Issue 87, February 2016

Issue 87, February 2016

Chinese Holiday in Lviv

Issue 87, February 2016.
Curious Leopolitans and guests of the city should mark March 4th on their calendars as a special “Jolly Holiday of Spring”, featuring Chinese artists and musicians, event will be held in Ukraine’s cultural capital at the spectacular Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre. This festive event is being held to mark the Chinese New Year, which the city – and the world – celebrated on February 8th.

Mikhail Yefremov is “Mr. Good”

Issue 87, February 2016.
Legendary actor Mikhail Yefremov will be in the city on March 23rd to present his special stage show “Mr. Good” at Lviv’s popular Opera & Ballet Theatre. Yefremov is a Russian film and stage actor that made his debut in the mid-70s and was awarded Russia’s prestigious Meritorious Artist award in 1995.

Alessandro Safina in Concert

Issue 87, February 2016.
The Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre is proud to present one of the most famous Italian vocalists in the world today, Alessandro Safina, in concert on March 5th. Safina possesses a commanding tenor voice and is equally at home singing both pop and opera – often blurring the boundaries between the two. Born in Siena, Italy in 1963, Safina achieved fame with his biggest hit to date, Luna (Only You), part of the Portuguese TV series O Clone (The Clone) soundtrack.

Laima Vaikule in Concert

Issue 87, February 2016.
Latvian singer, actress, and director Laima Vaikule, best known in Europe and the former USSR for such hits as ‘Vernisage’ and ‘Charlie’, will grace the illustrious stage of Lviv’s lavish Opera & Ballet Theatre on March 25th. Originally trained as a nurse, the lovely Latvian first started out performing at local clubs and restaurants in the Latvian capital of Riga before moving to Moscow in the 80s to study acting and directing. She scored her first pop hit in 1985 and has since become an icon in the former Soviet Union and its successor states.

Violin Virtuoso Vasyl Popadiuk in Concert

Issue 87, February 2016.
Lviv’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre is pleased to host virtuoso violinist Vasyl Popadiuk for a special concert on February 29th dedicated to this celebrated musician’s 50th anniversary. Since picking up his first instrument during the Soviet times, the Lviv-born Popadiuk has brought has unique brand of energetic violin-playing to millions worldwide.

Druha Rika in Concert

Issue 87, February 2016.
Druha Rika – one of Ukraine’s most popular rock bands – is set to perform at Lviv’s Ukraine Sport Palace on March 26th as part of their Supernation album tour. Druha Rika has been performing since 1996 and has released five studio and two compilation albums. The band has changed significantly since the release of their last album, Metanoia P.1. Their new album, Supernation, is different from all of their previous works – in lyrics, in music, and even by way of presentation.

Miss Lviv 2016 Casting

Issue 87, February 2016.
Some of Lviv region’s most beautiful and talented ladies will be on hand at the Anturazh Night Club on March 27th, as an open casting will be held for the upcoming Miss Lviv 2016 beauty pageant. The event will attract dozens of young women between 16 and 24 that hope to qualify for the final event this spring at Lviv’s opulent Opera & Ballet Theatre.

Lviv Wedding Festival

Issue 87, February 2016.
The Lviv Wedding Festival is Western Ukraine’s largest and most well-established wedding show. Featuring wedding specialists, thousands of dresses, entertaining dance shows, and a variety of workshops and special contests, there is something for every nuptial-minded Leopolitan. From inspiring décor and fashion displays, to award-winning booths and fashion shows, the Lviv Wedding Festival provides the engaged couple with everything needed to plan their dream wedding and honeymoon.

International Lviv Art Fair exhibition registration

Issue 87, February 2016.
Dedicated exclusively to leading contemporary art, the Lviv Art Fair will bring together artists this May to Lviv’s Art Palace that have the outstanding ability to innovate, challenge and inspire. The event is known as a platform that shines a light on emerging artists and original art scenes. The event will feature exhibitions of experimental and pictorial art, sculptures, graphics, and photography.

Italian Cinema Week

Issue 87, February 2016.
Leopolitan cinema fans and guests of the city can get ready for some of the finest films in Italian cinema as Italian Cinema Week returns to Lviv for the sixth time. Starting from March 3rd, festivalgoers will be able to get acquainted with modern Italian cinema, which is quite popular in the city since 70s. Organisers hope to continue the tradition of cultural interaction between the two nations, so have also organised festival events in cities across Ukraine in addition to Lviv’s festival.

Lviv Chocolate Festival

Issue 87, February 2016.
Leopolitans and guests of the city with a sweet tooth will be happy to celebrate something that Lviv is known for across the country and around the world – our delicious chocolate – when the 10th annual Chocolate Fest returns to the city in March. There’s so much to love about the Lviv Chocolate Festival! Every year the festival features the dreamy, mouth-watering creations of esteemed professional chocolatiers.

Lviv to Host 2016 Women’s World Chess Championship

Issue 87, February 2016.
Last year, 23-year-old Ukrainian chess phenom Mariya Muzychuk was a world-beater on her way to claiming the Women’s World Chess Championship. This March, the Lviv-region player will have the chance to defend her title against challenger – and two-time former world champion – China’s Hou Yifan. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and a delegation visited Lviv last summer to accept the Ukrainian Chess Federation’s application to host the Women’s World Championship match in the city. The match will feature 10 games played between the two between March 1st-19th.

The Man with the Plan: British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce to Open Office in Lviv

Issue 87, February 2016.
When it comes to foreigners knowing a thing or two about Ukraine, few understand the country better than Bate C. Toms. Heading the oldest Western law office in the country, this Yale & Cambridge-educated lawyer has been working in the country for 25 years. In that time he’s rubbed shoulders with some of this country’s most powerful – from politicians to celebrities, from business leaders to athletes – and has stories to share about them all. He also has some well-researched ideas on what Ukraine should do next, including right here in Lviv. Lviv Today sat down with Toms in advance of the opening of the new British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (BUCC) office in Lviv.

January-February Sports Digest

Issue 87, February 2016.
Sitting just 7 points back of 4th-place Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on the Ukrainian Premier League table, and the coveted Europa League qualification place that comes along with it, FC Karpaty has tapped Ukrainian football legend Oleh Luzhny as Manager ahead of the second half of the season. The Lviv-born Luzhny is popular amongst Ukrainian football fans after successful stints with Dynamo Kyiv, Arsenal, the Ukrainian national team, and Karpaty.

All Aboard! Riding the Lviv to Budapest Train

Issue 87, February 2016.
Travelling from Lviv to Budapest with Ukraine Railways is a real pleasure. The international train and carriage itself carries a fine sense of romance and intrigue from a bygone era with its graceful, old-fashioned décor and charm. This daytime venture takes you through two contrasting lands – the spectacular Carpathians hills and valleys of Ukraine and the majestic Puszta flatlands of Hungary – before arriving at Budapest approximately 14 hours later. It is worth noting that in either direction the service no longer operates overnight, unless one travels to or from Kyiv.

Beskid Tunnel Stage Completed

Issue 87, February 2016.
Frequent travellers to Western Ukraine’s Carpathian and Transcarpathian regions will be happy to hear that the first phase of construction of the new double-track at Beskid Tunnel has been completed. The most difficult part of the construction along the Carpathian Beskid – Skotarske route – the top ledge of the tunnel – was finished on January 21st.

International Homemade Liquor Festival

Issue 87, February 2016.
Lviv’s Museum of Ideas hosted the inaugural Winter Holiday of Liquors and Cordials Festival on January 23rd. This popular event had been held twice before, but this was the first time it was held in winter. The event aims to revive and promote the ancient Galician traditions of making homemade liquors and thirsty Leopolitans and guests of the city were able to try over 50 different types of homemade alcohols and vote for their favourites.

Spectacular Art on Display

Issue 87, February 2016.
Lviv’s Andriy Sheptytsky National Museum hosted the opening of an exhibition devoted to some of Ukraine’s most outstanding sculptors on February 4th. The exhibition showcases the spectacular artistic works of a group of artists responsible for introducing Ukrainian traditions into their creative works at the turn of the 21st Century. Leopolitan art fans and guests of the city will have the opportunity to gaze upon some of the masterpieces of Petro Antyp (Horlivka/Kyiv), Alexander Dyachenko (Kyiv), Volodomyr Kochmar and Valeriy Pirogov (Kharkiv), and Lviv’s-own Oleh Kapustyak and Vasyl Yarych. Their efforts led to a renewed vigour among Ukrainian artists and sculptors in the Ukrainian plastic art of the Trypillian culture.

Lviv’s Holiday Highlights

Issue 87, February 2016.
Lviv’s Christmas and New Year’s season was, as always, full of bright and festive events right across the city that lasted until the Epiphany on January 19th. The day, when the Orthodox Church marks the baptism of Jesus, is celebrated by Ukrainians by cutting holes in the ice of rivers or lakes – often in the shape of a cross – to bathe in the freezing water, which is believed to be holy and imbued with special powers for the occasion. Neither the snow nor the sub-zero temperatures could stop Canadian instructors and the American paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade from celebrating the final day of the Christmas season by taking a dip in the freezing water. The brigade is in Ukraine as part of the Joint Multinational Training Group.

Come hungry! Leave happy! Gourmet burgers at decent prices!

Issue 87, February 2016.
As American cuisine becomes more and more popular among Leopolitans, themed venues are starting to pop up around the city. Finally locals can find an ultimate burger gastro-bar, Delicateka, located downtown on 11, Drukars’ka St. At Delicateka all ingredients are made fresh to original recipes every day – from the bun right to the sauces! The venue’s menu offers a wide choice of burgers, most of them made with succulent beef!

Tartufo – Lviv’s Truffles Ardour

Issue 87, February 2016.
Recently, the city’s newest shopping centre, Forum Lviv, saw a new restaurant festively open its doors to Leopolitans. Tartufo Trattoria, an authentic Italian restaurant with cuisine prepared by Chief Cook Davide Lagomarsino, is located on the mall’s 3rd floor. This stylish and cosy eatery, with an original and delicious menu that allows customers to purchase Italian goods like the delightful tartufo mushrooms (truffles), was successfully upgraded with the addition of its own confectionary: Confiserie Just!. Restaurant owner Olga Zhenchak kindly took time out of her schedule to answer some questions for Lviv Today.

World’s First Egg-Shaped Pysanka Coin

Issue 87, February 2016.
The Royal Canadian Mint issued a 1 oz. pure silver “Traditional Ukrainian Pysanka” coin – the first egg-shaped coin issued by the mint – on February 20th. The colourful coin captures the intricate beauty of the pysanka – one of the most beloved forms of traditional Ukrainian folk art! Beautifully handcrafted, the carefully decorated Easter egg is a veritable trove of symbolism – each motif and colour carries a different meaning.