Jazz Koktebel Festival

Issue 92, July 2016.
The popular holiday destination of Chernomorsk town at Odesa Region is this year’s host for the chic Jazz Koktebel Festival from August 25-28. From its roots as a private initiative of founder Dmitriy Kiselev back in 2003, Koktebel has become a huge movement that greatly influences the world of European jazz music. Traditionally held in the Crimean region, the festival was forced to move to the Odesa region in 2014 after Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

Etnovyr International Folklore Festival

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Etnovyr international folklore festival, organised by the CIOFF (Organisations of Folklore & Traditional Arts Festivals) a couple of years ago, has become a triumphal success in presenting Leopolitans and guests of the city folkloric groups from around the world. This year the event will feature colourful performances from foreign ensembles, spectacular marching parades through central Lviv, national cuisine presentations, workshops on singing and dancing, and plenty more!

Respublica Festival

Issue 92, July 2016.
Respbulica is a modern street art festival in all of its manifestations: music, photography, dance, graffiti – it has it all. The main idea of the festival is to popularise public activism and volunteering by transforming depressed city districts step-by-step into museums of social and territorial art. Five stages featuring some of Ukraine’s finest singers as well as some amazing foreign acts will be situated right next to the wonderful historic fortress (c. 14th Century) of Kamianets-Podilskyi. The festival programme also features the best street artists decorating abandoned buildings in both the older and newer districts of the city.

World Space Model Championships Coming to Lviv!

Issue 92, July 2016.
The FAI World Space Models Championship will be held in Ukraine this year for the first time – namely in the Lviv region from August 22-30. Leopolitans and guests of the city are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind event that includes breathtaking rocket launches, hands-on activities for children, and other fun outdoor activities. The Championship will take place in the Village of Velykyi Doroshiv near the Western Ukrainian capital of Lviv. Over 100,000 square metres will be divided into several zones for the competition, including a launch area, a guest area, and an exhibit zone. The event is set to welcome more than 300 competitors from 20 teams and 20 countries from all around the world, including Canada, the USA, China, and Japan. The ‘out-of-this-world’ event is set to feature over 1000 spectacular rocket launches!

Lviv to Host World Strongest Team Championship

Issue 92, July 2016.
Leopolitan sports enthusiasts and guests of the city need to mark July 17th on their calendars as some of the world’s strongest men will gather for the World Strongest Team Championship. Sixteen teams of muscle-bound competitors from around the globe will battle for the title of “World’s Strongest Nation” right here in our own Arena Lviv. Ukraine will be represented by the enormous duo of Oleksandr Lashyn and Lviv’s-own Volodomyr Reksha.

Woodstock Ukraine

Issue 92, July 2016.
Woodstock Ukraine is a summertime festival that takes place on the territory of Lviv region’s Svirzh Castle. This musical getaway features workshops, theatrical performances, autograph sessions, sing-alongs, tea ceremonies, hatha yoga, a vegetarian food fair, and canoe competitions in addition to the concert performances that the festival is famous for. The event’s slogan of “peace, love, and music” is more than just empty words – the festival has set out to be a meeting place for youth that do not want war. The event aims to unite people from different parts of our country in the name of peace, volunteer and charity development, and the popularisation of Ukrainian music and bands.

Zaxidfest 2016

Issue 92, July 2016.
Zaxidfest – perhaps Western Ukraine’s largest music festival – once again returns to the Lviv Region in the Village of Rodatychy this August 19-21. Since its inception in 2009, Zaxidfest has become one of the most powerful art events in Ukraine. Festival organisers try to pull people away from offices and laptops in order to support modern Ukrainian art through music, literature, and theatre.

Tustan Medieval Festival

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Tustan Fortress, located in the medieval village of Urich in the Skole region, has always maintained its link with Ukraine’s past. It’s no wonder that one of Ukraine’s leading medieval festivals was launched there in 2006. From the beginning, the Tustan Medieval Festival has seen success, and this year is sure to be more of the same. Taking place from August 5th-7th, this year’s festival will offer visitors an extremely rich and interesting programme focussing on Ukraine’s heroic medieval past.

Cosmopolitan’s High Heel Marathon

Issue 92, July 2016.
Perhaps Lviv’s most fabulous and fashionable event is set to take place on July 23rd as charming Leopolitan ladies are about to see who can best run a marathon in high heels. Of course, the lovely ladies will not be running the full 42 kilometres, but the 100 metres they do have to run might just feel like it as competitors may not run in heels less than 9 cm high!

Ukrainian-Canadian Rockers ‘Tut i Tam’ to Play in Lviv

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Ukrainian-Canadian rock band Tut i Tam (Here and There) – named after a popular children’s tale – are making two stops in Lviv on their 2016 Ukrainian tour. The band is set to play at the International Ukrainian Dance & Culture Festival – a one-time event being held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence – on July 16th at 20:00 and in Lviv’s picturesque Rynok Square, along with Burdon, on July 17th at 19:00.

June-July Sport Digest

Issue 92, July 2016.
Find more about Canoe Sprint, Rugby Seven, EuroFanz 2016 and Ukraine's participation at EURO 2016

Lviv’s Athletes Shoot for Gold in Rio

Issue 92, July 2016.
When the world gathers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5th for the 28th Summer Olympic Games, over 10,000 of the world’s finest athletes – representing at least 207 nations – will walk into Brazil’s illustrious Maracana Stadium. Among them will be nearly 200 of Ukraine’s best sportspersons competing in 21 different sports, including – as always – several from Lviv. Ukraine has several serious medal contenders, including Lviv’s-own Yuliya Tkach in women’s freestyle wrestling. But as you’ll discover below, this year’s Leopolitan Olympians are simply the next step in a long and distinguished line of world-class athletes to come out of the city. With 306 sets of medals to be awarded over just 17 days of competition, August is sure to be jam-packed with compelling sporting action. So here’s what you need to know about Lviv and Ukraine at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Kylym: Contemporary Ukrainian Artists

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Lviv Art Plalce will play host to the Kylym: Contemporary Ukrainian Artists exhibition, featuring the works of over 20 talented artists until July 24th. Paintings, sculptures, installations, and video art by the likes of Roman Minin, Nazar Bilyk, and Tetyana Malynovska will be on display for Leopolitan art lovers and guests of the city.

Provocative Exhibition

Issue 92, July 2016.
Recently, Restaurant & Art Museum SALO hosted exhibition Grybogolovi (Mushroomheads), a series of provocative paintings by young Leopolitan artist Anna Kashkadamova. In her works she presents the feminine principle in an unexpected, yet bold and eloquent way.

The Marriage of Figaro Premieres

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Marriage of Figaro, a comic opera in two acts by legendary Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered at Lviv’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre last month. While the opera remains a classic, the tale has always contained a hint of subversion. Sung in its original Italian with Ukrainian subtitles, it’s been updated to a modern setting inside a privileged gated community where the servant subclass and the antics of a grabby, entitled elite still resonate.

Ukrainian Haute Couture

Issue 92, July 2016.
As part of the Alfa Jazz Fest 2016 festivities, famed Ukrainian fashion designer Oksana Karavanska – one of the biggest names in fashion over the last decade – hosted a chic fashion show featuring her latest designs. The elegant event was hosted at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Gardens, normally closed to the public, but opened exclusively to guests of Alfa Jazz Fest.

BUCC Hosts Annual Lviv Luncheon

Issue 92, July 2016.
The British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, along with the assistance of the Lviv Chamber of Commerce and in partnership with Alfa Jazz Fest, hosted their annual Lviv Luncheon & Reception at the Citadel Inn Hotel’s Garmata Restaurant on June 24th.

Alfa Jazz Fest 2016

Issue 92, July 2016.
Lviv was buzzing from June 24th-28th as Alfa Jazz Fest – one of the most important open-air jazz festivals in Eastern Europe – jived into town. Attracting more than 40,000 visitors, this year’s world class entertainers performed at three stages throughout the city – Rynok Square, Potocky Palace Yard, and the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Park of Culture & Leisure. Headliners from around the world wowed Leopolitan jazz lovers and guests of the city throughout the festival, including Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, and Cuban trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval.

Rapid Trident 2016

Issue 92, July 2016.
Rapid Trident ’16 – an exercise involving NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, officially kicked off at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv (Lviv Region) on June 27th. The exercise included nearly 2,000 personnel from Ukraine, the United States, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Great Britain, Moldova, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey.

Ukraine Turns 25! To mark the occasion, Lviv Today chooses 25 Ukrainian “moments to remember”

Issue 92, July 2016.
It’s been 25 years since Ukraine finally achieved independence and there are no shortages of ways to celebrate the occasion. Festivals, exhibitions, parties, music and dance events – it seems like everyone has found their own way to mark this momentous achievement. So we here at Lviv Today figured there was no better way for us to celebrate than to mark the greatest achievements that the country has put on display in Ukraine’s first quarter-century. It’s not so easy to break down 25 years of a nation into just 25 moments, so we’ve broken them into 5 broad categories: Culture, Technology, Sports, Politics, and Honourable Mentions. Make a list yourself and see how many you can guess? Or go to our Facebook page to let us know which ones we’ve missed. Happy reading and Happy Independence Day!

Chopin’s New Melody!

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Chopin restaurant has once again found a way to amaze its guests. As always, Lviv Today is cordially welcomed by restaurant director and sommelier Kostyantyn Chernenko, who introduces us to the venue’s new chief cook Anton Timchenko. At 28, he is new to Lviv from Kyiv, but he’s already adding his own notes to the restaurant’s melody, and is eager to share with us his views and future plans.

What is the Main Purpose of the Lviv Tourist Alliance?

Issue 92, July 2016.
The Lviv Tourist Alliance (LTA)was created to unite resources to attract more guests to the city, as well as to increases the incomes of businesses and the municipal economy as well. An open meeting was held on July 1st to discuss the tasks of the organisation as well as difficulties with airline connections.

Stylish Clothes With Ukrainian Soul!

Issue 92, July 2016.
The patriotic wave sweeping Ukraine has brought national clothing to the forefront, where Ukrainians are still trying to establish their identity. While travelling abroad, now we can recognise our fellow compatriots by their vyshyvankas (embroidered shirts), blue and yellow flags, and traditional floral wreaths. It’s only natural that Lviv Today presents readers with Lviv’s Galychanka brand, who specialise in the production of clothing and accessories in the ethno-style. Here is our interview with Galychanka owner Pavlo Milcharek.