Upcoming Lviv

French Spring 2011, events throughout April across Lviv

Issue 33, March 2011.
Thanks to the efforts of the French Embassy and the French Cultural Centre in Ukraine, April in Lviv means the welcome arrival of the annual ‘French Spring in Ukraine’ festival. For eight consecutive years French art, plays, exhibitions, concerts and film screenings have delighted Leopolitan crowds throughout April and this year looks set to be better than ever.

“Ruinacia” (Destruction) music festival, April 9 from 14.00 onwards, Ukraine Sport Palace (18 Melnyka st.)

Issue 33, March 2011.
If you like your metal heavy and your clothing black then this might be the event you’ve been waiting for! The annual Ruinacia festival darkens the spring calendar with its mix of the melancholy and the downright desperate as musicians attack virtually every aspect of everyday life with an unworldly cynicism rarely found outside prepubescent teenage bedrooms.

French graphic art exhibition, from April 1, Lviv Museum of Ethnography, Folk Arts and Crafts (15, Svobody avn.)

Issue 33, March 2011.
The Lviv Museum of Ethnography, Folk Arts and Crafts (15, Svobody Ave) is one of the richest ethnographical museums in Europe. It owns a collection of unique artistic depositories of decorative-applied folk art and crafts of Ukraine.

Euro 2012 Fashion Contest, March 30

Issue 33, March 2011.
As part of this year’s Lviv Fashion Week shows there will be a fun competition for designers inspired by the forthcoming Euro 2012 football championships.

Chlopcy Kontra Basia jazz trio in concert, March 22 beginning at 19.30, Art Cafe ‘Kvartyra 35 (35, Virmenska st.)

Issue 33, March 2011.
Chlopcy Kontra Basia is a young and highly rated Polish jazz trio featuring Basia Derlak (vocals & clarinet) Marcin Nenko (double bass) and Tomasz Waldowski (percussion, piano).

Lyapis Trubetskoy in concert, March 23 from 19.00, Lviv Circus (83 Horodotska st.)

Issue 33, March 2011.
This 7-piece horn-driven ska-punk outfit come all the way from Minsk, Belarus and bring with them a spirited mix of biting satire and powerful chords. Mid-way through their career, not content to merely churn out hits they decided to shed their pop-star image and get real about their music and lyrics.

Sergei Babkin in concert, March 22, Lviv Philharmonic Concert Hall (7 Chaikovskoho st.)

Issue 33, March 2011.
Multi-talented and intriguing musician Sergei Babkin is perhaps best known as the founder of popular Ukrainian popsters “5"nizza” but he is much more than just another charismatic pop icon.

Stars of Argentinean Tango, March 29, Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre (28 Svobody Ave)

Issue 33, March 2011.
Fans of the world’s sultriest and sassiest dance style will be delighted by this concert featuring choreography by Juan Fossati and Gimena Aramburu together with beautiful musical compositions performed by the “Soledad Orquesta”, a famed Russian tango orchestra.

Lviv Fashion Week, March 30 – April 3

Issue 33, March 2011.
West Ukraine’s twice-yearly fashion focus continues to grow and grow. Launched in 2008, Lviv Fashion Week has become a fixture on the Ukrainian style scene and continues to expand its international appeal with each season of shows.

Istanbul Shopping Festival, 18 March - 26 April

Issue 32, February 2011.
This spring Istanbul is gearing up for a mega tourist event – the city’s first Annual Shopping Festival – with the objective of attracting millions of visitors to the stores and boutiques of the ancient gateway city. As well as special deals on all the treasures for which Istanbul is synonymous – including handmade rugs and carpets, clothing, antique silver and jewellery, semi-precious stones, spices, sweets, and more – visitors will also be treated to a host of complimentary cultural events.