Lviv Society

All-Ukrainian March for Animal Rights in Lviv

Issue 116, October 2018.
Hundreds of people joined an animal rights march in the Western Ukrainian capital on 30 September with a rally that started in front of Lviv’s Opera & Ballet Theatre. Activists demanded an end to the use of animals in circuses and dolphin shows, for medical experiments, for perfumes, and for fur farms. Demonstrators also called for the end to the killing of homeless animals and for the rehabilitation of animals that have experienced cruelty.

Ukrainian Amazons

Issue 116, October 2018.
In honour of the upcoming Defenders of Ukraine Day, Lviv Ethnographic hosted the wonderful fashion show ‘Ukrainian Amazons’ at the D. Halytskyi International Airport on 27 September. All the models on the catwalk came from women participating in the warzone in Eastern Ukraine, including field paramedics, journalists, and volunteers.

Lviv Coffee Festival

Issue 116, October 2018.
The Lviv Coffee Festival – one of the city’s most beloved annual events – attracted more than 250,000 coffee lovers to the Western Ukrainian capital from 13-16 September. Now in its twelfth year, the festival is an important event for the city’s popular coffeehouses, many of which are architecturally and thematically unique. In addition to artisan coffee and gourmet sweets stalls, Leopolitan coffee lovers and guests of the city were able to take in demonstrations from world-class baristas, watch the Bike Coffee Mile, witness the Grind&Brew National Championship, and vote in the KulchytskyCoffeeCup contest

Publishers Forum Celebrates 25 Years

Issue 116, October 2018.
The Lviv International Book Fair and Literature Festival – more commonly known as the Lviv Publishers Forum – celebrated its 25th anniversary by bringing together hundreds of publishing houses and over 100 writers from 25 countries to present their newest literary offerings. President Poroshenko opened the festival on 19 September by welcoming participants at Lviv’s exceptional Opera & Ballet Theatre. He noted that the event had become a significant cultural event not only in Ukraine but across all Eastern Europe and underlined that it’s constantly evolving.

Ukraine Celebrates 27 Years of Independence

Issue 115, September 2018.
Ukraine celebrates Independence Day every year on 24 August to mark the adoption of the ‘Act of Independence of Ukraine’ by the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR on 24 August 1991. As always, Lviv celebrated the occasion in style.

Rapid Trident 2018

Issue 115, September 2018.
Ukraine has begun joint military exercises with 10 NATO countries in Western Ukraine amid ongoing tensions with Russia over Moscow’s illegal annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed separatists.

Etnovyr Folklore Festival

Issue 115, September 2018.
Lviv’s annual Etnovyr Folklore Festival, featuring spectacular performances by ensembles from as far away as Egypt and Indonesia, took place in Lviv from 22-26 August. Organised by CIOFF (Organisations of Festivals of Folklore and Traditional Arts), the event also drew groups from around Europe and across Ukraine.

New Army Academy Recruits

Issue 115, September 2018.
Lviv’s Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyy National Ground Forces Academy saw more than 500 freshmen take their oaths to serve the nation faithfully as they became students at one of Ukraine’s most prestigious military higher education institutions.

Lviv’s Plyazh Aqua Park Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

Issue 115, September 2018.
Lviv’s Plyazh Aqua Park celebrated its 10th anniversary with a festive party and spectacular surprises over the 11-12 August weekend. The colourful event featured a fabulous bubble show, awesome magic show, jolly entertainment by the Party na Hati animators, and exciting contests for both children and the grown ups. One of the highlights was the exciting lottery, where guests were able to win an annual membership. Groovy gigs by the DJ and Full House Project band followed.

25th International Hutsul Festival

Issue 115, September 2018.
Hutsulshchyna, the eight Hutsul districts of the Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, and Transcarpathian oblasts, is not only a rural paradise of pine-tree covered valleys and undisturbed panoramic views but is also the beating heart of one of Ukraine’s most treasured ethnic groups – the Hutsuls. Hutsul culture is known far beyond the borders of the country as Hutsuls are noteworthy for their friendliness.