Upcoming Lviv

Festival of French Movies, from 10 March, Kopernik Kinopalace

Issue 32, February 2011.
Spring is not quite spring these days without a generous helping of contemporary French kino. The genre is much-loved among discerning Leopolitans and these regular mini-film festivals have proved a considerable success for the French Embassy’s Cultural Centre and the Euro-kino connoisseurs at Arthousetraffic.

ElitEXPO fifth annual jewellery trade fair, 3-6 March, Palace of Arts (17 Kopernika Street)

Issue 32, February 2011.
Over a hundred companies and more than ten thousand visitors are expected at this March’s annual ode to all that glitters. Jewellery has always been a favourite theme in the city which gave birth to diamond-encrusted, fur-lined masochism, and in recent years this trade event has demonstrated just how quickly the domestic market for luxury accessories is growing.

Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet in concert, 3 March, National Opera and Ballet Theatre, 28 Svobody Avenue. Performance begins at 19.00

Issue 32, February 2011.
This gala performance in Lviv is part of a nationwide tour by the flagship Georgian troupe which will take in thirty Ukrainian cities. Georgian dance is hugely popular in Ukraine and the Sukhishvili troupe are about as good as it gets – having performed on most of the world’s most famous stages including a stint on Broadway and a host of international honours.

Karpaty Lviv vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine Premier League, 13 March, Ukraina Stadium. Kick-off: 16.00

Issue 32, February 2011.
West Ukraine’s football standard-bearers may have crashed out of the Europa Cup in late 2010, but they still managed to finish the year on a high note in their domestic league and as the Ukrainian Premiership went into its extended winter break the Lviv club occupied the last of Ukraine’s Europa League qualification places. In the past few seasons Karpaty has become one of a handful of teams to break away from the pack and join the aristocrats of Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk as a de facto Big Six of Ukrainian football.

Global ethno band ’ZIRA’ in concert, January 30 from 19.30, Kvartira 35 Art Cafe (35 Virmenska Street)

Issue 31, January 2011.
In 2009 Leopolitan fans of ethno-folk music came together to form Lviv’s first official EthnoClub, which aims to promote the ethno-music genre to new and younger audiences. The club’s first big event of 2011 will be a concert from ’ZIRA’ – a band that brings together a diverse range of ethno influences in a blend of music that is just about as multicultural as a Lebanese mufti drinking Nepalese goat’s milk while reciting Mayan poetry in a South London sushi bar.

Yuriy Minenko in concert, February 3 from 19.00. Lviv Philharmonic Concert Hall (7 Chaikovskoho Street)

Issue 31, January 2011.
World famous Ukrainian counter-tenor Yuriy Minenko was born in the city of Radomyshl (Zhytomyr region). He attended the Radomyshl music school (piano class, 1987-1994) and Zhitomir Musical College before moving on to the Odessa State Musical Academy.

Award-winning Dutch pianist Michiel Borstlap in concert, Picasso Jazz Hall, February 15 from 19.00 (88 Zelena Street)

Issue 31, January 2011.
Michiel Borstlap has built himself an enviable reputation as one of the foremost pianists of the last decade. The music of Borstlap embraces the rich piano heritage of his heroes Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett & Joe Zawinul.

Robertino Loretti in concert, Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre, February 11 from 19.30

Issue 31, January 2011.
Italian former child pop sensation Robertino Loretti may no longer possess the youthful voice which made him a continent-wide sensation in the 1960s, but he continues to command a huge fan base in the former Soviet Union and he will delight Leopolitan fans with a St. Valentine’s Day performance on the eve of the romantic holiday this February.

Lviv Chocolate Festival, 11-14 February, locations across town

Issue 31, January 2011.
For centuries Lviv has been famed as the sweet-toothed capital of Eastern Europe, with the city’s strategic location at the centre of regional trade routes linking Europe and Asia making it a repository of sugary secrets and chocolate-coated delight. This tradition has been latched onto by city officials in recent years in their bid to make modern Lviv more tourist friendly, with the introduction three years ago of an annual Chocolate Festival.

French short films, February 10-16, Kino Palace Cinema Art Hall (22 Teatralna Street. Tel.: +38032-2975050) & Lviv art Palace (17 Kopernika Street. Tel.: +38032-2614733)

Issue 31, January 2011.
Lviv’s love affair with all things French continues this February with a festival of contemporary short films dedicated to St. Valentine’s Day. For centuries Lviv has been known locally as ‘the Paris of the East’ and this cultural affinity is reflected in local kino tastes, which share much with Gallic sympathies.