Lviv is my Inspiration!

  • Ruslana
  • Ruslana
  • Ruslana
  • Ruslana
  • Ruslana
  • Ruslana
Issue 1, May 2008.

Lviv is my Inspiration!

 

Ruslana, you must be very   busy at the moment with   your new album and concert tours. Do you often find time to visit Lviv?

I go as often as I can – usually  two or three times a month.  My family and friends are all still living in Lviv and I love to visit  them regularly. I also come home  to catch up with my musical team, who are all based in Lviv - we
tend to rehearse our new materials  in Lviv. While I am in town I try to look in on my advertising agency and meet up with my favourite fashion designers Roksolana Bogutska and Oksana Karavanska. They have created  some wonderful styles for me  over the years and are both Lviv  natives.


What is your favourite building in Lviv?

I would have to say building No. 9 on Ivan Franko street – the place where I was born! My other chief favourites are all outside of  Lviv in the surrounding countryside. I love the old castles like Oleskiy Zamok.  Lviv is a wonderful place to  lose yourself and explore.


Where is your favourite place in Lviv to stroll?

I love to go for a walk along Prospekt Svobody close to the Opera. All my friends still meet there and socialise in the wide open promenade close to the Opera House and I try to join them as often as possible. These days I tend to attract a lot of attention, with people asking me for photos and autographs as well as just shouting out greetings, but I love all that and try to be as accommodating as possible. It is my home town and these are my people.

Do you get very homesick for Lviv when you are travelling round the world?
Whenever I am far from Lviv I miss it terribly and find myself  phoning home and asking my mother lots of little questions about the weather, my friends and family, and the news from Lviv in general. Having said that, being from Lviv has also helped me to feel at home whenever I am travelling in Europe. Lots of things, especially architecture but also the attitudes of the people tend to remind me of Lviv. I was born in Lviv so I am a real  European girl, which is not the case for everyone in Ukraine. Whenever I am inPrague, Krakow, Riga or Vienna I notice as lot of similarities in the style of the city. That is not so true in places like Canada, China or America, but Lviv’s historical roots in the Western world help me feel especially comfortable. We have basically the same lifestyle as our western neighbours and can find a lot in common with them. Like every Lvivite I can say that I feel a great sense of freedom, and my background in the city has also made me very ambitious. Many great people who  went on to become world famous can trace their roots back to Lviv, and this makes the people of Lviv particularly ambitious in their attitude to life in general.


Lviv is famous for its proud sense of Ukrainian national identity and patriotism. Has this patriotic atmosphere become more pronounced in the past seventeen years of Ukrainian independence?

As far as I am concerned Lviv is Lviv. It has always been a very specific and patriotic Ukrainian city, in the Soviet era and for a long time before then. We have always worked to preserve our national idea and our ancient traditions. Lviv is simply Lviv, and it will always be unique.


Lviv is regarded as Ukraine’s most romantic city. Which place in Lviv do you regard as the mostromantic?
Personally I love Zysoki Zamok [literally ‘High Castle’, this is a viewing platform positioned on a man-made hill close to the city centre which offers stunningpanoramas of the Lviv skyline].
Please don’t tell my husband, but this is where I had my first date and my first kiss! It is a place for adventure and romance. We all went to Zysoki Zamok as part of our traditional last day at school before leaving for university. It was the last day in the classroom, and the first bottle of champagne for us! Zysoki Zamok is a crazy place where you can find artists, designers and other creative people all looking for inspiration and new ideas. There is nowhere else like it.