Issue 110, March 2018

Issue 110, March 2018

Stars of Argentinian Tango

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv’s lovely M. Zankovetska National Drama Theatre will host the Stars of Argentinian Tango for a concert in the Western Ukrainian capital on 29 March. Fans of the world’s most passionate and romantic dance style will be delighted by the wonderful choreography of Simone Facchini and Gioia Abballe and the beautiful compositions of the famed Tango Spleen Orquesta under the guidance of Argentina’s Mariano Speranza.

Easter celebrations

Issue 110, March 2018.
Easter is an especially festive time of year in Lviv, which has long been a city where the wide range of religious identities present in our population have more of a reason to celebrate. Lviv has always been a crossroads where the historic empires of the Orthodox and Christian churches have met, but given the diverse ethnic makeup of ancient Lviv, Easter has traditionally been a time of year when different denominations have been conciliatory as they celebrate the miracle of resurrection according to their own beliefs. In Ukraine, Easter is called Velykden (Great Day) and is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s most important holiday.

Ski Events at Bukovel

Issue 110, March 2018.
Bukovel Ski Resort – Ukraine’s largest and most popular – will play host to several exciting ski competitions next month that you will not want to miss. With modern hotels, spas, and restaurants, Bukovel is Ukraine’s most European winter resort.

Creative Evening with Lesya Nikityuk

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lesya Nikityuk – one of Ukraine’s most popular TV presenters – is set to entertain Leopolitans and guests of the city with a creative evening at Lviv’s Palace of Culture for Railway Workers on 18 March.

Artistic Glassware on Display

Issue 110, March 2018.
It is impossible to imagine our way of life, housing interior, or public spaces without the beauty of artistically processed glass. Invented long ago, glass has for centuries improved manufacturing technology, artistically enriched its forms, and expanded the process line. In some countries, such as Italy, Sweden, and the Czech Republic, glass manufacturing has become part of the national identity. In fact, one might consider glass art as a ‘window on the world’.

ELSA 73 Council Meeting

Issue 110, March 2018.
The International Council Meeting of Law Students will be held in Lviv from 15-22 April. Organised by the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA), an independent, non-political, non-profit organisation, the event is expected to draw more than 400 participants.

Agroport West

Issue 110, March 2018.
Held in three cities, Agroport is one of the biggest agrarian events in Eastern Europe. This international farming development forum focuses on the individual interests of local agricultural producers.

Dream Handmade Fest

Issue 110, March 2018.
The Dream Handmade Festival is a holiday market featuring contemporary artisans, designers, farmers, and food producers. Held over the last weekend in March, the sale is your one-stop holiday shop in Lviv.

The Extravagant Dakh Daughters

Issue 110, March 2018.
Ukraine’s always intriguing Dakh Daughters are bringing their new show to Lviv’s M. Zankovetska Drama Theatre on 16 April. Named after the theatre from which it evolved, the Dakh Daughters is a music and theatre ensemble founded in Kyiv in 2012.

Spring Business Forum

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv’s Spring Business Forum will take place at Arena Lviv on 19-20 April beginning from 9:00. Event participants include representatives of local authorities, leading banks, successful entrepreneurs interested in Ukraine’s economic development, and foreign financial and investment firms interested in implementing business projects in Ukraine.

Housing Development and Investment Forum

Issue 110, March 2018.
From 13-15 April, Arena Lviv will play host to the Housing Development and Investment Forum (Forum Novobudov). The event will feature a seminar on key issues of purchasing real estate, an exhibition of new housing projects, and even a lottery where visitors to the forum can win a grand prize of 100,000 UAH! Considered Western Ukraine’s leading consumer event, the forum provides a perfect platform for both national and local markets to showcase their residential, commercial, and mixed-use units, as well as sustainable real estate projects, architecture, facilities management, financial and mortgage services, smart homes, and building fit-outs.

Lviv Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv will play host to the glamorous Lviv Fashion Week at the D. Halytskyi International Airport and locations throughout the city from 22-25 March. The event will feature some of Ukraine’s most renowned designers, including: Vozianov, Kateryna Karol, Couture de Fleur, Ivanna Yukhymchuk, and J. Perekriostova. LFW will kick-off at the Lvivarnya Cultural Complex on 22 March with the Art Space creative project and presentations by young designers. Other events will see presentations of collections by DIYA, Zahara, Blunt, and Polish brands Eklectic and K&M. New collections will also feature the best of Kristina Prokopiv, Olena Levynska, and Muzyka&Sas.

Amazing Virsky in Concert

Issue 110, March 2018.
Ukraine’s preeminent P. Virsky National Folk Dance Ensemble is bringing their spectacular show to Lviv’s beautiful Opera & Ballet Theatre on 16 April. Virsky’s repertoire includes old and modern dances from different Ukrainian regions, as well as dances from other cultures. They present a choreographic picture of modern life, including the Hopak, the Zaporizhian Cossacks, the Povzunets (Crawler), and Chumak’s Joy.

Lviv law firms leading regional reinvention

Issue 110, March 2018.
Economic and legislative changes are forcing law firms across Ukraine to rethink their professional focuses The transformations taking place in Ukrainian society since 2014 have also left their mark on the country’s legal industry. The appearance of new state institutions, wholesale changes to legislation, and the emergence of entirely new economic priorities have obliged many Ukrainian law firms to rethink their professional focuses. This trend is evident across the country, with numerous regional nuances reflecting Ukraine’s diversity.

World Indoor Archery Championships

Issue 110, March 2018.
A team of 12 Ukrainian athletes took part in the World Indoor Archery Championships in Yankton, USA from 14-19 February.

Lviv – Leader Sport Dance Competition

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv’s Halychyna Sport Complex hosted the Lviv – Leader Sport Dance championships last month. Organized by the Leader modern dance studio, the competition is now an official World Dance Sport Federation event.

Ukraine’s Winter Cycling Championship

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv’s SKA bike track played host to some of the nation’s top cyclists at last month’s Ukrainian Winter Cycling Championships. The event featured more than 250 cyclists competing in individual and team races.

Oleksandr Abramenko Becomes First Ukrainian Man to Become Winter Olympic Champion

Issue 110, March 2018.
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramenko made Olympic history last month by becoming Ukraine’s first-ever male Winter Olympic champion when he topped the podium in Aerials at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. It was fourth-time’s-a-charm for the 2015-16 World Cup champion, with his previous best performance coming four years ago when he finished sixth in Sochi, Russia.

February Athlete of the Month – Stanislav Horuna

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv’s killer karateka Stanislav Horuna was named Lviv’s Athlete of the Month for February after taking bronze in the World Karate Federation’s top-level Karate-1 Premier League in Dubai, UAE. This comes on the heels of his gold medal performance at the second-tier Series A event in Guadalajara, Mexico in November.

Olympic Houses – the Ultimate Olympic Experience

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv Today Editor Lee Reaney was in Korea to take in all the action for our readers last month. It was his third Olympic Games and we asked him what advice he has for those looking to experience the Olympics for themselves. Here’s what he has to say.

Lviv Tour Guide Forum

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv’s FESTRepublic Club played host to the Lviv Tour Guide Forum from 27-28 February. The platform for tour guides, operators, and agencies to share ideas and experiences was initiated by the Lviv Tourism Office and featured several panel discussions, including ‘Centre of life outside the centre’, ‘Successful cases of tourist decentralisation’, and ‘Transformation of Sykhiv’s A. Dovzhenko Cultural and Educational Centre’. Other panels looked at regional centres, like ‘Dnipro – a new tourist destination on the map of Ukraine’, and ‘Ternopil – tourist hub in Western Ukraine’

Napalm Death Metal Gig in Lviv

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv’s !FESTRepublic Club was the scene for British extreme metal band Napalm Death’s concert on 23 February. Formed back in ’81, the group is credited as pioneers of the grindcore genre by incorporating elements of crust punk and death metal.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits Lviv

Issue 110, March 2018.
Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, payed a working visit to Lviv on 2 March to meet with Lviv Region leaders, as well as teachers and students at Lviv’s I. Franko National University.

Women’s March for Equal Rights

Issue 110, March 2018.
The feminist movement has always been about equality for all women, but there are many paths to that goal. One of them featured hundreds of feminists wielding colourful posters at the annual Leopolitan Women’s March on International Women’s Day on 8 March. Over 200 participants demanded an end to gender-based violence and discriminatory policies.

The Art of Arturo Sandoval

Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv’s central Opera & Ballet Theatre played host to the concert of Arturo Sandoval, one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, on 26 February. The accomplished artist, classical pianist, and composer has won 10 Grammy Awards (19 nominations), an Emmy, and six Billboard Awards.

The Editor Vs The Oligarchs

Issue 110, March 2018.
Vitaly Sych first made his name as the long-serving editor of Ukraine’s top current affairs weekly, but he cemented his reputation by resigning rather than bowing to Yanukovych era censorship. He is now back at the helm of a new journalistic empire that aims to challenge the media monopoly of Ukraine’s oligarch elite

Tune Up Your Body & Mind This Spring Season

Issue 110, March 2018.
Spring is a time for regeneration and renewal, when we throw off the shackles of winter and walk confidently into the new day. It’s also the perfect time to get your body back on track and feeling fabulously balanced. The truth is, during winter, it’s easy to get out of whack. With lots of heavy foods, shorter days, not enough sunlight and the feeling of being strangled underneath all those winter woolies, it’s no surprise we come into spring feeling less than our best. But there is a solution, some simple things you can do to get back on top of the game. Why just spring clean your house when you can spring clean your body?

Lviv Law Students to Compete in Washington

Issue 110, March 2018.
For the first time since the competition began in 1994, law students from Lviv’s I. Franko National University won Ukraine’s oldest and most prestigious moot court competition – the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition National Championship! Students from 10 Ukrainian law schools competed in Kyiv from 9-11 February and after two days of preliminary rounds, Lviv’s lawyers-to-be topped last year’s champions from Kyiv’s T. Shevchenko University (Institute of International Relations). In doing so, the students won the right to represent Ukraine at the international rounds of the Jessup competition, to take place in Washington, DC from 1-8 April.

The Stolen Princess

Issue 110, March 2018.
The Cannes Film Festival held a major animated film market at last year’s event where Ukraine’s Animagrad studio presented its latest feature. The Stolen Princess received much positive feedback and will be launched this month in Ukraine and many other countries worldwide. Animagrad is one of Ukraine’s premiere studios and The Stolen Princess is its first of a set of animated features designed to popularise Ukraine and its stories on the international market.

Legend of the Carpathians

Issue 110, March 2018.
Last year Ukraine released more than 30 films – shorts and features, dramas and documentaries, Ukrainian films and co-productions, wide releases and limited releases. The majority were privately funded without any aid from the government. No one can guarantee that will happen again in 2018, but it is already confirmed that one film – Legend of the Carpathians – will be released at Lviv’s Planeta Kino on 29 March. The film was first presented at last May’s Cannes Film Festival and later at a festival in the Spanish city of Marbella, where it took second place for Best Feature Film. Serhey Skobun’s historical action story is inspired by the legend of Oleksa Dovbush, a Carpathian folk hero with excellent fighting skills and the ability to predict the future.

Ukrainian Book Wins Bologna Ragazzi Award

Issue 110, March 2018.
Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv’s duet of books titled ‘Loudly, Softly, In a Whisper – I See That’ won the non-fiction Bologna Ragazzi Award for 2018. One of the most prestigious in the world of children’s publishing, the award recognises excellence in graphic layout, format innovation, and ability to capture a young reader’s attention. Winners will be presented their prizes at an awards ceremony at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in late March.