Upcoming Lviv

LvivKlezFest International Jewish Music Festival

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv will host the ninth annual LvivKlezFest international celebration of Klezmer music from May 15 – June 4. The Western Ukrainian capital is known as one of the country’s most important and beautiful cultural centres. The city hosts over 100 festivals annually and LvivKlezFest is one of the most unique and well-established. The festival isn’t just about Yiddish and Jewish music, song, and dance – it’s an encounter of languages, styles, cultures, creativity, and good vibes. On one hand, the festival represents an attempt to recreate the Jewish musical culture that was lost during the Holocaust as well as to revive that part of the Galician multicultural capital. On the other, the festival attracts and unites tourists from all over the world, confirming Lviv’s reputation as “the city of all cultures and peoples”. Symbolically, all musicians are of Ukrainian origin. For example, Polina Shepherd is a direct descendant of famed Ukrainian philosopher Hrihory Skovoroda.

Nino Katamadze& INSIGHT

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Malevich Concert Arena & Nightclub will host a fabulous concert by Nino Katamadze& INSIGHT on May 28. Katamadze& INSIGHT feature a complex and otherworldly musical experience for lovers of serious art. The performers have played more than 100 sold out concerts in prestigious halls in Ukraine, Russia, the Baltics, and the USA.

Leopolis Grand Prix 2017

Issue 101, May 2017.
The Leopolis Grand Prix is an international vintage car festival that delights Leopolitan car lovers and guests of the city each summer. This year’s event will see the beautiful vehicles take centre stage from June 2-4. The event is designed to mark the first Leopolis Grand Prix, held in 1930 before Lviv was even part of Ukraine. The first track used is still known as the ‘Lviv Triangle’ and runs along the streets from Vitovskoho to I. Franko to Stryska and Maidan Heroes.

NAONI National Folk Instrument Orchestra to Visit Lviv!

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s M. Zankovetska Drama Theatre will host Ukraine’s fabulous NAONI National Folk Instrument Orchestra on May 29th as they present a wonderful program consisting of world famous rock hits and musical masterpieces that are admired by millions. Considered one of Ukraine’s leading groups, the orchestra has already performed over 5,000 concerts on every continent! Led by Shevchenko National Prize winner and People’s Artist of Ukraine Viktor Hutsal, NAONI is the only professional folk instrument orchestra in Ukraine.

National Drift Championship

Issue 101, May 2017.
Drifting has always been about having fun, enjoying a laugh with your mates, and driving your car as hard as you can. As the sport has entered the mainstream over the past decade, some of these core factors have fallen by the wayside with crazy builds, big name sponsors, and high stakes taking their place. Costs have spiralled in recent years, with cars boasting monster horsepower and specialised fabrication work taking podium positions at competitions around the world.

Ballet Fest

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s majestic Opera & Ballet Theatre will be the site for the third annual Ballet Fest choreography festival from May 27-28. The event aims to discover and promote contemporary choreographers. The Ballet Fest project began earlier this year and has seen choreographers and dancers selected at different stages.

Sakura Fest

Issue 100, April 2017.
Among the things that Uzhhorodians are most proud of is their unique valley of rare sakuras (cherry trees). Found on both sides of the Uzh River, the area is Europe’s longest and most amazing alley with more than 1000 Japanese cherry trees. Their soft, pink blossoms begin blooming in late April to early May and turn the city into a fantastic, fairy-tale garden. Delicate cheery flowers and delectable aromas attract thousands of tourists to Uzhhorod every spring to admire this cheerful and tender miracle. These unique trees grow in only three places in the world: Japan, the United States, and Uzhhorod.

Forpost Medieval Festival

Issue 100, April 2017.
Transport yourself to a place where history and fantasy wondrously merge into reality as the Forpost Medieval Festival transforms the famed fortress and castle in Kamyanets-Podilsky into a medieval wonderland. Cheer on your champion who will compete for honour and glory in the heart-pounding joust events, watch as combatants take up arms on the field of battle to prove their valour in the archery competitions, or just sit back and relax to the colourful dancers with a plate full of the finest medieval cuisine.

‘Towards the Sun’ Hot Air Balloon Festival & Podilya Cup 2017

Issue 100, April 2017.
Have you ever kicked back on the grass and experienced the beauty of a blue sky filled with hot air balloons gently gliding by? Their bright jewel colours expanding to create a panorama that takes your breath away? It’s moments like these that you want to capture with a photograph – and now you can! The ‘Towards the Sun’ and Podilya Cup 2017 are among the Khmelnytskyi region’s most photographed spring events. If you’re looking for some brilliant shots to up your social media game, then look no further!

International Dog Show

Issue 100, April 2017.
The family-friendly 2XCAC Dog Show returns to Lviv on May 13-14. Meet hundreds of dogs, chat with owners, and watch world-class competitions with the whole family! The May 13th event will feature shows for Golden Retrievers, Chihuahuas, Pugs, and Brussels Griffons, while the May 14th show will see the Cane Corsos, Jack Russell Terriers, Siberian Huskies, German Spitzes, and Miniature Pinschers (Zwergpinschers) take their turn.