Issue 21, February 2010

Issue 21, February 2010

French Alliance in Lviv presents famous fairy-tale from diffrent angle

Issue 21, February 2010.
Perfromance «Le Chaperon Rouge » (Little Red Riding Hood) One of the most recognized fairy tale «Le Chaperon Rouge» (Little Red Riding Hood) will be presented by visual theatre « Chantier Théâtre” (http://www.chantier-theatre.com/) in Lviv drama theatre named after m. Zankoevtsa on March 02.

Vasyltsev's 14th album presentation

Issue 21, February 2010.
On February 21, Lviv’s cavernous cellar club “Robert Doms” will host music performance of Vasyl Vasyltsev. Local artist Vasyl Vasyltsev presents Lvivites with new, 14th in a row, album «Anya». As special feature of the album comes artistic and creative cooperation with guitarist Igor Novosad, which brought to live songs “Ty Ne Napyshesh Meni”, “Tvoi Blakytni Ochi”, “Legke Zhyttya”, “Potentsyalna Energya Til”.

Open Air Ice Hockey this February!

Issue 21, February 2010.
There is nothing more that needs to be said except the phrase: ‘open air ice hockey’. On its own it conjures up images of trailer park romance and raw redneck passion – and the Lviv vintage of the genre does not disappoint, coming complete with rusty old goal posts and a rough and ready selection of players ranging from tough young hustlers to old hands who can still wield a stick to effect when necessary.

Efendi Zebu and the Karolina Glazer Quintet in concert

Issue 21, February 2010.
Picasso Club (88 Zelena Street), February 22 Karolina Glazer is one of the hottest acts to have emerged from the Polish jazz scene since the collapse of European communism. She is famed for the versatility of her voice and her exquisite four-octave range. Many have commented on the super natural quality of her performance and questioned her spiritual influences. The signer herself speaks of her strong European identity but also responds to Arabic, Salsa and other international influences in her work.

Ukrainian Energy Forum

Issue 21, February 2010.
Eco-Solutions – New Technologies’ Fourth Annual International Ecological Forum, February 24-26 Lemberg Exhibition Centre (176 B. Khmelnitskoho Street – entrance from Kukurydztana Street) With the entire world seemingly debating the pros and cons of placing limits on the kind of energy supplies we consume and scrambling for viable eco-friendly alternatives to our current reliance on fossil fuels, the theme of green energy has never been more pertinent than it is today. This coming Lviv conference will likely attract a good selection of regional experts in the energy field and promose that it will allow them to observe first hand the latest innovations in the ecoenergy sphere. Waste management will be high on the agenda of the forum.

Chocoholics of Lviv, Unite!

Issue 21, February 2010.
Chocolate Day celebrations, March, 6-8, 2010, Rynok Square, square in front of Opera and Ballet Theatre and Art Palace, (Kopernika str., 17, Lviv) What could be a better way to mark International Women’s Day that by hosting a scrumptious chocolate festival? Clearly the officials inside Lviv City Council responsible for the city’s ever-expanding array of holidays could think of nothing more appropriate and have designated early March as a time to celebrate Lviv’s long tradition of delicious desserts and chocolate treats.

Meet the Buddha in Lviv!

Issue 21, February 2010.
Treasures of Tibet in Lviv, until March 12, Lviv Museum of History and Religion (1 Muzeyna Square, Lviv) Lviv gallery fans will be offered a rare glimpse of Tibetan art and culture this month with an Oriental exhibition of extraordinary colour and flavour at the city’s Museum of History and Religion. The collection features over 300 artifacts taken from the collections of monasteries in India, Nepal and Tibet, reflecting the far-reaching range of the ancient Buddhist religion.

Next Generation of Lviv Musicians

Issue 21, February 2010.
Fourth Annual ‘Golden Rose’ International Youth Music Festival, February 21-28, Lviv Krushnelnitska Music School (10 Zelena Street) and Lysenko Music Academy (5 Nezhankivskoho Street) This February will see some of the finest young classical music talent face large adult audiences for the first time as Lviv prepares to welcome the annual Golden Rose music festival.

Tres Chic Kino

Issue 21, February 2010.
Evenings of French Movies, From February 18, KinoPalace “Kopernik” (9 Kopernika Street) February 2010 sees Lviv play host to a season of French films for the fifth consecutive year.

Lviv Old Boy Returns

Issue 21, February 2010.
Karpaty Lviv vs Metalist Kharkiv, Ukrainian Premier League,Saturday February 27, Ukraina Stadium, Lviv. Kick-off at 16.00 Lviv’s football fans are currently waiting impatiently for the end of the annual winter break and the good news is that the second half of the season will kick off in late February with what promises to be an intriguing encounter with high-flyingMetalist.

"Ladies First" - International Women’s Day holiday, March 8.

Issue 21, February 2010.
Celebrated all day and on into the evening in homes, schools, offices, bars, restaurants, park benches and marshrutkas across town! Many foreigners who are new to life in Ukraine initially find it difficult to grasp the importance of International Women’s Day and struggle to understand the relationship of the holiday to the unorthodox sexual politics of the post-Soviet world. For those among the expat community who have been raised in a staunchly post-modern feminist environment, the holiday can actually seem anachronistic at best and offensively patronizing at worst, and its annual arrival generally sparks knowing grins and the odd catty remark from contemptuous expat PC puritans.

Lovely Lorak plays Lviv

Issue 21, February 2010.
Early March will see the capital of West Ukraine prepare for International Women’s Day with a star turn from the country’s leading pop nymphet Ani Lorak. Little Ani has been big on the post-Soviet music scene since the mid-nineteen nineties and gained a whole new international audience when she was narrowly beaten into second place at the 2008 Eurovision song contest. Miss Lorak took time out of her hectic tour schedule to speak to Lviv Today about her upcoming Lviv date and her associations with the city.

Legendary Leopolitans # 2: Opera diva Solomiya Krushelnitska

Issue 21, February 2010.
At the turn of the 20th century the art of opera was enjoying the period of its greatest ascendancy as the pomp and circumstance of the late imperial age boosted coffers at the world’s most famous Opera Houses. A mere handful of male singers led by Enrico Caruso dominated the headlines at the time and were among the first truly global super stars. They were joined by a young lady from rural West Ukraine who would go on to become one of the most celebrated voices in the history of opera.
Man  with  a  mission:  Lviv-born  Myron  Markevich  is  the  first  ever non-Dy

Managing Ukraine to Euro Glory

Issue 21, February 2010.
Lviv native Myron Markevich is handed the challenge of building a Ukrainian national side capable of carrying the host nation’s hopes and dreams at Euro 2012 With Ukraine having narrowly failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup Finals, the New Year period saw a changing of the guard at the National Football Federation as officials turned their thoughts towards preparationsfor the national team’s Euro 2012 bid. This was the ideal time to implement changes at the top in Ukrainian football - as co-hosts of the June 2012 tournament Ukraine do not need to qualify for the finals and so are now facing two and a half years without competitive football. This enforced break leaves Ukraine’s national team set-up facing a period which will provide both the time for a new side to take shape and also test the national squad’s ability to remain focused without the added stimulation of regular competition football. Stepping into the void is Lviv’s most celebrated footballing son, a man with a long career in professional football already behind him who now faces the enormous challenge of building a side capable of beating the likes of Germany, England and Spain at Euro 2012.

London MEP Charles Tannock: Ukraine’s geopolitical pendulum swings east

Issue 21, February 2010.
The European Union has never entirely taken Ukraine to its heart as a future member. Although Ukraine is undoubtedly European in an historical, ethnic and cultural sense, it is considered by some EU policymakers as a step too far: not necessarily because Ukraine does not merit or qualify for EU membership but because such a move might unduly antagonise Russia.

Paralympic hopefuls preparing for Vancouver

Issue 21, February 2010.
Ukraine’s paralympic team has experienced a major boost in the amount of training and support it receives in recent years as part of a largely unheralded but worthy effort to give the country’s physically disadvantaged athletes every possible advantage on the world stage. The results have been emphatic – since finishing in 21st place in the medal table at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000, Ukraine has rocketed up to sixth and then fourth place at successive Games. Meanwhile, in the Winter Olympics progress has been even more extraordinary – from finishing 18th in Salt Lake City in 2002, Ukraine rose to 3rd (2nd in terms of actual number of medals won) in Turin in 2006.

2009 Euro Youth Champions: Ukraine’s young guns shooting for Euro 2012

Issue 21, February 2010.
Ukraine’s national team will go into the coming Euro 2012 European Championships as one of the least favoured host nations in the competition’s history. Unlike Germany in 1988, England in 1996 and Portugal in 2004, few will be expecting Ukraine’s involvement to last long, with the country’s main contribution to the tournament likely to be the actual hosting of matches rather than winning them. However, Ukraine possesses a not-so-secret weapon in the form of the country’s emerging teenage generation, which shot to international recognition in August 2009 by winning UEFA’s Under-19s European Championship. Ukraine’s Euro 2009 youth victory was a major milestone in the development of the country’s footballing infrastructure and was the first victory Ukraine had recorded at any level since entering international football as an independent nation for the first time ever in the mid-1990s. This crop of teenage talent comes from the fast-improving youth team programmes of the country’s leading clubs.

La Piazza - The place where Lviv meets

Issue 21, February 2010.
After months of anticipation Lviv recently welcomed the arrival of stylish new restaurant ‘la Piazza’. Located on the fourth floor of Lviv’s new ‘Opera Passage’ luxury shopping complex.The motto of the venue is ‘The place where Lviv society meets’ and the management of ‘La Piazza’ emphasize that their primary ambition is to create a venue which will live up to this billing and become part of the very fabric of Lviv society.

Defending Ancient Lviv

Issue 21, February 2010.
Like most of Europe’s great medieval cities, Lviv has a rich legacy of fortifications within the architectural ensemble of the Old town area. In the centre of modern Lviv the city’s medieval arsenal. Today’s Lviv arsenal building houses a museum and is a well-known as a local landmark but it is actually the oldest of three surviving arsenals and can be traced back to 1430.

Yasinska shakes up Lviv

Issue 21, February 2010.
Picasso Club was the scene of a showbiz gathering of January 29 when the venue hosted the presentation of Lviv diva Lyudmila Yasinska’s debut album ‘Toby’ (‘To you’).
Evgenia Gapchinskaya presenting  her  “Warm  exhibition”  in  Lviv’s  Green Sofa

Kyiv art scene favourite exhibits her wares in Lviv

Issue 21, February 2010.
Popular fairytale artist Evgenia Gapchinskaya brought her cheerful fantasy world to Lviv in January .....

Young talent presents first collection

Issue 21, February 2010.
January 24 saw the Lviv fashion set out in force at Picasso Club for a collection by what may be Lviv’s youngest ever designer – seven year old Sofi Mari Sedova. This debut collection featured a prominent ethnic motif and was demonstrated by friends of the young designer.

Dazzling dancers do battle

Issue 21, February 2010.
In the past fifteen years Ukraine has slowly emerged as something of a regional ballroom dancing power house. This should come as no surprise – the combination of sporting prowess and flamboyant elegance required to succeed in the ultra-competitive ballroom dance world are qualities which appear tailor-made for Ukraine.

Ukraine’s traditional New Year Halloween goes political

Issue 21, February 2010.
There was election fever in the air at this year’s ‘Malanka’ carnival in the village of Vashkivtsi on the Cheremosh River, lending the popular fancy dress festivities a satirical air. Revelers dressed as Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko and her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin caused a minor sensation, while Soviet stagnation stalwart Leonid Brezhnev also put in an appearance.

Ice art in midwinter Lviv

Issue 21, February 2010.
On January 17 as the country was going to the polls in the first round of presidential elections, Leopolitans enjoyed a more civilized distraction in the shape of wonderfully sculpted and impressively imposing ice sculptures.