Issue 88, March 2016

Issue 88, March 2016

Ukrainian Easter Egg Festival

Issue 88, March 2016.
Just in time for Easter, Leopolitans and guests of the city have the wonderful opportunity to explore the art, symbolism, and joy of creating pysanky – the Ukrainian Easter Eggs that are decorated by using beeswax and dyes applied in layers. Festivalgoers will have the chance to see some of the country’s most beautifully-adorned eggs as well as to learn about this centuries-old art form at a variety of workshops.

Spring 2016 International Career Expo

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv is fast becoming known as one of Europe’s great markets for IT specialists and major foreign companies are starting to notice. Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University is all set to play host to Career4IT – one of the biggest IT events in Central and Eastern Europe – at the campus on April 2nd. Since 2012, this special employment expo for IT specialists has given employers looking to realise the potential of their most innovative projects the opportunity to meet and hire talented staff in a relaxed and creative atmosphere.

Lviv Region Bodybuilding Championships

Issue 88, March 2016.
Some of Western Ukraine’s strongest and fittest athletes will be in the city on April 2nd to compete in a bodybuilding showdown to determine the winner of the Lviv Region Bodybuilding Open Cup Championship. Bodybuilding was a relatively unknown pastime in the Soviet Union, but it has been enthusiastically embraced since the collapse of the USSR. Ukrainian bodybuilders and fitness performers have made their mark at the world level and the country remains among the most competitive in the modern sport.

Lviv Outsourcing Forum

Issue 88, March 2016.
The 9th annual Lviv Outsourcing Forum, which brings together owners and managers of outsourcing companies with freelancers from across Ukraine, is set to be held at Lviv’s Hotel Dnister on March 26th. The event will be preceded by the Lviv Freelance Forum which will bring together freelancers and companies with up to 20 employers on March 25th.

Insane Rover Sport Fest

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv will play host to the Insane Rover Sport Festival over the April 9-10 weekend. The event will feature an intense program of bicycle-related activities, including: 250m flying qualification, sprints, 1 km from standing + pursuit, and scratch and elimination.

International Student Media Symposium

Issue 88, March 2016.
The Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU)’s School of Journalism and Media Communications invites you to take part in the 3rd annual International Student Media Symposium (SMS) to be held in the city on March 31 – April 1. This year’s theme is “Media in the Conflict Area: Changes & Challenges”. The SMS is an academic platform for the exchange of ideas, projects, and results of media research among young scholars, journalists, and leading media experts from Ukraine and abroad.

Engineering Job Fair

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv’s National Polytechnic University is set to hold its 9th annual Engineering Job Fair on April 6-7. The event, organised by the student organisation BEST, attracts representatives from 20 companies in the IT, electronics, auditing, education, and engineering fields.

LifeHackDay Ukraine 2016

Issue 88, March 2016.
The third LifeHackDay Ukraine – which is dedicated to the business development of technological projects – will take place in Lviv on March 26th. Through its rich and interesting programming, the event aims to increase the number of successful business start-ups and to organise productive networking between start-ups and investors and mentors. The event always attracts leading technology start-ups, internet entrepreneurs, IT companies, and venture investors.

Sergei Babkin in Concert

Issue 88, March 2016.
The intriguing and multitalented musician Sergei Babkin might be best known as the founder of the popular Ukrainian music group 5nizza, is much more than your average, run-of-the-mill pop icon. This native Eastern Ukrainian has successfully combined a career in theatre – where he is one of the leading actors in Kharkiv’s highly-rated Theatre 19 troupe – with his passion for composing poetry and writing music. In the last 12 years, he has produced 9 acclaimed albums and appeared in four Russian-language feature films.

Lviv Fashion Week: Autumn/Winter 2016 Show

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2016 edition is all set to roll its red carpet into town from March 24-27. This glamorous staple of Lviv’s fashion calendar will once again take place at the Danylo Halytskyi International Airport, as well as at locations across the city, including: the Astoria Hotel, the Leopolis Hall, and the Under the Arsenal market. Events are set to kick off on March 23rd with the presentation of Kateryna Karol’s latest collection at the Under the Arsenal market. This season Lviv Fashion Week welcomes its newest host location, as the Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum will host its first event with a Tata Kalita fashion show on March 25th.

Les Poderviansky in Concert

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv’s hopping hotspot Picasso Nightclub is pleased to present Ukrainian painter, poet, playwright, and performer Les Poderviansky on March 27th in a witty performance of his plays that is sure to both challenge and delight Leopolitans and guests of the city. Poderviansky is famous for his absurd, highly satirical, and at times politically incorrect and obscene short plays. His works are highly regarded due to his attention to detail and guests will be able to recognise themselves in one of the characters’ easily recognisable behavioural models.

Jamala is Coming to Lviv

Issue 88, March 2016.
Popular Ukrainian singer and spinto soprano Jamala will bring her unique combination of jazz, soul, rhythm & blues, and classical music to Lviv’s dazzling Opera and Ballet Theatre on April 12th. The singer is well known in Ukraine, having starred in ‘The Guide’ – Ukraine’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards – and having nearly represented the country at 2011 EuroVision contest with her catchy hit ‘Smile’. She won this year’s national competition with ‘1944’, a song inspired by the tragic story of the deportation of her great-grandmother and many other Crimean Tatar families that shared the same fate. The song is set to be the first to ever feature the Crimean Tatar language at the event.

February-March Sports Digest

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv’s Halychanka ladies handball team is set to compete with the “fantastic four” alongside Uzhgorod’s Karpaty, Kyiv’s Spartak, and Kherson’s Dnipryanka, in upcoming Ukrainian Super League action.

Red Bull Jump & Freeze

Issue 88, March 2016.
Sometimes skiers and snowboarders can take themselves just a little too seriously. But not at Bukovel on March 5th, when Red Bull’s Jump & Freeze – the craziest pool party of the season – stopped by. This wild event draws some of Ukraine’s most daring daredevils who don wacky costumes and slide 150m down the slope to try to nail the best trick they’ve got before landing in the icy water!

Sweet Lviv!

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv’s Art Palace was home to one delicious festival last month as the X Chocolate Festival treated Leopolitans and guests of the city to a variety of chocolate sweets, chocolatier workshops, and some of the best chocolate-filled days of their lives! One of festival highlights was Valentin Shtefanyo’s huge “Chocolate Chess Queen” sculpture designed especially for the Women’s World Chess Championship that was being held in the city.

Chess Craze Checks into Lviv

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv was host to the Women’s World Chess Championship between Lviv’s-own Mariya Muzychuk and Hou Yifan of China (former two-time World Champion) from March 1-18 at the city’s spectacular Potocki Palace. Muzychuk won the title last September by besting 63 of the world’s top women’s chess players at the World Championships in Sochi, Russia. Since former champion Yifan was unable to attend the tournament due to scheduling conflicts, this special World Championship duel was arranged in Lviv. The prize package for the 10-match series was 200,000 Euros, with the winner receiving 120,000.

Cheerful Chinese Spring Concert

Issue 88, March 2016.
Last month Leopolitans and guests of the city were delighted by a special ‘Jolly Holiday of Spring’ concert featuring artists and musicians from China. The event was organised by the Embassy of China in Ukraine and the Lanhua Cultural Research Centre of China and Ukraine to mark the Chinese New Year, which began on February 8th. Distinguished Chinese conductors and illustrious musicians appearing in beautiful traditional costuming performed both Chinese folk music as well as contemporary arrangements.

Lviv National Art Academy Gallery

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv’s recently-opened Lviv National Art Academy Gallery (38 Kybiyovycha St.) played host to the spectacular and rather extraordinary exhibition ‘Reduction’ throughout March. From the beginning, this gallery was established to showcase creative experiments, original technology, and conceptual visions of the young generation of Ukrainian artists. The Reduction exhibition featured some of the country’s finest examples of their original creative sculptures, artistic ceramics, and other art objects.

CRIMEAN TATAR ICON JAMALA SET TO REPRESENT UKRAINE AT EUROVISION

Issue 88, March 2016.
The Russian occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula looks set to become one of the talking points of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest after Ukrainian TV viewers selected Crimean Tatar singer Jamala’s haunting ballad ‘1944’ to represent the country at this year’s event. Although ostensibly a tribute to the victims of the 1944 Soviet mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars, the song will inevitably draw international attention to the ongoing plight of the Crimean Tatars, who have suffered a range of human rights abuses since the Russian seizure of Crimea in early 2014.

DUTCH UKRAINE REFERENDUM COULD KILL DREAM OF PAX EUROPA

Issue 88, March 2016.
Anti-EU forces seek to strike a blow against Brussels but the ultimate beneficiary of a 'no' vote would be Vladimir Putin The upcoming April referendum in the Netherlands over the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is about much more than free trade ties between Brussels and Kyiv. Ukraine is guilty of nothing more than particularly bad geopolitical timing. The country finds itself an innocent bystander caught up in what is a far larger battle for the soul of Europe that sees advocates of greater continental union pitted against national forces intent on stopping what they regard as the undemocratic Brussels bulldozer. The future of Europe is in the balance, and Ukraine's own integration ambitions are in danger of being relegated to the status of mere footnote.

Taking Flight:Lviv’s-Own Ulyana Barabash on Planes, Polos, and Patriotism

Issue 88, March 2016.
For some, Lviv is known as Ukraine’s capital of chocolate, for others it’s coffee; but make no mistake – Lviv is also the country’s fashion capital. The city is home to some of the nation’s most respected fashion designers, including the young, talented and beautiful Ulyana Barabash. Already having made a name for herself in the Ukrainian fashion world – her lines have been a staple at fashion shows for years – Barabash set out to create something intensely personal: a high-end, made-in-Ukraine fashion line that would promote Western Ukrainian values abroad.