Celebrating a local cultural legacy of Habsburg grandeur

  • Petro  Radkovets is another  local Batyar enthusiast
  • Celebrating a local cultural legacy of Habsburg grandeur
  • Bohdan Rybka of Lviv’s  “Ne zhurys!” theatre
  • Celebrating a local cultural legacy of Habsburg grandeur
  • Celebrating a local cultural legacy of Habsburg grandeur
Issue 13, May 2009.

On May 1 Lviv held the second annual Batyar Day holiday, which celebrates the local cultural tradition of rakish adventurers who rose to fame and literary legend during the years when Lviv was a regional capital of the sprawling multi-ethnic Habsburg empire. Guests and Batyar enthusiasts dressed up for the occasion, sporting the kind of stylish attire which the most fashionable rogues and temptresses of Habsburg-era Lviv favoured. The city has seen a huge upsurge in interest in its Habsburg past in recent years as it struggles to throw off the legacy of fifty years of suffocating Soviet rule and return to its Central European roots.