Issue 63, December 2013

Issue 63, December 2013

MALANKA (OLD NEW YEAR)

Issue 63, December 2013.
Ukrainians are known for hosting wild and jovial celebrations and among the most popular holidays in winter is Malanka (Preberia) on January 13/14. Also known as Old New Year, it’s a special celebration in the old Ukrainian style, featuring national humour and spontaneous joviality. Celebrations and traditions differ from region to region, but the day remains full of entertainment, lavish merrymaking, and public enjoyment, making for a true carnival atmosphere.

VII ANNUAL PAMPUKH’S HOLIDAY

Issue 63, December 2013.
The traditional “Pampukh Holiday” doughnut festival, one of the most unique, original, and colourful events on the Leopolitan winter festival calendar, will take place in Lviv from January 6-8. Over three days at Rynok Square, “Pampukh Holiday” visitors will have the opportunity to visit the “Pampuhova Hata” (Doughnut Hut) while learning recipes, observing the baking process, and discovering the history of this beloved Christmas pastry, all the while enjoying different kinds of this festive treat.

ALEXANDR ROSENBAUM IN LVIV

Issue 63, December 2013.
Alexandr Rosenbaum, a well-known Soviet and Russian bard that hails from Saint Petersburg, is bringing his “Once at Ligovka” concert programme to Lviv on December 16th. Likely best known as an performer of the ‘blatnaya pesnya’ (criminal song) genre, Rosenbaum graduated from the Pavlov Medical School in 1974 and worked in the medical field for four years.

SERGEY BABKIN CONCERT

Issue 63, December 2013.
Following the break-up of 5’NIZZa, one of the wittiest and funkiest bands in Ukraine, member Sergey Babkin launched his solo career. When he hit the stage alone for the first time back in 2004 the guitarist/vocalist had a lot to worry about; would his Kharkiv-based, former group’s rabid fan base be interested in something new?

CHRISTMAS JOY AT LVIV’S OPERA

Issue 63, December 2013.
Leopolitan music lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy a special Christmas concert on the stage of Lviv’s beautiful Opera & Ballet Theatre on January 14th. The concert will feature performances by the beloved Ukrainian a cappela group ‘Pikkardiyska Tertsia’, virtuoso violinist Oleksandr Bozhyk, and the famous winner of the TV show ‘Ukraine Has Talent’, singer Oksana Mukha.

“MY WORLD”

Issue 63, December 2013.
Popular singer, composer, and winner of the TV show “Voice of the Country”, Pavlo Tabakov, is bringing his new “My World” concert to Leopolitans and guests of the city for two shows on December 17. The program features new songs from his latest album “My World”, which was released on 1-March-2013 by the Universal Music Group recording company.

“WEINER JOHANN STRAUß KONZERT-GALA" CONCERT

Issue 63, December 2013.
The Ukrainian-Austrian symphony orchestra “K&K Philharmoniker” will perform two concerts featuring a selection of compositions by Johann Strauss under the baton of its charismatic conductor Matthias Kendlinger on December 21-22. Born in Austria in 1964, Matthias Georg Kendlinger first began receiving accordion lessons at the age of 5.

HALF-PRICED WEEKEND IN LVIV

Issue 63, December 2013.
Extraordinary discounts will reign in Lviv during the “Half-Priced Weekend in Lviv” on December 21-22. Event organizers promise 50% discounts at a multitude of stores, hotels, restaurants, beauty parlours, and tourist agencies.

CHRISTMAS SEASON

Issue 63, December 2013.
The Spirit of Christmas is coming to Lviv and bringing along with it lots of fun and expectations for the coming merry season, for now it is time to take a break and enjoy your days filled with shopping, dining, and socializing. The Christmas fairs that are scattered all around the old downtown square offer everything from sparkly Christmas tree decorations to the finest local confectionaries that simply melt on one’s tongue.

“Thermal Power Station #1” – Possible Tourist Attraction?

Issue 63, December 2013.
There exists a wonderful opportunity to study the history of the world’s technological equipment right here in Lviv as one can find in the houses of city centre electrical equipment produced by “Siemens” during the times of Austria’s Emperor Franz Joseph I. Indeed, one may also find working thermoelectric networks from Japan, the USA, and Germany which predate the world wars.

EBA Personality: Maksym Dyminskyi

Issue 63, December 2013.
Read our monthly EBA Lviv’s interview - this time with Maksym Dyminskyi, General Manager of production company SE “Sorensen and Haahr”.

November-December Sport Digest

Issue 63, December 2013.
Find out about local FC “Karpaty” results of their pre-winter schedule and Lviv’s BC Politekhnika-Halychyna ups and downs.

Tina Karol Double-Bill

Issue 63, December 2013.
Tina Karol, one of the most famous pop-singers in Ukraine, hosted to concerts at Lviv’s famed Opera & Ballet Theatre on December 3. The princess of Ukrainian pop was in Lviv as part of her new “The Power of Love and Voice” tour.

XIII “Jazz Bez” International Music Festival

Issue 63, December 2013.
The XIII “Jazz Bez” International Music Festival, featuring a talented array of international musicians performing in venues across Lviv, was held from December 4-15. This year’s festival let jazz fans enjoy soulful performances by musicians from around the world, including: Ukraine, Poland, USA, Israel, UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Switzerland.

5th Annual “Win With the Lion” Tourism Forum

Issue 63, December 2013.
The 5th Annual “Win With the Lion” tourism forum was held in Lviv from November 27-28. According to industry experts, this year’s event launched new approaches to the development of the tourist industry in general and the hospitality sphere in particular. The Strategy Session discussion platform was especially noted as one of the forum’s achievements.

“FM HALYCHYNA” MAKES UKRAINIAN TRENDY!

Issue 63, December 2013.
For the new season, Western Ukraine’s coolest radio station – “FM Halychyna” – invited their fans for an informative presentation and festive party. The presentation focused on the achievements of the station over the productive last three years.

“LVIV NIGHTS”

Issue 63, December 2013.
“Lviv Nights” – one of the most anticipated tourist attractions of the city’s cultural life – offered Leopolitans and guests of the city the opportunity to attend various museums, galleries, and other interesting venues, as well as many interesting thematic excursions throughout the city over the November 15-17 weekend.

THE IV “DRAMA. UA” FESTIVAL

Issue 63, December 2013.
“Drama. UA” is an international festival of experimental, alternative, and independent European theatre. The event traditionally brings together well-known playwrights, directors, and critics to discuss the newest forms of theatre.

“INDEX OF MARIUSZ KAZANA NAME” CONTEST

Issue 63, December 2013.
Starting from November 10th, Lviv’s Historical Museum hosted an exhibition of graphical works by Ukrainian and Polish artists. The exhibition, featuring works by artists and representatives of art academies in Warsaw, Krakow, and Lviv, was organized by the joint efforts of the Mariusz Kazana Art Foundation and the Lviv National Art Academy.

“HIGH CASTLE” INTERNATIONAL AUTUMN ART SALON

Issue 63, December 2013.
The 17th “High Castle” International Autumn Art Salon, showcasing the works of 250 artists from Poland, the UK, Lithuania, Norway, and across Ukraine, was held at Lviv’s Art Palace.

ART AGAINST AIDS

Issue 63, December 2013.
Every year on December 1st the world observes International “AntiAIDS Day”. In honour of this tradition, for the last 16 years the Lviv charitable foundation “Salus” has organized different social events and activities under the common them “Art Against AIDS”.

” Lviv’s Students – The Beating Heart of EuroMaidan”

Issue 63, December 2013.
If you’ve been able to find open tables at your favourite restaurants, relaxed in the extra space on one of Lviv’s crowded metros, or wondered where the kissing couples from Lviv’s romantic park benches have gone, it’s likely because many of our youth – the student population of Lviv – have migrated to Kyiv this month to help lead the EuroMaidan protests on Maidan Nezholeznosti. The movement, led by protests in Kyiv and Lviv, was sparked by President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to forego signing an Association Agreement with the European Union in lieu of pursuing closer ties with eastern neighbour Russia. Even with the exodus of Leopolitan students to the capital, the city of Lviv has continued to draw record crowds in support of leading Ukraine along the path to European integration, with over 50,000 people drawn to the Taras Shevchenko statue on Prospekt Svoboda on Dec. 1 in support of Ukrainian-European integration and the efforts of Leopolitan students. What Leopolitan students, in many ways the beating heart of the EuroMaidan movement, may recognize more than most is that they are continuing in the sacred path of protest set out for them by their trailblazing student ancestors.

A Foreigner’s Guide to Ukrainian Holidays

Issue 63, December 2013.
For anyone from abroad that has spent any time in Ukraine, you know that Ukrainian people take a liking to celebrations. Indeed, the question in Ukraine seems not to be “When is the next celebration?”, but “What are we celebrating today?” For example, when days such as the Day of Professional Sergeants (Mar. 1) are celebrated, it can seem as though your friends are playing tricks on you and inventing reasons to celebrate from nowhere. (It also leads you to ask whether there is a day that celebrates “Unprofessional” Sergeants…) The list of celebrations is so long that I’ve found that Ukrainians can’t even keep track of the holidays themselves. So, for the benefit of all that care, here is a definitive guide to when to celebrate in Ukraine.

The Art of Pouring Vodka

Issue 63, December 2013.
Every culture seems to have its own nuances that require a native’s touch to be perfected. For instance, did you know that in Ireland there are six steps to pouring a proper pint of Guiness? [Hint: it takes 119.53 seconds.] In Italy, you can get a Masters certificate for learning the craft of pouring a proper glass of wine.

Lidiya Yanitska: The new name of Ukrainian fashion

Issue 63, December 2013.
Lidiya Yanitska is the newest name in the Ukrainian fashion world. It is becoming more and more common to see Lidiya Yanitska, originally from Ternopil, take part in various presentations and stylish fashion shows, including this year’s Lviv Fashion Week.

Spectacular Winter Holidays for the Whole Family

Issue 63, December 2013.
Your winter holiday vacation could be wonderful and cheerful even with something other than a traditional skiing getaway or expensive travel to a warmer place. Since last month, Kamyanets-Podilsky has already begun our preparations for the winter holiday season by developing a serious of interesting programs and events for children and grown-ups of all ages and from every country.