Wiener Johann Strauß Concert Gala

Issue 74, December 2014.
On December 22, 2014 at Lviv Philharmonic Concert Hall Ukrainian-Austrian symphonic orchestra “K&K Philharmoniker” will perform concert featuring selection of compositions by Johann Strauss under the baton of its charismatic conductor Matthias Kendlinger. Born in 1964 in Austria, Matthias Georg Kendlinger first began receiving accordion lessons at the age of 5. From 1981 to 1994 Kendlinger appeared as a performing musician on stages throughout Europe. In 1994 he founded the private classical music marketing firm DaCapo in Kufstein. In 2002 he created his own symphony orchestra, the K&K Philharmonic and one year later he formed the K&K Opera Choir.

Frank Sinatra & Louis Armstrong Concert with the Lviv Jazz Orchestra

Issue 74, December 2014.
Do you dig the sweet lounge vibes of Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong? Then come join Lviv’s very own Sinatra – Pavlo Ilnytskyi – in concert with the Lviv Jazz Orchestra for an evening of cool lounge music at the Lesya Ukrainka Drama Theatre on December 23rd.

Garik Krichevsky in Concert

Issue 74, December 2014.
The prince of Ukrainian lyrical music – Lviv’s own Garik Krichevsky – will perform in Lviv this month with a special concert program dedicated to his 50th birthday celebration. This singer, composer, and Honoured Artist of Ukraine (2004), was also awarded the Lyrical Song of the Year awards in both 2004 and 2008.

Vienna Opera’s Prima Donna to Sing in Lviv

Issue 74, December 2014.
Ukraine’s own opera superstar, the celebrated Prima Donna of the Vienna Opera Viktoria Lukyanets, is returning to her homeland for a special 25th anniversary concert in Lviv on December 25th. Having performed on many of the world’s most prestigious stages for years now, the Ukrainian songstress always tries to find a few days to make a visit home.

DJ Festival Tango Remolino 2014

Issue 74, December 2014.
Leopolitan tango fans get ready – Lviv’s Hotel Dnistr is set to host a series of tango-flavoured events over 12 days this month as part of the 2014 Tango Remolino DJ Festival. The term “remolino” refers to the swirl or whirlwind of the dance.

Christmas Season

Issue 74, December 2014.
The spirit of Christmas is coming to Lviv and bringing with it lots of hope and anticipation of a merry and (let’s hope) peaceful season. Now it’s time to take a break and just enjoy your time shopping, dining, and socializing. Christmas fairs will be scattered all around the old downtown square offering everything from sparkly Christmas tree decorations to the finest local confectionaries that will simply melt on your tongue.

Skating Returns to Rynok Square

Issue 74, December 2014.
As skating is one of the most popular winter activities in Europe, Lviv has established its own tradition – the Rynok Square Rink. For the past 6 winters, this popular attraction is mounted right in the heart of the picturesque, UNESCO-recognized heart of our city. The central location attributes to a smaller rink, but the intimate atmosphere ensures the rink is fully of happy Leopolitans and romantic couples.

Ukraine’s Malanka Festivities

Issue 74, December 2014.
Malanka festivities, the annual Ukrainian New Year’s carnival featuring distinctive folk music and costumes, is set to take place across Ukraine on January 13-14, but is especially interesting in the village of Vashkivtsi (Chernivtsi Oblast). Traditionally the festivities begin on January 13th – New Year’s Eve according to the Julian calendar – and is a time when all manner of ghosts, goblins, bears, horses, and witches take to the streets in celebration.

Lviv Hosts Rock Orchestra feat. Ukrainian Folk Instruments

Issue 74, December 2014.
Lviv’s iconic Opera & Ballet Theatre is set to host a special rock orchestra concert featuring Ukrainian folk instruments on December 26th. The orchestra features instruments from every region of Ukraine, from contemporary to more classical. The special concert, especially for Leopolitan music lovers, is set to present rock compositions from some of the world’s classic rock artists, such as: Queen, Metallica, Deep Purple, and the Beatles.

Christmas Joy at Lviv’s Opera

Issue 74, December 2014.
The Christmas season always brings a wide selection of festive music and performances to Lviv, but a can’t-miss Christmas concert that is sure to tempt you out of the house for some quality holiday entertainment, is the Christmas Joy concert at the Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre on January 2nd. This annual event, organized by DikArt, is sure to delight Leopolitan audiences with seasonal carols and yuletide favourites from some of Ukraine’s finest musicians.

Christmas at the Opera

Issue 74, December 2014.
Lviv’s young and talented singer Oksana Mukha invites Leopolitans and guests of the city to her “Christmas at the Opera” concert on January 13th at Lviv’s magical Opera & Ballet Theatre. The festive concert program will feature old-time folk songs, seasonal carols, and other holiday favourites. Oksana Mukha was born in Lviv and studied at the local Solomyia Krushelnitska music school.

Lviv’s Pampuh (Donut) Fest

Issue 74, December 2014.
Leopolitans and guests of the city with a sweet tooth will not want to miss Lviv’s Pampuh (Donut) Fest – one of the most original and colourful events on Lviv’s winter calendar – set to run January 7-9 on Rynok Square. Returning for the 8th consecutive year, this festival celebrates Leopolitans love of the fried, sugary dough with a competition of the deep-fried, battered treats in the heart of historical Lviv.

November - December Sports Digest

Issue 74, December 2014.
Find out about local FC “Karpaty” results of their pre-winter schedule, Champions & Europa League Updates for FC Shakhtar, 2014 Ukrainian Chess Championship, Lviv’s Halychanka women’s handball team participation in European Handball Federation Round 3 Challenge Cup and Lviv’s BC Politekhnika-Halychyna ups and downs.

Lviv’s First Street Food Market Premieres

Issue 74, December 2014.
The first permanent Street Food Market in Ukraine opened last month on the premises of Lviv’s Arsenal museum. The market, known as ‘Under the Arsenal’, sets out to put Lviv on the same culinary world map as famed street food markets such as La Boqueria in Barcelona or Borough Market in London. If you’re looking for products as diverse as Black Sea mussels, Zakarpattian snails, or goods from the Dido eco shop, ‘Under the Arsenal’ is the perfect place for you.

Chinese art in Lviv

Issue 74, December 2014.
On November 26, 2014 a personal exhibition of glass paintings “Orient” by Lviv’s National Art Academy post-graduate student Hao Xiao Hua opened at Pory Roku gallery.

Candle Festival

Issue 74, December 2014.
The centre of historical Lviv – Muzeyna Square – was home to the Candle Festival organized by Lviv’s Candle Manufacture from November 14-16. The event featured a colourful presentation of Lviv’s attractive promotional logo – “Lviv: Open to the World”. Enormous wax candles in the shape of each of the five coloured towers featured in the logo – the Armenian Cathedral Bell Tower, Kornyakta Tower, City Hall Tower, the Latin Cathedral Tower, and the Bernardino Monastery Bell Tower – were on display, in a wonderful and romantic show of the allure of our city

Ukraine’s First Graphic Novel

Issue 74, December 2014.
Lviv’s Art & Cultural centre – Dzyga – played host to a presentation of the graphic novel ‘Hero Against Own Will’, based on Ivan Franko’s revolution-themed novel, on November 1st. An exhibition of original paintings featured in the novel created by Mihai Tymoshenko and Cyril Horiszny was also part of the festivities.

“Dialogue of Cultures for the Sake of Peace”

Issue 74, December 2014.
The Lviv State Academic Opera & Ballet Theatre was host to a unique cultural event on November 16th: “Dialogue of Culture for the Sake of Peace”. Artists from Ukraine, Poland, Germany, and Switzerland united for this festive concert that showcased a couple of spectacular performances by two masters of modern music: Krzysztof Penderecki – Poland’s greatest living composer; and Myroslav Skoryk – one of Ukraine’s most prominent composers.

Lviv Nights

Issue 74, December 2014.
Lviv Nights – one of the most anticipated cultural events on the Lviv calendar – was held over them November 14-16 weekend. This season’s program offered plenty of rich and entertaining activities for Leopolitans and guests of the city to partake in.

High Castle Autumn Art Exhibition

Issue 74, December 2014.
Lviv’s Art Palace hosted its annual High Castle International Autumn Art Exhibition last month, gathering over 250 contemporary artists from across Ukraine and around the world. On display were more than 300 works of art, including: paintings, graphics, sculptures, ceramics, and textiles.

“Ukraine Has Changed, and We Have Changed”

Issue 74, December 2014.
Western Ukraine’s coolest radio station – FM Halychyna – has introduced a new motto this season: “Ukraine has changed, and we have changed”. The station promises to offer new musical content, new programming, and interesting new personalities; however the station maintains that it hasn’t changed its love of Ukrainian traditions, customs, language, songs, and music.

Lviv Hosts Annual International Economic Forum

Issue 74, December 2014.
Lviv played host to the 14th annual International Economic Forum – which gathers businesspeople, politicians, investors, academics, and other dignitaries – on November 27-28 at the Hotel Dnistr and Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. The forum, labelled as ‘Vision 2020: Strategies for Countries, Regions, and Business’, attracted over 300 participants – including 50 speakers from 12 different countries – to discuss two important issues for the development of Ukraine: decentralization / reform of state regional policy, and the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement as an opportunity to enact change in Ukraine.

Lviv Hosts Model Ukraine Conference

Issue 74, December 2014.
Lviv played host to the Model Ukraine Conference – organized by the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program – from November 29-30 at the Ukrainian Catholic University’s Trapezna Conference Hall. The 6th such conference to be held, following previous events in Washington, Ottawa (2x), Oxford, and Kyiv, this year’s theme was: ‘UKRAINE. A Future in a Neighbourhood of Civil and Uncivil Societies’.

Tradition Revival – Lviv candles manufactory

Issue 74, December 2014.
Today, Lviv is world-renowned for its tasty coffee and sweet chocolate. But did you know that in medieval Lviv it was the art of making candles where the city carved out a niche for itself?

BlueBox від Peugeot

Issue 74, December 2014.
Приємна новина для власників автомобілів Peugeot! Компанія «Ілта Львів» - офіційний дилер Peugeot відкрила новий концептуальний автоцентр Blue Box по вул. Збиральній, 2а. Тут представлений повний модельний ряд марки, включаючи серію комерційних автомобілів. Надається сертифіковане технічне обслуговування. Постійно діють акційні пропозиції, скористайтесь вже зараз - при замовленні двох послуг– третя у подарунок!

Life is Always in Fashion

Issue 74, December 2014.
Copenhagen was the stage for the ‘Life is Always in Fashion’ charity fundraising event held on November 12th. The event, jointly organized by the Embassy of Ukraine to Denmark along with the Velvet Hearts charity foundation, Danish brand Naledi Copenhagen, and the London-based Fashion Politique Ltd, brought together renowned Ukraine designers who donated clothes and accessories in an effort to raise funds for medical equipment and medication for Ukrainian military hospitals treating soldiers from the ATO zone. Items from many of Ukraine’s most talented designers were featured, including: Olena Dats’, Elena Reva, TM “Stolichny”, and Valery Kovalska. Shows from DOMANOFF, LAKE, and PRZHONSKAYA were especially well received.