Issue 31, January 2011

Issue 31, January 2011

Global ethno band ’ZIRA’ in concert, January 30 from 19.30, Kvartira 35 Art Cafe (35 Virmenska Street)

Issue 31, January 2011.
In 2009 Leopolitan fans of ethno-folk music came together to form Lviv’s first official EthnoClub, which aims to promote the ethno-music genre to new and younger audiences. The club’s first big event of 2011 will be a concert from ’ZIRA’ – a band that brings together a diverse range of ethno influences in a blend of music that is just about as multicultural as a Lebanese mufti drinking Nepalese goat’s milk while reciting Mayan poetry in a South London sushi bar.

Yuriy Minenko in concert, February 3 from 19.00. Lviv Philharmonic Concert Hall (7 Chaikovskoho Street)

Issue 31, January 2011.
World famous Ukrainian counter-tenor Yuriy Minenko was born in the city of Radomyshl (Zhytomyr region). He attended the Radomyshl music school (piano class, 1987-1994) and Zhitomir Musical College before moving on to the Odessa State Musical Academy.

Award-winning Dutch pianist Michiel Borstlap in concert, Picasso Jazz Hall, February 15 from 19.00 (88 Zelena Street)

Issue 31, January 2011.
Michiel Borstlap has built himself an enviable reputation as one of the foremost pianists of the last decade. The music of Borstlap embraces the rich piano heritage of his heroes Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett & Joe Zawinul.

Robertino Loretti in concert, Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre, February 11 from 19.30

Issue 31, January 2011.
Italian former child pop sensation Robertino Loretti may no longer possess the youthful voice which made him a continent-wide sensation in the 1960s, but he continues to command a huge fan base in the former Soviet Union and he will delight Leopolitan fans with a St. Valentine’s Day performance on the eve of the romantic holiday this February.

Lviv Chocolate Festival, 11-14 February, locations across town

Issue 31, January 2011.
For centuries Lviv has been famed as the sweet-toothed capital of Eastern Europe, with the city’s strategic location at the centre of regional trade routes linking Europe and Asia making it a repository of sugary secrets and chocolate-coated delight. This tradition has been latched onto by city officials in recent years in their bid to make modern Lviv more tourist friendly, with the introduction three years ago of an annual Chocolate Festival.

French short films, February 10-16, Kino Palace Cinema Art Hall (22 Teatralna Street. Tel.: +38032-2975050) & Lviv art Palace (17 Kopernika Street. Tel.: +38032-2614733)

Issue 31, January 2011.
Lviv’s love affair with all things French continues this February with a festival of contemporary short films dedicated to St. Valentine’s Day. For centuries Lviv has been known locally as ‘the Paris of the East’ and this cultural affinity is reflected in local kino tastes, which share much with Gallic sympathies.

LVIV BUSINESS COMMUNITY ADDRESSES TAX CODE ISSUE

Issue 31, January 2011.
On December 21 PwC Ukraine’s Lviv office held a conference addressing the hot topic of the country’s new Tax Code.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY HONOURS 2010 ACHIEVEMENTS

Issue 31, January 2011.
On December 16 the West Ukrainian branch of the European Business Association held its annual awards ceremony in the conference hall of hotel “Dnister" and elected its board of directors for 2011.

Olympic Ambition

Issue 31, January 2011.
Flush with the relative success of their Euro 2012 preparations and no doubt goaded by the bragging of neighbouring Russia with its 2018 World Cup and 2014 Winter Olympics, Ukraine’s officials have recently begun talking up the chances of an Olympic Games of their own. The good news for Leopolitans is that Lviv is the designated venue for this ambitious Ukrainian bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Such lofty ambitions may seem a touch farfetched to many readers familiar with everyday life in the West Ukrainian capital, but a Leopolitan Olympics is not actually as much of a stretch as it might appear at first glance. After all, the massive infrastructure works currently underway ahead of Euro 2012 will bring the city’s transport connections more or less up to scratch, providing Lviv’s bid with everything it needs in terms of communications to host a Winter Olympic Games.

Bandera, Stalin and Ukraine’s memory wars

Issue 31, January 2011.
Lviv Today publisher Peter Dickinson asks who really benefits from reopening Ukraine’s historical wounds Over 65 years since the world’s most brutal conflict officially came to an end, modern Ukrainians remain hopelessly trapped in the ideological mire of WWII and stuck in a debilitating memory war which shows no signs of abating. The 2004 Orange Revolution sparked the latest outbreak of hostilities with its attempts to rehabilitate Ukraine’s WWII era independence fighters.

LVIV BRITISH CLUB OFFERS POKER ART

Issue 31, January 2011.
December saw a fun art exhibition entitled ‘Shaggy Poker’ at Lviv’s British Club, organised by Gary Bowman, the founder of the International Poker Federation

NEW LVIV OBLAST GOVERNOR APPOINTED

Issue 31, January 2011.
On December 21 President Viktor Yanukovych appointed Mykhailo Tsymbaliuk to head Lviv Regional Administration, replacing Vasyl Horbal, who had been appointed earlier in 2010 as part of the new administrative apparatus introduced by the newly anointed President Yanukovych.

EASTERN EUROPE’S HOTTEST JAZZ FESTIVAL

Issue 31, January 2011.
Early December saw Ukraine’s capital of culture rocking to the break beats of the annual Jazz Bez festival, which is fast developing a reputation as one of Eastern Europe’s most dynamic and diverse jazz events.

THE ART OF LVIV CHRISTMAS

Issue 31, January 2011.
For the fourth year running Lviv’s popular Green Sofa Gallery hosted a seasonal exhibition of Christmas-inspired artworks throughout the festive season.

HONOURING THOSE WHO GIVE BACK TO LVIV SOCIETY

Issue 31, January 2011.
Early January saw the great and the good of Lviv’s corporate, political and charitable spheres gather at the city’s Philharmonic Theatre to honour those who had done the most in 2010 to support less fortunate Leopolitans.

EUROPE’S LONGEST CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON

Issue 31, January 2011.
Lviv’s status as a melting pot of religious pluralism means that the city traditionally celebrates the Christmas holiday period from mid-December until mid-January, earning the city the honour of having Europe’s longest New Year festive season.

LEOPOLITAN DESIGNERS ENGAGE IN STYLISH CATWALK CONTEST

Issue 31, January 2011.
December saw popular Lviv nightspot Raffinad People play host to an array of beautiful people for the inaugural ‘Nuance’ fashion design contest organised by Myroslava&Orysia Zubachyk collections.