Ukrainian Song Project

Issue 114, July 2018.
Arena Lviv will be the site for the Ukrainian Song Project on 18 August. This grand musical event aims to find talented, young artists in the hopes of distributing and promoting Ukrainian music from different genres across Ukraine and abroad.

Lviv’s Wiz-Art International Short Film Festival Returns

Issue 114, July 2018.
The Wiz-Art International Short Film Festival will return to Lviv from 6-12 August. Founded by the Wiz-Art art group in 2008, the festival screens more than 100 new short films each year, making Wiz-Art a wonderful cultural platform for the introduction of the short film genre to Ukrainian audiences.

Authors’ Reading Month: Turkey

Issue 114, July 2018.
The annual Authors’ Reading Month – the largest literary festival in Central Europe – will be held in Lviv from 1 July to 4 August. First held in Brno, Czech Republic in 2000, it soon spread to nearby centres: in 2011 to Ostrava, Czech Republic, in 2012 to Wroclaw and Kosice in Poland, and in 2015 to Lviv. The focus of the festival is twofold: on one hand, it concentrates on presenting the national literature of the hosting countries; on the other it selects a neutral country each year to become the ‘guest of honour’. This year’s guest is Turkey.

Eurofanz 2018

Issue 114, July 2018.
Eurofanz – the traditional fan-fest for football supporters from across Europe – will be held in Lviv for the 12th consecutive year from 13-15 July. This year’s event will see 21 teams of international and club teams’ fans.

OneDayShop.Fiesta

Issue 114, July 2018.
Lviv’s fun and charming OneDayShop.Fiesta is the perfect place for authentic souvenirs, designer clothes from up-and-coming Ukrainian brands, and to spend some quality time with your friends and family.

Lviv Triathlon Cup

Issue 114, July 2018.
Some of Ukraine’s most talented athletes will compete for the Lviv Triathlon Cup – an endurance race of swimming, cycling, and running – on 7-9 September. The talented athletes will need to complete the course that includes a 1.5 km swim, a 40 km bike ride, and a 10 km run.

Lviv Summer Dance Festival

Issue 114, July 2018.
Lviv’s Hotel Dnister will host a series of salsa, bachata, and kizomba dance events during the Lviv Summer Dance Festival.

Swing’n Lviv – Dance for Fun & Joy!

Issue 114, July 2018.
Leopolitan lovers of rhythm and guests of the city will need to break out their dancing shoes for the Swing in Lviv festival from 24-26 August. Any fan of American Swing Dancing will want to celebrate at this relaxed and friendly event designed to spread the swing dance culture, connect the Ukrainian swing scene with those from other countries, and – most importantly – to offer an unforgettable weekend of dancing in good company.

International Ukrainian Dance & Culture Festival

Issue 114, July 2018.
Millions of Ukrainians live throughout the world and maintain their connection with their roots through the performing arts. The International Ukrainian Dance & Culture Festival (IUDCF) is an opportunity for Ukrainian dancers and performers from around the world to share their passion for Ukrainian dance with each other and others from all corners of the earth.

International Hutsul Festival

Issue 114, July 2018.
Ukraine’s annual International Hutsul Festival will take place from 27-29 July. Traditionally held in one of Ukraine’s eight Hutsul districts in the Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, and Transcarpathia oblasts, this year’s event will be held in Yaremche in the Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Parajanov Festival in Levandivka

Issue 114, July 2018.
Lviv’s Parajanov Festival, held in the post-industrial, multiethnic suburbs of Lviv, aims to revive the work and philosophy of one of the 20th Century’s greatest directors, Serhiy Parajanov. Born in Georgia to Armenian parents, Parajanov felt at home equally in Armenia, Georgia, and Ukraine. He gained international acclaim for the visual intensity of his films, like the rhapsodic celebration of Ukrainian folk culture, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini Zabutyh Predkiv) or his masterpiece on Armenia poet Sayat Nova, The Colour of Pomegranates (Nran Guyne). His brilliance went unrecognised at home due to his critical film content and he was banned from working and imprisoned several times until the early 1980s.

Etnovyr Folklore Festival

Issue 114, July 2018.
The annual Etnovyr Folklore Festival – an event that highlights the bright, beautiful, magical, inspirational, and unforgettable nature of cultures around the world – will return to Lviv on 22-26 August. Aiming to discover talented new artists and present their skills and multicultural traditions to a Ukrainian audience, Etnovyr has become an enormous success with Leopolitans and guests of the city.

Summer Food festivals as Fun Family Weekends

Issue 114, July 2018.
Undeniably one of the biggest perks of the summer, the chance to eat and drink in the great outdoors is one of life’s simple pleasures. Thanks to the rise in popularity of street food stalls, markets and festivals, and the democratization of quality cuisine, you can now enjoy Michelin-star quality meals in the sun, or even under the stars. We’re huge fans of street food here at Lviv Today, and have picked up two most impressive must-visit street food markets and food festivals of July-August, which will be hosted by Lviv’s beautiful B. Khmelnytsky Culture & Recreation Park (4 Bolharska St.).

A Music Lover’s Guide to Ukraine’s Summer Music Festivals

Issue 114, July 2018.
Music festivals are some of summer’s most highly-anticipated activities and Ukraine is rapidly becoming an epicentre of cool events as it launches new festivals each year. Not as off the beaten path as before, Ukrainian festivals now attract visitors from across Europe and around the world – as much for the entertainment and culture as it is for the price value. The diversity of genres has always been impressive, and this year is no different. Music festivals, holiday celebrations, traditional markets, and art events – check out our list of Ukraine’s best summer festivals and make your road map a festive one!

American football

Issue 114, July 2018.
American football returned to Lviv’s Yunist Stadium on July 8th, as our local Levy squad played host to match against Kyiv’s Stallions within Western division of Ukrainian Top League of American Football ULAF championship.

Leopolitan Canoers Win 4 Medals

Issue 114, July 2018.
Eight athletes from Lviv were among over 700 canoers from 33 countries to take part in the European Junior Canoe Sprint Championships in Italy last month. The Ukrainian team took home four titles and 10 medals, including four medals for Leopolitan canoers.

Ukrainian Aquabike Championships

Issue 114, July 2018.
The first stage of the Ukrainian Aquabike Championship was held at Shklo Lake on 22-24 June. Aquabike is one of the fastest, most spectacular, demanding, and entertaining sports on water. The edge-of-your-seat racing delivers improbable feats of artistry and insane aerial acrobatics.

May Athlete of the Month – Khrystyna Pohranychna

Issue 114, July 2018.
Lviv’s junior gymnast Khrystyna Pohranychna was named Lviv’s Athlete of the Month for May. The 15-year-old won gold medals in the ribbon and all-around events at the World Gymnasiade in Morocco in May.

Rotary Saving Children’s lives in Lviv

Issue 114, July 2018.
On 26 June 2018 Lviv International Rotary club held Global Grant Donation Ceremony of diagnostic system Vivid IQ to the children’s hospital “Ohmatdyt” within the framework of the charity project “Save children’s lives”. Project was initiated by Andriana Malska, Assistant Professor of Department of propaedeutic of pediatrics and medical genetics of Lviv national medical university of Danylo Halytskyy. It is another great example of cooperation between the department and the hospital.

Canadian Surgeons Help Ukrainian Kids

Issue 114, July 2018.
After years of sending children with operable brain tumours more than 700 km away to Kyiv, the Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital has started performing life-saving pediatric neurosurgery in its own operating rooms. The capability eases the practical and financial burden of families by allowing children with brain tumours to receive treatment close to home. This is thanks to the Ukraine Pediatric Fellowship Program (UPFP) at Toronto, Canada’s Hospital for Sick Children (aka SickKids), itself a partnership between the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

Olympic Day in Lviv

Issue 114, July 2018.
Leopolitan athletes and guests of the city celebrated Olympic Day – a celebration of the Olympic Movement and the joy of sport – in front of Lviv’s picturesque Opera & Ballet Theatre on 23 June. Dating back to 1948, the event was initiated by the IOC to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894.

Vietnam Day in Lviv

Issue 114, July 2018.
Lviv celebrated Vietnam Day on 21 June as part of Vietnamese Cultural Year activities in Ukraine. The event was sponsored by the Embassy of Vietnam, the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the Vietnam-Ukraine Friendship Association, and local authorities.

Leopolis Jazz Fest 2018

Issue 114, July 2018.
Lviv hosted one of Europe’s most popular open-air jazz festivals last month as the sixth annual Leopolis Jazz Festival was in town. World-class jazz musicians from all over the world attract over 40,000 visitors each year to the festival’s three stages – in Rynok Square, in Potocky Palace Yard, and in the B. Khmelnytsky Park of Culture & Leisure. In addition to the concerts, many other fun events were held throughout the festival, like workshops, jam sessions, and autograph sessions with the famous musicians. Festivalgoers also enjoyed the Street Music by Leopolis Jazz Fest project, which saw bands and musicians of all styles performing on street platforms throughout the city.

Ukrainian Haute Couture

Issue 114, July 2018.
Oksana Karavanska – one of the biggest names in Ukrainian fashion for over a decade – held a dazzling fashion show in Lviv as part of the Leopolis Jazz Fest. Hosted at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky’s gardens, this 18th Century park was opened exclusively for guests of Leopolis Jazz Fest.

Lviv Celebrates Canada Day

Issue 114, July 2018.
Lviv’s Rynok Square and Italian Courtyard were overrun by maple leaf-clad Canadians for Canada Day festivities on 1 July. The event featured a delicious pancake breakfast served up by Canadian troops in Ukraine and members of the Canadian Embassy.

Miss Lviv 2018

Issue 114, July 2018.
Lviv’s splendid Opera & Ballet Theatre hosted the grand finale of the Miss Lviv 2018 beauty pageant on 21 June. The glamorous event featured dazzling contestants in eye-catching swimsuits and gorgeous evening gowns.

Skoda at New Cars Fest 2018

Issue 114, July 2018.
Leopolitan car aficionados and guests of the city were excited to take in last July’s New Cars Fest, an event featuring innovations from some of the world’s leading automobile makers, including Skoda.

Memo to international community: Ukraine is awkward – get used to it

Issue 114, July 2018.
As Ukrainians prepare to celebrate the twenty-seventh anniversary of the country’s independence, there is no escaping the fact that independent Ukraine has become an extremely awkward actor in the world of international relations. It is simply too big, too strategically important, too unknown and too unexpected to fit into most people’s perceptions of modern Europe. Almost nobody saw independent Ukraine coming back in 1991, and there remains a sense that nobody knows quite what to do with the country. This uncertainty leaves Ukraine stuck firmly in geopolitical no man’s land. The country currently finds itself in an unenviable position, locked in an undeclared war with Russia while being denied any hope of a roadmap towards future European Union or NATO membership. As each year passes, this failure to address the international implications of Ukrainian independence in an adequate manner is becoming more and more costly for all concerned.

Lviv Among Cheapest Cities in the World for Foreign Employees

Issue 114, July 2018.
You work hard for your money – and in Lviv, it goes a long way. Lviv was recently ranked 345th of 348 cities worldwide for cost of living for foreign employees, according to an Expatistan survey. Index was based on comparison of prices on food, housing rent, transport, clothes purchase, medical care and entertainment.