Lviv Promotion

British thriller writer inspired by Ukraine

Issue 111, April 2018.
Alex Shaw was once a Kyiv expat – now his books bring contemporary Ukraine to global audiences British novelist Alex Shaw is one of the few English-language authors to achieve international recognition for stories set in contemporary Ukraine. The former Kyiv expat has scored a string of successes with novels revolving around the escapades of Aidan Snow, a fictional former British Special Forces soldier with an affinity for all things Ukrainian. Shaw was first inspired to write while living and working in 1990s Kyiv. Despite leaving Ukraine some years ago, he has maintained his links with the country, using Ukrainian backdrops to great effect in his literary endeavours and visiting the country at every opportunity together with his Ukrainian wife. “I grew up in England,” he says, “but in my heart I feel Ukrainian.”

Lviv Law Students to Compete in Washington

Issue 110, March 2018.
For the first time since the competition began in 1994, law students from Lviv’s I. Franko National University won Ukraine’s oldest and most prestigious moot court competition – the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition National Championship! Students from 10 Ukrainian law schools competed in Kyiv from 9-11 February and after two days of preliminary rounds, Lviv’s lawyers-to-be topped last year’s champions from Kyiv’s T. Shevchenko University (Institute of International Relations). In doing so, the students won the right to represent Ukraine at the international rounds of the Jessup competition, to take place in Washington, DC from 1-8 April.

The Stolen Princess

Issue 110, March 2018.
The Cannes Film Festival held a major animated film market at last year’s event where Ukraine’s Animagrad studio presented its latest feature. The Stolen Princess received much positive feedback and will be launched this month in Ukraine and many other countries worldwide. Animagrad is one of Ukraine’s premiere studios and The Stolen Princess is its first of a set of animated features designed to popularise Ukraine and its stories on the international market.

Legend of the Carpathians

Issue 110, March 2018.
Last year Ukraine released more than 30 films – shorts and features, dramas and documentaries, Ukrainian films and co-productions, wide releases and limited releases. The majority were privately funded without any aid from the government. No one can guarantee that will happen again in 2018, but it is already confirmed that one film – Legend of the Carpathians – will be released at Lviv’s Planeta Kino on 29 March. The film was first presented at last May’s Cannes Film Festival and later at a festival in the Spanish city of Marbella, where it took second place for Best Feature Film. Serhey Skobun’s historical action story is inspired by the legend of Oleksa Dovbush, a Carpathian folk hero with excellent fighting skills and the ability to predict the future.

Ukrainian Book Wins Bologna Ragazzi Award

Issue 110, March 2018.
Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv’s duet of books titled ‘Loudly, Softly, In a Whisper – I See That’ won the non-fiction Bologna Ragazzi Award for 2018. One of the most prestigious in the world of children’s publishing, the award recognises excellence in graphic layout, format innovation, and ability to capture a young reader’s attention. Winners will be presented their prizes at an awards ceremony at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in late March.

Lviv Today Lion Awards 2017

Issue 108, January 2018.
As another action-packed year in Ukraine’s cultural capital comes to an end, we present you with our annual awards for the people, places, and events that have helped make the past 12 months in the Western Ukrainian capital so memorable. The Lviv Today team congratulates all of 2017’s Lion Award winners and thanks them for their contributions to making Lviv the best place in Ukraine to live.

Helmfon – A Cleverly-Designed Privacy Helmet

Issue 106, November 2017.
With so many tech gadgets, media devices, and interactive tools veering us off-track, it’s really no surprise that workplace productivity has been rapidly dwindling. If you add in social media and general workplace noise, you have yourself a pretty distracting environment. Here the Helmfon helmet comes to the rescue! Designed by Lviv’s award-winning ‘Hochu Rayu’ (‘I want heaven’) design bureau, this giant isolation helmet will entirely block out any sound.

Lviv Airport at World Routes Forum

Issue 105, October 2017.
Representatives from Lviv’s D. Halytskyi International Airport, together with city officials, participated in the World Routes forum in Barcelona, Spain from 23-26 September. World Routes is the major global meeting space for airline, airport, and aviation stakeholders. The forum presented an unrivalled platform for route development professionals to discuss, develop, and plan their network strategies. Providing unique cost and time-saving benefits, this must-attend event attracts senior decision makers from the world’s leading aviation organisations. Over the jam-packed three day schedule, 3,000 delegates took part in over 13,000 face-to-face meetings to discuss new or existing air services.

CityLife TV – Brightly Covering the Stylish Life

Issue 103, July 2017.
The dynamic, energetic, and committed team at CityLife TV channel are sure to impress you not only with their professionalism, but also with their devotion and beauty. The charming ladies never stop taking interviews, shooting videos, and searching for the most interesting news about the luxury life. Created initially in Monaco, CityLife TV operates in Ukraine in Lviv, Kyiv, and Odesa. There are also offices in Dubai, Milan, and soon in London. Resting in hotels, eating in restaurants, hitting nightclubs, or relaxing in beauty salons – you can always find the latest news about the luxury lifestyle on CityLife TV. If you’re looking for the coolest venues, hottest events, or chic tips, then this groovy, captivating, and progressive channel is just for you. Lviv Today invited Kateryna Liubchyk, one of the hosts on CityLife TV, to tell us more about the channel and her exciting work.

Belleville – the new ambitious project of the city of the future

Issue 103, July 2017.
Lviv’s ‘Belgian Village’ started its development nearly five years ago and after successfully finishing two projects (one of 312 apartments and one of 110 houses), on July 7th company presented the most innovative project yet – Belleville, located 8 km outside the Lviv ring road in a forested area.