International Festival of Bogdan Veselovsky

Issue 79, May 2015.
May 30th marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bogdan Veselovsky, fondly remembered as the “Father of Ukrainian pop music”. Born in Vienna in 1915, Veselovsky spent several years in Lviv where he launched the era of “Ukrainian Lviv or retro” music, including the first Ukrainian jazz music – known as Yabtso Jazz – in 1931. His rich musical heritage, which spans more than 130 songs and 30 LPs, is notable for being the first to use Ukrainian language in the dance music genre.

UEFA 2016: Ukraine to Host Luxembourg

Issue 79, May 2015.
Lviv will once again host our national football team as Ukraine welcomes lowly Luxembourg to the friendly confines of Arena Lviv on June 16th for a Group C qualifying match for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France. After falling 0:1 away to high-flying Spain in March, Ukraine looks to right their qualification fortunes with a victory over last-place Luxembourg here in Lviv.

Cold Altair by HARDKISS

Issue 79, May 2015.
Lviv’s hip KINO Event Hall is proud to present The HARDKISS, a Ukrainian progressive pop group that showcases a unique look and sound at every concert. The group was founded in 2011 by Valery Bebko – a two-time winner of the YUNA Musical Awards (Discovery of the Year & Best Video in 2012) – and lead singer Yulia Sanina. By 2013, the group had become the “voice and face” of PEPSI Ukraine and also a YUNA nominee for Best Group. The band frequents many festivals, including MIDEM, Park Live, and the Koktebel Jazz Festival, where they shared the stage with The Prodigy, Deftones, Skillet, and Solange Knowles. Their debut album “Stones and Honey” was released in autumn 2014 and has already garnered the group two 2015 YUNA Awards: Best Album for “Stones and Honey”; and Best Song for “Stones”.

Dzerkalo Mody (Fashion Mirror) Exhibition in Lviv

Issue 79, May 2015.
This year, the one and only Dzerkalo Mody-Lviv regional fashion exhibition – a festival dedicated to the latest innovations and techniques in hairstyling, make-up, beauty therapy, and cosmetology – will take place in Lviv’s Pivdenny-EXPO Exhibition Centre.

Lviv E-Commerce Forum

Issue 79, May 2015.
Online retailing is getting more and more challenging considering the difficult political and economic situation in the country, so smaller businesses need to be smarter than ever to compete and expand. Niche brands need to work increasingly harder to acquire and retain customers against tough competition from global giants. Simply having a “nice website” is no longer enough; winners must differentiate, add value, and offer their customers better service in order to survive.

Wiz-Art International Short Film Festival

Issue 79, May 2015.
For four days this May, Lviv will host one of the city’s biggest annual alternative cinema celebrations when the Wiz-Art International Short Film Festival returns to the city. Each year the festival features more than 100 new short films, making Wiz-Art a powerful cultural and educational platform that unites Ukrainian and foreign filmmakers and introduces them to the Ukrainian audience. The festival tends to attract a wide Leopolitan audience, as well as a host of international guests and participants, to enjoy a wide range of world-famous short films.

TABULA RASA – 25 Years Together

Issue 79, May 2015.
Lviv’s hopping Picasso nightclub is pleased to host TABULA RASA – a Ukrainian rock band formed in 1989 – for a special 25th anniversary concert on May 22nd. While the concert recognizes the 25th anniversary of the group, only two members from the original lineup remain: vocalist Oleg Laponogov and drummer Eduard Kosse. In the band’s heyday back in the 1990s, TABULA RASA was a regular participant at music festivals, winner of several awards, and regularly featured on MTV. The band features only live sound, as well as the recognizable vocals of charismatic frontman Laponogov.

Carl Orff’s Iconic “Carmina Burana”

Issue 79, May 2015.
The wonderful K&K Philharmoniker, a joint Ukrainian-Austrian symphony orchestra, will perform some of the greatest classical compositions alongside the K&K Opernchor for Leopolitans and guests of the city at Lviv’s picturesque Philharmonic Hall on May 21st. The program sees the orchestra and choir cover some of the iconic Carl Orff’s scenic cantata “Carmina Burana”, as well as several revered works by Matthias Georg Kendlinger. The orchestra is pleased to welcome the esteemed Kendlinger to conduct at the event.

Children’s KinoFest 2015

Issue 79, May 2015.
The Children’s KinoFest is an annual international festival of films aimed at children and teenagers. In its second year, the festival will take place in 12 Ukrainian cities, including in Lviv from May 28th to June 7th. Festival organizers decided to launch a Ukrainian version of the event after seeing the success of such festivals in France (Mon Premier Festival), the Netherlands (Cinekid), and the Czech Republic (Zlin Film Festival).

The Night of the AdEaters

Issue 79, May 2015.
For nearly 35 years, The Night of the AdEaters has highlighted some of the world’s best TV advertising in a fun and crazy atmosphere! Created and produced since 1981 by Jean Marie Boursicot, the event is now show in more than 40 countries worldwide and has featured ads from more than 60 separate nations. For Leopolitan advertising and cinema fans and guests of the city, it offers a unique taste into what advertisers in other parts of the world serve up.

2015 Leopolis Grand Prix

Issue 79, May 2015.
The 2015 Leopolis Grand Prix – an International Festival of Classic Cars – will return to Lviv from June 12th – 14th. Lviv has a long history with motorized sport, including hosting a Grand Prix in 1930 – just one year after the very first Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. Due to the shape of the track that was used, it has taken on the moniker of the “Lviv Triangle” – and a similar route will be followed this year: from Vitovskoho St. to Styiska St. to Hvardiyska St.

Miss Lviv 2015

Issue 79, May 2015.
You’ll want to circle June 16th on your calendars as this is when the Miss Lviv 2015 grand finale show will be take place at Lviv’s opulent Opera & Ballet Theatre. Every year this contest of beauty and talent draws some of the region’s most prominent fashion designers, artists, business leaders, politicians, and media representatives to witness who will represent the Lviv Region at the Miss Ukraine national beauty competition in Kyiv.

Lviv Media Forum

Issue 79, May 2015.
With its focus on ”Media in the Turbulent Times of Change”, the Lviv Media Forum will emphasize the role of media in crisis events in Ukraine and abroad. Organizers expect more than 600 participants at this year’s event, including journalists, bloggers, experts, analysts, media managers, and students.

Dakh Daughters Back in Lviv!

Issue 79, May 2015.
The always intriguing Ukrainian indie band Dakh Daughters are bringing their “Ooooops! It’s summer!” show to Lviv’s Maria Zankovetska Drama Theatre on June 15th. Created in late 2012 in Kyiv’s DAKH Theatre, the Dakh Daughters are a band of female artists who picked up musical instruments in order to celebrate love, freedom, and beauty. Members of the band find themselves in that ephemeral space between song and theatrics – that is, the territory of pure experiment.

Interview with Anders Johansen

Issue 79, May 2015.
Leading Danish business consultant Anders Johansen has been active in the Lviv Region since 2001 and has assisted a wide variety of international businesses to enter Ukraine. He has witnessed the growth of the international investment community from the inside but believes that there is still a lot that needs to be done to create an investment climate that will prove regionally competitive.

Lviv Hosts American Football Championships

Issue 79, May 2015.
American football first came to Ukraine in 1993 when the first national championship was held. Now – 22 years later – the sport is truly considered to be national in scope. This year Lviv serves as the host of the 2015 National Championships.

Karate Tournament for Children & Youth

Issue 79, May 2015.
Lviv’s Pivdenny Expo Centre hosted the Kyokushing Karate Tournament for Children and Youth on April 25-26. The event was organized by the local Kanku sports club. Founded in 1994, the Kanku club is considered to be Lviv’s oldest and most decorated martial arts organization.

5th Gorgany Half Marathon

Issue 79, May 2015.
Lviv was host to the annual Gorgany Half Marathon last month as runners in many different categories (men, women, 60+, and others) participated in the 21 kilometre or 4 kilometre races. Runners were treated to some of the city’s most scenic scenery as they traced their ways through Lviv’s picturesque parks, tranquil Vynnyky Forest, and bustling city centre. The Gorgany Half Marathon is one of Lviv’s leading spring sports events and regularly attracts some of the finest professional and amateur athletes from across Western Ukraine.

European Canoe Sprint Championships

Issue 79, May 2015.
Breaking news:The Leopolitan Taras Mishuk won two medals at European Canoe Sprint Championships, which were held in Račice, Czech Republic from April 30 – May 3 and attracted nearly 850 athletes from 35 countries to compete in 23 different disciplines. The Ukrainian national team got off to a blistering start as they won a complete set of medals – one gold, one silver, and two bronze – in only the first two days of competition.

Lviv’s Walking Terrace Tour

Issue 79, May 2015.
Just as surely as trees and flowers blossoming, eggs being intricately decorated for Easter, and Leopolitans being freed from the constraining bonds of their winter parkas, a sure sign of spring in Lviv is the glorious opening of the city’s myriad, magical patios. Dotting the cobblestone streets of Lviv’s city centre like pawns on a chess board, the opening of the patios – or summer terraces as they’re known as here – is a sure sign that summer is just around the corner. With virtually every business in the downtown core offering some sort of sidewalk sanctuary, it can be difficult to decide where to spend your hard-earned money and leisure time. So Lviv Today has put together this guide – a walking terrace tour that will take you through some of the city’s most stunning scenery and sumptuous bistros. First let it be said that while some cities have places you need to see, Lviv has places you need to be. So many places, in fact, that any list of favourites or recommendations is bound to overlook some mighty fine locales. In addition to the places we cover in this article, we wholeheartedly recommend stopping in at any place that looks interesting – dodge into those narrow alleyways, peek into those ancient courtyards, climb up those extra flights of stairs – you’re bound to find one of Lviv’s hidden gems that havn’t made this article. That being said, we believe we have you covered. So here it is: Lviv’s Walking Terrace Tour.

Victory Day: To Commemorate and Forgive

Issue 79, May 2015.
Lviv’s Petro Sahaidachny Army Academy hosted events to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in WWII on May 7th. WWII veterans, veterans from other Ukrainian military operations, and personnel from the Lviv garrison took part in the solemn event.

French Spring 2015

Issue 79, May 2015.
Lviv once again served as the Galician capital for French culture during the annual French Spring last month. This annual cultural initiative that takes place at venues city-wide is organized by the Embassy of France in Ukraine and the Alliance Française French Cultural Centre.

Fearless Guardian Joint Maneuvers

Issue 79, May 2015.
Ukrainian military troops welcomed American advisors to take part in joint training exercises that kicked off at the Yavoriv military base near Lviv on April 20th. The joint exercises were agreed on by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Vice-President Joe Biden in early spring.

Don Juan Premieres in Lviv

Issue 79, May 2015.
The opera Don Juan, featuring music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, premiered at Lviv’s luxurious Opera & Ballet Theatre on April 27th. The opera, performed in Italian with Ukrainian subtitles, was brought to life as a joint project between the Lviv National Opera and Lviv’s M. Lysenko National Music Academy.

Flugery Lvova

Issue 79, May 2015.
The inner courtyard of Lviv City Council in the centre of Rynok Square played home to the Flugery Lvova International Jazz & Folk Music Festival from May 1-4. Held annually since 2003, the festival has become a Leopolitan trademark as it serves as a launchpad for amateur artists and a popular stage for more established acts. This year’s program attracted 17 bands from as far away as Canada and France, as well as from right here in Ukraine.

Batyar Day

Issue 79, May 2015.
To mark Lviv’s “City Day”, many Leopolitans chose to dive into the style and atmosphere of the Batyar’s and took part in the city’s first ever retro bike ride – Batyars on Bicycles. Participants cycled by the city’s most iconic landmarks and took a short “tea time” for a picnic at the park.

Recognition of Leopolitans

Issue 79, May 2015.
To mark Lviv’s “City Day” on May 1st, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi and the Lviv City Council welcomed some talented Leopolitans to bestow on them special titles and awards. Okean Elzy frontman and native Leopolitan Svyatoslav Vakarchuk was awarded the title Honourary Citizen of the City, while Women’s World Chess Champion Mariya Muzychuk was awarded the title of Leopolitan of the Year.

Days of Croatian Culture

Issue 79, May 2015.
Croatia’s popularity around the world continues to grow and from May 1-3 Leopolitans were able to sample the region’s food and products during the Meditarraneo: Days of Croatian Culture festival. For three days, Leopolitans and guests of the city were able to learn all about Croatian culture, music, arts, literature, and film, as well as to discover special offers regarding tourism to the country.

Lviv and “Lvivske” – 300 Steps of Holiday!

Issue 79, May 2015.
This year, our ancient city celebrated its 759th anniversary, and this glorious event overlapped with another truly exceptional anniversary –Lvivske brewery is celebrating its 300th anniversary! Ukraine’s “pershe pivo” (first beer) kindly invited Leopolitans and guests of the city to join the festivities to mark the occasion with their “300 Steps of Holiday” event, where visitors were taken back in time to travel through the ancient city’s streets – from medieval centuries right up until today.

Colorful Leisure for Children!

Issue 79, May 2015.
Lviv’s popular Children’s Railway opened its season to young passengers for the 64th time on May 10th! The event was kicked off with a celebration involving many young railway fans, who officially took over the “Viterets” train and enjoyed their first ride free. Corporation KRT was on hand to provide plenty of pleasant surprises for the children. Popular children’s performer Levko Durko entertained those in attendance with fun games, contests, and prizes.