Issue 66, March 2014

Issue 66, March 2014

European BEST Engineering competitions (EBEC)

Issue 66, March 2014.
During March 24-28, Lviv’s university “Lvivska Polytechnyka” will host European BEST Engineering competitions, organized by local students organization BEST. BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) – is non-political and non-profit organization. BEST provides knowledge transfers and students-companies-universities collaboration all over the Europe since 1989.

Roksolana Bogutska Fashion Show

Issue 66, March 2014.
Ukrainian fashion designer Roksolana Bogutska, in cooperation with the “Ya Ne Odyn” (I Am Not Alone) Foundation, will present her newest collection in a charity fashion show on April 4th. All proceeds from the show will be directed to the medical treatment of children.

FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS OF T. SHEVCHENKO ANNIVERSARY

Issue 66, March 2014.
The Lviv Art Palace hosted a series of creative events dedicated to iconic Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko on March 7th. The celebrations included concerts, literary-musical recitals, and several exhibitions.

“Global Players” Outsourcing Forum in Lviv

Issue 66, March 2014.
The sixth “Global Players” Outsourcing Forum will be held on March 29th in Lviv and will bring together around 250 owners and TOP managers of outsourcing companies and freelancers from across Ukraine. Among the many presenters are company owners that were able to overcome the challenges of outsourcing, including: Aliaksei Hrakau (Entrepreneur, CEO at Antalika Marketing); Ilya Pavlychenko (Professional Scrum Trainer at Scrum.org & Agile Coach at Unusual Concepts); Lyubomyr Ostapiv (CFO at Stanfy); and Serg Kondratuk (Director at QuartSoft).

“Die Schönsten Opernchöre" Orchestra Concert

Issue 66, March 2014.
Leopolitans have always taken pride in their city being maybe Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan music hub, and this well-earned reputation has only been enriched in recent years with outstanding international performers coming through the city regularly. One such concert, set for March 27th at Lviv’s lovely S. Ludkevich Philharmonic Concert Hall, will see the Ukrainian-Austrian symphony orchestra “K&K Philharmoniker” play together with “K&K Opernchöre” in a performance entitled “Die Schönsten Opernchöre".

Nino Katamadze Presents New Program: “Multicolored April”

Issue 66, March 2014.
Powerful, yet soft; spine-tingling and still swollen with emotional voice – this is all Nino Katamadze & “Insight”. On April 7th, Nino Katamadze together with “Insight” will present Leopolitan music lovers with her new program entitled “Multicolored April”. Katamadze continues to fill concert halls and her show in Lviv promises to be the biggest in the creative career of this talented singer. She is set to perform the most popular songs of her five previously recorded “color” albums (Black, White, Blue, Red, and Green).

IV Easter Festival

Issue 66, March 2014.
Easter may still be several weeks away, but starting from April 1st Leopolitans and guests of the city will have the chance to get into the spirit of the season by seeing some beautifully decorated eggs and learning about a centuries-old cultural art form as Lviv is set to host the annual Pysanky (decorated eggs) Festival from April 1-27.

An Evening with Ada Rogovtseva

Issue 66, March 2014.
Lviv’s Lesya Ukrainka Drama Theatre is please to host “An Evening with Ada Rogovtseva” on March 29th. Rogovtseva is well-known for her roles in such films as Hail, Maria, Gadfly, Taras Bulba, and many others. The longtime actress holds a number of distinguished titles, including: Honoured Artist (1960) and People’s Artist (1967) of the Ukrainian SSR, and Honoured Artist (1967) and People’s Artist (1978) of the USSR.

Lyapis Trubetskoy in Concert

Issue 66, March 2014.
Renowned Belarussian group Lyapis Trubetskoy will give a live show on April 6th to promote their new album “Matryoshka” that was released on March 1st 2014. The internationally-acclaimed Lyapis Trubetskoy was created in 1990. Their most well-known hits include: Zelenoglazoye Taksi (Green-Eyed Taxi), V Platye Belom (In a White Dress), Yabloni (Apple Trees), Capital, and Au. Midway through their career the group shed their pop-star sound in favour of music that became known more for its social and political satire.

Pianoboy Concert

Issue 66, March 2014.
Dmitriy Shurov has practiced music for many years, experimenting with many different styles and arrangements. He writes his own lyrics, composes music, sings, and plays the piano. To many, Shurov is most well-known for being a member of seminal Ukrainian rock band, Lviv’s own Okean Elzy, from 2001-2004.

“Fiolet” Present Newest Album: “Wigwam”

Issue 66, March 2014.
One of Lviv’s hottest nightclubs – Picasso – is proud to host Fiolet, the popular Ukrainian rock group from Lutsk. Fiolet has performed in nearly every major Ukrainian music festival since their formation in 2009.

Ukrainian Paralympians Excel Despite Turmoil at Home

Issue 66, March 2014.
Amid the backdrop of the host nation invading its territory before the 2014 Winter Paralympics even began, Ukrainian paralympians turned in a fine set of performances. When the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee decided against boycotting the competition, the athletes found small ways to voice their displeasure with events back home.

2015 EUROBASKET IN UKRAINE IN DOUBT

Issue 66, March 2014.
Finally, the turmoil across Ukraine has called into question whether Ukraine will be ready to host the EuroBasket Championship in 2015; a tournament of which Lviv is set to be a host city. Construction delays have been noted all over the country, while there are obvious security risks in both Kyiv and Odessa. “FIBA Europe fully understands the problems and issues that the organisers are currently facing because of the political instability in the country,” the governing body said in a press release. “FIBA Europe will continue to stay in close contact with them as well as continue to monitor the situation independently. ”As not a single one of the six venues is yet to be completed, there is a very real risk of the tournament being moved to another location. This would be a big blow to the future of Ukrainian basketball, just at the time when the Ukrainian National basketball team is set to participate in its first-ever World Basketball Championships this summer in Spain.

SOCHI OLYMPIC RECAP: UKRAINE WINS FIRST GOLD SINCE 1994

Issue 66, March 2014.
From the time former world bronze medallist cross-country skier Valentina Shevchenko, competing in her fourth Olympics, walked into Fisht Stadium in Sochi during the Opening Ceremonies with the Ukrainian flag to the rapturous welcome from the Russian fans, one could tell that the 22nd Olympic Winter Games would turn out to be something special for Ukraine. Led by our world class women’s biathlon team, the Ukrainian Olympic Committee had high hopes to end a 20-year gold medal drought and to put up a good showing in advance of the IOC’s decision to shortlist the 2022 Olympic bid cities (including Lviv) this summer. By the end of the spectacle, the Olympic Games in Sochi turned out to be memorable for the Ukrainian athletes … and not just because of the results in the events.

February-March sport digest

Issue 66, March 2014.
Be informed about results of Lviv’s “Halychanka” at Women’s Handball Challenge Cup and local basketball squad Politekhnika-Halychyna at Ukraine’s Super League. Find more about results of local athletes at Ukraine’s Winter Cycling Championships and Lviv’s “Energy” futsal team.

Lviv’s treasures of sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen

Issue 66, March 2014.
Among Ukrainian cities, Lviv stands alone as a place where one can find important architectural landmarks of all kinds of styles representing many different eras standing right next to each other. Works from many recognized architects and artists can be found decorating churches, adorning art galleries, or specially displayed in one of our many museums.

SHEVCHENKO POETRY ON THE RETRO TRAIN

Issue 66, March 2014.
Lucky passengers were able to take the special route retro train L 3535 from Lviv’s main railway station on March 5th in honour of the 200th anniversary of the birthday of legendary Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko.

“PERSONALITIES” ART EXHIBITION BY MYRON KATARAN

Issue 66, March 2014.
Lviv’s “Green Sofa” art gallery hosted an exhibition of paintings by Myron Kataran entitled “Personalities” from March 4-16. The exhibition featured portraits of world renowned musicians, artists, and celebrities such as: Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Édith Piaf, and Björk, among others.

Flashmob Celebrates Anniversary of Ukrainian Anthem

Issue 66, March 2014.
To celebrate the 149th anniversary of Ukraine’s national anthem, a flashmob was held in front of City Council on March 11th.

5 Reasons Why Shevchenko is Still Cool Lviv Today Recognizes Ukraine’s ‘Poet-in-Chief’ on the 200th Anniversary of his Birth

Issue 66, March 2014.
It is impossible to live in Ukraine and not know Taras Shevchenko. To be honest, it’s practically impossible to live in this country and not see Taras Shevchenko on a daily basis. For Ukrainians, he remains a constant presence; a common thread throughout their lives much like an old friend or a wise uncle. For tourists and expatriates though, little is known about the man other than he wrote poems and every town in Western Ukraine has a statue that bears his likeness. So, in honour of the anniversary of our national poet’s birthday, Lviv Today looks at 5 reasons why the man is still revered in Ukraine and around the world 200 years after his birth.

Ukrainian Book Wins Prestigious Award

Issue 66, March 2014.
The Ukrainian book “Stars and Poppy Seeds” (Зірки і макові зернята) is set to be awarded with the BolognaRagazzi Award in late March. The awards are one of the most prestigious recognitions in the children’s publishing field as publishers submit only their best works, guaranteeing an exceptional standard of quality among candidates. Sponsored by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the awards recognize the best books in terms of graphic and editorial design.