Lviv Society

Kavalier Kicks Off Summer in Style!

Issue 91, June 2016.
The dazzling Kavilier Beach Club opened their second season in style on May 27th with a super celebration. Event host Grygoriy Reshetnyk gave partygoers something to remember for the whole summer, along with special celebrity guests: Kateryna Osadcha, Vasilisa Frolova, Carolina Ashion, Pavlo Tabakov, Marysia Gorobets, Sonia Zabuga, Oleg Kokhan, Roxolana Bogutska, Olena Dats, Marina Shcherbenko, Svetlana Granovskaya, Natalka Karpa, Alyona Franke. Even the Mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, and his wife made a special appearance.

Lviv’s Spring Business Forum

Issue 90, May 2016.
Arena Lviv’s sparkling conference hall was the stage for Lviv’s long-established Spring Business Forum, which took place on April 15th. This year’s event was organised by the HD Partners Legal Company around the theme of “Changing the Trajectory of Development: New Strategies, Instruments, and Markets”. The forum prides itself on being a non-profit, apolitical event aimed at improving the business environment in Ukraine. It was officially opened with addresses by Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, Head of Lviv State Administration Oleg Synyutka, and Managing Partner at HD Partners Volodymyr Glaschenkov.

Ballet-Fest Choreography Festival

Issue 90, May 2016.
Lviv’s National Academic Opera & Ballet Theatre was proud to play host to the Ballet-Fest Choreography Festival gala-concert on April 17th. The festival began at the beginning of the year and consisted of several stages where different choreographers and dancers were selected. Dancers from the Lviv Theatre of Opera & Ballet performed the ballets and the choreography was judged by an all-star jury that featured the likes of Italy’s Nazionale Acsi Danza Art Director Dino Carano, Art Director at the Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre Igor Khramov, and Honoured Artist of Ukraine Oleksandr Plakhotnyuk.

Wet Monday

Issue 90, May 2016.
Leopolitans once again got wet and wild on May 2nd for the one-of-a-kind post-Easter celebration of Wet Monday. Hundreds of Leopolitan teens took to Rynok Square to douse each other in water as part of the celebrations. The tradition is part of both the Greek Catholic and Orthodox Easter celebrations. Historically, this pagan practice was considered a symbol of purification in connection with the coming of spring.

Ukraine’s New Prime Minister Visits Lviv

Issue 90, May 2016.
Newly appointed Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodomyr Groysman was in Lviv on May 7th to meet with local officials to discuss problems at the Lviv customs service. As part of his schedule, he also visited a border checkpoint Krakowiec and gave customs officials three months to fix the issues.

Flugery Lvova International Jazz & Folk Music Festival

Issue 90, May 2016.
The inner yard of Lviv City Council on Rynok Square once again played host to the popular Flugery Lvova International Jazz & Folk Music Festival from May 6-9. Launched in 2003, the event has become a staple on Lviv’s cultural calendar and this year’s event marked a continuation of the Lviv Month in Wroclaw project. Leopolitans and guests of the city were delighted by the performances of 20 bands from Ukraine, Europe, and North America, including the charismatic Rykarda Parasol Project that showcased American energy and Polish jazz traditions.

Batyars on Bicycles

Issue 90, May 2016.
To mark Lviv’s ‘City Day’, many Leopolitans chose to dive into the style and atmosphere of the Batyars to take part in Lviv’s 3rd annual retro bike ride – Batyars on Bicycles. The event is organised by the Mozaika NGO and Lviv’s Department of Youth, Family, and Sports to pay tribute to the city’s past and, in particular, the Batyar culture that used to flourish in the city.

Lviv Turns 760!

Issue 90, May 2016.
Lviv celebrated its 760th anniversary in style with a series of festivities throughout the May 6-9 holiday. Leopolitans and guests of the city had the chance to take in public concerts and street performances, sports events, exhibitions, cultural programs, holiday fairs, and much more! The celebrations started with special services in most of the city’s temples and churches. Locals honoured the memory of the patron saint of Lviv – St. Yuriy (St. George). An impressive street parade, replete with knights on horseback, spectacular theatrical performances, and actors portraying King Lev and Queen Constance marched through the city centre.

Greetings to Lviv International Rotary Club

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv’s Opera Passage Hall played host to the Charter Party of the newly-established Lviv International Rotary Club on April 1st. Lviv’s Rotary pedigree dates back to the 1930s, but was cut short by the outbreak of WWII. The Rotary Club’s charitable ethos returned to the city in 1990 during the dying days of the Soviet regime when a ‘temporary’ branch was founded. Today’s newly-launched Lviv International Rotary Club community already boasts over 25 members drawn from across the city’s business community.

Lviv’s New Art Hub

Issue 89, April 2016.
An exclusive new art hotspot – FiligranaEtnica – opened up in Lviv’s central Opera Passage (27 Svobody Ave.) last month. This place is filled with some of the most interesting modern ethnic style-clothing from Ukrainian designers, as well as Andrey Kurilo’s one-of-a-kind hot-glass art pieces and Yuriy Nikitin’s masterful icons.