International Conference "Assisted Reproductive Technologies - real art. Technologies, innovations, unique experience".

Issue 89, April 2016.
This year Intersono Medicover group will celebrate its 15th Anniversary and will host the International Conference "Assisted Reproductive Technologies - real art. Technologies, innovations, unique experience". Intersono International Conference will be held on May 21, in the House of Scientists, and will offer a great opportunity for IVF professionals to exchange the last IVF news, share knowledge and experience. The leading fertility doctors, obstetricians, embryologists, heads of medical centers and IVF clinics in Ukraine, representatives of European and Israeli hospitals of reproductive medicine are going to get together.

Flugery Lvova International Jazz & Folk Music Festival

Issue 89, April 2016.
The Flugery Lvova International Jazz and Folk Music Festival, which since 2003 has become a staple of Lviv’s cultural calendar and a Leopolitan trademark, returns from May 6th-9th. Each year the event provides a stage for amateur and professional jazz bands alike to showcase their talents and has every year sees an enriched programme with new initiatives and more eclectic programming. In over 10 years, more than 150 bands and performers have graced its stage and the festival has developed its own unique traditions and culture.

Ballet Fest Gala

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv’s picturesque Opera & Ballet Theatre will host the Ballet Fest gala, featuring performances by choreographers and dancers that create work outside of the traditional milieu, on Sunday, April 17th. The project began last year and saw choreographers and dancers from across Ukraine selected after a series of online castings. This year’s Ballet Fest gala will for the second time offer Leopolitans and guests of the city the opportunity to enjoy the work of 10 choreographers representing a range of ballet styles – from neo-classical to contemporary.

The Romantic Guitar of Francis Goya

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv’s opulent Opera & Ballet Theatre is set to welcome Belgian classical guitarist and producer Francis Goya (Francis Weyer) for a special concert on April 19th. Goya has recorded 50 albums, many of which have reached gold or platinum status. He went solo in 1975, changed his name from Weyer to Goya, and saw his first solo single (Nostalgia) become an international hit, reaching #1 in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, and Brazil.

PyCon Ukraine IT Conference

Issue 89, April 2016.
PyCon Ukraine is an independent, community-run and controlled, non-profit conference dedicated to the Python programming language, its apps, tools and frameworks, and other ‘related’ technologies, including databases, GIS, and high-load systems. It also features a place for Ukrainian Python users to socialise. Some of the event’s speakers include: Honza Kral, a Python programmer and Django core developer; Lukasz Langa, Core developer of the Python interpreter and standard library; Brian Bell, an engineer at DataRobot; and Tetiana Kodliuk, a Data Scientist at V.I. Tech.

Menuhin-100 Concert

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv’s majestic Opera and Ballet Theatre is pleased to celebrate the 100th birthday of legendary violinist and humanitarian Yehudi Menuhin with a special concert on April 18th. Menuhin is an American-born violinist and conductor that spent most of his performing career in Britain. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest violinists of the 20th Century.

Lemberg Cup Dog Show Returning

Issue 89, April 2016.
The Lemburg Cup 2016 international dog show will be back to Lviv on May 7th and will be joined by the Halychyna Cup on May 8th – a perfect way to spend the weekend for the entire family! Meet hundreds of dogs, chat with their owners, watch world-class competitions, and even get some shopping done.

Lviv Eco Fest

Issue 89, April 2016.
Leopolitan nature-lovers and guests of the city will want to mark May 14-15 in their calendars as Lviv Eco Fest – a weekend-long festival of ideas and inspiration about all things environmentally-friendly and sustainable – will take over Lviv’s lovely Bohdan Khmelnytsky Culture and Recreation Park. Focussing on living a healthy, compassionate, and eco-friendly lifestyle, the festival will showcase a wide range of events and attractions.

Lviv MUN 2016

Issue 89, April 2016.
The Ukrainian Catholic University is set to play host to this year’s Lviv Model United Nations conference from April 22nd-24th. The Model United Nations (MUN) offers the chance for youth to take on the role of world leaders through a simulation of different UN organs and other international relations forums. The event aims to build an understanding of the global challenges amongst young people that cross the borders of background, culture, and nationality. Using the knowledge, experiences, and relationships formed through MUN, it is hoped that the next generation of world leaders and thinkers will be able to work effectively to find solutions to future global problems that are compatible with the aims and principles of the UN and the spirit of cooperation.

Teulis Shadow Theatre

Issue 89, April 2016.
The world famous and award-winning Teulis Shadow Theatre is bringing their gravity-defying talents to Lviv’s Mariya Zankovetska National Drama Theatre on May 15th. The group is a space where even dark silhouettes come to play with bright colours in a palette where there is no place for stencils, templates, or imposters. Only the skills of the actors – theatre artists, dancers, and circus professionals – create wonders on the stage. Their techniques defy human capabilities and break boundaries between genres.

Long Nights of Short Metre Commence in Lviv

Issue 89, April 2016.
Extremely popular since the first French Spring festival in Ukraine back in 2004, the annual Long Nights of Short Metre will be back in Lviv on April 23rd. The idea is steadily gaining momentum: 6-7 hours over a single night to enjoy a selection of some of the finest examples of short French cinema the world has to offer. Notably, each of the selections is fresh out of the cinematography oven.

French Spring 2016 Returns

Issue 89, April 2016.
The rich and colourful events of the popular French Spring festival will return to Lviv on April 1st. Once again, this spectacular festival is organised by the Embassy of France in Ukraine in cooperation with the Alliance Française French Cultural Centre. This year the festival will showcase several conferences, exhibitions, theatre performances, film screenings, and concerts. French Spring 2016 kicked off on April 1st with Claude and Marie-Jo Carret’s remarkable “The Gypsies, People of Europe” photo exhibition at Lviv’s Museum of Ethnography and Crafts and continued with a series of film screenings.

International Lviv Art Fair festival

Issue 89, April 2016.
Dedicated exclusively to leading contemporary art, the Lviv Art Fair will bring together artists this May to Lviv’s Art Palace that have the outstanding ability to innovate, challenge and inspire. The event is known as a platform that shines a light on emerging artists and original art scenes. The event will feature exhibitions of experimental and pictorial art, sculptures, graphics, and photography.

Children’s Reading Festival

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv’s Children’s Reading Festival is one of the few of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, a one-stop-shop comprising of educational, entertainment, and cultural activities aimed to popularise the reading of and development of Children’s book publishing. The festival is entirely devoted to children’s literature and provides an excellent platform for national and foreign publishing houses to present and promote their books. As part of the festivities, the ‘Best Ukrainian Children’s Book’ will be awarded to one of the publishing houses.

Sergey Mikhalok - Evening Sun

Issue 89, April 2016.
On May 12th, Lviv’s hopping Picasso Nightclub is pleased to bring you an acoustic concert by former Lyapis Trubetskoy frontman and current lead singer of Brutto, Sergey Mikhalok. Born to a Soviet military family in East Germany, he travelled often with his parents and grew up in Siberia. When his family returned to Minsk, he became interested in the arts and graduated from the Belorussian State Academy of Arts.

Lviv City Day

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv is all set to celebrate its 760th birthday this year and festive events will take place around the city from May 1st-4th. Lviv City Day is a holiday of great entertainment traditions and this year is no exception; Leopolitans and guests of the city can expect to see an impressive street parade replete with knights on horseback, spectacular theatrical performances, spirited sporting competitions, exclusive museum exhibitions, rocking musical performances, and fun festivals to fit every taste. Festivalgoers can also expect to see festive ceremonies to mark honourable public figures and activists, including the Lviv Noble Family, Honourable Citizen, and of course – Leopolitan of the Year.

Gorgany Half Marathon Returns to Lviv

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv’s 6th annual Gorgany Half Marathon is set to take place on Sunday, April 24th, with its starting line in front of the city’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre. The half marathon is a road running event that distinguishes itself from its Olympic cousin (full marathon) by being run at half the distance – 21 kilometres. Participation in the sport has seen a resurgence in the last few years as it has become known as a challenging distance that doesn’t require the same level of time and training commitment as the full race. In fact, Running USA has named it the single, fastest-growing type of running event.

Miss Lviv 2016

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv’s glamorous Opera and Ballet Theatre will host the grand finale of the Miss Lviv 2016 beauty pageant on May 17th. The annual contest brings together prominent fashion designers, artists, businesspeople, politicians, media representatives, and those who will represent Lviv at the Miss Ukraine 2016 national competition in Kyiv.

March-April Sports Digest

Issue 89, April 2016.
Follow up the latest results at Lviv Region’s Open Cup Bodybuilding Championship, find out more about Silver Edelweiss Dance Competition which took place in Lviv and get update on EURO 2017 qualifying match between the national women’s teams of Ukraine and Albania

Greetings to Lviv International Rotary Club

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv’s Opera Passage Hall played host to the Charter Party of the newly-established Lviv International Rotary Club on April 1st. Lviv’s Rotary pedigree dates back to the 1930s, but was cut short by the outbreak of WWII. The Rotary Club’s charitable ethos returned to the city in 1990 during the dying days of the Soviet regime when a ‘temporary’ branch was founded. Today’s newly-launched Lviv International Rotary Club community already boasts over 25 members drawn from across the city’s business community.

Lviv’s New Art Hub

Issue 89, April 2016.
An exclusive new art hotspot – FiligranaEtnica – opened up in Lviv’s central Opera Passage (27 Svobody Ave.) last month. This place is filled with some of the most interesting modern ethnic style-clothing from Ukrainian designers, as well as Andrey Kurilo’s one-of-a-kind hot-glass art pieces and Yuriy Nikitin’s masterful icons.

F/W 2016 by Lesia Semi

Issue 89, April 2016.
The young and talented Ukrainian designer Lesia Semi presented her new and exclusive fashion collection F/W 2016 at last month’s glamorous Lviv Fashion Week. The gifted designer said she was inspired by interpreting the medieval attire in historical movies, especially from The Last Kingdom series. Semi’s collection showcases a full range of clothing: blouses; tops; jumpsuits; various pants; straight-, flared-, and pleated-skirts; dresses; overcoats; and even capes.

Lviv Hosts Canadian Education Conference

Issue 89, April 2016.
The Embassy of Canada was warmly welcomed in Lviv during its Imagine Studying in Canada Fair. The event attracted over 2000 visitors who were able to learn about education opportunities at 17 participating Canadian universities, colleges, and language schools.

Ukrainian Defence Minister Meets Canadian Counterpart

Issue 89, April 2016.
Ukrainian Army General and Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak welcomed the Canadian Minister of National Defence, Mr. Harjit Singh Sajjan, to the International Centre for Peacemaking and Safety at the Yavoriv military training facility in Lviv Region on March 15th.

Miss Lviv Casting

Issue 89, April 2016.
Over 125 of Lviv Region’s most beautiful and talented ladies gathered at Lviv’s Gloria Café on March 24th to try to win a coveted finals spot at the Miss Lviv 2016 beauty pageant to be held later this year. The lovely ladies tried to woo the jury with a combination of their beauty, wit, and modelling talents.

Lviv Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv welcomed back the wonderful outfits and beautiful ladies of Lviv Fashion Week on March 24-27, as fashion industry representatives, experts, consumers, designers, models, and media gathered to see what’s in store for Autumn / Winter 2016. Designers from across Ukraine travelled to the city present their prêt-à-porter seasonal collections.

Eco Posters Exhibition

Issue 89, April 2016.
Lviv’s central Rynok Square played host last month to an open air exhibition of environmental posters by graphical designers from 24 different countries. The works were united by two of the world’s worst technological disasters at nuclear power stations: the 30th anniversary of Chornobyl and the 5th anniversary of Fukushima.

The Brow Bar Lviv відкрито!

Issue 89, April 2016.
Пухнасті вії, чуттєві губи, виразні брови ... Брови? Так, саме вони прекрасні відіграють більш важливу роль, ніж ми звикли вважати. Брови підкреслюють форму наших очей; брови створюють настрій; брови коригують овал обличчя. Давно минули часи, коли брови вискубували до тонкої ниточки або домальовували олівцем, - брови вимагають професійного підходу. Уміло обіграти, підкреслити та зберегти те, що дано природою, і створити воістину ідеальну лінію може лише фахівець.

FOREIGN POLITICIANS UNDERLINE UKRAINE'S CREDENTIALS AS 'THE REAL RUS'

Issue 89, April 2016.
Ukraine’s policy of appointing foreigners to senior government positions has been one of the boldest and most controversial steps taken by the country’s post-Euromaidan authorities. Critics have slammed the trend as an insult to the Ukrainian nation, claiming that it implies a complete lack of suitably qualified local candidates. Supporters have tended to counter this argument by pointing to the strong performance of most foreign appointees, and the absence of corruption allegations surrounding them.

In search of honest meat…

Issue 89, April 2016.
Honest Meat – the recently-opened restaurant on Rynok Square already has plenty of questions: Why is it called “Honest Meat”?; What are the prices?; Is it worth visiting?. Considering the number of venues on Rynok Square, the new restaurant on the block needs to offer something special to differentiate itself from its competitors. After reading many enthusiastic reviews, we decided to explore the venue ourselves and the first impression was very positive. It has a beautiful yet moderate interior and friendly staff, which is a good start for a place that still features a sticker that reads “test mode” on the restaurant’s front door.

Gopak Restaurant Welcomes You

Issue 89, April 2016.
Ресторан “Гопак”, що на вул. Науковій, 2Б запрошує завітати в гості та насолодитися чудовими стравами української та кавказької кухні. Інтер'єр 3 просторих залів ресторану вражає приємним національним колоритом. Також знайшлося місце затишку й романтиці – альтанки ресторану - ідеальне місце як для ділової вечері, так і для романтичного побачення. Однак головною фішкою ресторану «Гопак» є, у першу чергу, вишукана кухня.

Designer of Dreams

Issue 89, April 2016.
Modern fashion isn’t just about clothes, shoes, haircuts, or makeup. Design of the environment also has its own changing tendencies, styles, and trends that pop up from time to time. And it’s not so easy to successfully design an interior. It’s been 12 years already since ARS-IDEA Interior and Architectural Design Studio first opened their doors in Lviv, and they’ve handled over 150 projects since then. Their team of experienced professionals brings to life whatever project is given to them – regardless of complexity – according to the current trends and modern technologies in the fields of architecture and interior design. The firm’s cutting-edge creativity has been acknowledged with many different prizes and awards, the latest being the Grand Prix in the House Interior category at the Interium 2016 international contest for its Classic Cottage project. The market for interior design is growing; just 10 years ago the services were accessible to only a few people, but now more and more people are using a designer’s services to create cosy and stylish living spaces. Arsen Kostyshyn, the founder of ARS-IDEA, sat down with Lviv Today to tell us more about studio’s creative achievements and future plans, as well as the influence of interior design on our lives in general.