights of the Christmas fairytale just like they did as kids.

Carols for Lviv Kids

Issue 19, December 2009.
Snizhnist children’s concerts, Lviv Art Palace (17 Kopernika Str.), December 17 – December 27 This year’s festive season will see Lviv’s Art Palace embark on a new season of fun Christmas celebrations for all thefamily that will include this series of children-friendly musical concerts based around the seasonal music of the album‘Snizhnist’ by Yury Gnatkovskiy and Yuliya Lord.

Chinese Art

Issue 19, December 2009.
“Play Ink – Ink Play” exhibition of modern Chinese theatrical opera painting, Lviv Art Palace (Kopernyka str., 15), December 8 until January 5 This exhibition featuring works of art used in performances at the Beijing Opera has been on tour for over a decade and has proved enormously popular around the world.

Ice Art Invasion!

Issue 19, December 2009.
Snow and ice sculpture festival, Rynok Square and Lviv old town, early January Lviv has always been famed as a city of inspired artists and so it has come as no surprise to see that the art of ice sculpture is thriving in the West Ukrainian capital.

Traditional Folksy Christmas in Lviv!

Issue 19, December 2009.
Christmas and New Year festive season, events across town and throughout Lviv Oblast As one of the great historic crossroads between the Orthodox and Catholic worlds, Lviv has always been a little corner of Europe where Christmas is celebrated with particular gusto and brotherly love. The adherence to two separate religious calendars which marks the city’s legendary inter-faith plurality means that Leopolitans get to celebrate Christmas from mid-December until well beyond the Julian calendar nostalgia of Old New Year on January 14, making it the longest holiday period in an annual Lviv calendar which is already generously attired with feast days and extended breaks.

Lion Awards - The best of Lviv

Issue 19, December 2009.
2009 has been an exciting and challenging year in Lviv which has seen the West Ukrainian capital named as Ukraine’s City of Culture before receiving less welcome international headlines in November as the centre of a brief swine flu panic. Despite a general global economic downturn which has hit all of Lviv’s key EU trade partners hard, 2009 has seen more and more international companies looking to invest in the region and establish Lviv offices, with the tourism and outsourcing sectors proving particularly attractive. International carriers including Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines have added Lviv to their list of destinations in 2009, marking a symbolic step for Lviv Airport towards an increasing role as a regional air travel hub. Meanwhile, plans for the new-look terminal building have been approved and an international construction group chosen to handle the massive building works that when completed will transform Lviv Airport from a post-Soviet backwater into a leading regional air hub.

New luxury retail and recreation option opens in Lviv

Issue 19, December 2009.
The elegant building located at 27 Svobody Avenue in Lviv has always been at the centre of trend-setting in the capital of West Ukraine. Originally known as ‘Kun’s Hotel’ and later as the ‘Belle View’, ‘Explanada’ and ‘Elit’ hotels respectively, at the turn of the twentieth century the building housed a popular concert hall which offered cabaret from magicians as well as some of Ukraine’s first ever cinema screenings.

Christmas with Lviv EBA

Issue 19, December 2009.
The West Ukrainian branch of the European Business Association held their annual Christmas party in early December at Lviv’s prestigious Scientists’ House, with regional EBA members gathering to celebrate the festival season following a vote on a new board of directors for 2010 at their Annual General Membership Meeting.

Celebrating Lviv’s ancient European pedigree

Issue 19, December 2009.
Early December saw Lviv mark the anniversary of the city’s adoption of the Magdeburg Rights in 1356. Based on the laws developed in the German city of Magdeburg in the early Middle Ages, the Magdeburg Rights were a set of rules and regulations governing trade and relations between the government and the governed.

Oriental magic with Chinese opera art

Issue 19, December 2009.
Lvivites were treated to a rare glimpse of Chinese art this month with the arrival of a contemporary art exhibition featuring works inspired by and used in the productions of the Beijing Opera.
Borderland – Mariana Sadovska & Band at Lviv’s Jazz  Bez festival

International jazz in Ukraine’s bohemian capital

Issue 19, December 2009.
This year’s Jazz Bez music festival brought a wide range of international artists to Lviv as the city reaffirmed its reputation as the Prague of the Soviet world and the best place in the former USSR with the kind of improvisational ambience to pull off an event of this scale and nature.

Lviv Today and Picasso celebrate Halloween

Issue 19, December 2009.
Halloween has proved a popular holiday in post-independence Ukraine, but this year’s festivities were curtailed by a flu epidemic centred in West Ukraine which forced events to be cancelled across the region. Lviv’s party people were not be sidetracked by a mere global pandemic, however, and rescheduled this year’s Halloween party for late November.