Issue 69, June 2014

Issue 69, June 2014

ITALIAN CINEMA WEEK 2014

Issue 69, June 2014.
Fans of modern Italian cinema will not want to miss Italian Cinema Week in Lviv, set to take place at the end of June at the Lviv Art Palace. Classic Italian films were quite popular in Ukraine in the 1970s and organizers are hoping that Italian Cinema Week will give fans the opportunity to acquaint themselves with more modern Italian cinema in order to continue the tradition of cultural interaction between the two nations.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM WORLD CUP 2015 MATCHES IN LVIV

Issue 69, June 2014.
The Ukrainian women’s national football team has been representing the nation since August 1993. Their first major tournament they qualified for was the 2009 UEFA Women’s EURO in Finland. Their most recent competition is qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The team will host two 2015 World Cup qualification matches here in Lviv on June 14th and 19th against winless Montenegro and undefeated England.

KINOPIXEL FILM FEST

Issue 69, June 2014.
The Kinopixel Film Fest is an annual competitive short film festival open to amateur filmmakers and held at Lviv Polytechnic University. The event has been organized by students and teachers at the university since 2011 and aims to give young filmmakers a festival to screen their films.

EXTREME GORGANY RACE 2014

Issue 69, June 2014.
The Gorgany is an extreme sports adventure race in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains that combines several endurance disciplines, including: orienteering, running, trekking, mountain biking, and rope activities. It is one of the leading adventure events in Ukraine and attracts athletes and amateurs from all over the country.

LET’S BIKE IT!

Issue 69, June 2014.
A velopolo tournament between Custom Bicycle Club (Franky Kustom Family) and Lviv Hardcourt Bike Polo (LHBP) will take place in Lviv at the end of June. Velopolo, or Bike Polo, is a team sport that is similar to traditional polo except that bicycles are used instead of horses.

‘RÉSONANCE’ ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM ‘ROCKHITS’ IN LVIV

Issue 69, June 2014.
Symphonic orchestra Résonance brings their new concert program ‘Rockhits’ to Lviv’s picturesque Opera & Ballet Theatre on June 16th. This special concert program sees Résonance ‘strip down’ the music of well-known songs which allows the audience to enjoy the core of the composition. The ‘Rockhits’ concert program will present a spectacular array of covers of the world’s top rock musicians for Leopolitan music lovers.

GLOBAL MUSIC DAY

Issue 69, June 2014.
The Fête de la Musique, AKA the worldwide celebration of music, is an annual music festival that takes place every June 21st in cities around the world. It was created by Jack Lang, the former French Minister of Culture, and first celebrated in Paris in 1982. Since then, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated each year in more than 460 cities in 110 countries around the world, including here in Ukraine.

LVIVKLEZFEST 2014

Issue 69, June 2014.
Lviv will host its annual international festival of Jewish music, song, and dance – LvivKlezFest – from July 1-13. The event showcases plenty of Klezmer music, dancing, and singing. Visitors can expect to see performances from famous groups, dance bands, and family choirs from across Central and Eastern Europe.

ROVER FILM FEST 2014

Issue 69, June 2014.
Grab your bike and your love of film and ride along with Rover Film 2014 screenings that are set to take place among the ‘Urban Workshop’ activities on June 14th and June 20th. Each year more and more Leopolitans are riding bikes and identifying bike riding as part of their lifestyle.

RAKOVETS MUSIC FESTIVAL

Issue 69, June 2014.
Leopolitan music lovers and fans from across Western Ukraine are set to be delighted with Western Ukraine’s newest music festival tradition – Rakovets Fest – which is set to take place for the first time in the picturesque Village of Rakovets, near Lviv, from June 28-29.

LEOPOLIS GRAND PRIX CARS EXHIBITION 2014

Issue 69, June 2014.
Sadly the much anticipated international festival of retro automobiles – the Leopolis Grand Prix – will not be held in Lviv this year.

Interactive Fun Zone for Children

Issue 69, June 2014.
The Interactive Fun Zone for Children multimedia exhibition will take place over the summer at the Lviv Art Palace. The event, organized by the WRO Art Centre (Wroclaw, Poland), will run from July 4th to August 31st. The Interactive Fun Zone for Children is an exhibition of interactive media exhibits for young children. It is a truly pioneering project both in terms of technology, as well as in the way the pieces interact with the public. The six different exhibits create an immersive experience to let viewers generate images and sounds on large screens in real time – just by playing.

Art Pole Festival

Issue 69, June 2014.
The annual Art Pole Folk Festival of music, theatre, and art will take place in the picturesque Village of Unizh for the final time. The festival’s organizers have decided to add the spirit of adventure and travel to the event and will change the event’s location every year beginning in 2015. This means that this year’s festival will be very special and will offer guests a rich program full of pleasant surprises. Art Pole 2014 is wonderful place for artists from across Ukraine to meet and will also involve guests from as far away as Australia, Mozambique, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Turkey.

MAY-JUNE SPORTS DIGEST

Issue 69, June 2014.
Be informed about the Danone Nations Cup held at Arena Lviv, traditional ‘Martial Arts Against Juvenile Delinquency & Drug Abuse’ Festival-Tournament dedicated to International Children’s Day and annual Girl’s Velo parade.

“Eurofan 2014”

Issue 69, June 2014.
On 5-8 June 2014 the traditional international fan-festival for football supporters from different European countries “Eurofan” was held in Lviv for the 8th consecutive year. 22 supporters’ teams from 15 European countries took part in the “Eurofan-2014” football tournament.

Lviv’s ‘Ladies-Only’ Bike Parade

Issue 69, June 2014.
Lviv’s annual ‘Ladies Only’ bike parade was held in the city on June 7th. The parade aims to show that young women can look feminine, stylish, and elegant while riding a bicycle.

VELO DAY 2014

Issue 69, June 2014.
Lviv traditionally celebrates VeloDay (Bicycle Day) every May 31st. This year even the cold and rainy weather couldn’t diminish the number of cyclists that participated as event participation increased once again.

GEORGIAN CHOIR IN LVIV

Issue 69, June 2014.
The ‘Tbilisi’ Georgian National Male Choir performed their ‘With Love to Ukraine’ program at Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre on June 4th as part of their promotional concert tour around the country. Tbilisi was created in 1980 and during their long and successful history have performed over 5000 concerts in Georgia and around the world.

TOAST ARGENTINA’S MOST POPULAR WINE

Issue 69, June 2014.
Lviv’s wine enthusiasts gathered to celebrate World Malbec Day – Argentina’s emblematic grape and wine – at the PANORAMA Lviv Hotel on May 15th. The event, organized by representatives of the Argentinian Embassy in Ukraine, provided a great opportunity for connoisseurs and novices alike to sample some of Argentina’s flagship marques.

UKRAINE-CANADA BUSINESS FORUM

Issue 69, June 2014.
The Ukraine-Canada Business Forum, jointly hosted by the Lviv Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Lviv Regional State Administration, Lviv City Council, and the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, was hosted in Lviv from May 29-30.

‘LORDS OF THE SOUND’ IN LVIV

Issue 69, June 2014.
The ‘Lord of the Sounds’ symphony orchestra was on full display at Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre on May 26th. Directed by Vitaliy Sarazhynskyy, the orchestra consists of 26 talented young musicians that are currently touring Ukraine.

LVIV AND OKEAN ELZY – ’20 YEARS TOGETHER’

Issue 69, June 2014.
The most popular band in post-Soviet CIS, Lviv’s own Okean Elzy, hosted a spectacular music event at Arena Lviv on May 31st. The ’20 Years Together’ program featured a selection of the band’s most iconic compositions from their 8 best-selling albums.

Liqueurs Competition

Issue 69, June 2014.
A new competition for homemade fruit liqueurs was held in Lviv on June 8th. These popular alcoholic beverages – known to have their origins here in Galicia – were offered for guests to taste in the yard at the Museum of Ideas.

Lviv 2022: 5 Lessons from Minsk 2014

Issue 69, June 2014.
Considering the political upheaval that has rocked the country – and this city’s Olympic bid – since early November, it is nothing short of remarkable that Lviv’s chances to host the 2022 Winter Olympics have actually increased. Currently there are only 4 bids remaining: Lviv and Oslo in Europe, and Almaty and Beijing in Asia. Oslo’s bid is on life-support as one of the governing parties has refused to give the financial guarantees that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) requires. In addition, with the 2018 Olympics already headed to Asia (PyeongChang, South Korea), the IOC will be hesitant to have back-to-back games on that continent. Especially if they have any illusion of retaining the participation of the NHL hockey professionals in what has become the Winter Games’ marquee event. Lviv’s bid too has suffered, as the bid has sat idle for months as the country gets its political house in order. But with so few candidates remaining (especially if Oslo is forced to withdraw), it is reasonable to think that the IOC will keep all remaining cities as ‘Candidate Cities’ following the committee meeting in July. If this is the case, Lviv 2022 will have one year to convince the IOC that it is indeed capable of hosting the event and that the IOC should host the games in Europe.

Ukrainian Film a Hit at Cannes

Issue 69, June 2014.
Even as the Ukrainian economy slips into recession and our army prepares for war, Ukrainian culture continues to flourish. Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s feature film “The Tribe” (Plemya) qualified for the official screening list at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival last month. The film was nominated for the festival’s Golden Camera Award and walked home with several honours, including the Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary Award, and the Gan Foundation Support for Distribution prize.