Upcoming Lviv

British Film Festival, from December 16, Kopernik Kino Palace (9 Kopernika Street, Tel.: +38032 297-51-77

Issue 30, December 2010.
For the tenth year running Ukraine will greet the onset of winter with an array of contemporary British kino, with the Lviv leg of a nationwide cinematic tour kicking off on December 16.

Taras Chubay Unplugged together with Plach Yeremiyi, Lviv Opera House, (28, Svobody Ave.) January 3 from 20.30

Issue 30, December 2010.
During its hectic and colourful 20-year career Plach Yeremiyi became a legendary band with a string of songs which are beloved by music fans not only in Lviv but across Ukraine.

Children’s New Year Show, daily performances at 18.00 from December 17 until January 3, Palace of Culture (3 Petrushevycha Square)

Issue 30, December 2010.
New Year and Christmas are very special events in the life of every young Ukrainian and are by far the most hotly anticipated holidays of the year.

Benefactor of the Year 2010, Lviv Philharmonic Theatre (7, Chaikovskoho Street) January 2 from 19.00

Issue 30, December 2010.
This festive holiday season event aims to provide a boost to the tireless folk working in Ukraine’s charitable sector. In particular it seeks to highlight the generosity and commitment of the Lviv region’s leading charitable benefactors — both in the private sector and among businesses and corporations.

Christmas cross-cultural initiative: From Roman to Jordan

Issue 30, December 2010.
Historically multicultural Lviv will be marking Christmas in its own traditional diverse manner this year. This novel arts initiative is bringing a group of creative Leopolitans together and encouraging others in the arts community to join them in an arts marathon designed to promote the ideals of the festive season.

Third Annual Pampukh Holiday 8-10 January, Rynok Square (City Hall Courtyard)

Issue 30, December 2010.
Pampushky are local Lviv delicacies that share many characteristics with donuts but which also play a big role in the culinary aspects of a traditional Leopolitan Christmas celebration. These small fried balls of dough are traditionally powdered with sugar and can come with sweet fillings.

Celebrating the Lviv Christmas Star! Christmas Star Shine Festival 7-8 January, Museum of Folklore and Traditional Architecture (1 Chernecha Hora Street)

Issue 30, December 2010.
This festival honours the ancient Ukrainian tradition of celebrating large Christmas stars as the main symbol of the New Year festive season. This traditional association of Christmas with the astrological sign of the star which we encounter in Lviv region fits in with the Christian tradition of the Nativity but it also hints at more ancient strological interests, reflecting traditional Ukraine’s deep roots into the mysteries of the pagan past.

The Ultimate Ukrainian Old New Year’s Eve Party! Christmas Ethno Disco Fest, 13 January, Ukraine Sport Palace (18 Melnyka Street)

Issue 30, December 2010.
There are few holidays on the calendar quite as poetically post-Soviet as Old New Year’s Eve, that Tsarist hangover which almost one hundred years later allows the population of Ukraine to extend the debauches of the festive season for a further week with no more than a nod and a wink.

Far Eastern flavour to latest Lviv kino offering

Issue 29, November 2010.
For most Leopolitans the dominant geopolitical trajectory of the past 20 years has been towards Europe, with cultural events often crafted to support the broader drive to re-integrate the city into the European mainstream. However, there is no escaping the fact that as the major crossroads between East and West Lviv has always historically offered a taste of both the quintessentially European and the more exotic from the great Eurasian hinterlands stretching away towards the endless eastern horizon.

“Loneliness-Presence” Exhibition. November 5 till January 15, the Center for Urban History of Eastern and Central Europe (6, Akad. Bohomoltsia Str.)

Issue 29, November 2010.
This multimedia arts exhibition will feature installations, video art, social photography, sculpture, paintings and poetry. It explores the issue of loneliness in big cities and offers a comparative window on the way loneliness can be felt in three large cities spanning two continents.