Lviv Society

Vidverto Art Project

Issue 94, October 2016.
Lviv’s creative Melanka Art Gallery is pleased to present the new Vidverto art project. Project participants, known as the ‘Group of 8’, include: Volodymyr Stetsula, Zoryana Garbar, Nataliya Kaspruk-Savka, Ivanka Voytovych, Oleksandr Voytovych, Yuriy Tsarenko, Ivan Dudych, and Vasyl Babiy.

Modern Art in Downtown Lviv

Issue 94, October 2016.
Lviv’s historic city centre was the stage for the city’s annual week of modern art mayhem as the Days of Performance Art in Lviv was held from September 1-11 as part of the Week of Actual Art biennial. The week of art initiatives was organised by the Dzyga Art Centre – a leader in the Leopolitan cultural scene since first emerging in the heady atmosphere days of liberation that were the early 1990s. The event welcomed professionals and young artists from around Europe and Ukraine that dazzled Leopolitans and guests of the city with dazzling shows and creative art installations.

International Publishers’ Forum in Lviv

Issue 94, October 2016.
The Western Ukrainian capital was buzzing with authors, publishers, interpreters, researchers, journalists, and readers last month as the International Publishers’ Forum (IPF) – the single most important literature and publishing event in Ukraine – returned to Lviv from September 15-18. Celebrating its 23rd year, publishers from 28 countries visited over 60 locations that hosted over 500 book- and literature-themed events during the festivities. Among the many special guests invited to this year’s IPF included: Kenneth Klemmens, a Swedish poet that presented his Ukrainian translation of the book Touch; Srdan Srdic, a Serbian novelist and short story writer who returned to the city for the 3rd time; and Lithuanian poet, scholar, and translator Tomas Venclova. In addition, celebrated author Frederic Beigbeder, among Europe’s most charismatic and free-spirited intellectuals, delighted Leopolitan literature lovers and guests of the city with a book-signing session and lecture on contemporary literature.

Golden Lion Theatre Festival

Issue 94, October 2016.
It was street performance based on Chekov’s “Seagull” by Lviv”s theatre “Voskresinnia” that gave a start to the annual Golden Lion theatre festival on September 17th. Traditionally, stage adaptation of the play by “Voskresinnia” featured spectacular fire-show and creative stilt walkers.

Aqua Park Celebrates 8th Anniversary

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv’s Plyazh (Beach) Aqua Park festively celebrated its 8th anniversary on August 6-7 with spectacular parties and plenty of surprises! The colourful event featured disco parties, a fabulous bubble show, and exciting contests that were fun for both children and adults alike. Plenty of guests came out to the celebration party to give a big ‘thank you’ to Western Ukraine’s biggest sports and entertainment complex!

Etnovyr International Folklore Festival

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv hosted the colourful Etnovyr International Folklore Festival on Rynok Square from August 24-28. Initiated by Lviv’s Organisations of Festivals of Folklore and Traditional Arts (CIOFF) a few years ago, this year’s event saw wonderful performances by foreign ensembles, spectacular parades of participants through central Lviv, and energetic dancing and singing workshops.

“Marriage in One Day” in Lviv

Issue 93, September 2016.
Ukraine recently launched the “Marriage in One Day” pilot project aimed at a simplified, one-day marriage registration process in six cities across Ukraine: Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Kherson, Mariupol, and Severodonetsk. The project allows Ukrainian citizens “to register the marriage without bureaucracy, queues, or any Soviet remnants – in particular, the 30-day waiting period” said Ukrainian Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko while conducting a festive ceremony in Lviv on August 19th.

Tribute to Ivan Franko

Issue 93, September 2016.
The world’s biggest sculpture of Ivan Franko – the famed Ukrainian poet, writer, and political activist, who is also famous for writing the first modern poetry and detective novels in the Ukrainian language – was unveiled in Lviv last month to celebrate the 160th anniversary of this legend. The enormous 600 kg sculpture is carved out of 6 pieces of geofoam and took 12 Ukrainian sculptors to assemble.

World Space Model Championships

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv welcomed over 300 participants from nearly 20 countries as the city became a first-time host of the FAI World Space Models Championships from August 23-28. Over the 5 days of competition, Leopolitans and guests of the city were able to take in over 2000 rocket launches, technology workshops, hands-on classes for children, and other outdoor activities.

Space of Synagogues Project

Issue 93, September 2016.
The official launch of the ‘Space of Synagogues’ project was held in Central Lviv's former Jewish Querter on September 4th. Guests of the opening ceremony including descendants of Lviv Jewish community and the Leopolitans who survived the Holocaust, representatives of international organizations and embassies, members of Jewish communities and organizations, representatives of cultural and educational milieus of the city, officials, citizens and tourists, were treated to a tour of several sacred sites that make up the ‘Space of Synagogues’, including: the reserved remains of the Golden Rose synagogue, the marked site of the Beth Hamidrash House of Learning, and the Perpetuation memorial.