Lviv Society

Good Deeds Bring Joy!

Issue 97, January 2017.
Just in time for the holiday season, Lviv’s Fujikura Automotive Ukraine signed a memorandum of cooperation with the city’s Ohmatdyt regional children’s hospital to support better conditions for the patients and medical staff. In reality, the company has already worked with the hospital for nearly half a year, where they raised money for the purchase of a phototherapy lamp for the reanimation of newborns through the Happy Kilometre charity run and made a generous 500,000 UAH donation to help the hospital renovate its surgical department’s operating room.

Christmas Celebrations Come to a Close

Issue 97, January 2017.
Lviv’s always colourful and rich holiday event calendar once again attracted thousands of Leopolitans and guests of the city to the seasonal markets located on Rynok Square and along the Opera House alley. Merrymakers had a wide range of delicious Christmas treats and delightful folk crafts, while theatrical performances like Voskresinnya’s ‘When Angels Came From the Sky’ entertained the bundled-up crowds.

Davydenko’s ‘Action’

Issue 97, January 2017.
Notable Ukrainian artist Oleg Davydenko, whose works are in private collections across Europe, North America, and Japan, has brought his spectacular ‘Action’ exhibition to delight Leopolitans and guests of the city. Opened since December 20th, the exhibition is hosted by the Lviv Art Palace and features abstract paintings as well as bronze sculptures

ATO Soldiers Give Ukrainian Children a Special Holiday Gift

Issue 97, January 2017.
Last month, Lviv’s trendy Virmenka coffee shop played host to the unique presentation of the ‘ATO Soldiers Read Ukrainian Fairy Tales to Children’ cultural project. Ukrainian fighters also recorded an audio disc with the fairy tales which was released on St. Nicolaus Day Eve. The project features 18 soldiers who fought in the ATO zone between 2014-16 and represent different cities of Ukraine – Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Kharkiv, and Dnipro.

Ukraine’s Wackiest Festival

Issue 97, January 2017.
Malanka, or ‘Old New Year Celebrations’, is one of the most popular traditional festivals in Western Ukraine. It’s celebrated on the night of January 13th-14th, which marks New Year’s Eve according to the old Julian calendar. There perhaps is no greater place to check out the festival than in the village of Krasnoilsk, where Malanka is a highly-anticipated party. Locals, young and old, wear traditional masks and carnival costumes while strolling from house to house to sing carols, wish the hosts good luck, and playing pranks or short plays.

Symphony of Dance Premiere

Issue 96, December 2016.
If you’re a fan of tutus and pointe shoes, then make sure you don’t miss the Symphony of Dance at Lviv’s splendid Opera & Ballet Theatre. The ballet, which premiered on November 25th, features a combination of three beautiful classical ballets and modern dances. The sensational symphony was conceptualised by Honoured Artist of Ukraine Igor Khramov, the Artistic Director at Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre dance company.

Climate-Themed Exhibition

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s Zefirinart Gallery was the host of Les Panchyshyn’s ‘Warming’ art exhibition, featuring 15 paintings highlighting the topic of global warming, on November 18th. The 25-year-old Panchyshyn is a Leopolitan artist, photographer, and music video director who graduated from the I. Trush Lviv State College of Decorative & Applied Arts.

Lviv Gets Its First Fast Tram Line

Issue 96, December 2016.
While Ukraine’s trams still have a long way to go to catch up to “European standards”, Lviv has taken a small step toward that goal with the launch of a new tramline to Sykhiv on November 17th with the assistance of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and German grants. Sykhiv, a large residential district in the south of the city that features many high-rise apartment buildings, was originally designed in the 1980s to feature a fast tramline to the city centre.

The Authentic Ukrainian Costume Museum

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s glamorous Opera Passage mall saw the festive opening of a unique new museum on the 4th floor on December 1st. The museum features authentic Ukrainian costumes from the private collection of Leopolitan folk artist Roksolana Shymchuk, who has collected the embroidered gems since 1989.

Jazz Bez Festival

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv festively kicked off this year’s Jazz Bez Festival on December 2nd. Featuring musicians from around the world, this year saw the festival expand to several Ukrainian and Polish cities, including: Kyiv, Kharkiv, Ternopil, Uzhhorod, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lutsk, and Kramatorsk in Ukraine; and Warsaw, Lublin, Wroclaw, Przemyśl, and Białystok in Poland. Leopolitans and guests of the city were delighted with this year’s rich programme, which included groups such as: Luxembourg’s Pol Belardi Quartet; Letters From København, featuring Spain’s famous drummer Carlos López; and Ukraine’s very own Andrew Arnautov Project. Jazz lovers were also treated to concerts by Ukrainian jazz patriarchs Dzyga Jazz Quintet, the Polish-Ukrainian Karnas-Gnydyn Quartet, and Jazz nad Odrą Festival winners Skicki-Skiuk.