Ski Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Issue 96, December 2016.
The Bukovel Ski Resort is Ukraine’s largest and most popular ski resort. It is designed based on European resorts with modern hotels, spas, and restaurants. There are good roads, convenient elevators and lifts, and a well-developed infrastructure around the resort and from December to late April there remains a good snow cover as well. Even if the weather does let you down, the site’s numerous snow guns and snowcats will come to the rescue. Today, Bukovel sports 50 km of slopes of all difficulty levels, with the longest run being 2106 metres. While it may be the youngest of Ukraine’s major ski resorts, there is little doubt that the Bukovel Ski Resort is the country’s finest, boasting plenty of exciting competitions and contests all season.

Oksana Mukha Spends Christmas “Unplugged”

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s-own talented Oksana Mukha invites Leopolitans and guests of the city to her “Unplugged” Christmas concert at Lviv’s magical Lviv Philharmonic Theatre on January 22nd. This festive concert event will feature old-time folk songs, seasonal carols, and other holiday favourites. Mukha was born in Lviv and studied at the city’s Solomiya Krushelnitska music school.

Double Performance for Christmas

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre is your home of Christmas-themed events this holiday season and one of the most anticipated is the return of Ukraine’s beloved a capella group Pikkardiyska Tertsia (PT), who will be performing hits from their many legendary albums on January 9th. Delighting audiences since the heady early days of Ukrainian independence, PT has developed their own inimitable music and performance style, and their unique blend of vocals continue to attract fans with each new concert.

Get in the Spirit with the Lviv Christmas Fair

Issue 96, December 2016.
Christmas markets are one of the most important parts of the festive magic of any Ukrainian city, and Lviv’s Christmas market is known to be one of the country’s finest. The market lights up the city, attracting Leopolitans and tourists alike to the ambiance of a true ‘winter wonderland’ setting. Lviv’s city centre – both Rynok Square and Svobody Ave. in front of the Opera & Ballet Theatre – will once again host the festivities, this year from December 10 – January 22.

Tango Remolino DJ Festival

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s swanky Hotel Dnister will host a series of tango-flavoured events at the annual Tango Remolino festival for 11 days over the holidays. Remolino is all about enjoying every moment, whether it be on or off the dance floor, but the dancing is expected to take centre stage. Highlights will include a series of day and night ‘milongas’, featuring some of the most accomplished DJs in Europe, including: Norway’s Birger Haugdal, Portugal’s Carlos Cabral, France’s Vincent El Ghouzzi, the Netherlands’ Alejandro Vicente-Grabovetsky, and Poland’s Marcin Blazejewski.

White Christmas at Lviv’s Opera

Issue 96, December 2016.
This merry musical treat will offer partied-out Leopolitans and guests of the city the chance to unwind and enjoy the delights of the Christmas fairy tale just like they did as children. The White Christmas show will see Leopolitan charmers Oksana Karayim and Pavlo Ilnytskyi sample over 30 of Frank Sinatra’s favourite holiday hits.

Christmas Stories with Tina Karol

Issue 96, December 2016.
Tina Karol – one of Ukraine’s most popular singers and entertainers – is bringing her festive holiday program featuring a mix of Christmas classics and her favourite songs to Lviv’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre on January 3rd and 4th.

‘New Year at the Opera’ with Oleksandr Bozhyk

Issue 96, December 2016.
Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city will have the opportunity to enjoy a special holiday concert on the stage of Lviv’s beautiful Opera & Ballet Theatre on January 2nd by violin virtuoso Oleksandr Bozhyk. A native Leopolitan, Bozhyk is a popular violinist and composer and is known for winning several international and national contests, including season 2 of Ukraine Has Talent!

Remembering Kvitka Cisyk

Issue 96, December 2016.
A special charity gala concert honouring the incredible Kvitka Cisyk will take place at Lviv’s magnificent Opera & Ballet Theatre on December 20th. Cisyk was born in the USA to a family of Ukrainian emigrants. She studied at the New York Conservatory, where she mastered vocal technique and perfected her voice. Never forgetting her roots, she recorded two albums of Ukrainian songs: Kvitka, Songs of Ukraine; and Kvitka Two Colors.

GameDev Conference

Issue 96, December 2016.
The Lemberg Tech Business School is pleased to present the 6th annual conference for game developers – GameDev Conference 2017 – on January 21st. The event promises to bring together 500 participants to learn more about an industry that entertains over 300 million people around the world each month.

Christmas in Lviv!

Issue 96, December 2016.
The season of good will returns to Lviv again this year accompanied by a festive atmosphere, magical candlelight, and evocative scents. Take in the romantic sights and sounds of Lviv’s many local Christmas markets and get ready to bask in the pleasure of the delightful Christmas season! Christmas in Lviv offers Leopolitans and guests of the city many interesting events to take part in, including the Blaze of the Christmas Star festival.

Lviv DanceSport Open Cup Championships

Issue 96, December 2016.
The Lviv DanceSport Open Cup Championships, organised by Lviv’s ‘Aelita’ dance club and the Ukrainian Sport Dance Association, were held at Lviv’s Gratsya Sport Complex at the Pivdenny mall on November 19-20.

Red Hot Shakhtar Caps Undefeated 2016 at Arena Lviv

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s adopted football stars Shakhtar Donetsk continued their magical Europa League play in 2016 with another victory at the city’s sparkling Arena Lviv. Having already secured qualification to the Europa League playoff round, the Miners still came out to convincingly discard Turkish side Konyaspor 4:0 in front of over 10,000 fans on November 24th.

Extreme Moto at Mayorivka

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s legendary Mayorivka racetrack played host to a series of motocross competitions on November 20th. Formerly renowned as one of Europe’s most difficult tracks, Mayorivka was recently reopened by motorcycle enthusiasts of Lviv’s ‘Drive’ club after nearly 20 years!

Lviv’s Inaugural Sumo Cup

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s Halychyna Sport Complex was the site of Lviv’s first-ever Sumo Open Cup on November 19th. Sumo is Japan’s national sport and is a traditional style of wrestling that originated out of a competition to entertain Japanese noblemen.

Symphony of Dance Premiere

Issue 96, December 2016.
If you’re a fan of tutus and pointe shoes, then make sure you don’t miss the Symphony of Dance at Lviv’s splendid Opera & Ballet Theatre. The ballet, which premiered on November 25th, features a combination of three beautiful classical ballets and modern dances. The sensational symphony was conceptualised by Honoured Artist of Ukraine Igor Khramov, the Artistic Director at Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre dance company.

Climate-Themed Exhibition

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s Zefirinart Gallery was the host of Les Panchyshyn’s ‘Warming’ art exhibition, featuring 15 paintings highlighting the topic of global warming, on November 18th. The 25-year-old Panchyshyn is a Leopolitan artist, photographer, and music video director who graduated from the I. Trush Lviv State College of Decorative & Applied Arts.

Lviv Gets Its First Fast Tram Line

Issue 96, December 2016.
While Ukraine’s trams still have a long way to go to catch up to “European standards”, Lviv has taken a small step toward that goal with the launch of a new tramline to Sykhiv on November 17th with the assistance of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and German grants. Sykhiv, a large residential district in the south of the city that features many high-rise apartment buildings, was originally designed in the 1980s to feature a fast tramline to the city centre.

The Authentic Ukrainian Costume Museum

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s glamorous Opera Passage mall saw the festive opening of a unique new museum on the 4th floor on December 1st. The museum features authentic Ukrainian costumes from the private collection of Leopolitan folk artist Roksolana Shymchuk, who has collected the embroidered gems since 1989.

Jazz Bez Festival

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv festively kicked off this year’s Jazz Bez Festival on December 2nd. Featuring musicians from around the world, this year saw the festival expand to several Ukrainian and Polish cities, including: Kyiv, Kharkiv, Ternopil, Uzhhorod, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lutsk, and Kramatorsk in Ukraine; and Warsaw, Lublin, Wroclaw, Przemyśl, and Białystok in Poland. Leopolitans and guests of the city were delighted with this year’s rich programme, which included groups such as: Luxembourg’s Pol Belardi Quartet; Letters From København, featuring Spain’s famous drummer Carlos López; and Ukraine’s very own Andrew Arnautov Project. Jazz lovers were also treated to concerts by Ukrainian jazz patriarchs Dzyga Jazz Quintet, the Polish-Ukrainian Karnas-Gnydyn Quartet, and Jazz nad Odrą Festival winners Skicki-Skiuk.

25 Years Since Poland Recognised Ukrainian Independence

Issue 96, December 2016.
The Strategic Partnership in Times of Crisis conference, dedicated to the Polish recognition of Ukrainian sovereignty 25 years ago, was held at Lviv’s Ivan Franko National University’s Hall of Residence on December 2nd. Poland was the first country in the world to recognise Ukrainian independence. The event was attended by honorary doctors and professors, lecturers and students of the university, diplomats, and clergy. Representatives from military, government, and charitable organisations were also in attendance.

Ukrainian students flock to Polish universities

Issue 96, December 2016.
More than half of the international undergraduate community studying at Polish universities hails from Ukraine The number of foreign students enrolling at Polish universities continues to grow year-on-year and currently includes representatives of 157 countries. The largest single group comes from Ukraine and totals 30,589, representing 54% of the total number of foreign students currently studying in the country. This unprecedented growth in the Ukrainian undergraduate community is the product of the current domestic instability caused by Russia’s hybrid war in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, but it also stands as testament to the growing reputation of Polish institutes of higher education.

Lviv’s “Akurat” group

Issue 96, December 2016.
Now that the long-awaited holiday season is here, it’s a time to join Ukrainians in celebrations full of eating, drinking, singing carols, and sending greetings! Who you sing carols with or invite over for Christmas dinner is up to you to decide, but we here at Lviv Today would like to present a short guide of several venues that you might want to take your friends to as they are located just 5 minutes from Lviv’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre and the city’s main Christmas Tree out front.

ARSIDEA: recognition by experts, prestigious awards and new projects

Issue 96, December 2016.
London’s lavish Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel was the scene of the International Property Awards & European Property Awards on October 27th. For 25 years, well-respected experts in the architecture, design, and real estate industries celebrate achievement and creativity in the fields of modern architecture by selecting projects for their prestigious awards. This year, Lviv’s-own ARSIDEA was recognised with two such awards: Best Private House Interior for a cottage in the village of Shidnytsa, and Top Leisure Interior for the Celentano Ristorante at Lviv’s Ibis Styles hotel complex. All the projects were evaluated by 70 honorable experts: UK’s top-managers of the commercial and residential real estate companies, architects, designers, journalists.

Radom Airport – Your New Gateway to Poland

Issue 96, December 2016.
Located just 100 km south of Warsaw, Radom is Poland’s 14th-largest city and a centre of science, culture, and industry. The historic buildings, the abundance of cultural and sporting events, and the spirit of royal Radom ensure that the city’s 224,000 residents never get bored. It’s also an ideal starting point to visit Poland.