Issue 32, February 2011

Issue 32, February 2011

Istanbul Shopping Festival, 18 March - 26 April

Issue 32, February 2011.
This spring Istanbul is gearing up for a mega tourist event – the city’s first Annual Shopping Festival – with the objective of attracting millions of visitors to the stores and boutiques of the ancient gateway city. As well as special deals on all the treasures for which Istanbul is synonymous – including handmade rugs and carpets, clothing, antique silver and jewellery, semi-precious stones, spices, sweets, and more – visitors will also be treated to a host of complimentary cultural events.

Nino Katamadze in concert, 11 March, Lviv National Opera and Ballet Theatre Performance begins at 19.30

Issue 32, February 2011.
Georgian jazz singer and artist Nino Katamadze will present her new album entitled ‘Red’ this March in Lviv’s stunning opera house at a concert which is likely to be one of the highlights of the spring cultural season.

JazzClub.Lviv in concert, throughout March, Kvartira 35 (35 Virmenska Street)

Issue 32, February 2011.
In the two years since it was first established, Lviv’s Jazz Club has succeeded in becoming an integral part of contemporary Leopolitan cultural life. In its appropriately laid-back, jazzy way, this band of jamming enthusiasts have become something of a local tradition and this spring they plan to hold daily concerts featuring an ever-growing band of collaborators from across Ukraine and abroad.

Volodymyr Gryshko performs legendary hits of the world, 23 February, National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Performance begins at 19.30

Issue 32, February 2011.
Popular celebrity opera singer Volodymyr Gryshko will delight his Leopolitan fans this February with a performance featuring a wide range of songs from across the world and taken from across the ages. Frank Sinatra classics will blend in with timeless Ukrainian folk music.

Festival of French Movies, from 10 March, Kopernik Kinopalace

Issue 32, February 2011.
Spring is not quite spring these days without a generous helping of contemporary French kino. The genre is much-loved among discerning Leopolitans and these regular mini-film festivals have proved a considerable success for the French Embassy’s Cultural Centre and the Euro-kino connoisseurs at Arthousetraffic.

ElitEXPO fifth annual jewellery trade fair, 3-6 March, Palace of Arts (17 Kopernika Street)

Issue 32, February 2011.
Over a hundred companies and more than ten thousand visitors are expected at this March’s annual ode to all that glitters. Jewellery has always been a favourite theme in the city which gave birth to diamond-encrusted, fur-lined masochism, and in recent years this trade event has demonstrated just how quickly the domestic market for luxury accessories is growing.

Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet in concert, 3 March, National Opera and Ballet Theatre, 28 Svobody Avenue. Performance begins at 19.00

Issue 32, February 2011.
This gala performance in Lviv is part of a nationwide tour by the flagship Georgian troupe which will take in thirty Ukrainian cities. Georgian dance is hugely popular in Ukraine and the Sukhishvili troupe are about as good as it gets – having performed on most of the world’s most famous stages including a stint on Broadway and a host of international honours.

Karpaty Lviv vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine Premier League, 13 March, Ukraina Stadium. Kick-off: 16.00

Issue 32, February 2011.
West Ukraine’s football standard-bearers may have crashed out of the Europa Cup in late 2010, but they still managed to finish the year on a high note in their domestic league and as the Ukrainian Premiership went into its extended winter break the Lviv club occupied the last of Ukraine’s Europa League qualification places. In the past few seasons Karpaty has become one of a handful of teams to break away from the pack and join the aristocrats of Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk as a de facto Big Six of Ukrainian football.

Legendary Leopolitans No. 9: Ukraine’s greatest heroine Roxelana

Issue 32, February 2011.
Who is the most famous Ukrainian woman of all time? In the modern era that honour would be contested by political icon Yulia Tymoshenko, Eurovision star Ruslana and Olympic champion Lilya Podkopayeva, while through the mists of time historical figures like the canonized Princess Olga and fin de siecle authoress Lesya Ukrainka loom particularly large. However, none of these figures can hope to compete with the sensational story of Roxelana, the sixteenth Ukrainian country girl who was cast into the hell of chattel slavery only to rise to a position of unrivalled authority in the world’s most powerful empire.

LVIV’S FLOURISHING DANISH COMMUNITY OPENS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Issue 32, February 2011.
It may come as a surprise to some Leopolitans, but the largest expat business community in Lviv is not American or German — its Danish! This quirk of local investment history is in part testament to Lviv’s relative obscurity throughout the early post-Soviet years but it is also stands as evidence of the Danish taste for pioneering investment.

DAVOS FORUM LIVE IN LVIV

Issue 32, February 2011.
On 29 January Edinburgh Business School and pro.mova hosted a live public broadcast of the Davos Forum Debrief for Ukraine to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

LVIV INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY LOOKS TO EU FREE TRADE ZONE

Issue 32, February 2011.
Late January saw Lviv’s international business community attending a forum organised by the European Business Association to assess the potential of an EU free trade agreement for the country. The event, which was supported by the British Embassy

LEOPOLITAN SPORTS HEROES IN PRINT

Issue 32, February 2011.
Sports legends swimmer Denis Silantiev and strongman Vasyl Virastyuk met Lviv kids in February for the presentation of a new book highlighting the achievements of some of the region’s most celebrated sporting champions.

RED BULL IN THE CARPATHIANS

Issue 32, February 2011.
On February 5 Carpathian ski resort Bukovel hosted the Red Bull Slalom Kagalom – a contest designed to boost eforts to promote winter sports in the region.
Designer Ulyana Barabash and charming models of symbolic “Chocolate Trufe Box”

LEOPOLITANS ENJOY CHOCOLATE HEAVEN

Issue 32, February 2011.
The sweetest holiday of the year in Lviv is undoubtedly the city’s Chocolate Day celebration, which this year stretched over four days leading up to St. Valentine’s Day itself.
Anna Kobliuk HR Manager, Ulyana Kukarkina Executive  Housekeeper, Vira Mykhaylyu

MASQUERADE BALL FOR HOSPITALITY MARKET LEADERS

Issue 32, February 2011.
The team behind the Leopolis Hotel Group held a fun corporate event at Picasso Club on February 3 which was modelled on the masquerade balls which are traditionally popular throughout Eu- rope at this time of year.

RELIC OF SHORT-LIVED UKRAINIAN REPUBLIC

Issue 32, February 2011.
Early in the New Year Lviv Historical Museum unveiled a historically important map of Ukraine dating from 1918 which showed the country in its short-lived independent form.

HONOURING UKRAINE’S PARLIAMENTARY FIGHT CLUB

Issue 32, February 2011.
On January 27 Lviv marked the birthday of local literary legend Leopold von Sacher-Masoch with a satirical performance in honour of Ukraine’s fght-prone parliament.

SEXY ARTS SCENE DEBUT

Issue 32, February 2011.
A bright and sensual exhibition of risqué art entitled ‘sex in the city’ brightened up the winter gloom at Green sofa gallery this February.
Artist-restorer Oksana Mytrovtsyi

RESTORING PRICELESS ICONIC TREASURES

Issue 32, February 2011.
Fans of religious iconic art were treated to a sumptuous display in early January when Lviv National Art Gallery opened an exhibition of restored artworks dating from the 17th to 19th centuries.
Art academy students are often visitors of exhibitions by master Petro Sypniak

CELEBRATED WEST UKRAINIAN ARTIST ON SHOW

Issue 32, February 2011.
On February 1 Lviv’s Coralli Gallery (5, Mentsynskyj Street) hosted the ofcial opening of an exhibition by Merited Artist of Ukraine Petro Sypniak.

LVIV MULTI- CULTURALISM IN ICE

Issue 32, February 2011.
The artistic highlight of early February was undoubtedly Myroslaw Dedyshyn’s ice sculpture of the distinctive Lviv city logo.

International Women’s Day & Ukraine’s cult of femininity

Issue 32, February 2011.
President Yanukovych came under fire recently for sexism following his colourful commentary at January’s Davos economic summit in praise of Ukraine’s ladies and their annual springtime street-level striptease. This was certainly not the sort of thing which one expects presidents to say when ad¬dressing high-level international business forums. But while many no doubt felt the Donbass strongman was being somewhat less than statesmanlike, few with first-hand experience of the country would accuse him of exaggerating. The Beatles were among the first in the modern era to identify this incred¬ible Ukrainka appeal, famously singing in the 1960s: “The Ukraine girls really knock me out. They leave the West behind.”

Building on a shared Habsburg inheritance

Issue 32, February 2011.
Austria has always been a key player in the affairs of Central and Eastern Europe, and so it was only natural that after the fall of the Iron Curtain Austrian businesses should be among those at the forefront as Europe’s market economies ventured into the formerly socialist lands of the Eastern Bloc. The forefathers of these 1990s economic pioneers had once ruled much of Eastern Europe as part of the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg Empire, and it is no accident that even today there is a strong accent on former Habsburg domains within Austria’s international investment portfolio. This is equally true inside Ukraine itself, where Austrian activity has been both nationwide and with a regional bias in favour of the former Habsburg lands of West Ukraine, centring on Lviv itself – a city which many Austrian investors say reminds them of home.

Pink Rack of Lamb set on a Potato-Carrot Tower

Issue 32, February 2011.
Exclusively for Lviv Today readers, Leopolis Hotel chef Emanuel Wernbacher presents a delicious dish from the hotel’s new Lev Restaurant menu which will be available from early March.