CRUISE COLLECTION BY ROKSOLANA BOGUTSKA

Issue 101, May 2017.
On May 19th at 19.00 Lviv’s museum-cultural complex “Lvivarnya” will play host for the presentation of cruise collection 2017 by recognized Ukrainian designer Roksolana Bogutska. The fashion collection will feature colorful mix of modern trends and authentic Ukrainian ethno motifs.

ONUKA in Lviv

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Malevich Concert Arena & Night Club will host one of Ukraine’s hottest rock groups – ONUKA – in concert on May 30th. The band was formed in 2013 when Eugene Filatov (aka The Maneken) partnered with NataZhyzhchenko, the former vocalist of Ukraine’s Tomato Jaws. In Ukrainian, Onuka means ‘granddaughter’. It is a tribute to Zhyzhchenko’s grandfather and renowned folk-instrument maker, Oleksandr Shlionchyk.

Okean Elzy World Tour Comes Home

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s-own OkeanElzy (aka Elza’sOcean, or simply OE) is the most successful rock band to come out of Eastern Europe and the CIS since the fall of the Soviet Union. The group has sold over one million CDs in Ukraine and Russia alone. Formed in Lviv in 1994, they released their first full album in 1998 and won Breakthrough of the Year and Best Song for their hit ‘Where There is No Us’ at the 1999 Taurus Games festival. They were named the Best Rock Act at the 2007 FUZZ Magazine Music Awards and more recently were rightly named the Best Ukrainian Group of the Last 20 Years at the Yearly Ukrainian National Awards (YUNA).

Electronic Music Guru ATB in Lviv

Issue 101, May 2017.
Attention clubbing connoisseurs! Only a few international artists have succeeded in making such a lasting name on the international dance scene that the man headlining Lviv’s June 3rd concert at Arena Lviv – ATB. Also known as Andre Tanneberger, he is a German DJ, musician, and producer of trance music best known for his smash hit 9PM (Til I Come).

Kosmoviziya Children’s Festival

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Art Palace is the place to be from June 1-4 as it hosts the Kosmoviziya Children’s Festival: Superheroes and Books Nebula. This cultural celebration is not just for children, the family-friendly atmosphere will extend the joy of learning to parents and adults as well. The festival hopes to encourage learning and self-education from a young age to help raise a generation of leaders, scholars, and professionals that will contribute to the development of their societies. Kozmoviziya includes plenty of educational and cultural activities aimed at popularising the reading of children’s books and the development of their publishing. Activities include presentations from children’s book publishing houses, literary quests, meetings with writers, film screenings, sports activities, book competitions, charity events and, of course, a large book fair.

Street Food Fest

Issue 101, May 2017.
Around the world, street food is one of the biggest, most loved, and most unstructured culinary phenomenon. Slowly but surely the street food boom arrived in Ukraine. Lviv’s second Street Food Fest presents Leopolitan foodies and guests of the city with the hottest street food trends, new local and international food trucks, and will introduce some of the cities hottest alternative chefs. If you’re into food that is tasty, honest, and simple, make sure you don’t miss out on this event as it’s an opportunity to discover a variety of interesting street foods in one place and to learn how to make a business out of your passion for food.

Profit Day Employment Fair

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Reikartz Dworzec Hotel will play host to the Profit Day employment fair on May 27th for people searching to find new opportunities and future employment in the highly promising IT area – and for the companies looking to hire them! Educational institutions will also introduce themselves to eventgoers, including admission requirements and specialty courses. Companies will make presentations, conduct seminars, provide workshops and trainings, and look through applicants’ CVs. The hope is that many young Leopolitans can learn more about the different professions or even find a job!

Ukrainian Folk Dancers to Amaze Lviv

Issue 101, May 2017.
Ukraine’s iconic P. Virsky National Folk Dance Ensemble will stop in Lviv on May 29 as they wow audiences across Ukraine on their Spring 2017 national tour. The Kyiv-based world-famous folk dance company is renowned for its innovative approach to the art form. Formed in 1937 by PavloVirsky and MykolaBolotov, the group was guided by its eponymous founder until his death in 1975. Since 1980, the company’s artistic direction has been in the talented hands of MyroslavVantukh, one of Virsky’s disciples and a man that shares his ambition to create dances that embrace historical Ukrainian dance traditions while at the same time being modern and innovative.

Bukovel Sprint Triathlon Cup

Issue 101, May 2017.
The beautiful Bukovel Resort in the Carpathian Mountains will play host to the Bukovel Sprint Triathlon Cup, a multi-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines, on May 27th. While many variations of the sport exist today, the triathlon in its most popular form involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete to finish the course in the fastest time, including timed ‘transitions’ between the different components.

Lviv Media Forum

Issue 101, May 2017.
With the main theme of “Searching for New Algorithms, Media in the Post-Truth Era”, the Lviv Media Forum (LMF) will offer a hectic 3-day programme packed with speeches and other interesting events. This year’s LMF, the forum’s fifth, will attract more than 800 journalists, bloggers, experts, analysts, media managers, and students. The forum will be divided into thematic streams including: Investigations, Business Journalism, Media Management, Digital Journalism, Reporting, Storytelling, Cultural Journalism, and Regional Media. As always, LMF will feature the Freedom Lecture and the OleksandrKryvenko Award ceremony. Other events include the screening of Hanna Polak’s Polish documentary ‘Something Better to Come’, a panel discussion on integrating the occupied territories into the Ukrainian media landscape, a minority rights panel, a data journalism workshop by TEXTY.ORG.UA, and a presentation of the ‘Mediadriver’ online tutorial.

LvivKlezFest International Jewish Music Festival

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv will host the ninth annual LvivKlezFest international celebration of Klezmer music from May 15 – June 4. The Western Ukrainian capital is known as one of the country’s most important and beautiful cultural centres. The city hosts over 100 festivals annually and LvivKlezFest is one of the most unique and well-established. The festival isn’t just about Yiddish and Jewish music, song, and dance – it’s an encounter of languages, styles, cultures, creativity, and good vibes. On one hand, the festival represents an attempt to recreate the Jewish musical culture that was lost during the Holocaust as well as to revive that part of the Galician multicultural capital. On the other, the festival attracts and unites tourists from all over the world, confirming Lviv’s reputation as “the city of all cultures and peoples”. Symbolically, all musicians are of Ukrainian origin. For example, Polina Shepherd is a direct descendant of famed Ukrainian philosopher Hrihory Skovoroda.

Nino Katamadze& INSIGHT

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Malevich Concert Arena & Nightclub will host a fabulous concert by Nino Katamadze& INSIGHT on May 28. Katamadze& INSIGHT feature a complex and otherworldly musical experience for lovers of serious art. The performers have played more than 100 sold out concerts in prestigious halls in Ukraine, Russia, the Baltics, and the USA.

Leopolis Grand Prix 2017

Issue 101, May 2017.
The Leopolis Grand Prix is an international vintage car festival that delights Leopolitan car lovers and guests of the city each summer. This year’s event will see the beautiful vehicles take centre stage from June 2-4. The event is designed to mark the first Leopolis Grand Prix, held in 1930 before Lviv was even part of Ukraine. The first track used is still known as the ‘Lviv Triangle’ and runs along the streets from Vitovskoho to I. Franko to Stryska and Maidan Heroes.

NAONI National Folk Instrument Orchestra to Visit Lviv!

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s M. Zankovetska Drama Theatre will host Ukraine’s fabulous NAONI National Folk Instrument Orchestra on May 29th as they present a wonderful program consisting of world famous rock hits and musical masterpieces that are admired by millions. Considered one of Ukraine’s leading groups, the orchestra has already performed over 5,000 concerts on every continent! Led by Shevchenko National Prize winner and People’s Artist of Ukraine Viktor Hutsal, NAONI is the only professional folk instrument orchestra in Ukraine.

National Drift Championship

Issue 101, May 2017.
Drifting has always been about having fun, enjoying a laugh with your mates, and driving your car as hard as you can. As the sport has entered the mainstream over the past decade, some of these core factors have fallen by the wayside with crazy builds, big name sponsors, and high stakes taking their place. Costs have spiralled in recent years, with cars boasting monster horsepower and specialised fabrication work taking podium positions at competitions around the world.

Ballet Fest

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s majestic Opera & Ballet Theatre will be the site for the third annual Ballet Fest choreography festival from May 27-28. The event aims to discover and promote contemporary choreographers. The Ballet Fest project began earlier this year and has seen choreographers and dancers selected at different stages.

Lviv’s best conference hub

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv is known for its hospitality – not just for unforgettable ancient-city atmosphere highlighted with the sweet aromas of coffee and chocolate, but also for its high-quality conference services. You can find that level of quality and professionalism at Ramada Lviv, now celebrating its fifth anniversary.

One year of Cabinet of Ministers

Issue 101, May 2017.
The Cabinet of Ministers under the leadership of Volodymyr Groisman started its work a year ago. This period was very rich in events and reforms. Many important results have been achieved. At the same time, there are still many tasks remaining in the government’s to-do list. So, what has been done and what issues are still outstanding? The EBA experts analysed the work of the Cabinet and identified the main technical issues for the Prime Minister and his team.

National Cross-Country Championship

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s legendary Mayorivka racetrack hosted a series of motocross competition as part of the first stage of the National Cross-Country Championship on 30 April. Formerly renowned as one of Europe’s most difficult tracks, Mayorivka was reopened just last year after sitting quiet for nearly 20 years by the motorcycle enthusiasts of Lviv’s ‘Drive’ club!

Lviv sees silver at National Volleyball Championship

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Barcom-Kazhany volleyball team finished second at the National Volleyball Championship. The home squad fell in the dramatic and emotional final to Kharkiv’s Lokomotyv in four sets (22:25, 25:20, 28:26, 26:24).

Lviv’s Halychanka Ukrainian Handball Champs

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Halychanka women’s handball team capped off another remarkable season this month by defeating Kherson’s Dnipryanka and Uzhhorod’s Karpaty. Their superior play easily allowed the ladies to capture the Ukrainian Super League Championship.

The Gorgany Half Marathon

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Gorgany Half Marathon, one of the city’s leading spring sports events, attracted some of the finest professional and amateur athletes from across Western Ukraine and – as it turned out this year – from Europe, North America, and even Asia, to the Western Ukrainian capital on April 23. Over 500 runners ran in either the 21 km or 4 km races.

Speedway Championship

Issue 101, May 2017.
The first stage of the 2017 Open Individual Speedway National Championship started on April 18th in Chervonohrad. The event drew some of the fastest drivers from Ukraine alongside their Polish, Italian, and Argentinian competitors.

Anastasia Wozniak – April’s Athlete of the Month

Issue 101, May 2017.
Leopolitan Anastasia Wozniak was awarded Lviv’s Athlete of the Month for April based on her performance as part of the Ukrainian rhythmic gymnastic team at the World Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan last month.

Recognition of Leopolitans to mark City Day

Issue 101, May 2017.
To mark the anniversary, Lviv City Council held a special ceremony where Mayor Andriy Sadovyi handed out diplomas, awards, and gratitude to those that have best contributed to the development of the city.

Lviv’s 761st anniversary

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv celebrated 761 years in style with a jam-packed programme of festivities – including public concerts, street performances, parades, sports events, exhibitions, cultural initiatives, and holiday markets – from 5-9 May. Leopolitans kicked off the celebrations by honouring the patron saint of Lviv, St. Yuriy (St. George) with divine services at nearly all of the city’s churches and temples. To mark the holiday, Lviv’s Metropolitan Chambers launched an art exhibition of paintings of the St. George Cathedral, a rightful UNESCO Heritage List item. Eventgoers were able to get their postage stamps featuring the cathedral stamped with a special postmark.

Shop for remarkable fashion by Oksana Karavanska

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s glamorous Opera Passage mall saw the festive opening of the boutique of one of Ukraine’s leading fashion designers – Oksana Karavanska – on 5 May. Her fashion line intermingles traditional Ukrainian folklore with modern couture. Following the opening, Leopolitan fashionistas and guests of the city had the opportunity to meet the influential designer and purchase pieces from her newest collection.

Flugery Lvova International Jazz & Folk Music Festival

Issue 101, May 2017.
The inner yard of Lviv City Council on Rynok Square, and other locations around the city, played host to Lviv’s popular Flugery Lvova International Jazz & Folk Music Festival from 29 April to 1 May. Now in its 15th year, the event has become something of a Lviv landmark that gives the stage to beginner and prominent jazz bands alike.

Rotary Serving Humanity in Lviv

Issue 101, May 2017.
The Lviv International Rotary Club presented residents of the Lviv Elderly Home with 48 multifunctional beds along with new mattresses and sheets provided by Danish hospitals at an event on 22 April. The beds were donated from Danish hospitals by Danish Rotary Club Odense, and imported into Ukraine by the local charity “Nova Krayina.”

‘Collection’ Art Exhibition

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Art Palace launched the ‘Collection’ exhibition on 26 April, featuring works from the private collections of Petro Bagriy and Mykhaylo Kuchirka. The famed Ukrainian art collectors are also the founders of the Artania art foundation that promotes Ukrainian art and artists abroad.

Turkish Ukrainian Business & Investment Forum

Issue 101, May 2017.
The Turkish Ukrainian Business and Investment Forum took place in Lviv on April 27-28. The first day saw Turkish business leaders visit Lviv-area enterprises with foreign investments, including Veon (Netherlands), Spheros-Electron (Ukraine-Germany), Onur Insaat (Turkey), and Onur Grup LLC EFE-Concrete. The delegation learned about the economic and investment potential of the Lviv region and made contacts with their Ukrainian colleagues.

Lviv’s Spring Business Forum

Issue 101, May 2017.
The sparkling Arena Lviv played host to city’s long-established Spring Business Forum on April 27th, with a business breakfast with the Ukrainian Union of Entrepreneurs (SUP) held the next morning on the summer terrace at Citadel Inn Hotel & Resort. This year’s event was dedicated to the theme of “Changing the Trajectory of Development: New strategies, instruments, and markets” and drew over 150 participants from leading banks and financial institutions, government and public services, and entrepreneurs. Organised by the HD Partners legal company, this apolitical, non-profit forum aims to improve the business environment in Ukraine. Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi and managing partner at HD Partners Volodymyr Glaschenkov opened this year’s event with welcoming speeches.

Will Mavka mark the return of Ukrainian animation greatness?

Issue 101, May 2017.
There was a time when Ukrainian animation was considered to be among the best in the world. From hits as early as 1927’s ‘Ukrainianisation’, 1966’s Golden Shoe-winning ‘Little Bear and the One that Lives in the River’ and the spectacularly successful and long-running ‘Cossacks of the Zaporizhia Sich’, to more recent hits such as 1983’s multi-award winning Sirko (Once Upon a Dog) and this year’s inaugural Ukrainian Dziga (Oscar) winner for Best Animated Feature, Mykyta Kozhumyanka (The Dragon Spell) – Ukraine has a long and rich history of animation. It looks like they’ll have a new film to join them after Animgrad Studio’s Mavka: The Forest Song wowed audiences during a pitch at Bordeaux’s influential Cartoon Movie festival.

Molokiya: fair, healthy, and tasty

Issue 101, May 2017.
Ternopil’s Molokiya dairy factory can boast of having 60 years of long production activity. Following the 1999 appointment of factory manager Vitaliy Kovalchuk, who successfully preserved production facilities, the company went on to modernise its technology. Today, the factory is recognised as one of Ukraine’s top 10 in terms of fresh dairy products. Being one of Ukraine’s top five dairy products brands, the factory produces the popular fresh dairy products and well-known Molokiya milk. Each day, the factory serves more than one million Ukrainians by producing over 350 tonnes of Molokiya milk to distribute 400,000 packages of milk to thousands of shops in 14 regions.

Hemingway’s books in Ukrainian

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s-own Old Lion Publishing House is set to release two of famed American author Ernest Hemingway’s most popular titles – ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and ‘Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises’ – as part of the Arsenal International Book Festival – the largest annual event in Eastern Europe dedicated to art and literature. The festival aims to promote the Ukrainian literary environment and book market through the international exchange of best practices.

Lviv artist has exhibit in New York

Issue 101, May 2017.
Slava Salyuk, a Leopolitan artist and Lviv College of Technology graduate in fashion design, recently showcased her ‘Geography’ jewelry exhibit at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York. The exhibit featured Salyuk’s intricate and ornate necklaces based on global motifs. An introspective journey through time, the artist takes the viewer on a path from Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains, across the Arabian Peninsula, through the African Serengeti, to the jungles of South America.