Lviv Personality

Legendary Leopolitans No. 3: Extraordinary actor Bohdan Stupka

Issue 22, March 2010.
On stage and on the nation’s screens Bohdan Stupka has displayed the courage of Genghis Khan, the wit of Goethe’s Faust and the leadership of legendary Ukrainian Cossack leader and namesake Bohdan Khmelnitskiy. Today he is simply known as the greatest living Ukrainian actor, and despite already being in the twilight years of an illustrious career, he remains very much a dominating presence throughout Ukrainian theatre and TV, appearing regularly in the historical roles for which he is best known and in the theatrical dramas which first aroused his flair for acting.

Lviv Philharmonic Returns to Grandeur

Issue 22, March 2010.
Volodymyr Syvohip (inset) has been in charge of Lviv’s Philharmonic Society Theatre since 2006 and has recently overseen extensive renovation of the venue as part of his ambitious plans to help one of the great Lviv venues recapture its former glory. He remains best known to many in Lviv cultural circles as the man behind Lviv’s popular annual ‘Contrasts’ contemporary music festival. Volodymyr is celebrated as one of the most active figures on the Lviv cultural scene and currently splits his time between conducting the Lviv-based ‘Gloria’ chamber choir and working to bring his beloved Philharmonic up to a standard deserving of this venerable Lviv venue.

Legendary Leopolitans # 2: Opera diva Solomiya Krushelnitska

Issue 21, February 2010.
At the turn of the 20th century the art of opera was enjoying the period of its greatest ascendancy as the pomp and circumstance of the late imperial age boosted coffers at the world’s most famous Opera Houses. A mere handful of male singers led by Enrico Caruso dominated the headlines at the time and were among the first truly global super stars. They were joined by a young lady from rural West Ukraine who would go on to become one of the most celebrated voices in the history of opera.
Man  with  a  mission:  Lviv-born  Myron  Markevich  is  the  first  ever non-Dy

Managing Ukraine to Euro Glory

Issue 21, February 2010.
Lviv native Myron Markevich is handed the challenge of building a Ukrainian national side capable of carrying the host nation’s hopes and dreams at Euro 2012 With Ukraine having narrowly failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup Finals, the New Year period saw a changing of the guard at the National Football Federation as officials turned their thoughts towards preparationsfor the national team’s Euro 2012 bid. This was the ideal time to implement changes at the top in Ukrainian football - as co-hosts of the June 2012 tournament Ukraine do not need to qualify for the finals and so are now facing two and a half years without competitive football. This enforced break leaves Ukraine’s national team set-up facing a period which will provide both the time for a new side to take shape and also test the national squad’s ability to remain focused without the added stimulation of regular competition football. Stepping into the void is Lviv’s most celebrated footballing son, a man with a long career in professional football already behind him who now faces the enormous challenge of building a side capable of beating the likes of Germany, England and Spain at Euro 2012.

Legendary Leopolitans: No. 1: Hollywood pioneer Paul Muni

Issue 20, January 2010.
With a glittering movie career spanning four decades and a host of Oscar nominations, Paul Muni has often been acclaimed by Hollywood historians as one of the great pioneers of modern acting techniques. However, few dwell on the fact that his gift for method acting owed much to the theatrical traditions of his hometown Lviv, where the future Hollywood and Broadway star was first exposed to the magic of the stage.

From Lviv to the Louvre

Issue 18, November 2009.
October saw Lviv designer Oksana Mukha continue her rise through the ranks of the European fashion world with a wellreceived show of her 2010 collection at the prestigious ‘Carousel du Louvre’ fashion show, a gala event which is hosted each year at the legendary Parisian museum. The collection which went on show in France features a total of 130 wedding dresses and evening gowns in the elegant style for which the Lviv designer is fast becoming famous. Ms. Mukha was the only representative of the Slavic fashion world to be invited to participate in this prestige event, making it the latest accolade in a rollercoaster ride that has seen the West Ukrainian style guru develop from family-run backstreet operation to global brand name.

Modern Lviv`s alternative first lady

Issue 18, November 2009.
Ever since independence in 1991 Lviv citizens have consistently been well-represented among the country’s political classes. Thanks in part to their superior Ukrainian–language skills and credible patriotic credentials citizens of Lviv have always managed to find more than their fair share of political postings both in the capital Kyiv and throughout the country’s diplomatic service. But while Lviv politics is traditionally famed for its nationalist fervor, one of the city’s most senior serving politicians is actually a leading figure with the Party of Regions. Anna German was born in a West Ukrainian village and moved to Lviv in her teens before raising a family in the West Ukrainian capital. As the most senior Lviv personality within the Party of Regions and one of the party’s most eloquent Ukrainian-language figureheads, Ms. German occupies a fascinating and strategic position in the national identity debate which continues to hog the political limelight in post-Orange Ukraine.

Lviv Laser Lights

Issue 16, September 2009.
Born in Austria, contemporary laser artist Erwin Redl has worked and lived in New York since 1993. Redl works with LED lights in close-set square grids to create light installations that have been described as “mesmerizing”. He recently lit up one of Lviv’s most recognisable landmarks, decorating the medieval walkway of the city’s ancient walled defences as the headliner of the late summer Week of Contemporary Art.

Turning Lviv into a Literary Focus

Issue 16, September 2009.
Oleksandra Koval is president of the Ukrainian Forum of Publishers and is one of the key figures behind this month’s annual Ukrainian language book festival. We asked her why Lviv was chosen to host this event and what role the city plays in the growth of Ukrainian literature.

Student Exchange from America to Lviv!

Issue 14, June 2009.
American undergraduate student Ashley Smith has recently enrolled in a course of glass-blowing at the prestigious Lviv Academy of Art and is learning this ancient art from some of the region’s best masters. She has fast become something of a local celebrity among the city’s thriving student community, so Lviv Today decided to meet Ashley and ask her how a Ukrainian artistic education compares to her previous classroom experiences and explore her impressions of what remains one of the last great unknown pearls of Eastern Europe.