Lviv Society

Alfa Jazz Fest 2016

Issue 92, July 2016.
Lviv was buzzing from June 24th-28th as Alfa Jazz Fest – one of the most important open-air jazz festivals in Eastern Europe – jived into town. Attracting more than 40,000 visitors, this year’s world class entertainers performed at three stages throughout the city – Rynok Square, Potocky Palace Yard, and the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Park of Culture & Leisure. Headliners from around the world wowed Leopolitan jazz lovers and guests of the city throughout the festival, including Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, and Cuban trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval.

Rapid Trident 2016

Issue 92, July 2016.
Rapid Trident ’16 – an exercise involving NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, officially kicked off at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv (Lviv Region) on June 27th. The exercise included nearly 2,000 personnel from Ukraine, the United States, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Great Britain, Moldova, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey.

Building Business Together

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s business community saw the festive opening ceremony of the Western Ukrainian branch of the International Turkey-Ukraine Business Association (TUID). Special guests at the event included Ambassador Yonet Can Tezel, TUID vice-president Burak Pehlivan, and chairman of the largest Turkish company in Western Ukraine (Onur Construction) Onur Cetinceviz. “The economic centre of Ukraine has been moving from the East to West over the past years and this trend will continue”, said Pehlivan. “Because of that we are opening our Western Ukrainian branch today in Lviv.

Ukraine and Turkey Strengthen Ties

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s picturesque Opera & Ballet Theatre was home to the European Music at the Ottoman Court concert on May 19th. The show was conducted by Turkish musicologist Dr. Emre Araci, a specialist in the musical tradition of the 19th Century Ottoman Empire. A special commemoration ceremony dedicated to the Ottoman Turkish soldiers that died during WWI was held at Turkish military cemeteries in the Western Ukrainian villages of Lopushnya and Rohatyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast on May 20th.

Miss Lviv 2016

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s luxurious Opera & Ballet Theatre was the host for the grand finale of the Miss Lviv 2016 beauty pageant. This glamorous production featured a fashion show by designer Olya Mak, performances by Natalka Karpa, Arkadiy Voytyuk, Andriy Kishe, Arsen Mirzoyan, and Anastasiya Prykhodko and, of course, the pageant itself. Hosts Volodymyr Andriyevskyi and Timur Miroshnichenko provided the questions for the charming contestants to show that our Leopolitan ladies are intelligent as well as beautiful.

Lviv Media Forum Returns

Issue 91, June 2016.
The convention capital of West Ukraine – Arena Lviv – was host to the 4th annual Lviv Media Forum on May 26-28. The event attracted over 800 participants this year – from journalists, bloggers and media managers to students, experts, and analysts – to look at the role of media in crisis events in Ukraine and around the world. This year’s program was dedicated to discussing the latest trends in world media and the potential of Ukrainian media amongst global competition.

Leopolis Grand Prix Roars Through Lviv

Issue 91, June 2016.
The Leopolis Grand Prix international vintage car festival roared through the Western Ukrainian capital from June 3rd-5th as the modern incarnation of this historic event was held for the 6th straight year. This time the event attracted over 150 retro cars from as far away as Lavia, Lithuania, Poland, and Italy as well as 8 different regions of Ukraine.

America Days in Lviv

Issue 91, June 2016.
Leopolitans and guests of the city celebrated America Days – a four-day cultural program highlighting American films, education, art, business, and US Embassy programs in Ukraine – from May 25-29. US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt took part in the celebrations that were organised by the US Embassy in Kyiv. In remembrance of the American Memorial Day holiday, the mayor of Lviv and senior Ukrainian army officials joined Ambassador Pyatt in laying a wreath at Lviv’s Lychakiv Cemetery on May 28th. The delegation honoured the burial sites of popular Ukrainian writer and poet Ivan Franko, 3 US servicemen, and a memorial to Ukrainians that have fought in the ATO zone in eastern Ukraine.

Medical centre Intersono – 15 Years!

Issue 91, June 2016.
To mark the 15th-anniversary, Medical centre Intersono brought together over 200 gynaecologists, fertility doctors, geneticists, and leading specialists from across Ukraine and around Europe to discuss the latest innovations in the field of reproductive medicine at the Real ART – Assisted Reproductive Technologies – international conference. Speakers from Italy, Ireland, and Israel were also in attendance and shared their profound experience, knowledge, and innovations in the reproductive medicine field with their Ukrainian colleagues.

Lviv’s First Beard Festival

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s Bohdan Khmelnytsky Culture & Recreation Park was home to the city’s first-ever Beard Festival on May 28th. The event featured a new and invigorating format – an open-air barbershop where participants could get haircuts and beard trims for a symbolic price. All the money raised was donated to a local children’s charity foundation. The festival showcased a wide array of interesting techniques, such as shaving with a wood chopper! The daredevils who agreed to get completely buzzed and shave away their entire beard were rewarded with a 1 litre bottle of whiskey. The festival also featured plenty of workshops by some of the city’s best barbers, a number of contests, and a competition for the longest, most beautiful, and most interesting beard styles.