Upcoming Lviv

Parajanov Festival in Levandivka

Issue 114, July 2018.
Lviv’s Parajanov Festival, held in the post-industrial, multiethnic suburbs of Lviv, aims to revive the work and philosophy of one of the 20th Century’s greatest directors, Serhiy Parajanov. Born in Georgia to Armenian parents, Parajanov felt at home equally in Armenia, Georgia, and Ukraine. He gained international acclaim for the visual intensity of his films, like the rhapsodic celebration of Ukrainian folk culture, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini Zabutyh Predkiv) or his masterpiece on Armenia poet Sayat Nova, The Colour of Pomegranates (Nran Guyne). His brilliance went unrecognised at home due to his critical film content and he was banned from working and imprisoned several times until the early 1980s.

Etnovyr Folklore Festival

Issue 114, July 2018.
The annual Etnovyr Folklore Festival – an event that highlights the bright, beautiful, magical, inspirational, and unforgettable nature of cultures around the world – will return to Lviv on 22-26 August. Aiming to discover talented new artists and present their skills and multicultural traditions to a Ukrainian audience, Etnovyr has become an enormous success with Leopolitans and guests of the city.

Summer Food festivals as Fun Family Weekends

Issue 114, July 2018.
Undeniably one of the biggest perks of the summer, the chance to eat and drink in the great outdoors is one of life’s simple pleasures. Thanks to the rise in popularity of street food stalls, markets and festivals, and the democratization of quality cuisine, you can now enjoy Michelin-star quality meals in the sun, or even under the stars. We’re huge fans of street food here at Lviv Today, and have picked up two most impressive must-visit street food markets and food festivals of July-August, which will be hosted by Lviv’s beautiful B. Khmelnytsky Culture & Recreation Park (4 Bolharska St.).

A Music Lover’s Guide to Ukraine’s Summer Music Festivals

Issue 114, July 2018.
Music festivals are some of summer’s most highly-anticipated activities and Ukraine is rapidly becoming an epicentre of cool events as it launches new festivals each year. Not as off the beaten path as before, Ukrainian festivals now attract visitors from across Europe and around the world – as much for the entertainment and culture as it is for the price value. The diversity of genres has always been impressive, and this year is no different. Music festivals, holiday celebrations, traditional markets, and art events – check out our list of Ukraine’s best summer festivals and make your road map a festive one!

Exhibition of Qing Dynasty Treasures

Issue 113, June 2018.
This summer Leopolitans and guests of the city will have the wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Qing dynasty – the last empire to rule China – at the ‘Treasures of the Qing Dynasty’ exhibition at Potocky Palace. After overthrowing the Ming dynasty, the Qing reigned between 1644 and 1912 and was only the second major empire ruled by an ethnic group other than the dominant Han Chinese. Spanning over 300 years, the Qing dynasty was one of the largest in history and is known for its flourishing art scene and innovations in printing production and weaponry.

Lviv Open Cup Arm Wrestling Tournament

Issue 113, June 2018.
Lviv’s Malevich Night Club is looking to find the region’s best arm wrestler when they host the Lviv Open Cup 2018 international arm wrestling tournament on 24 June. Popularised in this part of the world thanks to the 1987 Sylvester Stallone movie ‘Over the Top’, the sport remains very popular in Ukraine.

Oscar Shorts Film Screenings

Issue 113, June 2018.
Lviv’s IMAX cinemas will screen compelling stories from the world’s best Oscar-nominated live action short films from 21 to 27 June. Watching every Oscar-nominated film is a noble endeavour; and a lengthy one. There are usually 10 films nominated for Best Picture, so you’d spend nearly a full day in front of the screen to catch them all.

Vietnam Day in Lviv

Issue 113, June 2018.
Vietnamese culture is among the oldest in Southeast Asia, dating back to the Bronze-age Đông Sơn. Leopolitan culture lovers and guests of the city have the wonderful opportunity to get to know more about the Vietnamese during Vietnam Day in Lviv on 21 June.

Fête de la Musique 2018

Issue 113, June 2018.
The Fête de la Musique, also known as the worldwide celebration of music, is an annual music festival taking place in cities around the world on 21 June. Created by French Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1982, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 740 sites in 116 cities worldwide, including Lviv.

Lviv Yoga Day

Issue 113, June 2018.
Why not come on down to Lviv’s iconic Rynok Square and join in Yoga Day celebrations with the experts? From 15:00 to 22:00 on the 23-24 June weekend, Leopolitan fitness lovers and guests of the city can choose a mat and be led through a series of different yoga practices, learning about the many benefits of the ancient practice along the way. Unlike many other forms of exercise, yoga suits all ages and abilities and is both relaxing and invigorating. It is proven to improve strength, flexibility, and breathing while boosting physical and mental well-being.