Lviv Society

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.

International Homemade Liquor Festival

Issue 87, February 2016.
Lviv’s Museum of Ideas hosted the inaugural Winter Holiday of Liquors and Cordials Festival on January 23rd. This popular event had been held twice before, but this was the first time it was held in winter. The event aims to revive and promote the ancient Galician traditions of making homemade liquors and thirsty Leopolitans and guests of the city were able to try over 50 different types of homemade alcohols and vote for their favourites.

Spectacular Art on Display

Issue 87, February 2016.
Lviv’s Andriy Sheptytsky National Museum hosted the opening of an exhibition devoted to some of Ukraine’s most outstanding sculptors on February 4th. The exhibition showcases the spectacular artistic works of a group of artists responsible for introducing Ukrainian traditions into their creative works at the turn of the 21st Century. Leopolitan art fans and guests of the city will have the opportunity to gaze upon some of the masterpieces of Petro Antyp (Horlivka/Kyiv), Alexander Dyachenko (Kyiv), Volodomyr Kochmar and Valeriy Pirogov (Kharkiv), and Lviv’s-own Oleh Kapustyak and Vasyl Yarych. Their efforts led to a renewed vigour among Ukrainian artists and sculptors in the Ukrainian plastic art of the Trypillian culture.

Lviv’s Holiday Highlights

Issue 87, February 2016.
Lviv’s Christmas and New Year’s season was, as always, full of bright and festive events right across the city that lasted until the Epiphany on January 19th. The day, when the Orthodox Church marks the baptism of Jesus, is celebrated by Ukrainians by cutting holes in the ice of rivers or lakes – often in the shape of a cross – to bathe in the freezing water, which is believed to be holy and imbued with special powers for the occasion. Neither the snow nor the sub-zero temperatures could stop Canadian instructors and the American paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade from celebrating the final day of the Christmas season by taking a dip in the freezing water. The brigade is in Ukraine as part of the Joint Multinational Training Group.

“Come from childhood” exhibition

Issue 86, January 2016.
On January 12, Lviv’s art gallery “Green Sofa” hosted opening of the exhibition of paintings and dolls “Come from childhood” by Victoria Protsiv and Olena Tsiluyko. Young Leopolitan artists presented spectacular art works featuring original manner.

Cinderella Premiers

Issue 86, January 2016.
Lviv celebrated the splendid premiere of the Cinderella ballet, based on Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale, on December 26th at the Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre. Leopolitan audiences and guests of the city have been enjoying the Cinderella ballet since the 1970s, and this modern version was no different.

Monument to Author of Ukrainian Anthem

Issue 86, January 2016.
Lviv festively unveiled a monument to Mykhailo Verbytsky, the author of the Ukrainian national anthem and one of the earliest professional composers in Galicia, on December 27th. Using donations from Leopolitans and Ukrainians from across the country, the monument to this Ukrainian-Greek Catholic priest and composer was the finishing touch to Lviv’s Year of the Composer, celebrated in 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Father Mykhailo.

Christmas Celebration Marathon

Issue 86, January 2016.
As always, this year’s Christmas celebrations in Lviv were both rich and colourful. Beginning from mid-December, Leopolitans and guests of the city immersed themselves in the seasonal market on Rynok Square and along the Opera House alleyway.

Celebrating Jean Sibelius’ 150th Anniversary

Issue 86, January 2016.
2015 saw the world music community celebrate the 150th anniversary of the great Jean Sibelius, a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. To mark the occasion, musicians and artists around the world honoured the genius by organizing a variety of cultural events, including concerts, festivals, photo exhibitions, and even cinema viewings.