Upcoming Lviv

Purr-fect Pets at Cat Show

Issue 112, May 2018.
Crazy for cats? More than 200 of the world’s most pampered and ‘purr-fect’ felines will take over the Lviv Palace of Aesthetic Education for Youth for the International Cat Show. There will be rare breeds on display (ever heard of the ‘werewolf cat’?

Westland Festival

Issue 112, May 2018.
Kicking off the summer music festival season in Lviv is the Westland Festival at Arena Lviv on 9 June. This massive eight-hour non-stop electronic music festival will premiere this year in Lviv with a lineup packed with some of the biggest names in electronic music. The headliner is Dutch DJ icon Sander van Doorn, who began recording in 2004.

LvivKlezFest Returns!

Issue 112, May 2018.
LvivKlezFest – Lviv’s annual Klezmer Festival returns! The Klezmer Festival is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating traditional Jewish music (the joyful type typically associated with weddings and bar mitzvahs). The event generally brings this corner of Ukraine to a standstill with some 200,000 people expected to attend events from 15 May to 10 June. So, while the music might be ‘traditional’, it is still mighty popular!

Leopolis Grand Prix Roars into Lviv

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s Leopolis Grand Prix, a retro car festival started by Ukrainian retro car enthusiasts seven years ago, returns to the Western Ukrainian capital on 1-3 June. The event is designed to mark the first Leopolis Grand Prix held in 1930, to promote motor tourism in Lviv and Ukraine, and to popularise the restoration of classic cars. The track used is the same as the original and is known as the Lviv Triangle, running from Vitovskoho to I. Franko to Stryska and Maidan Heroes.

Batyars on Bicycles

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s popular Batyars on Bicycles retro bike ride returns to the city on 9 June. The event is designed to pay tribute to the city’s past and, especially, the Batyar culture that used to flourish here. In the 19th and 20th Centuries, Lviv Batyars were witty, cocky, adventurous youth that spoke with a special dialect.

Lviv Women’s Cycling Parade

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s Women’s Cycling Parade has become a Leopolitan tradition and will be held this year for the eighth time. There has been a noticeable increase in cyclists in the city, yet very few are women – only between 12 to 20 percent, depending on the day of the week. There are still many challenges for cyclists in Lviv yet cycling can be very rewarding if you follow the rules of the road and stay calm.

XXX VII Virtuosi Academic Music Festival

Issue 112, May 2018.
The Lviv Philharmonic Society Theatre’s Virtuosi Academic Music Festival is one of Lviv’s greatest cultural-music events. Since 1981, this festival has been a brilliant opportunity for music lovers to hear live performances from some of the world’s most famous classical musicians.

Children’s KinoFest

Issue 112, May 2018.
Since 2014, Children’s KinoFest has supported the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for children and teens through its international film festival. The event invites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. It has become the largest and most respected film festival in Ukraine specifically designed for children and their families. Each year the festival screens films from dozens of countries for over 40,000 people in Lviv, Kyiv, and 20 other Ukrainian cities. This year’s festival will take place from 25 May to 3 June.

Garmyder Crafts Festival – Summer Camp Edition

Issue 112, May 2018.
Lviv’s picturesque Horihovyi Hay Park will play host to the creative Garmyder Crafts Festival on the 9-10 June weekend. This year’s event will feature all the fun and excitement of summer vacation camp and will delight Leopolitans and guests of the city with a variety of indoor and outdoor crafts and food stalls. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as creating something for yourself.

Ukrainian New Wave. Runaway.

Issue 112, May 2018.
Featuring the best short films by Ukrainian film directors that debuted this year, the Ukrainian New Wave. Runaway. film festival will be held at Lviv’s IMAX cinemas from 7 June. Initiated by the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre in 2012, the festival presents audiences with the finest cinematic works by up-and-coming filmmakers whose works were screened at film festivals worldwide.