Lviv Personality

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.

Heavy weightlifter conquers Europe

Issue 13, May 2009.
Lviv’s strongman tradition is thought to date back to the brawny knights of the medieval period who defended the borderland city from incursions from all directions, while in a more recent period the strongmen of the Habsburg period who populated the circuses of the time came predominantly from the Lviv region, which was then the far eastern outpost of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian realm.

Europeans unite for Soviet auto tour

Issue 13, May 2009.
For decades they were a symbol of the Soviet Union’s technological backwardness and material poverty, but since the collapse of theUSSR the empire’s iconic automobiles have become the subject of retro passions across the continent, with fans clubs springing up both in the former Eastern Bloc and throughout the West.

Lviv international

Issue 11, March 2009.
Starting with first spring issue is introduced our new rubric - “Lviv International”. Novelty aims to present to the readers all the present days greatest achievements of Lvivites, which did their best to gain personal international recognition and made name of Lviv widely respected in many areas like art, sport, fashion etc. People behind events and names connected with successes, find more in Lviv International

Chic French snapper focuses on Lviv

Issue 10, February 2009.
28 year old French photographer Dorothy Shoes whose often theatrically-inspired works have been published in magazines and exhibited all over the world. This month she is adding Lviv to her list of international exhibitions, with a collection of her works going on show at the city’s ever-innovative and inspirational Dzyga Art Centre.

Lviv’s Undisputed Knockout King

Issue 2, June 2008.
Lviv boxer Andrey Kotelnik is a local hero in every sense. Since winning the World Light Welterweight title in Cardiff in March 2008 by defeating the heavily fancied Gavin Rees of Great Britain, he has become a Ukrainian hero, receiving honours from President Yushchenko and the acclaim of the nation. This Lviv lad has been based in Germany ever since turning pro following success at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games but he remains a regular visitor to his old stomping ground and is still passionate about life in Lviv.

Ukrainian Darwinism

Issue 2, June 2008.
Lviv restaurateur Mark Zarkhin is one of West Ukraine’s leading gourmets and as General Director of Fast Food Systems oversees one of the largest dining out empires in the country which includes sophisticated Lviv venue Darwin and the hugely successful Celentano pizzeria chain.