Electric Meadow Fest

Issue 80, June 2015.
“Stoner rock” music fans are set to converge on the Village of Turynka near Lviv on July 4th for Electric Meadow Fest. Stoner rock, or stoner metal, is a subgenre that combines elements of heavy metal and doom metal with psychedelic rock and blues rock. Often the term “desert rock” is used interchangeably, however some stoner rock groups would object to this description. Stoner rock is typically slow-to-mid tempo and features a heavily distorted, groove-laden and bass-heavy sound, with melodic vocals and a retro production.

“Faine Misto” Music Festival

Issue 80, June 2015.
Music festivals are commonly devoted to celebration and internal reflection; they create a space for people to live in an alternate reality. Often held in natural settings, the encourage expression of individuality through music, thought, and communication. Festivalgoers are bound by a common love of music and to express their inner selves freely. Enter Ternopil’s “Faine Misto 2015” festival. One of Ukraine’s newest and most jovial musical events of the summer is set to be staged at the unique location of Ternopil Airport.

DONKULT Cultural Forum in Lviv

Issue 80, June 2015.
The DONKULT Cultural Forum, a project of the Cultural Forums series, is set to take place in Lviv from June 16th to 30th. Set up in October 2014 by the “The Depths of Art” charity foundation, the Cultural Forums series sets out to create a modern image of Ukraine as a highly cultural state to increase national pride. Designed by some of Ukraine’s leading experts in the fields of fine arts, music, theatre, literature, and cultural studies, the project is eager to expand the cultural potential of Ukraine through its multicultural diversity by demonstrating through the Cultural Forums series the intellectual and artistic depths of the Ukrainian regions.

Rakovets Fest

Issue 80, June 2015.
The picturesque Village of Rakovets, located conveniently near Lviv, is set to once again welcome music fans from across Ukraine on June 27-28 for Rakovets Fest. The festival’s rich and colourful program combines upbeat Ukrainian music with Cossack-style entertainments, knight tournaments, American football matches, gift fairs, and more. You won’t want to miss the delicious Ukrainian kulish!

Music Festival in Lviv

Issue 80, June 2015.
The Fête de la Musique – AKA the “Worldwide Celebration of Music” – is an annual music festival that takes place in cities around the world on June 21st. Created by the former French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, the first festival was held in 1982 in Paris as part of the Fête de la Musique event. Since then, it has become an international phenomenon, celebrated in more than 460 cities in 116 countries on every continent – including right here in Ukraine. The event aims to promote music and provide amateur and professional musicians with a platform to perform in front of an audience. The slogan “faites de la musique” (make music), a homophone of Fête de la Musique, reflects this goal.

Alfa Jazz Fest Music Festival Returns to Lviv!

Issue 80, June 2015.
Some of the world’s biggest names in jazz music are once again set to return to Lviv for the Alfa Jazz Fest international music festival from June 25-29. Considered to be one of the most important open-air jazz music festivals in all of Eastern Europe, the event promises to showcase world class jazz music on all of the three performance stages: Rynok Square, Potocky Palace Yard, and the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Park of Culture & Leisure. There is simply no better way for Leopolitans and guests of the city to get acquainted with some of the most talented jazz musicians from around the world than at AlfaJazz.

Yarych Street Fest

Issue 80, June 2015.
Early July sees the wonderful urban Yarych Street Fest come to the city as Leopolitans and guests of the city will be treated to a jam-packed day of sport and leisure activities, competitions, and all kinds of fun. The event will take place at three different locations around the city on July 5th and will allow festivalgoers the chance to try out some great outdoor activities – like skateboarding, inline skating, street workouts, or even parkour.

2015 EuroFan Football Fan Festival

Issue 80, June 2015.
Lviv NGO “Karpaty” is pleased to bring EuroFan 2015 – the annual European festival for football fans – back to the city from June 25-28. Now in its ninth year, EuroFan brings football fans from across Europe together to compete in a charity football tournament to raise funds for the medical treatment of soldiers injured in the ATO zone.

Urban Exploration Art Centre

Issue 80, June 2015.
The most ambitious modern art project in Western Ukraine was launched in Lviv on June 5th at the Urban Exploration Arts Centre. The project aims to host most modern arts under a single roof: painting, photography, live theatre, music, literary readings, fashion shows, and much more. Every art will be presented by its author and will showcase different perspectives and experiences.

Week of Belgian Cinema

Issue 80, June 2015.
Fans of Belgian movies, cinema lovers of all kinds, and just the curious should get ready for the Week of Belgian Cinema to watch or re-watch the finest films in Belgian cinema. Organised jointly by Kyiv’s ArtHouseTraffic and the Embassy of Belgium in Ukraine, the event will take place in several cities countrywide beginning June 25th.

Skryabin Memorial Concert at Arena Lviv

Issue 80, June 2015.
Western Ukrainian music fans will have a chance to remember the legacy of legendary Lviv-region lyricist Andriy Kuzmenko on June 21st at Arena Lviv. The front man for the popular rock band Skryabin, Kuzmenko was tragically killed in a car accident on February 2nd. Remembered for his energy, connection with the crowd, and for his many performances in small towns across Ukraine, his Western Ukrainian fans will have the chance to say goodbye to one of their most famous musical treasures one last time. Born just east of the Western Ukrainian capital in the regional centre of Sambir, Skryabin became one of the most popular bands in Ukraine shortly after the country’s independence.

The Coach: Myron Markevych

Issue 80, June 2015.
While the football-loving eyes of the nation were transfixed on Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk’s remarkable run to the Europa League final last month, fans in Lviv could be excused for cheering a little louder after seeing one of their own walk down the sideline. Head Coach Myron Markevych didn’t just grow up in the Lviv Region, he built his entire football career in the city. While he wasn’t quite able to lead his Dnipro squad to its first ever European trophy – the team fell 2:3 to Seville in the Europa League final – the long-time Ukrainian Premiere League (UPL) coach and former head coach of the Ukrainian National team earned renewed respect by leading Dnipro to more success than the team has seen in its nearly 100 years of existence. While it was disappointing not to see the him rewarded with a European title for his efforts, it was nice to see the man that led FC Karpaty to some of its most successful seasons basking in the European spotlight. So, for the uninitiated, here’s a short biography of “Coach Karpaty” – Myron Markevych.

How to become one of Lviv investment lions?

Issue 80, June 2015.
This month we have interview with Markian Malskyy, Ph.D., attorney-at-law, MCIArb, Partner, Head of West Ukrainian Branch of Arzinger law office, Head of West Ukrainian Branch of European Business Association who shares his views on Lviv’s investment opportunities with Lviv Today Publisher Peter Dickinson.

MAY-JUNE SPORTS DIGEST

Issue 80, June 2015.
Be informed about the 2015 European Junior Boxing Championships, Flag Football match between local team Levy (Lviv) and team of 173rd Airborne Brigade (USA), Lviv’s Halychanka ladies handball team remarkable season and Ukraine’s water polo Championships results.

Bodyguards Championship

Issue 80, June 2015.
Lviv played host to the 18th Ukrainian Bodyguard Multiathlon Championships on May 30 – June 1. The tournament drew 24 teams – including 2 women’s teams – from around Central Europe, including: Moldova, Belarus, Romania, Bulgaria, and of course, Ukraine.

PM Yatesenyuk Visits Military Exercise

Issue 80, June 2015.
The International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Yavoriv, Lviv Region – where the Fearless Guardian 2015 international military exercises are taking place – welcomed two prominent guests on June 3rd as Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Payette paid a visit.

Beauty Festival

Issue 80, June 2015.
Lviv’s Pivdenny-EXPO Exhibition Centre was home to the glitz and glamour of the Dzerkalo Mody (Fashion Mirror) beauty and fashion festival from May 26 – 28. The biggest event in Western Ukraine’s fashion and beauty industry, this year’s event became the most visited and successful in its 7-year run.

More Travel Options for Leopolitans

Issue 80, June 2015.
The regular direct flight between Lviv and Tel Aviv, Israel was launched on May 20th and the airline plans to introduce several additional new routes this summer, allowing Western Ukrainians the opportunity to travel more conveniently to destinations such as: Madrid, Spain (from June 21st); Bologna, Italy (from June 25th); and Rome, Italy (from June 27th).

III Media Forum

Issue 80, June 2015.
Lviv’s multipurpose stadium Arena Lviv played host to the third annual Media Forum from May 28-30. More than 600 journalists, bloggers, analysts, media managers, and students gathered together to discuss the event’s main theme: “Media in the Turbulent Times of Change”. The event emphasized the role of the media in the crisis events in Ukraine and around the world and drew 54 featured speakers from 10 different countries. During each of the event’s jam-packed days, forum participants took part in discussions, participated in several of the 19 separate workshops available, or just shared their views on issues of vital importance.

Israel Opens Honourary Consulate in Lviv

Issue 80, June 2015.
In a sign of strengthening relations with Ukraine, the government of Israel opened its Honourary Consulate of Israel on May 28th at 36/3 Gazova St. Mr. Oleg Vishnyakov, a prominent businessman, was appointed as Honourary Consul and he will be tasked with promoting Israeli interests in the important eight regions of Western Ukraine. The consulate will also focus on increasing economic, cultural, educational, and tourism links with Western Ukraine, as well as to contribute to Israeli humanitarian efforts in the regions.

Cosplay Festival: ANICON 7

Issue 80, June 2015.
Lviv’s Art Centre for Children and Youth was turned into a playground of popular superheroes and villains on May 23rd, as the Western Ukrainian ANICON 7 cosplay festival came to town. Men and women from across Western Ukraine and as far away as Poland – many of which have traditional 9-5 office jobs – left their suits, ties, and pencil skirts behind to join in all the ANICON action.

Vyshyvanka (Embroidered Shirt) Day

Issue 80, June 2015.
Ukrainians around the country dug through their closets on May 21st to dig out their vyshyvankas – the traditional embroidered shirt that is one of the country’s most recognizable symbols. Celebrated on the third Thursday of every May since 2007, the celebration is designed to preserve and promote Ukrainian values among the country’s youth and general population. A rich mixture of events typically mark the event, and this year was no different.

Waiters Day Race

Issue 80, June 2015.
Lviv celebrated Waiters Day on May 21st – a day to recognize the front of house staff at all of Lviv’s myriad dining establishments. Whether a waiter in a fine dining eatery like Amadeus, or a shaker in the Chelentano diner, or a barista in Svit Kavy, Waiters Day celebrates all restaurant business staff and hopes to inspire people to begin a career in the city’s burgeoning hospitality industry. It hopes to change the perception that a waiter is an unskilled job that requires long hours and to show that a career in the industry offers skill development, opportunity for advancement, and enticing rewards. It is also a chance to celebrate the excellence, dedication, hard work, and discipline of all those fine people that keep all of the city’s eateries buzzing.

Kyiv – Monte Carlo Electric Car Marathon

Issue 80, June 2015.
Leopolitans and guests of the city welcomed participants of the Kyiv – Monte Carlo Electric Car Marathon 2015, who made a pit stop in the city on June 5th. The city’s historic Rynok Square was home to a specially-located generator, which allowed the electric cars to recharge before their long trip. Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi personally oversaw the event, which also featured an exhibition of electric cars for children and quadrocycles for the adults.

West Ukraine’s First Islamic Centre

Issue 80, June 2015.
Lviv’s 3000+ Muslims now have their own place to gather, pray, and read the holy Quran after the opening of West Ukraine’s first Islamic Centre in Lviv (29a, Lincoln str.,) on June 5th. While there are eight other such centres in Ukraine, Lviv’s – named after Muhammad Asad, the first to translate the Quran into English – is the first in Western Ukraine.

Lesia Semi resort collection 2016

Issue 80, June 2015.
On May 28 fashion designer Lesia Semi presented her new collection resort 2016. Fashion show was combined with presentation of brand’s first perfume - SEMI by Lesia Semi. This glamorous event was hosted by Lviv’s “Lion’s Castle” hotel.

Charity fundraising dedicated to centenary

Issue 80, June 2015.
On May 29, «Panorama Lviv Hotel» festively celebrated it’s centenary. Guests of the event were treated with exquisite refreshments at venue’s spectacular terrace, entertained by jolly «Freedom jazz» band and enjoyed cigars and hookah at recently opened Cigar Hall.

“The economic situation in Ukraine is not as bad as everyone says it is.”

Issue 80, June 2015.
Lviv’s HD Partners legal company organized a “Break West” business breakfast on May 30th and invited noted Polish professor and economist Leszek Balcerowicz to speak. Balcerowicz, of course, is famous for implementing the Polish economic transformation program in the 1990s; a shock therapy economic programme more commonly referred to as the Balcerowicz Plan. A former Professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics, former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Finance Minister, former President of the National Bank of Poland, and Founder and Council Chairman of the Civil Development Forum Foundation (FOR), Balcerowicz is a well-known and highly respected voice and transition economics. He has been travelling to Ukraine since 1991 and in his opinion, the current government of Ukraine is the best since this country’s independence.