Wiener Johann Strauß Konzert-Gala

Issue 81, July 2015.
Be sure not to miss the special performance of the Ukrainian-Austrian K&K Philharmoniker symphony orchestra on September 10th at 19:00 at the S. Ludkevich Philharmonic Concert Hall. Under the bouncing baton of conductor Taras Lenko, the orchestra is set to treat Leopolitan music lovers with a rousing performance of popular pieces by Johann Strauss. Easy on the ears, this relaxing and charming music will truly create an atmosphere of unforgettable recreation.

Summer Music Festivals in Western Ukraine

Issue 81, July 2015.
Summer is finally here, and that means the start of the summer music festival season all across Europe. While festivals like Hungary’s Sziget, Serbia’s Exit, and Belgium’s Tomorrowland get much of the music festival headlines, Ukraine has dozens of summer festivals that you’ll want to check out – and Lviv and Western Ukraine are the best places to get started. Whether you’re looking for ethno-infused Ukrainian rock, mind-warping psychedelic metal, the pluck of a medieval feast and fair, the enchanting notes of indie, or jazz’s groove, there is a festival in West Ukraine just for you! With the festival season right around the corner, Lviv Today outlines your can’t-miss summer music festivals – both in the Lviv Region and across Western Ukraine.

ANOTHERLAND Festival 2015

Issue 81, July 2015.
Great news – music festival fans! Be ready for another extraordinary experience this summer when the ANOTHERLAND Creative Festival comes to the Shaslivtsevo Festival Area in the Kherson Oblast! The event’s rich programming will offer different thematic weeks so that no matter what your taste in music is – pop, rock, dance, reggae – you’ll find something just right for you at ANOTHERLAND. Just a few of the themed weeks include: Reggae & Dance Hall Festival; Kyiv Future Shorts Festival; Holi Festival; Handmade Festival; Yoga & Meditation Festival; and Afterjazz Week.

Eastern Partnership Culture Congress

Issue 81, July 2015.
The third International Eastern Partnership Culture Congress will take place in Ukraine for the first time and will bring more than 500 representatives of art and culture, government, NGOs, and other interested parties to Lviv from September 4th-6th. The event will take place under the patronage of ministries from several Eastern Partnership states, including: Poland, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The event’s theme of “The Mission of Culture During Crises” aims to establish effective and long-lasting transnational cooperation, the integration of cultural communities, and the activation of cultural dialogue. This massive event will see dozens of cultural and artistic activities held in the city.

Koktebel Jazz Festival 2015

Issue 81, July 2015.
The popular holiday destination beach at Zatoka Village in the Odessa Region will host this year’s Koktebel Jazz Festival Open Stage from August 23rd-30th. The festival, traditionally held in Crimea, was moved to the Odessa Region last year due to the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. Beginning in 2003 as a private initiative of founder Dmitriy Kiselev, Koktebel has gained wide renown among music lovers and festival-goers alike as the festival has become one of Ukraine’s most recognizable. Greatly influencing the European music scene by its sparkling performances, outstanding gigs, and audience-oriented atmosphere, the popular Koktebel remains one of the few premium festivals that doesn’t require an entrance fee. This ensures that jazz enthusiasts from across Europe make the trek to Southern Ukraine each summer.

Flamey Lion 2015

Issue 81, July 2015.
Flamy Lion is Lviv’s ‘hottest’ festival and will be sure to ‘light up’ your late August calendar. This fiery 3-day festival features many young artists and musicians as well as spectacular fire dance shows, glassblowing exhibitions, and a display of fireworks. The event was launched as a way to provide budding local artists the chance to perform in front of an audience and to gain exposure. The family-friendly event also acts as a fundraiser benefitting the needs of soldiers fighting in the ATO zone.

European Space Modelling Championship

Issue 81, July 2015.
The European Space Modelling Championships – the highest level of rocket building competition on the continent – will come to Ukraine for the very first time as hobbyists from 17 countries gather in Lviv from August 21st-28th for the event. Model rocket competitions are very popular in Eastern Europe, Russia, and other post-Soviet nations as well as in the UK, China, Japan, and Canada. Nearly 25 countries have teams that compete in international model rocket competitions – or spacemodelling, as it is officially known.

Blacksmith Days

Issue 81, July 2015.
Fire, anvils, and hammers will be the order of the day at Lviv’s Muzeyna Square in late July during Blacksmith Days, which are set to showcase the traditional craft of forging and blacksmithing. Blacksmiths? Do they even still exist? Believe it or not, interest in blacksmithing has seen a resurgence in recent years as some folks are shying away from mass-produced goods in favour of finely crafted decorative art for their homes. There is something to be said for handiwork that is actually made by … a human. There are plenty of job opportunities out there for blacksmiths. Some, for example, go into architectural design, where they use their iron for making fences, window bars, hardware, furniture, lighting, or even fireplaces. People looking to add design elements to their homes or replicate historical decorations often call upon these “smiths”. Usually, architectural blacksmiths are able to copy historical ironwork to match a specific era.

XXII International Publishers’ Forum in Lviv

Issue 81, July 2015.
This year’s national book fair and exhibition – the International Publishers’ Forum – will bring together over 250 publishing houses as well as over 100 writers from all over the world to present their latest books and promote masterpieces of classical literature. This year for the first time, to Lviv will come writers from Zimbabwe, China, Egypt, in addition to constant visitors of the event – authors from Belarus, Russia, Brazil, Estonia, Latvia, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Serbia, France, Finland, Israel and others. This year the Book Forum will showcase six thematic areas: historical truth; women’s issues; men’s club; culinary; comprehensive school; and children’s playground. The festival’s main theme this year is “Culture vs. Propaganda”.

II “Music in Old Lviv” and “Music in Old Krakow” Festival Returns

Issue 81, July 2015.
Some of the biggest names in classical and chamber music will make special appearances in some of the most historic spots in Lviv’s and Krakow’s city centres as part of the “Music in Old Lviv” and “Music in Old Krakow” Festival from August 14-30. Last year, National Artist of Ukraine Sergiy Burko – the creator, artistic director, and chief conductor of the Lviv Virtuosos Academic Chamber Ochestra – and Stanisław Gałoński – the co-creator and artistic director of the Music in Old Krakow Festival and founder of the Capella Cracoviensis oratorio-cantanta ensemble – launched the new Music in Old Lviv cultural initiative that became a huge success.

Lviv’s Plyazh Aqua Park Celebrates 9th Anniversary

Issue 81, July 2015.
Lviv’s Plyazh Aqua Park is planning to celebrate their 9th anniversary with a festive party and spectacular surprises on the August 8-9 weekend. This colourful event will feature kids’ disco parties, a fabulous bubble show, and exciting contests, which is sure to be loads of fun for children and adults alike. For years, Leopolitans and guests of the city have been able to enjoy the high-quality aquatic and fitness services at Plyazh! Opened on August 8th, 2008 – the same day as the festive Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics – Plyazh Aqua Park was the first complex in Western Ukraine to combine entertainment, sports, and fitness recreation. It is surprising not only for its size, but also for the vast number of various water amusements: there are five swimming pools, a hydro massage, nine waterslides of different length and difficulty level in the water park’s entertainment zone alone. In addition, there is a modern fitness centre, cafes, restaurants, shops, and a relaxation zone with five saunas.

Lviv Hosts Belarus in EURO 2016 Qualifier

Issue 81, July 2015.
Lviv is once again set to host the nation’s finest footballers, as the Football Federation of Ukraine announced that Belarus would visit Arena Lviv to play Ukraine in a Group C qualification match for next year’s EURO tournament finals to be held in France. The match is an important one for the Ukrainians as a win is needed to keep pace with the front-running Slovaks and Spaniards. Lviv is a popular place to play for the national team as they have never lost in the city, compiling an all-time record in the city of 10 wins and 2 draws, including 4 wins and 2 draws at the new Arena Lviv.

LvivKlezFest Jewish Culture Festival

Issue 81, July 2015.
The LvivKlezFest, an international festival of Jewish music, song, and dance, returns to Lviv this August. Aiming to revive the lost musical culture of Galician Jews, Leopolitans and guests of the city will have the unique opportunity to enjoy Klezmer music, dances, and song, as well as to meet the participants – famous bands, dance groups, and family choirs from all over the world, including: Ukraine, USA, Israel, Poland, and Argentina. Klezmer music is the music of Jewish ensembles, where participants do not know the notes, but are still able to express the soul of the Jewish people. More than that, Klezmer music is the sound of joy and happiness – one of the key components of Jewish weddings.

June-July Sport Digest

Issue 81, July 2015.
Get the latest results of the football fan’s festival EUROFAN 2015, finals of the student strongman competitions, Regional Championship on Equestrian sport in Lviv, football match Ukraine vs. Luxembourg at Arena Lviv within EURO 2016 qualification and be proud of Ukrainian athletes who had a strong showing at the first-ever European Games in Baku.

Go Below – Western Ukraine’s Underground Adventures

Issue 81, July 2015.
There is always something new to discover about our country; we never stop learning and exploring new wonders of nature. There are endless opportunities for adventure travel in Ukraine, for people of all ages and fitness levels as local adventure travel companies offer tourists numerous fun-filled activities from hiking to rafting, to skiing and horseback riding. Adventure travel in Ukraine provides you with a unique way of seeing this beautiful country. Above ground, the mountains, rivers, animals and birds keep us mesmerized, but what few know is that there is a world underground that is worth exploring and studying. Speleology is the study of caves and other underground karsts. What interests speleologists is the history, physical structures and the life forms that are found in these underground realms. Speleology and caving go hand in hand, becoming an attraction in Ukraine and an activity that many enjoy. As you enter a cave you are transported to an alien world with its own climate, plant and animal life. A variety of sport non-equipped caves can be investigated along with the tour operator's experienced instructors. The amazing underground formations of stalagmites and stalactites with leave you breathless.

Miss Lviv 2015

Issue 81, July 2015.
Lviv’s elegant Opera & Ballet Theatre was an appropriate host for the grand finale of the Miss Ukraine – Lviv Region beauty contest on June 16th. The annual contest sees some of the region’s most prominent business leaders, politicos, fashion designers, media reps, and other celebrities watch as Lviv Region’s finest ladies compete for the title of Miss Ukraine – Lviv Region and the chance to represent the region at the national Miss Ukraine contest.

Leopolis Grand Prix

Issue 81, July 2015.
Lviv’s rich motor racing heritage was on display from June 12-14 as the Leopolis Grand Prix rolled back into town. Leopolitans and guests of the city relived the days when cars raced along our fabled streets by watching over 130 participants from Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus race along the Lviv Triangle – from Vitovskoho St. to Stryiska St. to Heroiv Madianu St. As part of this dynamic race, the festival also featured an open-air exhibition of retro cars, special automobile-themed fashion shows, and much more!

Metanoia by Victor Sydorenko

Issue 81, July 2015.
Victor Sydorenko – one of Ukraine’s forefathers of modern art – had his festive Metanoia exhibition open at the Lviv Art Palace on June 23rd. Sydorenko is a successful painter, curator, teacher, and author of scientific and artistic texts. He has been the Vice-President of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts since 1997 and founded and has headed the Modern Art Research Institute of Ukraine since 2001. Victor’s pathway from realism to neo-avant-gardism is first of all a tribute to the full freedom of creativity of the last generation that grew up and worked under a totalitarian regime. Time, memory, and history are central ideas in all of his creative projects.

UK Ambassador Visits Lviv

Issue 81, July 2015.
The British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, with the assistance of the Lviv Chamber of Commerce and in cooperation with ALFA JAZZ FEST, hosted the annual Lviv Reception and Luncheon on June 26th at the GARMATA Restaurant at the Citadel Inn Hotel.

Vyshyvanka Couture of the 3rd Millennium

Issue 81, July 2015.
The Vyshyvanka Couture of the 3rd Millennium fashion show, featuring outfits designed by Ukrainian designer Oksana Karavanska as well as 18th- and early 19th-Century Ukrainian clothing provided by the Museum of Ethnography, took place as one of the cultural initiatives of Alfa Jazz Fest 2015. Lviv’s Karavanska has been one of the biggest names in Ukrainian fashion for over a decade, ever since she starred in one of the country’s most popular fashion TV shows. The owner of the OK by Oksanakaravanska and the OK by Oksanakaravanska for Men brands, she also sits as a member on the influential Fashion Council of Ukraine.

Lviv Hosts Popular Alfa Jazz Fest

Issue 81, July 2015.
Lviv played host to some of the world’s most famous jazz musicians last month as the Alfa Jazz Fest musical festival rolled through town. Considered to be one of the most important jazz music and interesting open-air festivals in Eastern Europe, the event attracted over 80 000 visitors to watch world class jazz music on stages in three wonderful locations across the city: Rynok Square, Potocky Palace, and the Bohdan Khmelnytsky Park of Culture & Leisure. Leopolitans and guests of the city were treated to internationally-renowned artists such as: the USA’s Mike Stern / Bill Evans band; 14-time Grammy Award winner, the legendary American clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Paquito D’Rivera; 10-time Grammy winner, the internationally-renowned American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Wayne Shorter; Japanese pianist and composer Hiromi; and 10-time Grammy winner George Benson.

Meeting of Presidents in Lviv

Issue 81, July 2015.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko welcomed his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komororowski to Lviv on July 2nd, where the two heads of state met for face-to-face negotiations at Lviv’s historic Potocki Palace. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Poroshenko emphasised that there remained trust, support, mutual assistance, and interaction between the Presidents of the two countries. Poroshenko was in the city to take part in the regional council meeting with Western Ukrainian security officials and law enforcers. “The struggle against corruption and smuggling”, the President said, “should become a challenge for every senior official.”

Аfterparty of beauty pageant at SAN’KOFF PLATINUM

Issue 81, July 2015.
Lviv’s nightlife leader - SAN’KOFF nightclub, being one of partners of beauty pageant “Miss Ukraine – Lviv Region 2015, in person of Аleksandr Sankoff, who also was one of pageant’s jury members, hosted spectacular party for charming ladies at new hotspot San'koff PLATINUM located at 19, Svobody avenue.

“Making the most of EU free trade”

Issue 81, July 2015.
EU expert Olivier Vedrine explores coming EU-Ukraine Association Agreement opportunities and shares his views with Lviv Today readers