Upcoming Lviv

Shakhtar Face Familiar Foe in Europa League Action at Arena Lviv

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv’s adopted football stars of Shakhtar Donetsk are pleased to welcome back Portuguese giants Braga in Europa League Group H qualifying action at Arena Lviv on September 29th. After finishing 2nd to Dynamo Kyiv in last season’s Ukrainian Premier League, the “Miners” gained automatic qualification to the Europa League’s playoff round where they dispatched Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir 4:1 on aggregate.

Project Runday

Issue 93, September 2016.
Healthy lifestyle-minded Leopolitans and guests of the city will be delighted about the new health & fitness initiative recently launched in Lviv and Kyiv nicknamed Project Runday. The concept is simple: people gather for free, 5 km runs every Saturday through Stryiskyi Park in Lviv and Trukhaniv Island in Kyiv. Runners can participate in any race without registration and all running times are posted online. Project Runday was inspired by a British movement known as “parkrun”, which began in 2014 when 13 runners met in Bushy Park, Teddington. Since then the movement has grown into an international family of nearly 2 million registered members and volunteers.

Jazz Koktebel Festival

Issue 92, July 2016.
The popular holiday destination of Chernomorsk town at Odesa Region is this year’s host for the chic Jazz Koktebel Festival from August 25-28. From its roots as a private initiative of founder Dmitriy Kiselev back in 2003, Koktebel has become a huge movement that greatly influences the world of European jazz music. Traditionally held in the Crimean region, the festival was forced to move to the Odesa region in 2014 after Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

Etnovyr International Folklore Festival

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Etnovyr international folklore festival, organised by the CIOFF (Organisations of Folklore & Traditional Arts Festivals) a couple of years ago, has become a triumphal success in presenting Leopolitans and guests of the city folkloric groups from around the world. This year the event will feature colourful performances from foreign ensembles, spectacular marching parades through central Lviv, national cuisine presentations, workshops on singing and dancing, and plenty more!

Respublica Festival

Issue 92, July 2016.
Respbulica is a modern street art festival in all of its manifestations: music, photography, dance, graffiti – it has it all. The main idea of the festival is to popularise public activism and volunteering by transforming depressed city districts step-by-step into museums of social and territorial art. Five stages featuring some of Ukraine’s finest singers as well as some amazing foreign acts will be situated right next to the wonderful historic fortress (c. 14th Century) of Kamianets-Podilskyi. The festival programme also features the best street artists decorating abandoned buildings in both the older and newer districts of the city.

World Space Model Championships Coming to Lviv!

Issue 92, July 2016.
The FAI World Space Models Championship will be held in Ukraine this year for the first time – namely in the Lviv region from August 22-30. Leopolitans and guests of the city are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind event that includes breathtaking rocket launches, hands-on activities for children, and other fun outdoor activities. The Championship will take place in the Village of Velykyi Doroshiv near the Western Ukrainian capital of Lviv. Over 100,000 square metres will be divided into several zones for the competition, including a launch area, a guest area, and an exhibit zone. The event is set to welcome more than 300 competitors from 20 teams and 20 countries from all around the world, including Canada, the USA, China, and Japan. The ‘out-of-this-world’ event is set to feature over 1000 spectacular rocket launches!

Lviv to Host World Strongest Team Championship

Issue 92, July 2016.
Leopolitan sports enthusiasts and guests of the city need to mark July 17th on their calendars as some of the world’s strongest men will gather for the World Strongest Team Championship. Sixteen teams of muscle-bound competitors from around the globe will battle for the title of “World’s Strongest Nation” right here in our own Arena Lviv. Ukraine will be represented by the enormous duo of Oleksandr Lashyn and Lviv’s-own Volodomyr Reksha.

Woodstock Ukraine

Issue 92, July 2016.
Woodstock Ukraine is a summertime festival that takes place on the territory of Lviv region’s Svirzh Castle. This musical getaway features workshops, theatrical performances, autograph sessions, sing-alongs, tea ceremonies, hatha yoga, a vegetarian food fair, and canoe competitions in addition to the concert performances that the festival is famous for. The event’s slogan of “peace, love, and music” is more than just empty words – the festival has set out to be a meeting place for youth that do not want war. The event aims to unite people from different parts of our country in the name of peace, volunteer and charity development, and the popularisation of Ukrainian music and bands.

Zaxidfest 2016

Issue 92, July 2016.
Zaxidfest – perhaps Western Ukraine’s largest music festival – once again returns to the Lviv Region in the Village of Rodatychy this August 19-21. Since its inception in 2009, Zaxidfest has become one of the most powerful art events in Ukraine. Festival organisers try to pull people away from offices and laptops in order to support modern Ukrainian art through music, literature, and theatre.

Tustan Medieval Festival

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Tustan Fortress, located in the medieval village of Urich in the Skole region, has always maintained its link with Ukraine’s past. It’s no wonder that one of Ukraine’s leading medieval festivals was launched there in 2006. From the beginning, the Tustan Medieval Festival has seen success, and this year is sure to be more of the same. Taking place from August 5th-7th, this year’s festival will offer visitors an extremely rich and interesting programme focussing on Ukraine’s heroic medieval past.