Manhattan Short Film Festival

Issue 93, September 2016.
An extraordinary global event will take place from September 23 – October 2 when over 150,000 people in over 300 cities across six continents will gather in cinemas, galleries, museums, and cafes for the sole purpose of viewing and voting on the finalists in this year’s Manhattan Short Film Festival. The event is a celebration of cinema that occurs simultaneously around the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing audiences to select their favourites. Winners will be announced on the ManhattanShort.com home page.

‘Street Food So Good’ Festival

Issue 93, September 2016.
Around the world street food has become one of the biggest and most beloved – even if unstructured – phenomena in the culinary world. Lviv’s ‘Street Food So Good’ event combines musical entertainment with simple, delicious street food cuisine. More than 30 vendors from Lviv and region will make it a crazy tasty week for Leopolitan culinary aficionados and guests of the city.

Golden Lion Theatre Festival Roars Into Town

Issue 93, September 2016.
The annual Golden Lion festival is not just a carnival but a European theatrical tradition in its own right. It is also one of the most prestigious cultural forums from which modern Ukraine has established an international presence.

The Lviv Producers Exhibition

Issue 93, September 2016.
The Lviv Art Palace will be this year’s host of the Lviv Producers exhibition, where goods manufactured by local plants, factories, and private enterprises will be on display, from October 6-10, The event aims to spotlight local products and promote export opportunities by presenting local manufacturers of the food, chemical, paper, and furniture industries.

Legendary Coffee Festival Returns

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv has long been known as a city famous for its coffee – ever since Lviv region’s own Yuri Kulchytsky founded the Vienna’s famed first coffeehouse back in 1683. The city has been a regional coffee capital since its Habsburg days, famed at once for the strength of our brews as it is for the cosiness of our cafes and coffeehouses. Our annual Coffee Festival has been running since 2007 and is designed to celebrate the city’s coffee culture as well as to showcase our incredible brews. It has become one of Lviv’s most popular festivals as Leopolitans and guests of the city flock to the numerous festivities and fun events that celebrate our popular caffeinated treat.

Lviv Acoustic Fest 2016

Issue 93, September 2016.
This autumn Lviv will be plunged into a swirl of acoustic rock when the greatest acoustic festival in Ukraine – Lviv Acoustic Fest 2016 – rolls into town the weekend of October 8-9. The festival was established in 2013 to preserve and promote acoustic music and is designed to offer Leopolitans and guests of the city a wholesome, entertaining weekend of outstanding music.

Sergei Babkin in Concert

Issue 93, September 2016.
The intriguing and multitalented Sergei Babkin, best known for founding the popular Ukrainian group 5nizza, will bring his special Kvartyrnyk concert program to Lviv on September 22nd. After 5nizza – one of Ukraine’s wittiest and funkiest bands – broke up, Babkin went out on his own and has managed to combine successfully a career in theatre with his passion for writing music and poetry. Since 2004, he has produced 9 acclaimed albums and appeared in 4 feature films.

Lviv’s Book Fair & Literature Festival

Issue 93, September 2016.
The Lviv International Book Fair & Literature Festival – aka the Publishers’ Forum – will be back for the 23rd time and this year brings together over 300 publishing houses and 100 writers from all over the world to present their newest books and re-introduce classical literary masterpieces to Leopolitans and guests of the city. This year’s special guest is Lithuanian poet, scholar, and writer Tomas Venclova – one of the five founding members of the Lithuanian Helsinki Group.

International Tattoo Fest 2016

Issue 93, September 2016.
The Lviv Tattoo Fest – one of the biggest, most significant, and utterly awesome in Ukraine’s tattoo world – will return to the Lviv Art Palace this September 30 – October 2. This year the organisers have gone all out to bring Leopolitans and guests of the city more amazing attractions, alternative entertainers, inspirational exhibitions, and rocking musical acts to this ever-expanding celebration of body art.

Lviv IT Arena Conference

Issue 93, September 2016.
Arena Lviv will play host to programmers, developers, start-ups, and IT company representatives from September 30 – October 2 for the most remarkable IT event in Ukraine: Lviv IT Arena 2016. About 1200 IT professionals and more than 100 keynote speakers from across Ukraine and around the world will visit the conference this year. The event will discuss the latest IT trends in 3 thematic streams: Product, Technology, and Business. The conference will also feature the latest hardware technologies, including 3D printing, robotics, drones, wearable technologies, augmented & virtual reality, IT solutions, and smart homes and cities.

Lviv Scale Models Fest 2016

Issue 93, September 2016.
The Lviv Art Palace will be the real-world host of the Lviv Scale Models Fest – an international exhibition of miniature models – over the September 24-25 weekend.

Los Vivancos Coming to Lviv

Issue 93, September 2016.
Los Vivancos is bringing their biggest-ever production, AETERNUM – a show that sees a mix of flamenco, metal, martial arts, and live symphony music set to outlandish costuming, garish lighting, and an elaborate set – to Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre on October 13th. The show is certainly not your traditional Sevillanas or Rumba; by working with some of musical theatre’s biggest producers, including Cirque du Soleil, it’s Flamenco on a bigger, grander, more acrobatic and modern scale.

Liqueurs Competition

Issue 93, September 2016.
A new competition for homemade fruit liqueurs will take place in Lviv on September 18th. The event featuring these popular alcoholic aperitifs – known to have their origins right here in Galicia – will be hosted, appropriately, at Lviv’s Museum of Ideas.

Viennese Classics with K&K Philharmoniker

Issue 93, September 2016.
Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city should mark October 12th on their calendars as they will have the opportunity to be delighted by an evening of ‘Viennese Classics’ featuring Austrian conductor Maximillian Kendlinger.

Shakhtar Face Familiar Foe in Europa League Action at Arena Lviv

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv’s adopted football stars of Shakhtar Donetsk are pleased to welcome back Portuguese giants Braga in Europa League Group H qualifying action at Arena Lviv on September 29th. After finishing 2nd to Dynamo Kyiv in last season’s Ukrainian Premier League, the “Miners” gained automatic qualification to the Europa League’s playoff round where they dispatched Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir 4:1 on aggregate.

Project Runday

Issue 93, September 2016.
Healthy lifestyle-minded Leopolitans and guests of the city will be delighted about the new health & fitness initiative recently launched in Lviv and Kyiv nicknamed Project Runday. The concept is simple: people gather for free, 5 km runs every Saturday through Stryiskyi Park in Lviv and Trukhaniv Island in Kyiv. Runners can participate in any race without registration and all running times are posted online. Project Runday was inspired by a British movement known as “parkrun”, which began in 2014 when 13 runners met in Bushy Park, Teddington. Since then the movement has grown into an international family of nearly 2 million registered members and volunteers.

Equestrian Riders Vie for Lviv Open Cup

Issue 93, September 2016.
The Lviv Open Cup for equestrian riders drew nearly 120 contenders to Lviv’s Burevesnik equestrian sports camp from August 19-21 to compete in Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing competitions.

National Dragon Boat Races

Issue 93, September 2016.
Navaria Lake, located just outside Lviv, played host to the Lviv Cup 2016 National Dragon Boat races on July 23rd. For those unfamiliar with the sport, dragon boat racing is, simply put, a boat race between teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and someone that steers. It’s a team sport that encompasses the elements of power, speed, synchronisation, and endurance. From its militaristic beginnings in Southern China, dragon boating has become the fastest growing team water sport in the world and a very popular corporate and charitable event. More than that, Ukrainian athletes are very good at it.

World Strongest Team Championship

Issue 93, September 2016.
Arena Lviv was host to the World Strongest Team Championship international strongman competition on July 17th. The Ukrainian team of Oleksandr Lashyn and Volodomyr Reksha took on muscle-bound competitors from Norway, Poland, Finland, Georgia, and the USA. The athletes were pushed to the limits with challenges such as the two-man log lift, the Atlas stones, a tug-of-war, and the Conan’s wheel – where the athletes pick up 400+ kg and walk around the track as far as possible.

Olympics: Ukraine Wins 11 Medals

Issue 93, September 2016.
The Rio Olympics closed out with a party last month after the Ukrainian team – competing in their 6th straight Olympics – finished in 31st place with 11 medals (2 gold, 5 silver, and 4 bronze). Ukrainians won gold in gymnastics and canoeing, silver in shooting, pentathlon, fencing, and gymnastics, and bronze in canoeing and fencing. Ukraine was represented by 206 athletes, including 18 from the Lviv region that competed in archery, wrestling, fencing, rowing, shooting, artistic gymnastics, weightlifting, and pentathlon.

Aqua Park Celebrates 8th Anniversary

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv’s Plyazh (Beach) Aqua Park festively celebrated its 8th anniversary on August 6-7 with spectacular parties and plenty of surprises! The colourful event featured disco parties, a fabulous bubble show, and exciting contests that were fun for both children and adults alike. Plenty of guests came out to the celebration party to give a big ‘thank you’ to Western Ukraine’s biggest sports and entertainment complex!

Etnovyr International Folklore Festival

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv hosted the colourful Etnovyr International Folklore Festival on Rynok Square from August 24-28. Initiated by Lviv’s Organisations of Festivals of Folklore and Traditional Arts (CIOFF) a few years ago, this year’s event saw wonderful performances by foreign ensembles, spectacular parades of participants through central Lviv, and energetic dancing and singing workshops.

“Marriage in One Day” in Lviv

Issue 93, September 2016.
Ukraine recently launched the “Marriage in One Day” pilot project aimed at a simplified, one-day marriage registration process in six cities across Ukraine: Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Kherson, Mariupol, and Severodonetsk. The project allows Ukrainian citizens “to register the marriage without bureaucracy, queues, or any Soviet remnants – in particular, the 30-day waiting period” said Ukrainian Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko while conducting a festive ceremony in Lviv on August 19th.

Tribute to Ivan Franko

Issue 93, September 2016.
The world’s biggest sculpture of Ivan Franko – the famed Ukrainian poet, writer, and political activist, who is also famous for writing the first modern poetry and detective novels in the Ukrainian language – was unveiled in Lviv last month to celebrate the 160th anniversary of this legend. The enormous 600 kg sculpture is carved out of 6 pieces of geofoam and took 12 Ukrainian sculptors to assemble.

World Space Model Championships

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv welcomed over 300 participants from nearly 20 countries as the city became a first-time host of the FAI World Space Models Championships from August 23-28. Over the 5 days of competition, Leopolitans and guests of the city were able to take in over 2000 rocket launches, technology workshops, hands-on classes for children, and other outdoor activities.

Space of Synagogues Project

Issue 93, September 2016.
The official launch of the ‘Space of Synagogues’ project was held in Central Lviv's former Jewish Querter on September 4th. Guests of the opening ceremony including descendants of Lviv Jewish community and the Leopolitans who survived the Holocaust, representatives of international organizations and embassies, members of Jewish communities and organizations, representatives of cultural and educational milieus of the city, officials, citizens and tourists, were treated to a tour of several sacred sites that make up the ‘Space of Synagogues’, including: the reserved remains of the Golden Rose synagogue, the marked site of the Beth Hamidrash House of Learning, and the Perpetuation memorial.

Enchanting Kaludi Kaludov in Lviv

Issue 93, September 2016.
Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre started its new season in spectacular fashion by treating Leopolitan opera loves and guests of the city to Giuseppe Verdi’s iconic Aida on September 3rd. Ukrainian Merited Artist Svitlana Mamchur played the title role, while Bulgarian tenor Kaludi Kaludov played Captain of the Guard Ramades.

Where in Lviv can one find Italian Delizia?

Issue 93, September 2016.
Every year Lviv attracts all kinds of foreigners – some enjoy the sights of the ancient city, some look to collaborate with Ukrainian business leaders, and some are lucky enough to find their true love here, as well as that feeling of “home, sweet home”. That is the story of Italy’s Daniele Leggiero, the founder and chief cook of the new Delizia Italian restaurant located at 27 Lesya Ukrainka St. Despite his hectic schedule, Daniel was kind enough to find some time to share his own story with Lviv Today readers.