Lviv Personality

Man of Action, Man of Hope

Issue 85, December 2015.
Andriy Porodko is at the same time the Director of the SAMI charitable organisation, Head of the organising committee of Charitable Lvivshyna, a member of the Ukrainian Benefactors Association, a caring father, and simply a very positive person. He understands full well the value of life, as he managed to beat a serious oncological disease early in life. That is why he dedicates himself so wholeheartedly to children in Lviv and the region. Andriy helps many children at orphanages and boarding schools. He arranges art therapy workshops for children with leukemia, organises festivals, and brings to life many different social projects and initiatives to help children in need. Many students at Lviv’s specialised boarding schools are grateful to Andriy for the always entertaining Special Olympics sports competition and the Lutyn youth social festival.

A Will of Iron: The Inspiring Story of Lviv’s Ironwoman Triathlete Olena Chernyak

Issue 84, November 2015.
When 32-year-old Olena Chernyak went to Greece last summer armed with just some suntan lotion and a book, she could have never imagined the transformation that her life was about to take. The mother and business administrator moved from the hum-drum of office life to the gruelling and glamourous world of international Ironman triathlons in just a few months. What was her trick? Lviv Today sat down with this inspiring woman to unravel her story.

The Coach: Myron Markevych

Issue 80, June 2015.
While the football-loving eyes of the nation were transfixed on Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk’s remarkable run to the Europa League final last month, fans in Lviv could be excused for cheering a little louder after seeing one of their own walk down the sideline. Head Coach Myron Markevych didn’t just grow up in the Lviv Region, he built his entire football career in the city. While he wasn’t quite able to lead his Dnipro squad to its first ever European trophy – the team fell 2:3 to Seville in the Europa League final – the long-time Ukrainian Premiere League (UPL) coach and former head coach of the Ukrainian National team earned renewed respect by leading Dnipro to more success than the team has seen in its nearly 100 years of existence. While it was disappointing not to see the him rewarded with a European title for his efforts, it was nice to see the man that led FC Karpaty to some of its most successful seasons basking in the European spotlight. So, for the uninitiated, here’s a short biography of “Coach Karpaty” – Myron Markevych.

ONUKA Interview

Issue 78, April 2015.
ONUKA is a breath of fresh air for even the most experienced electronic music fans. The union of live instruments and “digits” infuses Ukrainian traditions with trendy beats to create a whole new sound that it is entirely impossible to forget. Nata Zhizhchenko, the lead vocalist of ONUKA, is a musician that simply cannot allow herself to be limited by boundaries. She is not afraid to experiment, whether it her work with the traditional Ukrainian instrument of the sopilka or her vocals, which she can completely change or sample during a performance. Prior to her arrival in Lviv, Ms. Zhizhchenko took time out of her schedule to answer some questions for Lviv Today.

Ivan Levinsky – The Man Who Built Lviv

Issue 76, February 2015.
Famed 19th Century architect fused the folk traditions of Ukraine with the modern philosophy of the western world to leave his mark on the architectural traditions of Lviv.

LEOPOLITAN LADY: MISS POLONIA 1930 - ZOFIA BATYCKA

Issue 65, February 2014.
Zofia was a beautiful, intelligent, talented, and successful young Leopolitan. At the age of just 20 she began a career in film and fell in love. But just when it seemed that glory, wealth and happiness was to be hers – fate decided otherwise.

LVIV’S METAGRAPHICS GENIUS

Issue 59, July 2013.
Alexander Aksinin’s legacy is apparent and a self-evident given, for all connoisseurs of contemporary Eastern European art. Yet at the same time it is rather difficult to define his artistic personality; he could probably be more accurately described as the "Master of Lviv". For many centuries his native Lviv was an amazing multicultural enclave, which enriched Aksinin’s works with a perfect natural "landscape" background, from which his fantasies grew. His style is not easy to define according to any standard, however due to sophisticated etching technique, precision and perfectionist attention to details, Aksinin is known also as “Dürer of Lviv”.

Ukrainian Designer Roksolana Bogutska

Issue 55, March 2013.
Roksolana Bogutska has been creating fashion collections flavoured with Ukrainian folk style for years. Among her fans is Ukrainian First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko, known for her passion for folk dresses. It was Bogutska who created a dress that Kateryna Yushchenko wore to the presidential inauguration in 2005. Also among her regular clients are Ukrainian pop stars Ruslana and Natalka Karpa. Bogutska combines traditional Ukrainian embroidery and beading with modern clothing design. She prefers to work exclusively with natural materials, such as silk, wool and cotton. Also, Bogutska is the first Ukrainian designer to begin using fur in her designs.

LOCAL CYBER HERO

Issue 51, November 2012.
The Ukrainian cyber sport scene never stands still, it is constantly moving, changing, growing - magazines, cyber sport TV shows, sponsored gamers and teams are present more than ever. There is a clear trend towards a rapidly developing and solid e-sports future. Today the Dota, which includes the Warcraft III Mod Defense of the Ancients and its stand-alone sequel Dota2, are amongst the most popular electronic sports games played professionally in the country. Dota2, a multi-player online battle arena game, is known for its long lasting matches—comparable to chess on speed.

It is worth exploring the local cuisine of Lviv!

Issue 46, May 2012.
For many years, Kiki Baron, as an author and travel writer for major magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Gourmet, Lufthansa Magazine, Merian and GeoSaison and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, FAZ and Welt am Sonntag, has travelled worldwide researching where to go, finding original locations and meeting all sorts of people. A true expert on any destination she covers, as she visits all the places she writes about, in order to know them inside and out — A German journalist, an expert on travel and an author of many books on the world’s most interesting countries and cuisines, Kiki Baron came to visit Lviv at the end of April. During her stay Kiki Baron kindly took time out of her busy schedule to give a short interview to Lviv Today and shared some of her impressions about our city as well as gave best tips for Lviv’s future.