Lviv Society

Ukrainian Defence Minister Meets Canadian Counterpart

Issue 89, April 2016.
Ukrainian Army General and Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak welcomed the Canadian Minister of National Defence, Mr. Harjit Singh Sajjan, to the International Centre for Peacemaking and Safety at the Yavoriv military training facility in Lviv Region on March 15th.

Miss Lviv Casting

Issue 89, April 2016.
Over 125 of Lviv Region’s most beautiful and talented ladies gathered at Lviv’s Gloria Café on March 24th to try to win a coveted finals spot at the Miss Lviv 2016 beauty pageant to be held later this year. The lovely ladies tried to woo the jury with a combination of their beauty, wit, and modelling talents.

Lviv Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv welcomed back the wonderful outfits and beautiful ladies of Lviv Fashion Week on March 24-27, as fashion industry representatives, experts, consumers, designers, models, and media gathered to see what’s in store for Autumn / Winter 2016. Designers from across Ukraine travelled to the city present their prêt-à-porter seasonal collections.

Eco Posters Exhibition

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv’s central Rynok Square played host last month to an open air exhibition of environmental posters by graphical designers from 24 different countries. The works were united by two of the world’s worst technological disasters at nuclear power stations: the 30th anniversary of Chornobyl and the 5th anniversary of Fukushima.

Red Bull Jump & Freeze

Issue 88, March 2016.
Sometimes skiers and snowboarders can take themselves just a little too seriously. But not at Bukovel on March 5th, when Red Bull’s Jump & Freeze – the craziest pool party of the season – stopped by. This wild event draws some of Ukraine’s most daring daredevils who don wacky costumes and slide 150m down the slope to try to nail the best trick they’ve got before landing in the icy water!

Sweet Lviv!

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv’s Art Palace was home to one delicious festival last month as the X Chocolate Festival treated Leopolitans and guests of the city to a variety of chocolate sweets, chocolatier workshops, and some of the best chocolate-filled days of their lives! One of festival highlights was Valentin Shtefanyo’s huge “Chocolate Chess Queen” sculpture designed especially for the Women’s World Chess Championship that was being held in the city.

Chess Craze Checks into Lviv

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv was host to the Women’s World Chess Championship between Lviv’s-own Mariya Muzychuk and Hou Yifan of China (former two-time World Champion) from March 1-18 at the city’s spectacular Potocki Palace. Muzychuk won the title last September by besting 63 of the world’s top women’s chess players at the World Championships in Sochi, Russia. Since former champion Yifan was unable to attend the tournament due to scheduling conflicts, this special World Championship duel was arranged in Lviv. The prize package for the 10-match series was 200,000 Euros, with the winner receiving 120,000.

Cheerful Chinese Spring Concert

Issue 88, March 2016.
Last month Leopolitans and guests of the city were delighted by a special ‘Jolly Holiday of Spring’ concert featuring artists and musicians from China. The event was organised by the Embassy of China in Ukraine and the Lanhua Cultural Research Centre of China and Ukraine to mark the Chinese New Year, which began on February 8th. Distinguished Chinese conductors and illustrious musicians appearing in beautiful traditional costuming performed both Chinese folk music as well as contemporary arrangements.

Lviv National Art Academy Gallery

Issue 88, March 2016.
Lviv’s recently-opened Lviv National Art Academy Gallery (38 Kybiyovycha St.) played host to the spectacular and rather extraordinary exhibition ‘Reduction’ throughout March. From the beginning, this gallery was established to showcase creative experiments, original technology, and conceptual visions of the young generation of Ukrainian artists. The Reduction exhibition featured some of the country’s finest examples of their original creative sculptures, artistic ceramics, and other art objects.

Beskid Tunnel Stage Completed

Issue 87, February 2016.
Frequent travellers to Western Ukraine’s Carpathian and Transcarpathian regions will be happy to hear that the first phase of construction of the new double-track at Beskid Tunnel has been completed. The most difficult part of the construction along the Carpathian Beskid – Skotarske route – the top ledge of the tunnel – was finished on January 21st.