Issue 107, December 2017

Issue 107, December 2017

Johann Strauss Gala Concert

Issue 107, December 2017.
The Ukrainian-Austrian K&K Philharmoniker will perform a wonderful Johann Strauss Gala Concert under the baton of its charismatic conductor Matthias Kendlinger at Lviv’s S. Ludkevich Philharmonic Concert Hall on 21 December.

Ice Skating in Lviv

Issue 107, December 2017.
Ice skating is one of Europe’s most popular winter entertainment activities and Lviv has established its own skating tradition right in the UNESCO-recognized center of the city on Rynok Square. Now in its ninth year, Lviv’s central skating rink uses special high-tech freezing equipment to ensure that the rink will work even in temperatures of up to 15 C!

Christmas in Lviv

Issue 107, December 2017.
There is no mystery as to why the holiday season is known as the most wonderful time of the year. From singing carols and making cookies to giving gifts and decorating the tree, holiday traditions hold a special place in everyone’s heart. Make this season even more extraordinary and enjoyable by checking out some of Lviv’s must-see holiday celebrations.

The Lviv Cup 2018 and Fabulous Lviv Dog Shows

Issue 107, December 2017.
Leopolitan animal lovers and guests of the city are invited for a day of great shopping and world-class displays of dog competitions at the Lviv Cup 2018 and Fabulous Lviv dog shows at the Pivdenny-Expo Exhibition Centre on 20-21 January.

Bukovel Kids Cup 2018

Issue 107, December 2017.
Bukovel – Ukraine’s largest and most popular ski resort, with modern hotels, spas, and restaurants – will play host to the Bukovel Kids Cup 2018, a junior alpine ski competition, from 26-28 January. Bukovel offers more than 50 km of slopes for all difficulty levels, with the longest run being over two kilometres. As Ukraine’s top ski resort, Bukovel offers plenty of exciting competitions and contests all season long.

KIZZ UP Kizomba Festival

Issue 107, December 2017.
Lviv’s KIZZ UP Kizomba Festival has been on quite an exciting ride since its journey began in 2016. Making its mark as one of Ukraine’s most dynamic kizomba festivals and having developed a reputation for delivering quality, KIZZ UP has garnered the attention of the international kizomba scene.

Christmas Evening with Oksana Mukha

Issue 107, December 2017.
Lviv’s-own young and talented Oksana Mukha will delight Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city with her charming Christmas Evening concerts at Lviv’s opulent Opera & Ballet Theatre on 8 January. The festive program will see her sing old-time folk songs, carols, and her own hits. Born in Lviv, the talented musician studied at the S. Krushelnitska Music School before graduating from the Lviv Music Academy. She released her first album (Halychanka) as part of Dudaryk Nazavzhdy in 2006 and her first solo album (RE:SHETO) in 2010. She also won the Kvitka Cisyk Vocal Competition of Ukrainian Romances in 2011.

Tango Remolino DJ Festival

Issue 107, December 2017.
For 11 days, Lviv’s Hotel Dnister will host a series of tango events during the Tango Remolino DJ Festival. Highlights will include a series of day and night milongas, which will feature some of the world’s finest DJs, including Austria’s Jasmin Muranovic, Finland’s Jenni Valli, Latvia’s Alisa Zurmutai, Australia’s Anthony Miller, and South Korea’s Benjamin Lee.

New Year at the Opera with Oleksandr Bozhyk

Issue 107, December 2017.
Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city will have the opportunity to enjoy special holiday concerts by violin virtuoso Oleksandr Bozhyk on the stage of Lviv’s beautiful Opera & Ballet Theatre on 2 January. The award-winning Bozhyk has featured on popular television programs, including the second season of Ukraine’s Got Talent.

LvivMozArt Christmas Concert

Issue 107, December 2017.
This summer, Lviv hosted the city’s newest addition to its busy festival scene – the one-of-a-kind LvivMozArt Festival. Leopolitan music fans and guests of the city enjoyed it so much that organisers decided to delight them with a festive LvivMozArt Christmas Concert at Lviv’s wonderful Opera & Ballet Theatre on 24 December.

Jazz UA and Argentinean Music Coming to Lviv

Issue 107, December 2017.
Lviv’s hopping !FESTRepublic Club will host a spectacular mix of tango and jazz compositions alongside Ukrainian folk tunes and melodies at the special Jazz UA and Argentinean Music concert on 20 December. Jazz UA premiered in October in Buenos Aires and has already become a huge success. The program will be touring Ukraine throughout December and will feature the incredible Ilya Bondarenko of Two Violins – an exceptional young violinist who performs professionally in several musical genres, including jazz, tango, classics, and electronic.

Modern Polish Art Exhibition

Issue 107, December 2017.
Leopolitan art lovers and guests of the city are welcome to visit the newly-renovated J.G. Pinzel Museum of Sculpture to take in the best of Modern Polish Art. The exhibition will feature paintings, sculpture, and photos by the likes of Beata Ewa Białecka, Bogdan Kiliński, Halina Różewicz-Książkiewicz, Katarzyna Smeja-Skulimowska, Zbigniew Szmurło, and many others.

Event Industry Forum

Issue 107, December 2017.
This specialised forum is aimed at the self-identification of the event industry in Western Ukraine in general, and in Lviv in particular. The program is designed to widen the understanding of an event manager’s work, show new possibilities of their profession, and to set a new pace for the market and a new impulse for creativity.

The Nutcracker at Lviv’s Opera

Issue 107, December 2017.
Leopolitan theatre and ballet fans and guests of the city are sure to be delighted when the Kyiv Modern Ballet brings its unique interpretation of the classic ‘The Nutcracker’ to the stage at Lviv’s beautiful Opera & Ballet Theatre on 11 January.

2017 Ukrainian Boxing Championship

Issue 107, December 2017.
From the world heavyweight champion Klitschko brothers to Olympic champions Oleksandr Usyk and Volodymyr Lomachenko to Lviv’s-own former light welterweight world champion Andriy Kotelnyk, Ukrainians have a special place in their hearts reserved for their boxing heroes. It was with great excitement when over 200 boxers from across Ukraine gathered in the Western Ukrainian capital for the Ukrainian Boxing Championship on 13-19 November.

Lviv’s-own ‘Miss Model Beauty’

Issue 107, December 2017.
Ukraine’s team of 22 athletes took first place at the WABBA Mr/Ms Universe Championships in Budapest, Hungary on 18-19 November.

Lviv’s Halychanka Continue to Roll

Issue 107, December 2017.
Lviv’s world-class Halychanka ladies handball team knocked off Kherson’s Dnipryanka 27-22 and 28-14 over the 15-16 November weekend.

Barkom-Kazhany at CEV Volleyball Cup

Issue 107, December 2017.
Barkom-Kazhany LVIV started their journey in the 2018 edition of the CEV Volleyball Cup with a 3-1 home victory over Israel’s reigning national champions Maccabi TEL-AVIV (25-18, 25-27, 25-19, 25-16) to delight more than 1,000 fans in attendance at Galychyna sports hall on November 22.

Ukraine vs Slovakia – International Friendly Match

Issue 107, December 2017.
Unfortunately, neither Ukraine nor Slovakia will participate in FIFA 2018, World Cup as Ukraine finished third in Group I, behind group winners Iceland and second place Croatia, thus knocking them out of contention. Meanwhile, Slovakia finished in second place behind group winners England and overcame Scotland and Slovenia for the vital second place spot.

Lviv’s Athletes of the Month

Issue 107, December 2017.
The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine in Lviv awarded its Athlete of the Month awards to world-class pistol shooter Pavlo Korostylov for October and junior European champion triathlete Sophia Pryima for September. Korostylov, already awarded the June Athlete of the Month award, was recognised for winning silver in the 10m air pistol event at the prestigious ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, India. The 19-year-old student of the Lviv University of Physical Culture – and Armed Forces serviceman – equaled a world junior world record in the process.

High Castle Autumn Art Salon

Issue 107, December 2017.
Lviv’s Art Palace was home to the High Castle Autumn Art Salon – an event that showcases the paintings and sculptures of young artists alongside recognized maestros – from 5 November to 3 December. Considered one of the most dynamic and independent art events in Western Ukraine, High Castle featured several exhibits, one of which was traditionally dedicated to the memory of an outstanding Leopolitan artist Myron Yatsiv (1929-96).

VALERIY SOKOLOV & GARY HOFFMAN IN LVIV

Issue 107, December 2017.
On November 26th Leopolitan music lovers were delighted by concert by cello player Gary Hoffman, (USA) who plays a Nicolo Amati cello from 1662 and violin player Valeriy Sokolov, (Germany – Ukraine) who plays pricey Stradivarius, dated 1703.

X FUNDRAISING DINNER and SILENT AUCTION OF UCU

Issue 107, December 2017.
Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) held its tenth annual Charity Evening and Silent Auction in Kyiv on December 2. What began as a modest get-together of mostly diaspora and native Lviv professionals in Kyiv has morphed to the most well-attended and highly sought-after charity events in the capital city – so much so that demand exceeded available tickets.

ХVII International music festival “Jazz Bez”

Issue 107, December 2017.
The XVII “Jazz Bez” International Music Festival, featuring a talented array of international musicians performing in venues across Lviv, was held from December 1-10. This year’s festival let jazz fans enjoy 87 concerts by 60 musicians from the USA, Canada, Australia, Luxembourg, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine.

Harmony with Brown Bears

Issue 107, December 2017.
Bears are beloved in Ukraine. Not only are they the national symbol of the Zakarpattia region, but they are prevalent in circuses, zoos, and pop culture – like in the popular Masha i Medved (Masha and the Bear). Unfortunately, bears are not always treated well in the area, as they continue to be poached and are subjected to serious mistreatment by business ventures like circuses, private zoos, or even unscrupulous tourist venues.

Gearing Up for Ukrainian Christmas and Malanka

Issue 107, December 2017.
If you think the holiday season ends on New Year’s 2018 – think again! There’s the Ukrainian holiday season still to come! Have you ever wondered why Ukrainians celebrate Christmas at a different time than in the West? It has to do with the old Julian calendar and the Orthodox and Eastern-rite churches that still use it. Due to small inaccuracies in the calendar, it was ditched nearly 500 years ago for the modern Gregorian one we use today.

Lviv Truffles Ardour Continues

Issue 107, December 2017.
Leopolitan Italian food lovers and guests of the city have been enjoying authentic Italian cuisine from Tartufo Trattoria’s chief cook Davide Lagomarsino for nearly two years now. Located on the third floor of Lviv’s TM Forum, the venue has become known for its specialty dishes based on truffles mushrooms. Lviv Today enjoyed their delicacies while speaking with the charismatic Italian cook and the restaurant’s charming and energetic owner, Olga Zhenchak.

The Culinary Heights of Soprano

Issue 107, December 2017.
Leopolitans and guests of the city now have the wonderful opportunity to discover Lviv’s spectacular beauty from a bird’s eye view thanks to the incredible terrace of the new Soprano restaurant, located on the 7th floor of the Taurus City hotel (9 Kn. Sviatoslava Sq.). This wonderful venue brings a spacious interior, exquisite cuisine, and excellent service to its exceptional location – just five minutes away from St. George’s Cathedral and a 15-minute walk to the Opera Theatre.