Issue 83, October 2015

Issue 83, October 2015

Battle of the Orchestras

Issue 83, October 2015.
Lviv’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre is pleased to host the intriguing Battle of the Orchestras concert on October 22nd, which will pit the Lviv Academic Youth Symphony Orchestra against Odesa’s worthy Hardy Orchestra. The Hardy Orchestra is familiar to Ukrainian music lovers for winning the first Battle of the Orchestras tour by defeating a group from Kharkiv. Known for its cutting-edge performances, the Hardy Orchestra always searches for new ways to vitalise presentation classical music in concert. Each of their concerts uncovers a renewed depth of meaning in the traditional orchestral repertoire for both musicians and audiences alike.

Spectacular Hiromi in Concert

Issue 83, October 2015.
Lviv’s famed Opera & Ballet Theatre is pleased to announce that Japanese jazz composer and pianist Hiromi Uehara, known professionally as simply Hiromi, will appear in concert on November 2nd. She is known for her virtuosic technique, energetic live performances, and for blending together musical genres – including post-bop, progressive rock, classical, and fusion – in her compositions.

Blacksmith Days

Issue 83, October 2015.
Lviv’s annual Blacksmith Days are set to return to the city’s Muzeyna Square on November 14-15. The event offers the chance for professionals to meet the general public and a place where people of all ages and walks of life will have a good time. Visitors can try their hands at blacksmithing or metal casting as well as take in lively exhibitions and educational talks as part of the event’s programming.

Google Lviv DevFest 2015

Issue 83, October 2015.
Keep your October 23-24 weekend open, as the Ukrainian GDG community is proud to present the 2015 GDG DevFest – the biggest Google-related event in Ukraine. The Google Developer Group Lviv (GDG Lviv) is an open community where members create exciting projects and share their experiences with using Google technology.

Jamala’s “Way Home”

Issue 83, October 2015.
Renowned contemporary Ukrainian jazz diva Jamala will perform along with her band at Lviv’s picturesque Opera & Ballet Theatre on November 3rd. Jamala is one of the brightest young stars in Ukraine and her event “Way Home” is not to be missed! She sings from the bottom of her heart to every heart in the world and her beaming smile will leave you speechless – you’ll just have to smile right back! She inevitably wins over her audiences because her music is created to conquer the world and make it a happier place. Her sensational voice covers four octaves and has a unique timbre making it unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. In fact, there has even been a documentary made about it – “Anatomy of a Voice”. She performs her own songs that fuse soul, jazz, and R&B with elements of classical music and gospel.

Andrey Makarevich & Yiddish Jazz

Issue 83, October 2015.
Lviv’s grandiose Opera & Ballet Theatre is pleased to host two concerts by outspoken and iconic rock star Andrey Makarevich on November 8-9. The longtime leader of the legendary Russian rock group Mashina Vremeni (Time Machine) is bringing his new Yiddish Jazz programme to Lviv.

Nina Matvienko – Ukraine, The Soul

Issue 83, October 2015.
Ukrainian singer Nina Matvienko is bringing her Ukraine, The Soul concert to Lviv’s Zankovetska National Theatre on November 7th. A National Artist of Ukraine, Matvienko is an unsurpassed performer of Ukrainian folk songs. She possesses a unique, magnificent voice, owing to its timbre and expressiveness. Her repertoire consists of a great variety of folk songs: ritual, lyrical, and comical ballads, as well as historical Ukrainian songs from the 17th- and 18th-Centuries.

The Wonderful Musical World of Pianoboy

Issue 83, October 2015.
Dmitriy Shurov is a sophisticated musician and composer. He knows exactly what he’s doing and where it will lead. Squishing his entire life into a tiny nutshell, imagine this: a 4-year-old sitting at the piano learning musical theory; a teenager carried away by jazz; a young keyboardist flooding the country with ingenuity, all the while guest-starring at concerts for groups like Okean Elzy and Aesthetic Education; a talented composer touring Russia with Zemfira; and finally, as the mature, stylish frontman of Pianoboy, playing perfectly and pure in his native Kyiv.

Virsky Ensemble in Concert

Issue 83, October 2015.
Ukraine’s iconic P. Virsky National Folk Dance Ensemble is bringing their spectacular talents to Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre on October 20th, in a special, festive concert dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the ensemble’s creator – Pavlo Virksy. Over the past 75 years, the ensemble has become a calling card of Ukrainian culture, having gained popularity and admirers in not only the folklore and modern choreography circles, but among the general public as well. During the days of the Soviet Union, they were one of the few groups that were able to avoid the ideological snares and present Ukrainian culture in its purity.

Star-Studded Cast for №13 or All-Inclusive

Issue 83, October 2015.
On November 16th, Lviv’s Zankovetska National Theatre is pleased to host the №13 or All-Inclusive performance, based on the 1990 farce Out of Order written by English playwright Ray Cooney. As with many other Cooney plays, it features a lead actor (in this case a junior UK Minister) who has to lie his way out of an embarrassing situation (in this case a planned affair with a secretary) with the help of an innocent sidekick (in this case the Minister’s personal secretary). The sidekick gets more and more embroiled in the increasingly tangled tale as events unfold. The action takes place in a suite in a posh London hotel and revolves around accidents caused by a defective sash window.

"Discovering Paderewski" Festival

Issue 83, October 2015.
This unique festival, being held for the fourth time, showcases the exceptional nature of the creative Ignacy Jan Paderewski and highlights the value of his musical heritage. The festival aims to popularise and commemorate the joint Polish and Ukrainian heritage of the famed musician. The figure of Ignacy Jan Paderewski is closely associated with Lviv. An honourary citizen of the city, the virtuoso musician, legendary pianist, and famed composer was popular among the Leopolitan public of the time, who were fascinated by his artistic lifestyle.

Lviv Mobile Development Day

Issue 83, October 2015.
With an audience of over 250 participants and over 35 speakers, the Lviv Mobile Development Day will provide those in attendance with the opportunity to share information and network with peers about the mobile development taking place in the entrepreneurial, corporate, and educational spheres right now. Held at the Hotel Dnister Conference Hall, the event aims to develop the mobile market in Western Ukraine and aid in its success.

German Film Festival Returns to Lviv

Issue 83, October 2015.
Leopolitan movie fans are on the edge of their (theatre) seats, waiting with anticipation for the exciting selection of modern German films that will be presented as part of this year’s German Film Festival on October 22. The films will feature in Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities for the first time, including at the Lviv Art Palace, and will feature some of the top German films of the last 12 months representing a variety of genres.

Lviv Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2016

Issue 83, October 2015.
The Spring/Summer 2016 edition of Lviv Fashion Week is set to roll its red carpet into town from October 29 – November 1. This glamourous event will once again be hosted at the Danylo Halytskyi International Airport as well as at locations throughout the city – Astoria Hotel, George Hotel, Leopolis Hall, and the Under the Arsenal market. The event will feature some of Ukraine’s most renowned designers, including: Roksolana Bogutska, Oksana Mukha, NovaNa Studio, Mykytyuk&Yatsentyuk, Kateryna Karol, Lesia Semi, Uliana Nedoshytko, Steblakizm (Lviv); IDoL, Cher-nika (Kyiv); KEKA, Godis, Osipov (Odessa); GraNat by Natalia Grechana (Mykolaiv). As special guests will come designer Natasha TSU RAN (Belarus) with latest collection and Alicja Czarniecka (Poland) who will present collection for brand SAX35TH.

Candles Festival to Light Up Lviv

Issue 83, October 2015.
Lviv’s Candles Festival is set to make its return this November and is expected to draw many visitors due to its interesting and attractive programming. Leopolitans and guests of the city will have the wonderful opportunity to join a candle-making and candle-decorating workshop. Plenty of other fun is in store as well, including an initiative to light up windows of nearby houses with candles to create a cozy and romantic atmosphere.

Lviv’s Cheese & Wine Holiday

Issue 83, October 2015.
One of the most exciting events on Lviv’s crowded culinary calendar is set to take place from October 23-25 in the very heart of the ancient city at Lviv Art Palace. Lviv’s Wine & Cheese Holiday will treat Leopolitans and guests of the city to a delicious feast-fair, where different varieties of cheese and wine from across Ukraine are offered by some of the country’s most respected manufacturers and artisans. The festival provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about cheese-making culture and wine-making traditions.

Champions League Action Returns to Lviv: Shakhtar vs. Malmo

Issue 83, October 2015.
Shakhtar Donetsk will face off against Sweden’s Malmo in a Champions League group stage matchup on November 3rd , in a game that both will be looking to win after dropping opening round matchups to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germaine. Both hope to keep within striking distance of the two powerhouses that top Group A and get a leg up in the race for a Europa Cup position that is awarded to the 3rd place finisher.

The Ukrainian Inventor of the X-Ray

Issue 83, October 2015.
When people speak about the origins of the x-ray, one man’s name usually comes to mind – German scientist Wilhelm Roentgen. Roentgen, of course, was the winner of the very first Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on the x-ray and has even had a periodic element named after him (Roentgenium – 111). What most are unaware of, however, is the contribution of Ukrainian physicist Ivan Puluj in the foundational discovery. In fact, it could be argued that Puluj himself was the original inventor of the groundbreaking medical technology.

September-October Sports Digest

Issue 83, October 2015.
Find out about the “Lviv’s Ten”, national road running competition results, get proud for Lviv’s own welterweight Victor Plotnikov who scored a workmanlike eight-round decision over Georgian boxer Nikoloz Gviniashvili, and be the first to know that Lviv-born Natalya Buksa has won the Youth World Chess Championship. Take Your time and find out about Lviv’s own Olena Chernyak who took part in Ironman Triathlon race, which was held in Spain.

Touring Lviv’s Iconic Sights with Pro Lviv!

Issue 83, October 2015.
Find out more about the great Leopolitan and Master of Aphorisms – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, who lived and worked in Lviv and who is well known as the unrivaled master of paradoxes and aphorisms. His legendary “Unkempt Thoughts” collection became folklore long ago and was repeated in various versions even without reference to the author.

CHYCHEREE: Children- flowers

Issue 83, October 2015.
Ethno fashion show at festival "Kraina Mriy" (Country of Dreams) played host for the presentation of the latest collection of outfits by brand CHYCHEREE. Collection features outer clothing ensembles and dresses – all showcasing author’s interpretation of Ukrainian ornamental patterns of original outfits from Ternopil region.

NATO Secretary General Visits Lviv

Issue 83, October 2015.
NATO Secretary-General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, made his first visit to Ukraine on September 21st, when he met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Lviv to help inaugurate the International Centre for Peacemaking and Security joint disaster response drill. Poroshenko hailed the exercise as more evidence of the “enhancement of our special partnership with NATO.”

Publishers' Forum

Issue 83, October 2015.
Publishers and authors flocked to Lviv in mid-September for the 22nd annual Publishers’ Forum; an extraordinary literature market and festival. Founded in 1994, it brings together not only writers, readers, and publishers, but also celebrities, athletes, famous politicians, journalists, educators, and NGOs. It is a great place to check out the newest publishers and to locate that scarce edition you’ve been searching for. With over 900 publishing houses and over 300 authors presenting their books in the scenic Lviv Palace of Culture, its yard, and in the city centre, it offered a great opportunity for young publishers.

Young Leopolitans Take Rescuer's Oath

Issue 83, October 2015.
September 17th was a special day for dozens of Lviv’s finest, as first year cadets at Lviv State University of Life Safety took their oaths to serve Ukrainian people. The Lviv State University of Life Safety is a leading higher educational institution in Ukraine in the field of human safety. The university provides professional training for the Ukrainian State Service for Emergency Situations, as well as other ministries, authorities, and private organisations that deal with safety in all spheres.

BOOM Awards

Issue 83, October 2015.
Lviv’s luxurious Citadel Inn hotel and restaurant hosted the festive BOOM Awards organized by BOOM plus TV magazine last month. “The BOOM Awards honour those people whose social activity inspired others to develop; who make others proud by the results of their work” explained BOOM plus TV magazine Chief Editor Emilia Khuda.

Coffee Festival Perks Up Lviv

Issue 83, October 2015.
Lviv, central Europe’s coffee capital, was home to the ninth annual Coffee Festival from September 24-27. The festival marked one of the most important events of the year for Lviv’s coffeehouses, who compete to impress Leopolitans and guests of the city with their unique themes, architecture, and blends. The festival also featured a grand entertainment program that included events like the Bike Coffee Mile, Cinema Coffee Nights, the KavaExpo Coffee Fair and much more.