Lviv Society

Cheese & Wine Festival

Issue 117, November 2018.
One of Lviv’s most anticipated culinary holidays of the year returned to the very heart of the ancient city from 19-21 October. The Cheese and Wine Festival satisfied Leopolitan cheese lovers and guests of the city with its large variety of cheeses and wines from many of Ukraine’s most renowned manufacturers and artisans.

‘Under the High Castle’ Polish Cinema Festival

Issue 117, November 2018.
The Under the High Castle modern Polish cinema festival was held in Lviv from 12-21 October. Organised by the Polish Consulate in Lviv and the Polish Institute of Cinematic Art, the event showcased 20 movies over 40 screenings in addition to numerous supporting events, like panel discussions, educational lessons on the history of cinema, exhibitions, concerts, and much more.

Race Nation 2018

Issue 116, October 2018.
Lviv’s popular night hotspot !FESTRepublic Club was the scene for Lviv’s iteration of the modern obstacle course Race Nation. Today, there are more than 5,000 types of endurance races across the globe and they have become quite popular in Ukraine. Since starting in 2015, Race Nation now offers annual endurance races in Kyiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Ternopil, Bukovel and, of course, Lviv. Hundreds of thrill-seeking daredevils gathered for the Lviv race; one might even call them masochists – or how better to describe those willing to pay money to roll around in mud, plunge into ice ponds, scale giant walls, and carry heavy sandbags?

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.