Lviv Society

The coffee capital of Ukraine

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv has long been known as the coffee capital of Ukraine – indeed, legend has it that a Lviv native first introduced coffee into Viennese culture, thus making the city the spiritual home of Eastern European coffee culture as a whole.

Keeping Lviv safe for centuries!

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv’s firefighting tradition dates back deep into the Middle Ages, when it was one of the first in Europe to develop a special municipal service changed with protecting the city from the ever-present threat of fire.

Euro 2012 airport construction work begins

Issue 17, October 2009.
Lviv’s bid to host matches during the Euro 2012 championships hinges largely on the city’s ability to get its stadium and airport facilities in place in time for the event. After many delays and financing wrangles work finally began in mid-September on the city’s hotly-anticipated new Airport Terminal Building.

Lviv lions on parade

Issue 17, October 2009.
For centuries Lviv has been Eastern Europe’s Lion City, and this status was further enhanced in September by the presence of a whole pride of lavishly decorated ceramic lions in the city’s picturesque downtown area.

Contemporary art attack in downtown Lviv

Issue 16, September 2009.
The city centre enjoyed its annual week of modern art mayhem at the end of August with the Week of Contemporary Art. This week of arts initiatives is organised by Dzyga Art Centre which has consistently been one of the main engines of the Lviv cultural scene since first emerging in the heady atmosphere of liberation that accompanied the early 1990s

Etho Fest tradition alive and well

Issue 16, September 2009.
Economic woes and a lack of sponsors failed to dampen what was admittedly a slightly curtailed summer festival season in West Ukraine, but the growing ethnotradition of recent years remains alive and well. Ukraine’s western regions have long been the guarantors of the country’s national consciousness, keeping local cultures and traditions alive while much of the country experienced two centuries of Russian and Soviet rule,

Ukraine’s landmark 18th Independence Day

Issue 16, September 2009.
Ukraine came of age as a nation state on August 24 as the country celebrated 18 years of independence, and as you would expect, Lviv was very much involved in festivities. Highlights included a giant floral map of Ukraine and the decoration of many of the city’s most iconic renaissance sculptures in traditional national Ukrainian dress.

EBA launches After Work social gatherings

Issue 16, September 2009.
Most people left Lviv for a break over the long summer months, but the ever-active European Business Association was on hand to make sure that all those who were in town didn’t miss out on the networking and socialising ration by launching a new tradition – After Work evenings.

The search for Lviv’s ideal Euro 2012 couple

Issue 16, September 2009.
Who would make the ideal Lviv couple? Should she wear a mini-skirt or a long, flowing dress? Would he be more representative as an artist or a savvy businessman? Image- conscious experts at Lviv City Council have recently been pondering this question as they worked to complete their search for the ideal couple, who would go on to represent Lviv in a major promotional campaign being planned to boost the city’s preparations for Euro 2012.

Beach haven celebrates first anniversary

Issue 16, September 2009.
Lviv has always been notorious for its lack of waterways and, at times, water supplies in general, but the aquatic aspect of local culture received a significant boost last year with the opening of “Plyazh” aqua park