Issue 35, May 2011

Issue 35, May 2011

Karpaty Lviv vs Vorskla Poltava, Ukrainian Premier League, May 21 from 16.00, Ukraina Stadium

Issue 35, May 2011.
Lviv’s talisman side enters its final home game of the season guaranteed a warm reception from the club’s vocal home support having already secured qualification for next season’s Europa League competition for the second year in succession.

30th annual ‘Virtuosi’ International festival of academic music, Lviv Philharmonic Concert Hall (7, Chaykovskogo Str.) May 13 –June 5

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Ever since 1981 Lviv has hosted the Virtuosi festival, making it one of the longest-running festivals in the former Soviet Union. This jubilee festival will feature a total of 23 concerts featuring celebrated Ukrainian and international artists from Germany, America, Russia and Italy.

Lviv Tango Festival, 25-30 May, City Centre

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For five days in late May Lviv’s ancient cobbled streets will play host to sultry and sensual tango beats as the city celebrates Latino dance culture with this popular annual festival.

Stare Misto Rock Fest, May 28, Ukraina Stadium

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For the third year in a row this looks likely to be one of the biggest rock events on the annual Lviv calendar. Highlights include special guest of the festival Emir Kusturica and The No Sмoking Orchestra - a Yugoslavian garage rock band from Sarajevo which has a huge cult following in Lviv and throughout the former Soviet Union.

Конкурс «Містер Львів», 1 червня, львівська філармонія (вул. Чайковського, 7)

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For years the beauty pageant scene was the sole preserve of Lviv’s lovely ladies, but they have had to share the glamorous limelight in the past three years with the city’s metrosexual males who have lined up to be crowned Mr. Lviv in a series of fun annual contests.

Annual Gorgany Race 2011, June 11-12, Carpathian Mountains

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The annual Gorgany Race is an adventurous undertaking in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains which combines several endurance disciplines: orienteering, running, trekking, mountain biking, rope activities.

‘Nuance’ fashion contest, June 1-3, venue to be confirmed

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This year for the second time Lviv will host the ‘Nuance’ contest. This international fashion design project by Myroslava & Orysia Zubachyk is designed to promote young Ukrainian fashion designers.

Dzerkalo Mody exhibition (The Fashion Mirror), 8-10 June, Shuvar-Expo exhibition centre (4B, Khutorivka str.,)

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Come and get your fill of the weird and the wonderful in the extravagant world of Ukrainian fashion at this annual extravaganza.

Cannes Lions Festival in Lviv, May 22, Rafinad People (2, Rudanskogo Str.) Beginning:18.00

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The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the world's biggest celebration of creativity in communications. As the most prestigious international advertising awards, more than 24,000 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the festival.

Lviv Beer Festival, 10-12 June

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The annual Lviv Beer Festival showcases the long Lviv tradition of brewing beer. A wide range of beers will be on offer to the general public while the city’s best beer pub will also be nominated as part of this year’s festivities.

Art School public project, May 17, 24, 31, Lviv Art Palace (15 Kopernika Str.)

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The Art School project is a series of popular thematic lyceums presented at Lviv’s Art Palace throughout May. Each Tuesday at 19.00 art lovers are invited to enjoy art history readings as well as thematic discussions on modern art issues.

Alfa Jazz Fest 2011 international music festival, June 3-5, Rynok Square, Muzeina Square, Bohdan Khmelnytsky Park of Culture and Leisure (Vytovskogo Street)

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A host of world famous jazzmen from America are bound for Lviv and this debut Alfa Jazz Fest, which is already being considered an important open-air addition to the East Europe jazz scene and one of the most ambitious new music festivals to arrive in Ukraine since the onset of crisis conditions ahead of the 2009 festival season.

4th Wiz-Art International Festival, 26-29 May, Lviv Palace of Arts (17 Kopernika Street)

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Hipster alert! For four days this May Lviv will host one of the city’s biggest annual alternative kino happenings for what will be the fourth consecutive year.

Retro auto chic at the Leopolis Grand Prix Leopolis Grand Prix, June 10-12, city centre

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For the first time since the early 1930s, summer 2011 will see a cherished old tradition return to the streets of Lviv as the capital of West Ukraine plays host to the return of the Leopolis Grand Prix. With the support of Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadoviy, Lviv Oblast Governor Mikhaylo Tsymbalyuk and Poland’s consul general in Lviv Grzegorz Opalinski, these three days of retro auto fun will feature exhibitions of classic cars, a retro rally in the city and races in the surrounding countryside.

LVIV INVESTMENT ON THE AGENDA

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With Euro 2012 fast approaching and the new realities presented by Lviv’s soon-to-be vastly improved infrastructure set-up starting to sink in, the annual Spring Business forum at Leopolis Conference Hall in Opera Passage

Talking point: Lviv’s 2022 Olympic Bid

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Speaking recently at the meeting of the Regional Committee on Economic Reforms in Lviv, President Viktor Yanukovych once again underlined his support for the West Ukrainian capital’s ambitious bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. President Yanukovych stressed that the future success of any Western Ukrainian Olympic bid would be directly linked to the performance of Lviv as a host city dur¬ing the Euro 2012 championships next summer. “If we pass this exam and host a successful Euro 2012 then the road to the Lviv Winter Olympics in 2022 will be open,” commented the Ukrainian President. Lviv will face stiff competition in the shape of expected rival bids from Poland, USA, China and Romania among others, but the city’s Euro 2012 improvements will give it a head start on many alterna¬tive bids and create both an infrastructural foundation upon which to build and the psychological momentum which all winning bids require.

EBA Personality

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To mark the launch of regular monthly cooperation between Lviv Today magazine and European Business Association Western Ukrainian branch we interviewed Udo Heine, EBA Western Ukrainian Branch Board Chairman and the CEO of Hotel Leopolis, Opera Passage and Opera Market.

Lviv’s Danish connection

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One of the more curious quirks of the West Ukrainian investment landscape is the disproportionately large Danish presence throughout the regional economy. Predominantly focusing on manufacturing and outsourcing, this Danish business community is one of the key driving forces behind the development of West Ukraine’s investment climate and continues to be among its most vocal and high profile components. Indeed, such is the scale of the Danish presence that guests attending a gathering of Lviv’s international business community for the first time would be forgiven for thinking that they had walked in on a meeting of the local Scandinavian Chamber of Commerce. Such is the prominence of West Ukraine’s Danish business community that in 2010 the Danish Business Association (DBA) was established to help provide a coherent institutional platform for Danish business interests in the region. The DBA was founded and is headed up by Lars Vestbjerg, a long-term Danish expat and well-known member of Lviv’s international community who has previously served for five years as Chairman of the Board for the European Business Association’s West Ukrainian branch. DBA Chairman of the Board Vestbjerg has been the General Manager of Sika Footwear since 2003 and hopes to use his wealth of experience in West Ukraine to help build a more competitive investment climate and to entice even grater numbers of Danish investors to opt for West Ukraine as their location of choice in Eastern Europe.

DYNAMO AND KARPATY MARCHING TO THE SAME TUNE

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An estimated 10,000 fans of Karpaty Lviv and Dynamo Kyiv came together in a rare act of unity on May 7 when they staged a colourful but largely peaceful joint march from Lviv’s downtown area to the city’s Ukraina Stadium base prior to the two teams Ukrainian Premier League clash.

LEOPOLITAN PUBLIC LOVES ETHNO DOLLS!

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In late April Lviv Art Palace played host to a popular exhibition which pandered to the local passion for all things ethno.

UKRAINIAN LANGUAGE BOOK BONANZA FOR YOUNG READERS

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Lviv has long established itself as the de facto capital of modern Ukrainian language book publishing and the city plays host to a range of publishing industry events throughout the year catering to a wide variety of Ukrainian language audiences
Lviv National Art Academy graduate Zhang Biyun at personal exhibition

CHINESE ART IN LVIV

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On May 10 a personal exhibition by Lviv National Art Academy graduate Zhang Biyun opened at Pory Roku gallery entitled: Chinese art in Lviv. Zhang Biyun is a talented young artist whose work is closely connected to both Ukraine and her native China.

A TOUCH OF HABSBURG SWAGGER

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Each year during the city’s annual Batyar Day celebrations, which are traditionally held in early May, Leopolitans have the opportunity to adopt the dandy dress code and cheeky swagger of a bygone age as they toast the Batyar legends of fin de siècle Lviv.

LVIV CELEBRATES 755TH BIRTHDAY

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Ukraine’s most immaculately preserved historic city marked 755 years since its foundation in early May with four days of Lviv Days celebrations across the city.

Three years of Lviv life

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Lviv Today associate publisher Peter Dickinson reflects on the brief but colourful life of West Ukraine’s first ever English language publication

Recipe for Pork Medallions

Issue 35, May 2011.
Master Chef Emanuel Wernbacher is the Corporate Chef of Lev Restaurant at Leopolis Hotel. Emanuel has worked in some of the world’s most celebrated kitchens and his many culinary achievements include two Michelin Stars for his work at the Winter Garden Restaurant at Panhans Grand Hotel in Austria. He specialises in Austrian, Continental, European and Fusion cuisines and will be sharing his chef’s secrets with Lviv Today readers each month. Next month: Prawn Cocktail with Avocado Salad

Turkey’s "Eighth Wonder of the World"

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Until forty or fifty years ago, Pamukkale was a place where travelers found peace and tranquillity amid the sacred spring that still lies exposed and in the deep silence of the tombs that lay scattered over the countryside towards the surrounding hills. In spite of the doubtful merits of present-day tourist industry developments, one can still confidently assert that Pamukkale has lost nothing of its former attractions. Pamukkale, which means 'Cotton Castle' in Turkish, is known to today’s Turks as the unofficial 8th wonder of the world. Pamukkale is located in Turkey's Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which enjoys a temperate climate over the greater part of the year.