Issue 130, January 2020

Issue 130, January 2020

French Cinema Nights 2020

Issue 130, January 2020.
Lviv’s love affair with all things French is set to continue this February as Arthouse Traffic and the French Institute in Ukraine bring “Evenings of French Cinema 2020” back to our fine city. Get set for the biggest and best in French cinema from 2019, including: romance drama “Portrait de la jeune fille en feu” by Céline Sciamma, comedy drama “Hors norms” by Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano; fantasy “Zombie Child” by Bertrand Bonello; comedy “Notre Dame” by Valérie Donzelli and romantic comedy “Chambre 212” by Christophe Honoré.

Chinese New Year Festival” in Lviv

Issue 130, January 2020.
On January 25th, the International cultural organization “Lanhua Cultural-Research Centre of Ukraine and China” will present Leopolitans and gusts of the city with annual “Chinese New Year Festival” which will feature traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural activities, dancing, singing, arts, crafts and much more.

Study Abroad Exhibition

Issue 130, January 2020.
Lviv’s Grand Hotel will host the Study Abroad Exhibition, where potential students and their parents can meet representatives from some of the leading colleges and universities in Canada, the USA, the UK, and across Europe, on 15 February.

The Stunning Pianism of Vadym Kholodenko

Issue 130, January 2020.
Leopolitan music lovers and guests of the city will have the fantastic opportunity to enjoy a concert by the wonderful Vadym Kholodenko – one of the most musically dynamic and technically-gifted pianists of our times. Born in Kyiv, Kholodenko is the first musician in his family.

Legendary Symphonies of the Universe II

Issue 130, January 2020.
The Lviv National Philharmonic Theatre will play host to Shlomo Mintz’s amazing Symphonies of the Universe II concert alongside the Kyiv Virtuosi Orchestra on 8 February. An Israeli virtuoso, violinist, and conductor, Mintz is considered one of the foremost violinists of our time. He is esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique.

Legendary Boris Grebenshchikov Presents ‘Grass Doors’

Issue 130, January 2020.
Lviv’s Malevich Concert Arena hotspot will be hopping on 11 February when one of Russia’s true rock pioneers, Boris Grebenshikov (aka BG), brings his Aquarium band to the Western Ukrainian capital. Born in St. Petersburg in 1943, Grebenshikov is known as the founding father of Russian rock. Starting in the ‘70s with a Grateful Dead-like cult underground following, his prolific career has seen him dubbed alternatively as Russia’s Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie.

JavaDay Lviv

Issue 130, January 2020.
JavaDay Lviv is an annual, international conference focused on the Java ecosystem and technologies. The agenda features nearly 20 speakers from around the world – well-known Java professionals that will cover trends, hot topics, and cutting-edge technologies, like Full-stack Java, JVM Languages, Serverless, Machine Learning, Data Science, and more.

Druha Rika – Unplugged

Issue 130, January 2020.
Druha Rika – one of Ukraine’s most popular rock bands – is set to perform a special acoustic concert at Lviv’s beautiful Opera & Ballet Theatre on 10 February. Since forming in 1996, the band has released five studio and two compilation albums. Just like the British group they are often compared to – Depeche Mode – the band has changed its sound and style with the times.

Enchanting Jazz Kolo – Alegria

Issue 130, January 2020.
The Lviv Philharmonic Theatre will host a unique concert on 28 January as part of the Jazz Kolo festival. Jazz Kolo emerged in 2007 as a series of jazz concerts to support music improvisation in Ukraine. Featuring some of Ukraine’s finest musicians, it has already hosted over 70 concerts, released 15 DVDs and 16 CDs of original jazz music, compiled a 5-CD anthology of Ukrainian instrumental music, created over 140 TV programs about Ukrainian jazz, and brought together a large audience of intellectual music supporters.

Winter Enduro Challenge 2020

Issue 130, January 2020.
Struggling for motivation? Then the Winter Enduro Challenge 2020 challenge is the event to get you out on your motorbike this winter. While it’s tempting to use the off-season for a spot of sofa-lounging and chilling, it’s also a great time to lay the groundwork for some serious gains for next year!

Olga Nizova Memorial & Lemberg Cup Dog Shows

Issue 130, January 2020.
You don’t have to be the owner of a purebred show dog to enjoy dog shows. These events are fun for any pet lover to see the unusual breeds up close. How often do you encounter a dog with floor-length dreadlocks or pups who are completely bald save for a sprout of perfectly coiffed hair around the face?

The (Carpathian) Mountain Miracle

Issue 130, January 2020.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the biggest sporting achievement in Lviv’s history – the run to the USSR Cup championship by Karpaty Lviv! Lviv Today looks back on the accomplishment and what it meant for the Western Ukrainian capital.

Leopolitan Wins World Silver in Women’s Blitz Chess

Issue 130, January 2020.
Lviv’s Anna Muzychuk took home the silver at the recent King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championship in Moscow. One of the most exciting events of the year as it attracts nearly all of the world’s top players, Muzychuk took claimed runner-up honours after posting 12.5 points in 17 games.

Halyna Melnyk – December’s Athlete of the Month

Issue 130, January 2020.
Lviv’s Halyna Melnyk was named December’s Athlete of the Month for her outstanding performance at the Karate1 Premiere League tournament held in Madrid, Spain last month. Halyna took bronze in the women’s Kumite 68 kg event – her fourth medal of 2019!

Lviv’s Barkom-Kazhany Keeps Rolling

Issue 130, January 2020.
Lviv’s Barkom-Kazhany volleyball team crushed Kharkiv’s Lokomotiv 3-0 twice at home in the 8th round of Ukraine’s Volleyball Super League last month. Sitting atop the standings with 43 points, the team next host’s MHP-Vinnytsia in the 10th round on 24 and 25 January.

Leopolitan Wins WBC Muay Thai World Featherweight Championship

Issue 130, January 2020.
Olena “The Hunter” Ovchynnikova – a Leopolitan featherweight kickboxer and flyweight mixed martial artist – captured the World Boxing Council Muay Thai featherweight world title at the Lviv Open Cup in Lviv on 7 December by beating Cindy “The French Cyborg” Silvestre – one of Europe’s most illustrious fighters.

Ukraine’s Euro 2020 challenge Can Shevchenko the manager match Shevchenko the player?

Issue 130, January 2020.
Ukrainian national team coach Andriy Shevchenko has silenced his critics by leading Ukraine to next summer’s European championships in style and ending the calendar year unbeaten for the first time in the country’s footballing history. Can the former Milan and Dynamo Kyiv superstar now make his mark at Euro 2020 and prove he has what it takes to succeed as a manager at the highest level?

Lviv’s Top 20 of 2020

Issue 130, January 2020.
Lviv Today has your guide to the Top 20 things to do in the Western Ukrainian capital in 2020. Whether you’re into fashion, sports, culture, history, or food and drink, Lviv will show you why it’s called the ‘Soul of Ukraine’ and Lviv Today is your guide to what’s going on!

Lviv Today ‘Lion Awards’ 2019: Ukraine International Promotion: AIDA INSO

Issue 130, January 2020.
When Verdi’s Opera Aida re-emerged after a 22-year absence at a gala event at the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt this year, it was the INSO-Lviv Academic Symphony Orchestra that provided the soundtrack

Lviv Today ‘Lion Awards’ 2019: VIP Guest of the Year: Tom Cruise

Issue 130, January 2020.
We look back at the people, places, and biggest moments that made 2019 an exciting and record-breaking year in Lviv.

Sphere in Lviv for Christmas Holiday Season

Issue 130, January 2020.
The concept of spherical housing dates back to ancient times and takes its lead from Mother Nature, where spheres are associated with eggs, bosoms and other eternal symbols of new life. Civilizations have developed spherical architecture all over the world, with rounded features often dominating skylines and prominent buildings such as palaces, churches and mosques. A spherical abode recently appeared in Lviv for the 2019-2020 festive season. Anatoli Artemenko spoke to project co-author Oles Dmytryshyn about this original installation.

The impressive evolution of Lviv International Airport

Issue 130, January 2020.
In late autumn 2019, Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry unveiled plans to transform Lviv International Airport into a regional transport hub. This envisioned expansion will see the addition of bus terminal facilities and a direct rail connection to the city's imposing Habsburg era Central Railway Station, representing the latest stage in Lviv airport’s evolution from end-on-the-line outpost to bustling Central European international gateway.