French Cinema a Le Soir

Issue 75, January 2015.
They often call Lviv the ‘Paris of the East’, and maybe that explains the love affair the city has with all things French. This tradition continues this February with the annual Evenings of French Cinema film festival, brought to you care of Arthouse Traffic, the French Institute in Ukraine, and Citroen.

De Phazz in Concert

Issue 75, January 2015.
Mark February 23rd down in your calendars, as Lviv’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre will be the stage for German jazz group De Phazz – a downtempo ensemble that integrates modern turntabling with elements of Latin, soul, trip-hop, and bass to create one of the most unique lounge sounds in Europe.

Laura & Kristina Marti’s Ethno-Jazz Project

Issue 75, January 2015.
Lviv’s S. Ludkevich Philharmonic Concert Hall is pleased to welcome Laura & Kristina Marti’s ethno-jazz project, where on February 1st they are set to present the album Chanapar – which translates as ‘a road, a way’. The Laura & Kristina Marti jazz project showcases the delicious colour of Armenian ethno-jazz.

Serhiy Zhadan & Sobaky v Kosmosi in Concert

Issue 75, January 2015.
Lviv’s hip Picasso nightclub is pleased to bring the exciting Serhiy Zhadan & Sobaky v Kosmosi (Dogs in Space) to the club for a special concert presentation on February 7th. Serhiy Zhadan – a Ukrainian poet, novelist, essayist, and translator – really needs no introduction. His explosive mixture of the marginal and the philosophical in his work long ago made him one of the most popular modern Ukrainian authors. Kharkiv’s Sobaky v Kosmosi has also gained popularity in recent years as the band has zealously experimented with different sounds and styles. It seems the group very much clicks with Zhadan, who has played no small part in their recent success.

Rock-H in Concert

Issue 75, January 2015.
Fans of energetic Ukrainian rock will want to visit Lviv’s trendy Picasso nightclub on February 6th to see the popular Ukrainian rockers Rock-H perform their ‘Old & New’ concert. You may know Rock-H from their semi-final appearance on music channel M1’s Fresh Blood show or from their frequent appearances as featured artists at the classic Ukrainian music festival Chervona Ruta.

Shakhtar to Play Bayern Munich in Lviv

Issue 75, January 2015.
While Leopolitans might be delighted that Lviv’s adopted Ukrainian champion football team drew the globally popular Bayern Munich in their Round of 16 draw, certainly the team cannot be very happy. With 24 German Bundesliga titles, 10 European Cup championship appearances, and 5 European Cup championships, the perennial favourites from Bavaria pose a formidable challenge for Mircea Lucescu and his crew.

GameDev Gaming Conference

Issue 75, January 2015.
The Lviv Startup Club will host their annual GameDev Conference, which is set to bring together over 300 game developers and others involved in the gaming industry to Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University on January 31. GameDev is the place to learn about an industry which entertains over 300 million people around the world each month. All kinds of developers will be represented at the event, including those that produce games for iPhone, Android, Flash, Social, Browser MMO, and Download Games.

Vive La France!

Issue 75, January 2015.
On February 10th, Lviv’s S. Ludkevich Philharmonic Concert Hall is pleased to present VIVE LA FRANCE! – a joint cultural initiative of French and Ukrainian artists. For this special French cabaret, Ukrainian musician, vocalist, and composer Oleh Skrypka has invited Ms. Patsy & Jonathan Dassin – son of the late Joe Dassin – for a special presentation of songs made famous by his father.

Lviv Celebrates Chinese New Year

Issue 75, January 2015.
Celebrating China’s Lunar New Year has become a well-established tradition for fans of Oriental culture in Lviv. This year, Leopolitans and guests of the city will be delighted with the events in store to celebrate Chinese New Year in Lviv 2015. The events are organized by the Lanhua Cultural Research Centre of Ukraine & China and will take place at venues city-wide between February 18th-22nd.

January Sport Digest

Issue 75, January 2015.
Be informed about international rhythmic gymnastics competition “Winter Fairytale” results, BC “Polytekhnika-Halychyna” (Lviv) achievements and local Women’s Handball team news.

Lviv’s Festive Season

Issue 75, January 2015.
The Christmas and New Year’s season was, as always, full of bright and festive events across Lviv – including the traditional Christmas Fair on Rynok Square and along Prospekt Svobody to the giant Yalinka (Christmas Tree) in front of the Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre. Leopolitans and guests of the city were able to celebrate the season with plenty of interesting holiday-themed activities and events. Along the streets of cheery Old Town revellers could be heard singing carols, sipping hot wine and tasting sweets, buying and exchanging gifts, and just enjoying the warm holiday atmosphere.

Lviv Today Awards 2014

Issue 75, January 2015.
When a year starts with a country in the throes of a revolution and ends in what can only be considered a war, it can be difficult to look back on the year and remember the good. The year 2014 had a significant impact on Lviv – city Mayor Andriy Sadovyi become a household name nationwide; Arena Lviv emerge as a cultural hub for both sport and music; and Leopolitan talent recognized both throughout Ukraine (Andriana Khasanshin wins Miss Ukraine) and across Europe (Old Lion’s Publishing House wins prestigious children’s book award). Of course, prominent among these events the whole year was Leopolitan living legend Svyatoslav Vakarchuk – the front-man for Ukraine’s iconic Okean Elzy – who not only toured the country to record crowds, but also used his influence to support the principles of the EuroMaidan and to raise money for the injured from the war in Donbass. So as 2014 draws to a close, Lviv Today presents you with our annual awards for the people, places, and events that have helped make the past 12 months in Lviv so memorable.

Ukrainian Hospitality Awards

Issue 75, January 2015.
The top hotels in Ukraine were recognized last month at the Ukrainian Hospitality Awards® in a glitzy ceremony in Kyiv. The Radisson Blu chain in Ukraine were the big winners of the evening, taking home three major awards: the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv Podil was named Best 4-Star Business Hotel; the Radisson Blu Resort, Bukovel was recognized as Best Resort; and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv won top honours in Best Corporate Social Responsibility.

Astoria Hotel Celebrates 100 Years

Issue 75, January 2015.
Lviv’s famed Astoria Hotel celebrated its centenary jubilee in style on December 19th. Built in 1914 in the very heart of the city near the majestic Opera House, the hotel was named Astoria at the very beginning. The hotel was open even during the two World Wars, allowing visitors to literally witness the fall of empires and other unpredictable events in Leopolitan history.

Two airlines launch Lviv-Napoli flight

Issue 75, January 2015.
Leopolitan traveller looking for an affordable flight to Southern Italy are in luck – Wizz Air debuted on December 23rd its third route from Lviv as the Hungarian budget airline adds Naples, Italy to its existing services to Milan and Venice.