GameDev Conference

Issue 86, January 2016.
Be sure to mark January 30th in your calendars, as the Ukrainian GDG community is proud to invite Leopolitans and guests of the city to the annual GameDev Conference at Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University.

The Nutcracker at Lviv’s Opera

Issue 86, January 2016.
Leopolitan theatre and ballet fans and guests of the city 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 famed Opera & Ballet Theatre on February 2nd.

Lviv Cup Dog Show

Issue 86, January 2016.
Leopolitan animal lovers and guests of the city are invited for a day of great shopping and world-class displays of dog competitions on January 30th at the Pivdenny-EXPO Exhibition Centre. The family-friendly Lviv Cup 2014 Dog Show is your chance for your pooch to strut his stuff in one of many fun categories, such as the Baby & Puppy class or the Junior Handler class.

World-Class Football Returns to Lviv: Shakhtar Set to Face Germany’s Schalke in Europa Cup Action

Issue 86, January 2016.
Following their 3rd-place finish behind elite squads Real Madrid and PSG at the Champion’s League group stage, Lviv’s adopted team, Shakhtar Donetsk, earned direct qualification to the Round of 32 in the second-tier Europa League competition. The 9-time Ukrainian champions, who captured the Cup back in 2009, are set to face German squad Schalke in a home-and-away set beginning on February 18th at Arena Lviv.

Sukhishvili Georgian Ballet Coming to Lviv

Issue 86, January 2016.
The world-renowned Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet returns to Lviv on February 23rd for a spectacular concert at Lviv’s iconic Opera & Ballet House. Acrobatic Georgian dancing is hugely popular around the world and Sukhishvili is as good as it gets.

Crowns on Display

Issue 86, January 2016.
At the premises of Lviv Historical Museum (6, Rynok square) was put on display the spectacular “Crowns of the World” historical exhibition.

EBA Western Ukrainian Office’s Annual General Membership Meeting

Issue 86, January 2016.
On December 4th at the Leopolis Hall, the EBA Western Ukrainian office held their Annual General Membership meeting "Think globally, act locally". The purpose of the meeting was to discuss changes in the global economy and the influence of regional development on them.

December-January Sports Digest

Issue 86, January 2016.
Find out about XI Open National Tournament on Artistic gymnastics “Winter fairy-tale” and Lviv’s BC Halychyna ups and downs.

Ukrainian Wife-Carrying Championship in Lviv

Issue 86, January 2016.
Most men will, at one point or another, complain about getting their wives off their backs – but not these fellows. No, these husbands were very specifically trying to get their better-halves onto their backs as they sprinted around the course during Lviv’s first-ever Wife-Carrying Championship. The event, held on the square in front of Ivan Franko University, attracted couples from around Western Ukraine that were willing enough to test their strength over the 254-metre course.

“Come from childhood” exhibition

Issue 86, January 2016.
On January 12, Lviv’s art gallery “Green Sofa” hosted opening of the exhibition of paintings and dolls “Come from childhood” by Victoria Protsiv and Olena Tsiluyko. Young Leopolitan artists presented spectacular art works featuring original manner.

Cinderella Premiers

Issue 86, January 2016.
Lviv celebrated the splendid premiere of the Cinderella ballet, based on Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale, on December 26th at the Lviv Opera & Ballet Theatre. Leopolitan audiences and guests of the city have been enjoying the Cinderella ballet since the 1970s, and this modern version was no different.

Monument to Author of Ukrainian Anthem

Issue 86, January 2016.
Lviv festively unveiled a monument to Mykhailo Verbytsky, the author of the Ukrainian national anthem and one of the earliest professional composers in Galicia, on December 27th. Using donations from Leopolitans and Ukrainians from across the country, the monument to this Ukrainian-Greek Catholic priest and composer was the finishing touch to Lviv’s Year of the Composer, celebrated in 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Father Mykhailo.

Christmas Celebration Marathon

Issue 86, January 2016.
As always, this year’s Christmas celebrations in Lviv were both rich and colourful. Beginning from mid-December, Leopolitans and guests of the city immersed themselves in the seasonal market on Rynok Square and along the Opera House alleyway.

Celebrating Jean Sibelius’ 150th Anniversary

Issue 86, January 2016.
2015 saw the world music community celebrate the 150th anniversary of the great Jean Sibelius, a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. To mark the occasion, musicians and artists around the world honoured the genius by organizing a variety of cultural events, including concerts, festivals, photo exhibitions, and even cinema viewings.

Patrol Police as the face of the new Ukraine

Issue 86, January 2016.
Ever since Ukraine gained independence in 1991, the country’s law enforcement agencies have consistently ranked bottom in surveys of public confidence. For many if not most Ukrainians, the nation’s police officers were nothing less than symbols of corruption. These overwhelmingly negative perceptions make the success of Ukraine’s new Patrol Police all the more remarkable.

The Best of Lviv 2015

Issue 86, January 2016.
As another action-packed year in Ukraine’s cultural capital comes to an end, the Lviv Today team would like to look back and honour the people, places, and events that have helped make the past 12 months in Lviv so memorable. 2015 was both an exciting and a challenging year in Lviv; one which ended with the Western Ukrainian capital being named as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Lviv’s VINTAGE NOUVEAU Named Ukraine’s Best Restaurant for Original Cuisine

Issue 86, January 2016.
The third annual SALT® Restaurant Awards, which honour the best in Ukrainian restaurants, were held in Kyiv on December 7th. Like the Oscars for restaurants, this gala event attracts the leading Ukrainian restaurateurs and international professional experts. SALT Awards are given to restaurants selected by customers and judged by a professional jury. Selections are not limited in any way – they represent many different styles and tastes and come from cities across the country. All in all, 116 restaurants from 11 different cities were chosen as finalists from a record-breaking 1,140 restaurants nominated from 40 Ukrainian cities! Each finalist was visited by members of the awards jury at least twice.