Lviv Personality

Ukrainian Darwinism

Issue 2, June 2008.
Lviv restaurateur Mark Zarkhin is one of West Ukraine’s leading gourmets and as General Director of Fast Food Systems oversees one of the largest dining out empires in the country which includes sophisticated Lviv venue Darwin and the hugely successful Celentano pizzeria chain.

"City of Enigmas"

Issue 5, September 2008.
Andreas Wenninger heads Lviv’s Austrian Culture Centre. He is one of the most well-known and long-established members of the Lviv international community.

Austrian Living in Today’s Lviv

Issue 5, September 2008.
Hildegard Kainzbauer is a young Austrian lady who left her Viennese upbringing behind to embark on a voyage of cultural discovery in Lviv, where she currently teaches German and is active in the arts and culture sphere of city life

Fashion’s Biggest Brand Name

Issue 6, October 2008.
Lviv designer Oksana Karavanska has been one of the biggest names in Ukrainian fashion for over a decade, but despite TV fame and demand for her distinctive look across Ukraine she has resisted the temptation to move to Kyiv and continues to split her time between the capital and her native city. After setting out on her own in the then-embryonic world of post-independence Ukrainian fashion in the early 1991s, Karavanska has become a regular headliner at Ukrainian fashion week, a star pundit on the country’s most popular fashion TV show and the owner of her own flagship boutique on Kyiv’s central Khreschatyk Street. Typically for Karavanska, the Kyiv boutique is decorated in giant floor to ceiling prints of Lviv skylines, capturing the essence of timeless Lviv in a particularly fresh and modern manner.

Immortalised in Lviv Stone

Issue 3, July 2008.
Elegant Oksana Kozynkevich is the director of the 16th to 18th century art department at the Lviv Art Gallery (located inside Pototsky Palace). As well as working to protect the West Ukraine’s capital’s unique cultural heritage, she is also the muse who inspired one of Lviv’s most iconic monuments.

Passionate about Lviv

Issue 3, July 2008.
Ukrainian actress Olha Sumska is best known as the lady who played the lead role in the 1990s TV series “Roksolana,” which depicted the life of the Lviv region girl who was captured by Tatar raiders in the 16th century and sold into slavery before entering a Turkish harem and marrying the Ottoman Sultan. Born in Lviv, Olha has become a living legend in the region and remains deeply attached to her home town.

Celebrating a rich urban heritage

Issue 6, October 2008.
Austrian Harald Binder is the driving force behind the Lviv Centre for East European Urban History, the arts and heritage venture which has injected a new dynamic into the Lviv culture scene. So what is it about Mr. Binder that has attracted him to Lviv?

Founding father of the modern Lviv scene

Issue 6, October 2008.
This year Dzyga will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary with a vast array of arts and cultural events. Over 15 years the Dzyga team have been involved in much that has been exciting and dynamic about the city’s thriving post-independence artistic awakening. Overall, they estimate that they have been responsible for 2239 cultural events including 394 exhibitions, 1223 club gigs, 26 festivals, 117 arts performances, 360 literary presentations and a great number of fringe events which defy categorization. In total, they have entertained around 1.5 million people, a figure which reinforces the Dzyga brand’s reputation as an engine of modern Lviv culture.

Lemberg Maestro

Issue 9, January 2009.
Swiss maestro Gunhard Mattes is the founder and conductor of Lviv’s internationally-acclaimed INSO Lemberg orchestra, which celebrated its tenth anniversary at the close of 2008. A child prodigy who went on to perform alongside some of the greatest figures in modern classical music and lead the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, Mr. Mattes has formed a special bond with Lviv and created one of the most sparkling orchestras in the region.

Lviv is my Inspiration!

Issue 1, May 2008.
Thanks to her 2004 Eurovision Song Contest victory Ruslana is probably the most famous Ukrainian recording artist in the world, with a fan base in all five continents and regular concert tours throughout Europe, Asia and North America. However, despite the excitement of international fame, she remains a patriotic Lvivyanka at heart who is passionate about her native town and says she is inspired by Ukraine’s most quintessentially European city. She believes that Lviv’s long historical association with the changing tides of Central European empires has helped create a uniquely European mentality among the people of the city, and says that as a result of growing up in the West Ukrainian capital she now feels at home pretty much anywhere she travels throughout Eastern Europe.