Week of Italian Cinema

Issue 76, February 2015.
Leopolitan fans of Italian cinema will delight in the return of Italian Cinema Week, set to take place from March 12th at the Lviv Art Palace. Cinema fans will be delighted to enjoy some of the choicest examples of modern Italian cinematography. Italian cinema has a long history in Lviv, as classic 1970s Italian films were very popular in the city at the time. Organizers of the festival hope to acquaint Ukrainian audiences with modern Italian cinema – and to continue the valued tradition of cultural interaction between the two nations.

Lviv Wedding Festival

Issue 76, February 2015.
The Lviv Wedding Festival is Western Ukraine’s largest and most established wedding show and features wedding specialists, entertaining dance shows, special workshops, contests, and, of course, thousands of dresses for anyone looking for that special wedding experience. Festival-goers will see the latest in bridal and formalwear trends showcased on the catwalk and will have the opportunity to try on wedding dresses from some of Lviv’s finest bridal boutiques.

The Nutcracker at Lviv’s Opera

Issue 76, February 2015.
Leopolitan theatre and ballet fans are sure to be excited when the Kyiv Modern Ballet brings their unique interpretation of the classic ‘The Nutcracker’ to the stage at Lviv’s luxurious Opera & Ballet Theatre on February 26th. The Kyiv Modern Ballet, featuring 22 young, professional modern dancers, was founded in 2006 by choreographer Radu Poklitaru. The company is entirely original, with its repertoire and artistic styling being defined by its inimitable choreographer. Among the priorities of the troupe is perfecting the ballet performance skills of its young dancers.

Randorn Tour by Ivan Dorn

Issue 76, February 2015.
Prominent Ukrainian singer and TV personality Ivan Dorn – formerly of A Pair of Normal – will present his new album Randorn in a special concert performance at the Ukraine Sport Palace on March 6th. Born in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Dorn and his family relocated to Slavutich, Ukraine when his father took a job at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant. While there he studied piano and sports, but it was his voice talent that was noticed at a very young age. When Ivan was just 6 years old, his mother took him to festivals, thus launching his long and creative career. Dorn is notable for experimenting with different sounds and styles, especially with rap, funk, neo-disco, and house.

2015 Vnochi Tour

Issue 76, February 2015.
Lviv’s majestic National & Opera Ballet Theatre will play host to Leopolitan legend Slavko Vakarchuk with two special concerts to showcase his Vnochi (At Night) album. Vnochi features collaborations with several artists from an assortment of musical genres, including: folk, jazz, and classical. While the album can hardly be considered mainstream – especially considering the pop tastes so popular among Ukrainians – these musical collaborations have still managed to become hits with a general audience.

Lviv Social Media Camp 2015

Issue 76, February 2015.
The Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU)’s modern campus is the site for this year’s Lviv Social Media Camp – an event designed to promote social media – on February 28th. The forum will focus on several social media-related themes, including: the promotion of goods and services through social media, new media startups related to sociality, Facebook application development, and changes brought about by social media.

Legendary Pesniary in Lviv

Issue 76, February 2015.
Legendary Belorussian group Pesniary are set to rock Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre on February 21st, as the group that was once very popular in Soviet Union rolls into town. Founded in 1969 by guitarist Vladimir Mulyavin, Pesniary fused several musical styles, including as rock and psychedelic rock, into Belorussian folk music. The songs are known to feature lyrics from famous Belorussian and Russian poets of the past. Maybe their favourite is Yanka Kupala, as his poetry has twice been turned into stage musicals: 1976’s Pesnia o Dole (Song of Fate) and 1979’s Guslar, which was in turn released as a concert album. Older rock fans will fondly remember some of their biggest hits – Kasiu Jas Kaniushynu, Belovezhskay Pushcha, Belorussia, and Alesia.

Buba Kikabidze in Concert

Issue 76, February 2015.
Leopolitan music fans will be pleased to hear that legendary Georgian singer/composer/actor/screenwriter Vakhtang Kikabidze is coming to Lviv for a show on March 16th. Known as ‘Buba’, Kikabidze is the son of a Georgian princess and is one of the most iconic singers/actors in Soviet Georgia. The Tbilisi-born star has an impressive trophy collection, winning awards such as: the People’s Artist of Georgia; the USSR State Prize; the Order of King Vahtang Gorgasali; the Knight Cross of St. Konstantin the Great; and even a star in Moscow’s ‘Star Square’. He’s been recognized at dozens of music and film festivals across Georgia, the Soviet Union, and around the world.

Special Documentary Screening in Lviv

Issue 76, February 2015.
Ukrainian company 86 PROKAT – the first Ukrainian distributor of European and American documentaries – is pleased to bring the 2013 American-Ukrainian documentary ‘LOVE ME’, about the ‘mail-order’ bride industry, to Lviv beginning March 12th. Beginning just last year, 86 PROKAT brings the most interesting and colourful documentaries to Ukraine and presents them during exclusive events along with their film directors. The Lviv Film Centre will offer a special presentation of LOVE ME on March 14th along with a special Q&A session with the film’s director, Johnathan Narducci.

Ivan Levinsky – The Man Who Built Lviv

Issue 76, February 2015.
Famed 19th Century architect fused the folk traditions of Ukraine with the modern philosophy of the western world to leave his mark on the architectural traditions of Lviv.

Fed Cup: Ukraine Narrowly Misses Playoffs

Issue 76, February 2015.
Ukrainian women’s tennis has a long and rich history, and yet its Fed Cup team – which sees its top female players take on top women’s players from other nations – has yet to find sustained success. Despite Ukrainian players regularly featuring in the world’s top 100 players, including the likes of the Bondarenko sisters (Alona, Kateryna, and Valeria), Tatiana Perebiynis, Viktoriya Kutuzova, Elena Tatarkova, Yuliana Fedak – and more recently, Elina Svitolina and Lesia Tsurenko – Ukraine’s Fed Cup team has only once qualified for the prestigious World Group stage in the yearly Fed Cup tournament, and that was back in 2010.

January-February Sport Digest

Issue 76, February 2015.
Be informed about results of a series of friendlies between Ukrainian national team and Czech Republic national team, Lviv’s local basketball squad Politekhnika-Halychyna at Ukrainian SuperLeague, colorful sport dance competition and more.

SAN"KOFF dazzles with St. Valentine's Day

Issue 76, February 2015.
On Saturday, February 14, Lviv’s nightlife leader - SAN’KOFF nightclub hosted glamorous celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. This time the venue graciously hosted the band "GLAM:BERRY" (Glamour), DJ MadKind, DJ Vadox, MC Yura z Baikonura along with crowds of the most beautiful of the party-going public.

MS Development Awards Dream Vacation

Issue 76, February 2015.
On February 07, 2015 Lviv’s improvisation restaurant “Grushevsky cinema jazz” hosted festive event organized by «MS» development company. At the event current tenants of the Residential Complex "KHMELNYTSKIY HALL" got wonderful possibility to win unforgettable trip to Dubai, as part of the promotion campaign “Turn residence purchasing into unforgettable travel to Dubai” which was held during December 25,2014 – January 25, 2015. Anyone that purchased an apartment at Khmelnytskiy Hall during that time was invited to the special event.

Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet Visits Lviv

Issue 76, February 2015.
The dancers from Georgia’s talented and high-flying Sukhishvili National Ballet brought there spectacular show to Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre on February 3rd. For years the group has captivated millions of fans with their fierce dancing that is as fiery as the blood of a Caucasian. Every dance in their repertoire represents a unique part of Georgian history.

Vertep Exhibition of Roman Romanyshyn

Issue 76, February 2015.
On February 03, 2015 Roman Romanyshyn presented his latest exhibition “Vertep” at Lviv’s art gallery “Green Sofa”. Art works of Lviv native artist Roman Romanyshyn, whose prolific oeuvre encompasses prints, paintings and sculpture, has gained recognition in European art circles as in the last 10 years Mr. Romanyshyn has participated in 30 international exhibitions held in Ukraine, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Macedonia, Italy, Korea and Japan.

Health Minister Alexander Kvitashvili Visits Lviv

Issue 76, February 2015.
New Ukrainian Health Minister – and former Georgian citizen – Alexander Kvitashvili stopped by Lviv for a working visit on January 30th to outline his vision for reforming the national healthcare system. Kvitashvili was joined by Chairman of the Lviv Regional State Administration Oleg Sinyutka when they met with students and professors of the Lviv National Medical University in a presentation open to the public.

Lviv Art Gallery Celebrates 108th Anniversary

Issue 76, February 2015.
The Lviv Art Gallery, named after Hero of Ukraine Boris Voznitksy, hosted a special celebration on February 13th to mark the 108th anniversary of the gallery’s foundation. The festivities included a special presentation of the ‘Integration’ art project and attracted a large audience.