Leopolis Jazz Fest 2019 - Rynok Square Stage

Issue 123, May 2019.
Leopolis Jazz Fest is back! Lviv’s biggest event of the year – an international open-air jazz festival – returns to the Western Ukrainian capital from 26-30 June. With 100+ world-class musicians performing on three stages in Lviv’s downtown core, the mega-event draws nearly 50,000 visitors to the city each year. This year Lviv Today highlights the Rynok Square stage, which draws large crowds with its free price of admission.

Virtuosos Music Festival

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv is famed for its many musical festivals and this year the city will delight music lovers with another edition of the Virtuosos Academic Music Festival. First launched in 1981, this classic music festival remains a highlight of Western Ukraine’s cultural calendar.

EURO 2020 Qualifying in Lviv

Issue 123, May 2019.
The Ukrainian national football team is returning to Lviv after a strong start to the EURO 2020 qualifying tournament. Ukraine currently leads Group B after a two-game road trip that saw the team beat Luxembourg and draw Portugal. Lviv hosts the Serbian national team on 7 June and Luxembourg on 10 June.

UnderHill Music Festival

Issue 123, May 2019.
The UnderHill Music Festival combines modern electronic and pop music from artists from around Ukraine and across Europe. Located in the village of Pidhirya in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, the UnderHill Festival will dazzle attendees over the 15-16 June weekend with three scenes: UnderDay, UnderNight, and UnderGround. Some of Ukraine’s biggest artists will grace the stage, including Dzidzio, Skai, Druha Rika, Olya Polyakova, and Boombox.

Children’s KinoFest

Issue 123, May 2019.
The Children’s KinoFest is an annual festival of international films designed to support the creation and discussion of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for youth aged 4-18. Since its inception in 2014, Children’s KinoFest has become the largest and most respected film festival in Ukraine specifically dedicated to children and their families. Each year children’s films from dozens of countries reach more than 40,000 people through festival screenings in Kyiv and a tour of 20 Ukrainian cities, including Lviv. This year’s festival will take place from 31 May – 9 June.

Garmyder Festival

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv’s picturesque Horihovyi Hay Park will host the creative Garmyder Crafts Festival on the weekend of 1-2 June. This jolly event delights Leopolitan craft lovers and guests of the city with a variety of indoor and outdoor crafts and food stalls.

Molokiya Half Marathon

Issue 123, May 2019.
The Molokiya Lviv Half Marathon will race through the city on 9 June. Leopolitan runners and guests of the city will be able to race the full 21 km main course, a 10 km relay race, or a 4.2 km fun run. Besides the thousands of runners that the event attracts every year, hundreds of business teams also take part in the fun.

Lviv Project & Product Management Day

Issue 123, May 2019.
There is no better way to succeed in any professional sphere than through constant self-education, exchanging experiences with peers, and paying attention to detail – and conferences are the perfect place to do all those things!

Westland Festival

Issue 123, May 2019.
Westland is a massive eight-hour, non-stop electronic music festival that is set to delight Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city with a lineup packed with some of the biggest names in electronic music on 31 May. You won’t want to miss Cosmic Gate, one of Germany’s most illustrious electronic music duos.

WABBA World Championships

Issue 123, May 2019.
The 2019 WABBA (World Amateur Bodybuilding Association) World Championships will take place in Lviv from 14-16 June.

Skhidnytsia Hot Air Ballon Festival

Issue 123, May 2019.
The Town of Skhidnytsia will hold its wildly popular Hot Air Balloon Festival from 15-17 June. Each year the skies above Skhidnytsia come alive with the roar of the burners and the spectacular sight of dozens of festive balloons drifting over the landscape.

Lviv Media Forum

Issue 123, May 2019.
The Lviv Media Forum will offer a hectic three-day program packed with numerous speeches and new formats from 30 May – 1 June. Organisers expect more than 1000 participants at this year’s event, including journalists, bloggers, experts, analysts, media managers, and students.

HR Connect Conference

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv will host the HR Connect Conference, an event to discuss recruitment techniques used by HR professionals, on 25 May. Participants will look at the main issues of educating employees at a company; staffing – international trends and the Ukrainian reality; automation processes in the company; types of recruiting; ways to motivate your employees; and the management of your external HR brand.

Brewers & Restaurateurs Forum

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv’s popular Pravda Beer Theatre is sponsoring the two-day Brewers and Restaurateurs Summer 2019 Forum in Lviv from 18-19 June. With brewers, brewing technologists, restaurateurs, beer traders, brewery heads, and beer equipment manufacturers from around Ukraine and Europe, the forum is a great networking opportunity for chefs and beer lovers alike.

Leopolis Grand Prix is Back!

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv’s long and proud motoring heritage dates back to 1930 – before the city was even part of Ukraine – when an international Grand Prix was held in the city. That’s why the ZAZ-Kozak Zaporozhets automobile club decided to bring back the Leopolis Grand Prix festival – an international festival of vintage cars and races.

A Beautiful Mind

Issue 123, May 2019.
You’d be forgiven for not knowing the name Stefan Banach, a self-taught mathematics prodigy and scientific genius. How many people can name famous mathematicians anyways, even if they were instrumental in the development of topological vector spaces, measure theory, integration, the theory of sets, and orthogonal series? Well, if you can name one, let it be Lviv’s-own Banach, who studied and taught in the city under four different regimes, from 1910-45. Here’s his story.

The Art of Success: Matthias Kendlinger

Issue 123, May 2019.
Austrian conductor, composer, and impresario Matthias Kendlinger is the man behind the K&K Philharmoniker, the Austrian K&K Ballet, Ukrainian National Choir Lviv, and the Tiroler Beethoven-Tage. His ensembles have earned him rapturous “bravos!” and standing ovations at some of the finest concert halls in Europe, including in Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Madrid, and Vienna’s famed Wiener Musikverein.

American Football Returns

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv’s American football team – the Lions – returned to action at Yunist Stadium on 5 May, as the team kicked off the Ukrainian League of American Football in style. Finalists last year, the team kept up their high level of play with a 21-0 shutout of the Kyiv Slavs.

Lviv’s Barkom-Kazhany Wins Volleyball National Championship

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv’s Barkom-Kazhany volleyball team is Ukraine’s newest national champion after knocking off Vinnytsia’s Heart of Podillya in an entertaining final in the city on 24 April.

Lviv’s Halychanka Ukrainian Handball Champions

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv’s Halychanka women’s handball team won their fifth Ukrainian Super League championship after defeating Uzhhorod’s Karpaty 25-16 (10-8) on 16 April.

Ukraine’s Women Wrestlers Best in Europe

Issue 123, May 2019.
Fans at the European Wrestling Championships in Bucharest became rather familiar with the Ukrainian anthem as three Ukrainians topped the podium in five events at last month’s event. Oksana Livach, Iryna Husyak, and Lviv’s-own Alla Cherkasova showed they are primed for next month’s European Games with splendid performances in Romania.

Run the World – Lviv Half Marathon

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv hosted the ‘Run the World – Lviv Half Marathon’ last month, where racers competed in one of many distances, including the 3 km charity run, the 10 km race and, of course, the 21 km course.

Lviv celebrates “Wet Monday”

Issue 123, May 2019.
Leopolitans once again got wet and wild on April 29th for the one-of-a-kind post-Easter celebration of Wet Monday. Hundreds of Leopolitans and guests of the city took to Rynok Square to douse each other in water as part of the Easter celebrations.

Lviv’s 763rd Anniversary

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv celebrated its 763rd anniversary with a festive program over the rainy 3-5 May weekend. Public concerts, street performances by musical groups, sports events, exhibitions, cultural initiatives, and holiday fairs were in store for those that braved the weather.

Batyars on Bicycles

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv’s popular Batyars on Bicycles retro bike ride returned to the city on 4 May. Modelled after London’s famed Tweed Run, Lviv’s event is designed to pay tribute to the city’s past, especially the Batyar culture that used to flourish here.

Leopolitans Recognised

Issue 123, May 2019.
To mark this year’s Lviv City Day, Mayor Andriy Sadovyi recognised the contributions of 33 of the city’s most accomplished citizens with special titles and awards during a special city council meeting on 3 May. Yevhen Kurash, an ATO soldier and deputy commanding officer of the 80th Lviv Air Assault Brigade, was named Leopolitan of the Year.

Miss Lviv 2019 Grand Finale

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv’s luxurious Opera & Ballet Theatre hosted the grand finale of the Miss Lviv 2019 beauty pageant on 16 April. Hundreds of Lviv’s most beautiful girls attended the casting where 14 of our most talented were selected to compete in the finals. The glamorous production featured a creative show by the Voskresinnia theatre, performances by MamaRika, Artem Pivovarov, Denys Rekonvald, Bakun, and Antytila and, of course, the pageant itself.

Spring Business Forum 2019

Issue 123, May 2019.
Lviv held its annual Spring Business Forum from 11-12 April. This year’s topic, ‘Ukraine in 2019: A new period of uncertainty, or new possibilities’, tackled issues like Ukrainian economic development through export studies, a qualitative analysis of business in Ukraine, and establishing cooperation between entrepreneurs, foreign investors, and political authorities from across Ukraine.

From Post-Soviet to New Europe

Issue 123, May 2019.
Twenty-two years ago this month, I received a letter that changed my life. The news it conveyed was at once exhilarating and intimidating – a job offer with the British Council in western Ukraine. At the time, I was a history student in my final year at Liverpool University with vague notions of a future career in international relations.

What exactly is Vyshyvanka Day?

Issue 123, May 2019.
Ukraine’s most identifiable piece of clothing is the vyshyvanka. It’s an embroidered shirt that comes in a variety of colours, patterns, and styles. Much like the kilt is to Scotland and the kimono to Japan, the vyshyvanka is the prototypical Ukrainian garment.