Lviv Society

Enchanting Kaludi Kaludov in Lviv

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre started its new season in spectacular fashion by treating Leopolitan opera loves and guests of the city to Giuseppe Verdi’s iconic Aida on September 3rd. Ukrainian Merited Artist Svitlana Mamchur played the title role, while Bulgarian tenor Kaludi Kaludov played Captain of the Guard Ramades.

Kylym: Contemporary Ukrainian Artists

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Lviv Art Plalce will play host to the Kylym: Contemporary Ukrainian Artists exhibition, featuring the works of over 20 talented artists until July 24th. Paintings, sculptures, installations, and video art by the likes of Roman Minin, Nazar Bilyk, and Tetyana Malynovska will be on display for Leopolitan art lovers and guests of the city.

Provocative Exhibition

Issue 92, July 2016.
Recently, Restaurant & Art Museum SALO hosted exhibition Grybogolovi (Mushroomheads), a series of provocative paintings by young Leopolitan artist Anna Kashkadamova. In her works she presents the feminine principle in an unexpected, yet bold and eloquent way.

The Marriage of Figaro Premieres

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Marriage of Figaro, a comic opera in two acts by legendary Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered at Lviv’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre last month. While the opera remains a classic, the tale has always contained a hint of subversion. Sung in its original Italian with Ukrainian subtitles, it’s been updated to a modern setting inside a privileged gated community where the servant subclass and the antics of a grabby, entitled elite still resonate.

Ukrainian Haute Couture

Issue 92, July 2016.
As part of the Alfa Jazz Fest 2016 festivities, famed Ukrainian fashion designer Oksana Karavanska – one of the biggest names in fashion over the last decade – hosted a chic fashion show featuring her latest designs. The elegant event was hosted at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Gardens, normally closed to the public, but opened exclusively to guests of Alfa Jazz Fest.

BUCC Hosts Annual Lviv Luncheon

Issue 92, July 2016.
The British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, along with the assistance of the Lviv Chamber of Commerce and in partnership with Alfa Jazz Fest, hosted their annual Lviv Luncheon & Reception at the Citadel Inn Hotel’s Garmata Restaurant on June 24th.

Alfa Jazz Fest 2016

Issue 92, July 2016.
Lviv was buzzing from June 24th-28th as Alfa Jazz Fest – one of the most important open-air jazz festivals in Eastern Europe – jived into town. Attracting more than 40,000 visitors, this year’s world class entertainers performed at three stages throughout the city – Rynok Square, Potocky Palace Yard, and the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Park of Culture & Leisure. Headliners from around the world wowed Leopolitan jazz lovers and guests of the city throughout the festival, including Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, and Cuban trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval.

Rapid Trident 2016

Issue 92, July 2016.
Rapid Trident ’16 – an exercise involving NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, officially kicked off at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv (Lviv Region) on June 27th. The exercise included nearly 2,000 personnel from Ukraine, the United States, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Great Britain, Moldova, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey.

Building Business Together

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s business community saw the festive opening ceremony of the Western Ukrainian branch of the International Turkey-Ukraine Business Association (TUID). Special guests at the event included Ambassador Yonet Can Tezel, TUID vice-president Burak Pehlivan, and chairman of the largest Turkish company in Western Ukraine (Onur Construction) Onur Cetinceviz. “The economic centre of Ukraine has been moving from the East to West over the past years and this trend will continue”, said Pehlivan. “Because of that we are opening our Western Ukrainian branch today in Lviv.

Ukraine and Turkey Strengthen Ties

Issue 91, June 2016.
Lviv’s picturesque Opera & Ballet Theatre was home to the European Music at the Ottoman Court concert on May 19th. The show was conducted by Turkish musicologist Dr. Emre Araci, a specialist in the musical tradition of the 19th Century Ottoman Empire. A special commemoration ceremony dedicated to the Ottoman Turkish soldiers that died during WWI was held at Turkish military cemeteries in the Western Ukrainian villages of Lopushnya and Rohatyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast on May 20th.