Lviv Society

International Economic Forum

Issue 117, November 2018.
Lviv hosted the International Economic Forum ‘Lviv Region – Hub of Opportunities’ from 1-2 November. Organised by the Lviv Regional State Administration, the forum is one of the most important economic events in Western Ukraine and attracts over 1,500 participants from over 20 countries each year. Ukrainian Trade Minister Stepan Kubiv opened the event by saying that “Ukraine is becoming a transit hub between Europe and Asia – a transit hub for the World Trade Organisation – and the Lviv region plays a key role in this.”

Lviv Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2019

Issue 117, November 2018.
Some of Ukraine’s top fashion designers returned to the Western Ukrainian capital from 25-28 October for Lviv Fashion Week. The event showcased the latest collections by the likes of Lesia Semi, Chernikova, Olesia Hryn, Eklectic, and Novana Studio, and debuted young new brands like Framiore, Havryliv, Ultrasound by Zherebetska & Kucher, and Olia Zadybchuk. Special guests included Britain’s Giebultowski, Germany’s Rockmädchen, and Polish designers Waleria Tokarzewska-Karaszewicz, Kaya by Karo, and Sonia Chruścińska. The event culminated with the presentation of the wonderful wedding gowns of Oksana Mukha by Kateryna Yalova, which had opened the MQ Vienna Fashion Week earlier this season.

Ballet Premiere!

Issue 117, November 2018.
Lviv celebrated the splendid premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Truth Under the Mask’ ballet on 19 October. The show combines ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ (The Rite of Spring) and ‘Pulcinella’ into a wonderful balletic performance. Italian choreographers Marcello Algeri and Sabrina Rinaldi worked with Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre staff to deliver one of the most extravagant and experimental ballet shows of the year.

Cheese & Wine Festival

Issue 117, November 2018.
One of Lviv’s most anticipated culinary holidays of the year returned to the very heart of the ancient city from 19-21 October. The Cheese and Wine Festival satisfied Leopolitan cheese lovers and guests of the city with its large variety of cheeses and wines from many of Ukraine’s most renowned manufacturers and artisans.

‘Under the High Castle’ Polish Cinema Festival

Issue 117, November 2018.
The Under the High Castle modern Polish cinema festival was held in Lviv from 12-21 October. Organised by the Polish Consulate in Lviv and the Polish Institute of Cinematic Art, the event showcased 20 movies over 40 screenings in addition to numerous supporting events, like panel discussions, educational lessons on the history of cinema, exhibitions, concerts, and much more.

Race Nation 2018

Issue 116, October 2018.
Lviv’s popular night hotspot !FESTRepublic Club was the scene for Lviv’s iteration of the modern obstacle course Race Nation. Today, there are more than 5,000 types of endurance races across the globe and they have become quite popular in Ukraine. Since starting in 2015, Race Nation now offers annual endurance races in Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Ternopil, Bukovel and, of course, Lviv. Hundreds of thrill-seeking daredevils gathered for the Lviv race; one might even call them masochists – or how better to describe those willing to pay money to roll around in mud, plunge into ice ponds, scale giant walls, and carry heavy sandbags?

All-Ukrainian March for Animal Rights in Lviv

Issue 116, October 2018.
Hundreds of people joined an animal rights march in the Western Ukrainian capital on 30 September with a rally that started in front of Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre. Activists demanded an end to the use of animals in circuses and dolphin shows, for medical experiments, for perfumes, and for fur farms. Demonstrators also called for the end to the killing of homeless animals and for the rehabilitation of animals that have experienced cruelty.

Ukrainian Amazons

Issue 116, October 2018.
In honour of the upcoming Defenders of Ukraine Day, Lviv Ethnographic hosted the wonderful fashion show ‘Ukrainian Amazons’ at the D. Halytskyi International Airport on 27 September. All the models on the catwalk came from women participating in the warzone in Eastern Ukraine, including field paramedics, journalists, and volunteers.

Lviv Coffee Festival

Issue 116, October 2018.
The Lviv Coffee Festival – one of the city’s most beloved annual events – attracted more than 250,000 coffee lovers to the Western Ukrainian capital from 13-16 September. Now in its twelfth year, the festival is an important event for the city’s popular coffeehouses, many of which are architecturally and thematically unique. In addition to artisan coffee and gourmet sweets stalls, Leopolitan coffee lovers and guests of the city were able to take in demonstrations from world-class baristas, watch the Bike Coffee Mile, witness the Grind&Brew National Championship, and vote in the KulchytskyCoffeeCup contest

Publishers Forum Celebrates 25 Years

Issue 116, October 2018.
The Lviv International Book Fair and Literature Festival – more commonly known as the Lviv Publishers Forum – celebrated its 25th anniversary by bringing together hundreds of publishing houses and over 100 writers from 25 countries to present their newest literary offerings. President Poroshenko opened the festival on 19 September by welcoming participants at Lviv’s exceptional Opera & Ballet Theatre. He noted that the event had become a significant cultural event not only in Ukraine but across all Eastern Europe and underlined that it’s constantly evolving.