Issue 27, September 2010

Issue 27, September 2010

65th International Session of the European Youth Parliament in Lviv

Issue 27, September 2010.
Between 22nd and 30th October 2010, Lviv will gather about 300 youngsters from all over Europe, to discuss European politics and live their European citizenship at the 65th International Session of the European Youth Parliament. The youngsters will discuss current topics of European politics and draft resolutions which will then be debated according to the rules of the European Parliament.

American Culture Season in Lviv, October 4—11, venues across the city

Issue 27, September 2010.
This October will see Americana showcased in all its glory throughout a week of cultural events as part of Lviv’s first ever ‘Days of American Culture’ festival. This project, which is being supported by the US Embassy in Ukraine along with the Pidhirsci Castle Fund, will feature a concert from American blues musician Melvin Taylor and a host of literary evenings and performances by visiting American artists.

Picasso Jazz Hall presents The Groove Syndicate (UK, Poland), September 29, Picasso Club (88 Zelena Street)

Issue 27, September 2010.
This September one of Lviv’s most famous nightlife venues will continue its recent jazz tradition with a concert from Anglo-Polish funk threesome The Groove Syndicate (Szymon Fortuna (Poland) Geoff Bartholomew and Rob Paterson (UK).

Okimono: for the first time in Eastern Europe, Exhibition of Japanese sculpture, September 17—November 9, Pototsky Palace (Kopernika Str,15)

Issue 27, September 2010.
This September Lviv’s National Art Gallery together with the Feldman Collection will present a rare autumn treat for fans of oriental art: an exhibition of exquisite Japanese carvings and sculptures. For more than a month Pototsky Palace will host some of the most striking pieces from Olexander Feldman’s collection, which features a total of 220 okimono items.

16th Annual International Avant-Garde Music Festival “Contrasts”, 25 September — 5 October, Lviv Philharmonic Society Theatre (7, Chaikovsky Str., Lviv)

Issue 27, September 2010.
The ‘Contrasts’ International Modern Music Festival is a unique musical event which offers true aesthetic pleasure for connoisseurs of both the more traditional classics and modern music. This festival has been taking place in Lviv since 1995 and has already established its own traditions.

Manhattan Short Film Festival screenings, September 30 —October 3, Lviv Art Palace (Kopernika Str., 17)

Issue 27, September 2010.
An extraordinary global event will take place from September 30 to October 3 as over 100,000 people in more than 200 cities across six continents gather in cinemas, galleries, museums and cafes for one purpose: to view and vote on the finalist movies in the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Results of global voting will be announced on October 3 in New York.

Golden Lion International Theatre Festival, 1—7 October, theatres across the city

Issue 27, September 2010.
The annual Golden Lion festival is not just a carnival but a European theatrical tradition in its own right. It is also one of the most prestigious forums which modern Ukraine has established in international cultural circles. It was founded back in 1989 and has since been transforming the streets of Lviv into a theatre every October, providing vivid impressions and creating a true carnival atmosphere.

Seventeenth Annual International Publishers Forum in Lviv, September 16-19, Lviv Art Palace (Kopernika Str., 17)

Issue 27, September 2010.
The arrival of September and new academic year in Lviv also means the appearance of the city’s annual literary festival. Lviv has long been seen as the spiritual home of the Ukrainian language, and so it is no surprise that since the country achieved independence in 1991 the city has become a bastion of the Ukrainian language publishing industry.

Second Annual International Doll Festival, September 15-26, National Museum of Ethnography and Art (Svobody Avn., 15)

Issue 27, September 2010.
The inaugural Doll Festival last year in Lviv proved to be one of the unlikely hits of the autumn season, attracting over ten thousand Leopolitans and guests of the West Ukrainian capital.

Annual Lviv International Economic Forum, October 7-8. Rixos Prykarpattya Resort, Truskavets, Lviv Oblast

Issue 27, September 2010.
This year’s annual international investment and economic forum will focus on cross-border cooperation. The event, which regularly attracts leading figures from the world of Ukrainian business and politics, is being held this year under the patronage of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Festival of the Ancient Music, 1—10 October, Lviv Organ and Chamber Music Hall (8, S.Bandera Street)

Issue 27, September 2010.
This festival is the only professional music event in Ukraine of its kind as it offers the audience vocal, instrumental, кeligious, secular and opera music from a range of different European countries all in one package.

Annual Coffee Festival, 20-26 September, Rynok Square

Issue 27, September 2010.
Lviv has always been famous as a coffee city. Back in 1683 Lviv region native Yuri Kulchytsky founded the first coffee house in Vienna, which was also one of the first coffee houses in Europe. Ever since Habsburg days Lviv has been a regional coffee capital, as famed for the strength of its brews as it was for the cosiness of its cafes and coffee shops.

Cheese and Wine Holiday, October 8-10, Pototsky Palace Square (15 Kopernika Street)

Issue 27, September 2010.
Why wine and cheese in Lviv? Plenty of documental evidence exists of vine-growing in Lviv region in the 17th century, when the Lviv climate was much warmer. At the time, the southern hills of the city’s High Castle, Lychakiv district, Keizerwald hills and Vynnyky suburbs are said to have been covered with vineyards producing more than one hundred barrels of wine annually.

Europa League Groupof Death

Issue 27, September 2010.
League for the first time ever this autumn, and they have be rewarded with a place in this year’s so-called ‘Group of Death’ against three sides which are all tipped as potentially competition winners. Lviv are the rant outsiders in a group which includes French mega-club Paris Saint-Germain, German former Champions League winners Borussia Dortmund and Spanish outfit Sevilla FC, a club which has won the UEFA Cup on two separate occasions in the past five seasons.

A cup with a history of post-Soviet success

Issue 27, September 2010.
Will Karpaty be able to upset the pundits and score an unlikely group stage success in this year’s Europa League? If the Lviv side can make it beyond this stage of the competition, they will be fancied to emulate fellow post-Soviet sides Shakhtar Donetsk, CSKA Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg, who have all gone on to win the trophy after benefiting from the rejuvenating winter break which remains customary in post-Soviet football

Making Lviv Football History

Issue 27, September 2010.
Karpaty Lviv will face three top European sides this autumn as the club makes its Europa League group stage debut. Karpaty coach Oleh Kononov spoke to Lviv Today about the historic campaign ahead In the space of the past few football seasons Oleh Kononov has become arguably Lviv’s most popular ever Belarusian import. He is loved and respected by many Leopolitans for having coached the city’s famously underachieving local football club Karpaty into the higher reaches of the Ukrainian Premier League before leading them this summer into the group stages of the Europa League for the first time ever. This is uncharted territory for a club which despite enjoying a huge fan base and almost total regional dominance throughout West Ukraine, had not participated in European competition for a decade until this year’s campaign. So far this season’s Europa League adventure has lived up to its billing; after seeing off Icelandic and Georgian opposition in the first two qualifying rounds, Karpaty bested Turkish giants Galatasaray in a thrilling play-off which involved one of the most dramatic finales which this fledgling second-tier UEFA competition has yet witnessed.