Issue 128, November 2019

Issue 128, November 2019

Gareth Jones – The Brave Journalist Who Told the World About Stalin’s Famine

Issue 128, November 2019.
The summer blockbuster season for movies may be over, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing left worth seeing this year. In fact, most of the year’s best films aren’t released until near Christmas, so don’t get too attached to your best-films-of-the-year rankings just yet. Among the most anticipated releases of the season is the Polish-Ukrainian-British film Mr. Jones (The Price of Truth). It tells the story of an idealistic, young Welsh journalist – the title character – that trudges through miles of knee-deep snow in Ukraine, witnessing first-hand the horrors of the 1932-33 genocidal famine known as the Holodomor. The entirety of the region’s grain production was sold abroad to finance the rapid modernisation of Soviet industry, with the Stalin regime regarding the millions of ethnic Ukrainians as a price worth paying for the new utopia.

‘Prima Motus’ on Display

Issue 128, November 2019.
Lviv’s Lvivarnya Museum & Art Gallery will play host to the opening of the ‘Prima Motus’ exhibition by Marian Besaha on 13 November. The Lviv-based artist is well-known and highly appreciated in Ukraine and Europe for not only being a painter, but also a lecturer, critic, and cultural events manager.

TLUM & KRAM Flea Market

Issue 128, November 2019.
The term “Marché aux puces” literally translates to – you guessed it – “flea market”. First established in Paris around 1870, the term was adopted ostensibly because of the flea-infested furniture and other wares that were sold at the market just outside the city limits. Years later, similar-type markets popped-up around Europe.

Jazz Bez Festival Returns

Issue 128, November 2019.
The popular Jazz Bez Festival returns to Lviv from 6-15 December. Since 2001, this musical event has become a unique cross-border marathon of jazz that unites dozens of cities, hundreds of musicians, and thousands of music lovers under a single festival that celebrates jazz, music, and freedom.

German Film Festival

Issue 128, November 2019.
For 25 years now, the German Film Festival has offered a unique insight into the cinematic world of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Hosted by the Goethe Institute in Ukraine along with Arthaus Traffic, this year’s exciting event began features five films and a special screening of the documentary ‘Vom Bauen der Zukunft – 100 Jahre Bauhaus’.

Jamala’s Jubilee Tour

Issue 128, November 2019.
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Jamala’s coming-out party on the international stage – her triumph at the New Wave competition for young singers. Years before endearing herself to the continent with her incredible Eurovision win in 2016, the charismatic singer with the incredible voice won over millions of viewers with her amazing talent and stage presence.

Boombox Presents ‘The Secret Code’

Issue 128, November 2019.
Boombox – one of Ukraine’s most popular groups – will perform two shows in Lviv on 21-22 November as part of their ‘Taemny Kod’ (The Secret Code) tour. The new album features 11 tracks and was recorded in Ukraine, France, and the USA.

Melovin Presents ‘Octopus’

Issue 128, November 2019.
Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city will have the chance to catch an exclusive performance by Ukraine’s Melovin when he presents his latest album ‘Octopus’ alongside a symphony orchestra at Lviv’s glamorous Opera & Ballet Theatre on 17 December.

Lubomyr Melnyk’s ‘Fallen Trees’ Tour

Issue 128, November 2019.
The Lviv Philharmonic Theatre will play host to Ukrainian pianist / composer Lubomyr Melnyk on 10 December. World-renowned for his fast piano-playing technique, he can play up to 19.5 notes on each hand every second. Setting the speed record in 1985, he also holds the record for the most notes played in an hour, with an average speed of 14 notes on each hand every second.

Very Same Christmas Jazz

Issue 128, November 2019.
Feel the spirit of Christmas with some of the season’s most popular jazz hits when the Lviv Philharmonic Theatre hosts the Very Same Christmas Jazz concert on 11 December. The Urban Gypsy team and the charming Olga Chernyshova will put you in a festive mood for the holiday season with jazz compositions of such holiday classics as White Christmas, Let It Snow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and the Christmas Song.

Superwoman Lviv Forum

Issue 128, November 2019.
Women often feel like they need to be superheroes just to keep up with their jobs, families, friends, and personal interests. Real superwomen don’t try to be everything to everyone, especially in today’s fast-paced world. Success comes from focusing on what has heart and meaning, skill improvement, and being open to new opportunities.

OneDayShop – Christmas Edition

Issue 128, November 2019.
Christmas is coming and it’s time for us to draw up our lists of people to give gifts to. Each year it is a drama – no one leaves this battlefield unscathed! You have to rack your brain to find the perfect gift, which has to be nice enough without being too expensive.

‘Win With the Lion!’ Tourism Forum

Issue 128, November 2019.
Hospitality industry experts will gather in Lviv for the ‘Win With the Lion!’ tourism forum on 27-28 November. With travel industry leaders, decision-makers, C-level executives, and aspiring, young tourism professionals from across Ukraine all under one roof, the event will present dynamic content on many of today’s top travel topics, discover the next market-changing trends, and unite stakeholders to establish new partnerships to champion tourism development.

Creative Economy Day 2019

Issue 128, November 2019.
The creative economy is becoming an important part of a country’s gross domestic product. It spurs innovation and transfers knowledge across all sectors of the economy, making it critical to fostering development. To this end, Lviv will host the Creative Economy Day on 6 December.

Marketing Forum Ukraine

Issue 128, November 2019.
Are you looking to make face-to-face connections with new people, in person, real time? Then the Marketing Forum Ukraine on 28 November is just right for you! We believe in the power of being present. In a technologoical era, face-to-face interaction is still the most effective way of forming collaborative business connections.

be with Grytsyna

Issue 128, November 2019.
Львів’янка Мар’яна Грицина створює живописні полотна у модній сьогодні акриловій техніці та випускає свою лінію одягу під брендом Grytsyna. Її фешн дебют, як дизайнера розпочався зовсім недавно. Цього літа вийшла перша лімітована колекція T-shirt SS19 "be with Grytsyna", яка досить скоро набула популярності серед молоді і не тільки. Про мистецтво, улюблений oversize і не тільки, у інтерв’ю для Lviv Today.

“We are in a golden age of Turkey-Ukraine relations”

Issue 128, November 2019.
Anyone engaged in Turkish-Ukrainian business relations will likely have encountered Burak Pehlivan. As Chairman of the Turkish-Ukrainian Business Association TUID, forty-one-year-old Pehlivan is a well-known and high profile member of Ukraine’s international business community who has been tireless in his efforts to help build business bridges across the Black Sea.

Leopolitan Wins at Corsa dei Santi

Issue 128, November 2019.
Leopolitan long-distance runner Sofia Yaremchuk took top prize at the Corsa dei Santi 10km IAAF Bronze Label road race on 1 November in Via della Conciliazione in Rome, near St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City.

Khrystyna Pohranychna - National Champion

Issue 128, November 2019.
Lviv’s brilliant young gymnast Khrystyna Pohranychna is national champion after claiming the top prize at the national rhythmic gymnastics championship last month in Uzhhorod.

Lviv Plans to Bid for 2030 Winter Olympics

Issue 128, November 2019.
Lviv will bid for the 2030 Winter Olympic Games and 2028 Winter Youth Olympic Games and will begin the process next year, said Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyy and President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Serhiy Bubka, who visited the Western Ukrainian capital on 24 October. Lviv previously tried for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, but was forced to withdraw amid the political turmoil following the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014.

Leopolitan cyclist wins medals at European Championships

Issue 128, November 2019.
Leopolitan cyclist Olena Starikova was named Lviv’s October Athlete of the Month after she captured two medals at last month’s UEC European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

The Return of “Aida”

Issue 128, November 2019.
Last month Luxor witnessed the return of Verdi’s Opera Aida after 22 years of absence, an event greatly awaited by opera enthusiasts from around the world, at the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor. The performance was directed by Michael Sturm, from Germany.

Lviv International Economic Forum

Issue 128, November 2019.
The annual Lviv International Economic Forum was held in Lviv from 31 October – 1 November. Organised by the Lviv Regional State Administration, this forum is a powerful platform for national and international actors to discuss important issues related to the competitiveness of regions, their strategic development, and their economic growth.

Lviv hosted an international AAU forum on criminal law and process

Issue 128, November 2019.
On October 18, in Lviv was held Criminal Law Forum. The event featured the most important aspects of criminal practice, property rights in criminal proceedings, the specifics of the investigation and trial of certain types of crimes.

Great Fun at the Lviv Opera!

Issue 128, November 2019.
The Lviv Opera House hosted the premiere of the new experimental show featuring two comic operettas – Mozart’s ‘Der Schauspieldirektor’ (The Impresario) and Offenbach’s ‘Un Mari à la Porte’ (A Husband at the Door) – on 11 October.

Lviv Fashion Week – Spring / Summer 2020

Issue 128, November 2019.
Lviv Fashion Week (LFW) brought glamour back to the Western Ukrainian capital for the 24th time last month in an event dedicated to the ideas of sustainable fashion and ecologically-friendly outfits. Festivities kicked off with the wonderful Lviv Orchestra Fashion event featuring Marta Wachholz’s newest collection with music by Ukrainian composer Ivan Nebesnyy played by the lovely INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra.

US Astronaut Visits Lviv

Issue 128, November 2019.
Heidi Stefanyshyn-Piper, аn astronaut from the United States, visited Lviv to mark world space week on 13 October. She has received numerous honours and awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, and two Navy Achievement Medals.

Cheese & Wine Festival’s Jubilee

Issue 128, November 2019.
One of Lviv’s most popular culinary celebrations – the Cheese & Wine Festival – held its jubilee event in the very heart of the ancient city last month. The event featured a large variety of wines and cheeses from many of Ukraine’s most-renowned manufacturers and talented local artisans. Leopolitans and guests of the city were able to learn about winemaking traditions at the new ‘Tastings & Lectures’ workshop led by Bohdan Pavlyuh, author of the ‘Wine is Easy’ blog, head of Lviv’s Ukrainian Association of Winemakers & Sommeliers, and winner of the Best Sommelier of Lithuania 2019 award.

Leopolitan Artists Win Prestigious Art Awards

Issue 128, November 2019.
Leopolitan artists Volodymyr Bohuslavskyi and Serhiy Hai were both recognised at the recent Florence Biennale, a major contemporary art exhibition in Italy that showcases outstanding pieces of international contemporary art. During each event, an international jury comprised of distinguished scholars, art historians, and critics confer the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Award to the best exhibiting artists.