Lviv Outsourcing Forum

Issue 77, March 2015.
One of the most important conferences in Ukraine’s outsourcing industry – the Lviv Outsourcing forum – will be held on March 28th at the prestigious Hotel Dnister. This annual conference always attracts the most active people in Ukraine’s outsourcing industry and serves as a platform to share experiences and discuss pressing issues. Past participants have noted an increase in the number of employees in their companies, agreements on M&A, improvements in their own organizational structures, and creation or improvement of their companies’ development strategies.

Teulis Shadow Theatre

Issue 77, March 2015.
The world-famous Teulis Shadow Theatre, the multiple-award winning act made popular on European and Russian talent shows similar to “Britain’s Got Talent”, are bringing their Cry of the Soul show to Lviv’s Zankovetska National Theatre on April 4th. The Teulis Shadow Theatre is a space where even dark silhouettes are able to play with bright colours – in the palette of which there is no place for stencils, templates, or artificial silhouettes.

Lviv Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2015

Issue 77, March 2015.
Lviv is set to showcase this fall’s finest fashions at Lviv Fashion Week – Autumn / Winter 2015 from March 25th to 29th. This season’s event will be primarily hosted at Lviv’s Danylo Halytskyi International Airport. For five days Leopolitan fashionistas and guests of the city will be treated to stunning collections from some of Ukraine’s leading designers, including: Roksolana Bogutska, Oksana Mukha, Marta Wachholz, Oksana Piekna, GraNat, Bazhani, and Kateryna Karol. Other featured Ukrainian designers include: Kyiv’s Cher-nika, Odessa’s KEKA, Ternopil’s Lidiya Yanitska, Mykolaiv’s Natalia Grechana, and Lviv’s own Lesia Semi. Belarus’ renowned designer Natasha TSU RAN is set to appear as the event’s special guest and to premiere her Autumn / Winter 2015 collection.

Violin Virtuoso Vasyl Popadiuk in Concert

Issue 77, March 2015.
Ukraine’s violin virtuoso – Mr. Vasyl Popadiuk – is set to wow Leopolitan music lovers with a special concert at Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre on March 30th. Born into an artistic family in Lviv, he moved at a young age to Kyiv. His famous father, Vasyl Popadiuk Sr., fronted the popular Triyisty Muziki group and is a national artist of the F. Verevka State Academic chorus, while his mother Svetlana was a choreographer. Even before the birth of Vasyl Jr., a rather interesting – some might say mystical – legend was born. A pregnant Svetlana was performing with a dance group in Slovakia when a Ukrainian woman presented her with a small, iron violin and the following prophecy: “You will have a boy and he will become a famous violin player.” And that’s exactly what happened!

International Student Media Symposium

Issue 77, March 2015.
The Ukrainian Catholic University’s School of Journalism invites you to take part in the 2015 International Student Media Symposium “Rethinking Media and Debunking Propaganda”, set to take place at their Lviv campus from March 26-27. The Student Media Symposium (SMS) is intended as an academic platform for the exchange of ideas, projects, and the results of media research among young scholars and leading media researchers from across Ukraine and abroad.

Tina Karol Returns to Lviv

Issue 77, March 2015.
Stunning Ukrainian beauty Tina Karol has emerged as one of Ukraine’s most recognizable pop stars thanks to her supple voice and graceful dancing. Leopolitan fans of Karol will have the chance to see her perform live at Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre on April 21st, as she brings her I’m Still Loving tour through the city. Karol shot to fame at the tender age of 21 after winning Latvia’s annual New Wave talent show – a post-Soviet hangover that continues to exert influence on the CIS pop scene. The talented singer won the casting call for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with her catchy tune I Am Your Queen. Representing Ukraine, she finished in 7th place singing a revised version of her popular Show Me Your Love. By 2009, she was recognized by Ukraine’s Focus magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Ukraine.

Jamala in Concert

Issue 77, March 2015.
Leopolitan jazz and soul music lovers are in for a treat as the unique musical voice of Jamala is set to grace the stage of Lviv’s beautiful Opera & Ballet Theatre on March 31st as part of her national tour showcasing her latest mini-album ‘Thank You’. Born Susana Jamaladinova to a Crimean Tatar family in Kyrgyzsatan, where her ancestors were forceably resettled to, her family returned to her native Crimea after Ukraine’s independence and the soul singer is now based in Kyiv.

French Spring 2015

Issue 77, March 2015.
The colourful and culturally-rich events of French Spring 2015 are coming to Lviv on March 24th. This annual spectacle is organized by the Embassy of France in Ukraine and the Alliance Française French Cultural Centre and is set to take place at venues across the city until April 24th. This year’s busy schedule will feature a variety of different conferences, workshops, literary readings, art exhibitions, theatre performances, film screenings, and musical concerts that will give Leopolitans and guests of the city the wonderful opportunity to experience at home just a little of the rich French culture.

Casting Miss Lviv 2015

Issue 77, March 2015.
Lviv’s hopping hotspot Anturazh Club will host the casting for the upcoming Miss Lviv 2015 beauty pageant on March 27th. The casting is expected to draw many of Lviv’s most delightful and beautiful young women, however only 14 lucky ladies will be selected to participate in Miss Lviv 2015 at Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre in May

Pysanky (Easter Egg) Festival

Issue 77, March 2015.
Just in time for Easter, explore the art, symbolism, and joy in creating pysanky – the illustrious Ukrainian Easter Eggs that are decorated using beeswax and dyes applied in layers. From April 03rd to April 19th, Leopolitans and guests of the city will be able to admire some of the most beautifully adorned eggs in the world at special Gallery of Easter eggs (Pysanky), which will showcase over 50 halve meter big festively decorated author’s Easter eggs. Alongside with presentation of the Gallery, guests of the event are welcome to join charity initiative “Good deed” and purchase small copy of the Easter egg, which will be presented on festive Easter eggs (Pysankove) tree. All raised money will be used for charity needs.

Ukraine vs. Latvia friendly match

Issue 77, March 2015.
Arena Lviv is once again set to host the finest footballers Ukraine has to offer as it welcomes the Latvian National Team for a friendly on March 31st. The game comes on an “off-day” in EURO 2016 qualifying and will see the same Ukrainian squad that takes on powerful Spain on March 27th in Seville in Group C Euro 2016 qualifying action tackle a Latvian squad that has yet to defeat Ukraine.

EBA PERSONALITY: Peter Chernyshov, Kyivstar CEO

Issue 77, March 2015.
Read our monthly roundup of EBA Lviv’s networking and knowledge sharing events including the interview with Peter Chernyshow, Chernyshov CEO of Kyivstar

February-March Sport Digest

Issue 77, March 2015.
Follow up the latest results at Winter Cycling Championship, get latest update on Lviv’s BC “Polytekhnika-Halychyna” find out more about European Championship Professional dance sport competition which took place in Lviv and feel proud for Lviv-Born Viktor Plotnikov who boxed to victory in Belfast

Sacred Lviv: The Multicultural Capital of Ukraine

Issue 77, March 2015.
Given the multitude of monikers the city has been known as – Leopolis, Lemberg, Lwow, Lvov, and now proudly as Ukrainian Lviv – it should be no surprise that the Western Ukrainian capital is known for its multicultural nature. Located, as it were, on an important east-west trade route, as well as on the fault line between Western- and Eastern-rite Christianity, the city has for most of its existence been the home to over 100 diverse ethnic and national groups, all of which have made a distinctive mark on the city’s history and current modern appearance. Ruled over the centuries at times by Ruthenian princes, Austrian emperors, and Polish kings, Lviv has become famous for its multicultural and multi-religious character.

SAN’KOFF Treats the Ladies

Issue 77, March 2015.
One of Lviv’s hottest nightclubs – SAN’KOFF – offered up the ultimate celebration of International Women’s Day with a glamorous, two-day party for hundreds of Lviv’s most lovely ladies. Known for its huge crowds, great drink specials, and massive sound system, SAN’KOFF treated Lviv’s charming ladies like queens by welcoming them with champagne served by buff and male hosts OK’S Models Agency.

Newly presented brand “Chycheree ”

Issue 77, March 2015.
Young and talented Ukrainian fashion designer Anastasiya Vasylyk treated Leopolitan fashionistas to her exquisite “Chycheree” brand collection at Lviv’s Ratusha restaurant on March 7. The inspiration behind this wonderful collection is a return to the source of national consciousness – to the cradle of the Ukrainian soul. Anastasiya Vasylyk based her creations on a modern interpretation of the image of a Ukrainian nobleperson, naturally adapting ethnic motifs to contemporary society and lifestyle.

Chocolate Fest Returns to Lviv

Issue 77, March 2015.
Lviv’s magnificent Art Palace tempted Leopolitans and guests of the city to Lviv’s annual Chocolate Fest last month, where visitors were “treated” to chocolate fountains, chocolate sculpture workshops, and delicious chocolate creations from some of the most exclusive confectionary shops from around Lviv and across Ukraine. One of the most popular activities was the chocolate-making workshop provided by some of the finest professional chocolatiers that Ukraine has to offer.

Bukovel Hosts Red Bull’s Jump & Freeze

Issue 77, March 2015.
The Bukovel Ski Resort was host to one of the wildest winter extreme sports competition on February 28th, when the Red Bull Jump & Freeze rolled through the resort giving ski and snowboard fans a reason to get crazy. Hundreds of spectators cheered along the 23 teams that had to slide down the mountain on anything they could think of – such as sleds, rocking chairs, inflatable mattresses, and even in cars used by famous British secret agent James Bond. At the bottom of the hill, the teams had to showcase their creativity and aerial acrobat skills before falling into an icy pool of water.

Shakespeare’s Reincarnation Ballet in Lviv

Issue 77, March 2015.
Lviv’s hallowed National Opera House was the site of last month’s premiere performance of Shakespeare’s Reincarnation – a one-act ballet based on Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet, including the Reincarnation choreography from Britten’s Simple Symphony.

Welcome Sochi 2014

Issue 77, March 2015.
German painter Arthur Klose presented controversial “Persecution of Russian Art and Hypocrisy of German ‘Jacks in Office’ art exhibition at Lviv’s Museum of Ideas art gallery on March 12th. Banned by Russian authorities no less than five times, the exhibition features “Welcome to Sochi – 2014” posters by Krasnoyarsk painter Vasily Slonov. According to Slonov, the exhibition was originally commissioned by Sochi city administration; however, only days before its opening, found it banned by the same authorities.

World of Cats

Issue 77, March 2015.
The World of Cats exhibition opened at Lviv’s B. Voznitskyi Art Gallery on March 12th. This jolly and colourful exhibition is, as the title suggests, dedicated to cats. Opened to mark International Cat Day (March 1st), the exhibition displays works from its own collection, as well as by several local Leopolitan artists, including: S. Savchenko, V. Bohuslavskyi, R. Romanyshyn, S. Hay and O. Denysenko.

Currency crash offers tourism sector silver lining

Issue 77, March 2015.
Hyrvnia woes serve to make Ukraine one of Europe’s cheapest holiday destinations It is difficult to identify any positives from the fall of Ukraine’s hryvnia national currency. The dramatic drop in the exchange rate has left whole sections of Ukrainian society impoverished and forced the government to adopt a range of emergency economic measures which could serve to impede the development of the broader Ukrainian economy for years to come.

Ukrainian Book Wins Global Recognition

Issue 77, March 2015.
While Ukraine’s current political situation remains very difficult, Ukrainian culture has not yet been put on the backburner – it has instead turned out to be in the spotlight. For example, new art initiatives are launched nearly every week. This trend can be interpreted in two ways: on the one hand, Ukrainians are exhausted by the stress of war and are looking for an escape from the dreary political situation; and on the other hand, social developments in the country have provided for deeper artistic appreciation among the Ukrainian citizenry. We, in turn, continue to follow the artistic process and the changes in the cultural map of our country.