Lviv Society

Lviv Coffee Festival

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s original Coffee Festival thrilled over 150,000 coffee lovers last month as the popular festival rolled through the Western Ukrainian capital for the 11th time from 21-24 September. An important event for the each of the city’s unique coffeehouses, the event features artisan coffee and gourmet sweet tastings and demonstrations from Lviv’s world-class baristas. Other events this year included the ‘Bikes Coffee Mile’, Ukraine’s ‘Grind&Brew’ Championship, the KavaExpo coffee fair, the exclusive presentation of Coffee Wine, and the exciting Kulchytsky Coffee Cup competitions.

Rebellious Artists Exhibition

Issue 105, October 2017.
On 26 September Lviv Art Palace featured opening of the special exhibition of artists expelled from the National Union of Ukrainian Artists.

Festive Opening of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Centre

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) marked the start of the new academic year with ‘Celebration Week’ from 9-14 September. The events marked the culmination of the university’s ‘Comprehensive Campaign’ and featured a concert at the Opera Theatre, a pilgrimage to Galician spiritual centres, a series of lectures and discussions, a TEDx conference, and a meeting between graduates of the Lviv Theological Academy, UCU, and the UCU Business School.

Lviv Book Forum

Issue 105, October 2017.
Publishers and authors flocked to Lviv last month for the annual Lviv Book Forum. Founded in 1994, the literature festival and market attracts not only publishers, writers, and readers, but also famous celebrities, athletes, politicians, educators, and journalists, making it one of the most important social events of the season. The event featured thousands of new books and dozens of presentations and literary releases. There were also plenty of original works by Ukrainian authors, many of which focused on current events, like the War in Donbas, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the EuroMaidan Revolution.

Rapid Trident 2017

Issue 105, October 2017.
Lviv Region’s Yavoriv International Peacekeeping Centre hosted the NATO Rapid Trident 2017 multinational military exercise from 8-23 September. This year’s exercise involved nearly 1,800 personnel from 14 nations in Europe, the UK, and North America. It was held at the request of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense according to the agreement that the US will continue to train and advise Ukrainian security forces until 2020.

International Hutsul Festival Shines

Issue 104, September 2017.
Hutsulshchyna is an original land of free and independent Ukraine and the Hutsuls are an ethno-cultural group of Ukrainians that have inhabited the Carpathian Mountains for centuries – mainly in the areas of Bukovina and Maramures, and the northern part of Romania. Hutsuls regard themselves as Ukrainian highlanders. The Hutsul culture is known far beyond the borders of this country as a hardworking and friendly people. That’s why each year a festival is held in their honour.

Lviv MozArt Festival

Issue 104, September 2017.
Lviv played host to the city’s newest addition to its busy festival scene – the one-of-a-kind LvivMozArt festival – from 18-25 August. This musical holiday is dedicated to the musical heritage of Mozart’s youngest son, Franz Xaver Mozart, who lived and worked in Lviv for 30 years (1808-38) and actively promoted music in the city. Lviv’s picturesque Opera & Ballet Theatre hosted the festival’s glitzy opening with a symphony concert featuring a number of esteemed soloists Antoniy Baryshevskyi, piano (Ukraine), Iulia Maria Dan, soprano (Romania-Germany), Zoryana Kushpler, mezzo-soprano (Ukraine-Austria), Mykhailo Malafii, tenor (Ukraine),Ihor Tsarkov, bass (Ukraine-Germany) backed by Lviv’s Dudaryk State Academic Male Choir and the INSO-Lviv Academic Symphony Orchestra. The festival’s art director, Ukrainian-German Oksana Lyniv, conducted the concert.

Etnovyr Folklore Festival

Issue 104, September 2017.
The Etnovyr International Folklore Festival was held in Lviv from 24-27 August. This year’s event featured colourful performances of foreign ensembles, spectacular participant parades through central Lviv, and dancing and singing workshops. Participating ensembles came from as far away as Poland, Estonia, and Macedonia, as well as from around Ukraine.

‘Between Us’ – Danish art exhibition

Issue 104, September 2017.
Lviv’s B.G. Voznytskyi National Art Gallery will host Ukraine’s first-ever Danish contemporary art display when the Dansk Folkekunst Art Association brings the ‘Between Us’ exhibition to the city from 2-24 September. The exhibit features a number of Denmark’s finest modern artists, including Ditte Knus Tønnesen, Mie Mørkeberg, Aaberg Kærn, Kristian Devantier, Andreas Monty Freddie, Ulla-Bech Bruun and others.

10th Anniversary of Days of Performance

Issue 104, September 2017.
Ukraine’s one and only festival of art performance that features masters from different countries present their works – Days of Performance – celebrated its 10th anniversary in Lviv from 28 August to 3 September. This year saw artists from Thailand and Norway perform in Ukraine for the first time. Leopolitans and guests of the city also enjoyed artists from Great Britain, Israel, Poland, and Ukraine. The celebrated works of Stein Henningsen, who lives and works in Svalbard, Norway, were premiered during the event.