S.K.A.Y. Coming Back to Lviv

Issue 97, January 2017.
On February 18th Ukrainian rockers S.K.A.Y. will present their newly-released fifth album New Life (Nove Zhyttya) with a live concert at Lviv’s !FESTrepublic Club as part of their national tour. The rockers from Ternopil formed back in 2001 and made a name for the band by playing in popular music festivals such as Perlyny Sezonu and Chervona Ruta.

Khrystyna Soloviy’s “Zhyva Voda”

Issue 97, January 2017.
Lviv’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre will host a concert by Ukrainian folk singer Khrystyna Soloviy on February 21st. Born in Drohobych to a family of choral conductors, Soloviy moved to Lviv and headed the Lemkovyna choir for three years.

‘Lviv Cup’ and ‘Fabulous Lviv’ Dog Shows

Issue 97, January 2017.
Man’s best friend will be loving the attention on the February 4-5 weekend as more than 100 pampered and groomed dogs will compete in the annual ‘Lviv Cup 2017’ and ‘Fabulous Lviv’ dog shows. The first day will see the Golden and Labrador Retrievers, Akita and American Akita, Welsh Corgi, and Pembroke breeds take centre stage, while day two will feature Siberian Huskies, Central Asian Shepherd Dogs, the Bouledogue Francais, and the Jack Russell Terriers.

TIK’s ‘EURO’ Concert

Issue 97, January 2017.
Ukrainian folk band TIK will bring their national tour to Lviv for a jolly show at the city’s circus on February 7th. TIK goes all the way back to 2005 when then-history student Viktor Broniuk (vocals, accordion) and music student Denys Repey (bass guitar) met in Vinnytsia. They named the band TIK after the Ukrainian phrase “Tverezist I Kultura” (Sobriety and Culture).

Vitaly Mansky’s ‘Close Relations’

Issue 97, January 2017.
Vitaly Mansky’s new documentary ‘Close Relations’, where he personally investigates his family’s Ukrainian roots (or lack thereof) and discovers the definition of national identity, will premiere in Lviv on January 29th at Planeta Kino cinema. What is national identity – a passport or bloodlines? What happens when an army rolls up into your city and you suddenly live in another country?

Ukrainian Business Marathon

Issue 97, January 2017.
Lviv’s first Ukrainian Business Marathon will bring together over 100 owners, managers, and freelancers from across Ukraine to the Arena Lviv conference hall on February 18-19. The event will focus on topics relevant to small businesses and the service industry and will provide information and ideas for the easy implementation of current capital projects (and how to get them), available small business grants, navigating HR trends, and finding success in a changing economy.

Dakha Brakha Brings “Ethnic Chaos” to Lviv

Issue 97, January 2017.
The centre of Western Ukraine’s art scene – Lviv’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre – is set to host Kyiv’s popular Dakha Brakha foursome on February 22nd. The four ethnic music artists were all part of Dakh – a popular experimental theatre in Kyiv – when the group formed in 2004. The unique group name comes from the old Ukrainian language and means give/take.

Gaitana’s Strange Love

Issue 97, January 2017.
Lviv’s festive centre of the holiday season – the Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre – will host a grand concert by the sensual and provocative vocalist Gaitana on February 13th. The artist of Ukrainian and Congolese descent began charming audiences in 2003 with her versatile personality and graceful mastery of voice.

Kyiv Modern Ballet Coming to Lviv

Issue 97, January 2017.
Leopolitan ballet fans and guests of the city are sure to be excited when the Kyiv Modern Ballet brings their latest shows ‘The Long Christmas Dinner’ and ‘Women in D Minor’ to the stage at Lviv’s luxurious Opera & Ballet Theatre on January 30th.

Lviv’s Akurat Company Continues to Grow

Issue 97, January 2017.
Lviv’s Akurat company is well-known for its trendy restaurants and popular shops, including: Hrushevsky Cinema Jazz, Panska Charka, Honest Meat, Del Pesto, Kogut Josper Pub, Virmenka Coffee Shop, the Modern Art-Hotel and shops Tinctures from Lviv, which one can find in Lviv, Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv, Dnipro and even at famous ski resort Bukovel. The man behind all of these venues is company founder and General Director Taras Kolodiy. He shared with Lviv Today the key points in the company’s history and its roadmap to success.

Lviv’s Carpathians Host Para Nordic World Cup Event

Issue 97, January 2017.
Recently added as a World Cup venue, Lviv region’s Western Rehabilitation & Sports Centre in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains hosted the World Para Nordic Skiing & Biathlon Championships from January 12-20. The event brought together over 120 participants from 19 countries from as far away as Brazil, China, the UK, Japan, and Norway.

Lviv Hosts Winter Cup 2016 Dance Tournament

Issue 97, January 2017.
During December 24-25th Lviv played host to the Lviv Winter Cup-2016 Dance tournament which took place at Halychyna Sport Palace. As event’s organizer came Lviv’s Dance Club Foxtrot which managed to bring together over 300 dance couples from around Ukraine in various age categories.

Winter Fairy Tale 2016

Issue 97, January 2017.
Lviv’sHalychyna Sports Palace was home to over 350 Ukrainian rhythmic gymnasts on December 17-18 as part of the Winter Fairy Tale competition that traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday season.

Double Gold for Ukraine at FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships

Issue 97, January 2017.
Ukraine won both the men’s and women’s gold medals at the FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships in Doha, Qatar as both Vasyl Ivanchuk of Ternopil region and Lviv’s very-own Anna Muzychuk walked away on top after 3 days of play. The 26-year-old Muzychuk had an even finer weekend, retaining the World Blitz title that she won two years ago in Khanty-Mansiysk, while adding the World Rapid title to her already impressive resume. Anna is the older sister of former FIDE World Chess Champion MariyaMuzychuk, also of Lviv.

You Can Bank on A-Bank!

Issue 97, January 2017.
Lviv saw two new A-Bank branches open at the end of 2016 at 4 Pid Dubom St. (across from Forum Lviv Mall) and at 34 Volodymyra Velykoho St. Under the guidance of Chairman Yuriy Kandaurov, A-Bank has now opened up 193 branches across Ukraine.

Discover the Unforgettable Fairy Tale of Arłamów

Issue 97, January 2017.
At 590 metres above sea level in the centre of Poland’s magical Beskid Mountains you can find the spectacular Arłamów recreational centre. The complex features a 254-room 4-star hotel, 3 restaurants with their own unique menus, a coffee shop, a bar in the lobby, a nightclub with bowling and billiards, 4 conference halls that can accommodate up to 1500 people, and 2800 m2 of exhibition area.

Good Deeds Bring Joy!

Issue 97, January 2017.
Just in time for the holiday season, Lviv’s Fujikura Automotive Ukraine signed a memorandum of cooperation with the city’s Ohmatdyt regional children’s hospital to support better conditions for the patients and medical staff. In reality, the company has already worked with the hospital for nearly half a year, where they raised money for the purchase of a phototherapy lamp for the reanimation of newborns through the Happy Kilometre charity run and made a generous 500,000 UAH donation to help the hospital renovate its surgical department’s operating room.

Christmas Celebrations Come to a Close

Issue 97, January 2017.
Lviv’s always colourful and rich holiday event calendar once again attracted thousands of Leopolitans and guests of the city to the seasonal markets located on Rynok Square and along the Opera House alley. Merrymakers had a wide range of delicious Christmas treats and delightful folk crafts, while theatrical performances like Voskresinnya’s ‘When Angels Came From the Sky’ entertained the bundled-up crowds.

Davydenko’s ‘Action’

Issue 97, January 2017.
Notable Ukrainian artist Oleg Davydenko, whose works are in private collections across Europe, North America, and Japan, has brought his spectacular ‘Action’ exhibition to delight Leopolitans and guests of the city. Opened since December 20th, the exhibition is hosted by the Lviv Art Palace and features abstract paintings as well as bronze sculptures

ATO Soldiers Give Ukrainian Children a Special Holiday Gift

Issue 97, January 2017.
Last month, Lviv’s trendy Virmenka coffee shop played host to the unique presentation of the ‘ATO Soldiers Read Ukrainian Fairy Tales to Children’ cultural project. Ukrainian fighters also recorded an audio disc with the fairy tales which was released on St. Nicolaus Day Eve. The project features 18 soldiers who fought in the ATO zone between 2014-16 and represent different cities of Ukraine – Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Kharkiv, and Dnipro.

Ukraine’s Wackiest Festival

Issue 97, January 2017.
Malanka, or ‘Old New Year Celebrations’, is one of the most popular traditional festivals in Western Ukraine. It’s celebrated on the night of January 13th-14th, which marks New Year’s Eve according to the old Julian calendar. There perhaps is no greater place to check out the festival than in the village of Krasnoilsk, where Malanka is a highly-anticipated party. Locals, young and old, wear traditional masks and carnival costumes while strolling from house to house to sing carols, wish the hosts good luck, and playing pranks or short plays.

Enoteca – Wine & Hard Liquor Repository

Issue 97, January 2017.
The word ‘enoteca’ is of Greek origin and literally means wine repository of collection of bottled wine.