Lviv Society

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.

25 Years Since Poland Recognised Ukrainian Independence

Issue 96, December 2016.
The Strategic Partnership in Times of Crisis conference, dedicated to the Polish recognition of Ukrainian sovereignty 25 years ago, was held at Lviv’s Ivan Franko National University’s Hall of Residence on December 2nd. Poland was the first country in the world to recognise Ukrainian independence. The event was attended by honorary doctors and professors, lecturers and students of the university, diplomats, and clergy. Representatives from military, government, and charitable organisations were also in attendance.

LFW New Name: Pavlo Milcharek

Issue 95, November 2016.
Among the most interesting collections of the Spring / Summer 2017 Lviv Fashion Week was the one from Pavlo Milcharek – the well-known owner of the Galychanka Galician outfits factory. The line features a new Ukrainian brand of outfits for both men and women, as well as a full range of accessories, including creative shirts, sundresses, shorts, pants, trench coats, and sleeveless longer outer jackets.

Andrey Kurkov Presents Newest Book in Lviv

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s famed Virmenka coffeehouse (19 Virmenska St.) played host to best-selling author Andrey Kurkov on October 21st, when he stopped by to present his latest novel – Schengen History, Lithuanian Novel – to Leopolitans. The 700-page tome – published in the Russian language – will be available for purchase beginning in November, while the Ukrainian translation will be released in Spring 2017. The meeting at Virmenska was followed by a book-signing and concert by saxophonist Yuriy Mashtalir. Kurkov’s presentation was just the latest in the continuing series of literary and musical events at Virmenska dedicated to remarkable events and world-famous personalities.

Cheese & Wine Festival

Issue 95, November 2016.
One of Lviv’s most-anticipated culinary events on the calendar took place from October 21-23 as Lviv hosted its annual Cheese & Wine Festival. Leopolitan cheese-lovers and guests of the city had over 200 cheeses to choose from, provided from over 30 companies and local artisan cheesemongers. Thirsty visitors had a bevy of beverages available, including reds, whites, and a hearty selection of homemade spirits.

Lviv Hosts Polish Film Festival

Issue 95, November 2016.
Leopolitan cinema lovers and guests of the city were thrilled last month when the Under the High Castle modern Polish film festival rolled through the city from October 7-16. Organised by the General Consulate of Poland alongside the Polish Institute of Cinematic Art, the festival featured over 20 film screenings, as well as several other cinema-themed events, including discussion panels, exhibitions, concerts, and even a quest.