Lviv Society

Poroshenko Meets With Canadian Governor General

Issue 109, February 2018.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with Canadian Governor General Julie Payette – also the country’s Commander-in-Chief – in Lviv in January to discuss issues of further cooperation. Payette arrived in Lviv to show her support to Canadian soldiers taking part in the UNIFIER operation in Ukraine. During her stay, she visited the ATO Heroes Memorial and met with members of the Canadian and Ukrainian armed forces at the military police training centre, which was established as part of the UNIFIER operation in 2017 with the help of Canadians.

High Castle Autumn Art Salon

Issue 107, December 2017.
Lviv’s Art Palace was home to the High Castle Autumn Art Salon – an event that showcases the paintings and sculptures of young artists alongside recognized maestros – from 5 November to 3 December. Considered one of the most dynamic and independent art events in Western Ukraine, High Castle featured several exhibits, one of which was traditionally dedicated to the memory of an outstanding Leopolitan artist Myron Yatsiv (1929-96).


Issue 107, December 2017.
On November 26th Leopolitan music lovers were delighted by concert by cello player Gary Hoffman, (USA) who plays a Nicolo Amati cello from 1662 and violin player Valeriy Sokolov, (Germany – Ukraine) who plays pricey Stradivarius, dated 1703.


Issue 107, December 2017.
Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) held its tenth annual Charity Evening and Silent Auction in Kyiv on December 2. What began as a modest get-together of mostly diaspora and native Lviv professionals in Kyiv has morphed to the most well-attended and highly sought-after charity events in the capital city – so much so that demand exceeded available tickets.

ХVII International music festival “Jazz Bez”

Issue 107, December 2017.
The XVII “Jazz Bez” International Music Festival, featuring a talented array of international musicians performing in venues across Lviv, was held from December 1-10. This year’s festival let jazz fans enjoy 87 concerts by 60 musicians from the USA, Canada, Australia, Luxembourg, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine.

Lviv Grand Prix Half Marathon

Issue 106, November 2017.
The annual Lviv Grand Prix Half Marathon raced through the city on 29 October. Mayor Andriy Sadovyi greeted the 2,000+ runners that included many celebrities. Some of the more famous runners included singer and composer Bria Blessing, 1+1 presenter Solomiya Vitvitska, BarvyProject Band soloist Oksana Stebelska, TV Presenter of the ‘TSN. Morning’, at 1+1 TV channel Svyatoslav Hrynchuk, and many others.

Indian Culture Days in Lviv

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s International Society of Ukrainian-Indian Friendship held the Indian Culture Days cultural festival from 20-25 October. The event featured a festive opening ceremony at Lviv’s magnificent House of Scientists that attracted Indian Ambassador Manoj Bharti, Lviv Regional Administration Head Oleh Synyutka, and other officials.

Lviv’s 17th International Economic Forum

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s 17th International Economic Forum attracted more than 1,000 participants – state and regional government representatives, investors, business leaders, diplomats, and representatives from international institutions, business associations, and banks – to the Western Ukrainian capital from 26-27 October. Two new alternative energy projects in the Lviv oblast were announced: a solar power plant in Yavoriv district, and a wind power plant in the Starosambirsky district. With the opening of these facilities, as well as two more that are planned by the end of the year, the Lviv region will be able to meet its electricity needs.

LFW – Spring/Summer 2018

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv rolled out the red carpet for the glamorous Lviv Fashion Week – Spring / Summer 2018 collections last month. Traditionally hosted at Lviv’s D. Halytskyi International Airport, this season’s event added some new and intriguing locations – the Metropolitan A. Sheptytsky Centre and the Machine Hall at Lviv Polytechnic National University. The event attracted some of Ukraine’s most recognized designers, including Marta Wacholz, Vozianov, Oksana Mukha by Kateryna Yalova, Lesia Semi, and Olena Dats. Leopolitan fashionistas and guests of the city were also delighted by the debut collections of Olesya Marchuk and Jeisoni by Novitska.

2017 Polish Cinema Festival

Issue 106, November 2017.
The ‘Under the High Castle’ Polish cinema festival was held in Lviv for the sixth time from 6-15 October. Organised by the General Consulate in Lviv together with the Polish Institute of Cinematic Art, the festival aims to promote Polish film, as well as the general history and culture of Ukraine’s neighbour to the west.