Lviv Personality

Legendary Leopolitans No. 12: Les Kurbas Creator of the Modern Ukrainian Theatre

Issue 44, March 2012.
Les' Kurbas (1887-1937) was a prominent Ukrainian artist, founder of the modern national theatre, actor, producer, civil activist, translator-polyglot, and one of the leaders of the national-cultural movement known as 'The Assassinated Renaissance', which represented an age of hope for a renaissance and Ukraine's secession from Russia.


Issue 44, March 2012.
Prior to his arrival in Lviv Alessandro Safina took time out of his schedule to give an interview to Lviv Today.

Volodymyr Sharan : «To work in FC “Karpaty” was my dream»

Issue 43, February 2012.
Sharan started his career with Lviv’s FC Karpaty” in the season of 1989. In 1991 he left for “Dynamo” (Kiev) and as a player was a three times winner of the Ukrainian Championship (1993-95) and also the Ukrainian Cup (1993). Later during 1995—1997, he joined “Dnipro” (Dnipropetrovsk), and FC “LViv”, and in 1998—2000 he returned to FC “Karpaty”. As player of FC “Karpaty” Sharan was a bronze medal winner in Ukraine’s Championship of 1998, and a Ukrainian Cup 1999 finalist with subsequent UEFA Cup qualification. In total, Sharan played 98 matches as an FC “Karpaty” player in the USSR and Ukrainian Championships,scoring 16 goals. He finished his career as a player during 2001–2003 with “Polihraftekhnika” (Oleksandria) and started his coaching career training players of “Kryvbas-2” (Kryvyi Rih), “Zirka” (Kirovohrad), “Zakarpattia” (Uzhhorod), and “PFC” (Oleksandria). On 21st January 2012 he accepted the position of manager at FC “Karpaty” (Lviv).

A Very Modern Master – Mykhailo Dzyndra

Issue 42, January 2012.
Mykhailo Dzyndra, one of Lviv’s most treasured modern artists, was born on 8 November, 1921 in the village of Demnia, Mykolaiv District, Lviv Region. His specialist study began at the Lviv School of Industrial Arts, however in 1944 he emigrated to Bratislava, in the former Czechoslovakia, and then, to avoid the Soviet conflicts, he moved again, to West Germany.

Jamala goes to Lviv!

Issue 39, October 2011.
In the eve of his appearances in Lviv Jamal gave an interview to our correspondent

Legendary Leopolitans No. 11: Yuriy Kulchytsky The Grandfather of European Coffee Culture.

Issue 38, September 2011.
It takes but a quick walk around Lviv’s historical centre to see how the city is a coffee lover’s paradise, boasting over 500 coffeehouses where you can choose a relaxing brew and taste of old bohemia.

Legendary Leopolitans No. 10: Oleh Luzhny: Lviv Footballing Legend

Issue 37, July 2011.
The city of Lviv has a great sporting history, pioneering football, ice-hockey, basketball, water polo and rugby matches since Polish times. In fact, the Polish Football Federation was founded in Lviv in 1911, and many Lvivites, such as Kazimierz Gorski, Ryszard Koncewicz, Michał Matyas and Wacław Kuchar, have achieved notable success as coaches in Poland. Today we take a look at footballing legend, Oleh Luzhny, who has delighted and amazed us for over 20 years, as his career climbed to the top of International Football, captaining Ukraine a record 39 times and becoming one of the most recognised footballers in Ukraine in the process. Today, now retired from play, Oleh works Assistant Coach at FC Dynamo Kyiv, where his experience at home and abroad is invaluable to the team today.
Christophe Guillarme with It-girl Hofit Golan

French style icon at Lviv Fashion Week 2011

Issue 33, March 2011.
Lviv Fashion Week is fast becoming one of the biggest catwalk events in the former Soviet Union and as if to prove it, the number of international designers participating in the twice-yearly fashion focus continues to grow. This April’s LFW shows will be graced by a number of international designers with young French catwalk icon Christophe Guillarme set to top the bill. 32 year old Christophe is one of the most talked-about young designers working in the pressure cooker world of French fashion today and has been an increasingly high-profile socialite designer since first breaking ranks with the young hopefuls who crowd Parisian showrooms and showcasing his first collection in the late 1990s. He is a graduate of France’s well respected Ecole Superieure of the Applied Arts and is best known for his multi-media artistic approach to putting on fashion shows which has led many critics to compare his catwalk extravaganzas to modern art installations rather than simple clothing demonstrations.

Legendary Leopolitans No. 9: Ukraine’s greatest heroine Roxelana

Issue 32, February 2011.
Who is the most famous Ukrainian woman of all time? In the modern era that honour would be contested by political icon Yulia Tymoshenko, Eurovision star Ruslana and Olympic champion Lilya Podkopayeva, while through the mists of time historical figures like the canonized Princess Olga and fin de siecle authoress Lesya Ukrainka loom particularly large. However, none of these figures can hope to compete with the sensational story of Roxelana, the sixteenth Ukrainian country girl who was cast into the hell of chattel slavery only to rise to a position of unrivalled authority in the world’s most powerful empire.

“Leopolitan ladies are better dressed than Parisian girls!” Interview: Japanese fashion icon Kenzo Takada enjoys his first taste of Leopolitan style

Issue 29, November 2010.
The guest of honour at the sixth season of Lviv Fashion Week (LFW) shows was celebrated Japanese designer Kenzo Takada. The seventy one year old founder of the Kenzo fashion house was paying his first ever visit to Ukraine and was clearly impressed by his first experience of the Lviv high society scene – enthusing over everything from the quality of the collections on display to the elegance of the city’s ladies and the beauty of its architecture. Kenzo is the biggest name yet to guest star at LFW and his appearance illustrates the growing prestige of this relatively new regional fashion initiative. Within the space of the past three years, LFW has become a fixture on the local high society calendar and has succeeded in establishing itself as a credible regional alternative to the traditional Ukrainian Fashion Week shows in Kyiv.