Lviv Society

Models Offer Love and Attention on International Child Protection Day

Issue 14, June 2009.
On June 1 the kids at one of Lviv’s leading children’s hospitals got to celebrate International Child Protection Day in style with a chance to enjoy a party with a host of photogenic young activists from Lviv model agency OK’s Models

Poland’s First Lady Maria Kaczynska visits Lviv

Issue 14, June 2009.
On June 1st Poland’s First Lady Maria Kaczynska visited Lviv and took part in celebrations to mark the second annual Polish-Ukrainian Children’s Day dedicated to International Child Protection Day. Mrs. Kaczynska comes from a family of former Polish nobles in Lithuania and so has a sentimental attachment to the formerly Polish cities which were swallowed up by the Soviet Union in 1939, making her trip to Lviv especially poignant.

President Offers Encouragement Ahead of Euro 2012

Issue 14, June 2009.
President Yushchenko paid a one-day visit to Lviv in late May to check up on how the city’s preparations for Euro 2012 are progressing. European football’s governing body UEFA has given Ukraine’s host cities until November 30 to bring their preparations up to speed or risk losing the right to co-host the tournament, and at present Lviv’s stadium remains one of the biggest causes for concern.

Connecting Lviv to the European Mainline!

Issue 14, June 2009.
Early June saw the launch of a revolutionary rail service linking Lviv with the Polish cities Krakow and Wroclaw and featuring new technologies that allow for massive reductions on the time spent readjusting wagons to meet the requirements of European railway gauges. Until recently all trains leaving the former Soviet Union and entering the European Union were subject to long delays as wagon wheels were changed in a painstaking process that could take upwards of three hours and involved significant manpower.

Celebrating a local cultural legacy of Habsburg grandeur

Issue 13, May 2009.
On May 1 Lviv held the second annual Batyar Day holiday, which celebrates the local cultural tradition of rakish adventurers who rose to fame and literary legend during the years when Lviv was a regional capital of the sprawling multi-ethnic Habsburg empire.

Lviv welcomes Lufthansa flights to Munich

Issue 13, May 2009.
City officials and business community leaders came out in force in late April to celebrate the inauguration of a new daily Lufthansa service linking Lviv with Munich. Lviv is now the third Ukrainian city served with direct flights from Lufthansa

Easter Ethno Festival in Ivano-Frankivsk region

Issue 13, May 2009.
At Lviv Today we try to bring you the best of cultural life from across West Ukraine, and the highlight of the traditionally colourful Easter holiday period this year was in neighbouring Ivano-Frankivsk region, where the Hutsul village of Kosmach hosted a huge ethno festival.

Future Lviv engineers do battle

Issue 13, May 2009.
This May will see Zaporizhzhe State Technical University host the all-Ukrainian Engineering contest organized by the B.E.S.T. international student union, and late April saw Lviv’s Polytechnic University involved in the citywide selection process to see who would have the privilege of representing Lviv at the national level.

Tartak takes Picasso by storm

Issue 13, May 2009.
On April 24 Lviv’s celebrated Picasso nightlife venue hosted famous Ukrainian group Tartak for what turned out to be one of the liveliest concerts of the year so far. Tartak are currently on a promotional tour connected to the release of their new album, but the group will rarely have been on the receiving end of a crowd as enthusiastic as the Picasso masses, who literally packed the venue out to such an extent that there was no place for an apple to fall!

Multi-media creativity from local Lviv hero

Issue 13, May 2009.
On April 25 the city’s recently opened Left Bank festival-restaurant (located inside the Lviv Opera Theatre building) hosted a multi-media concert from popular Lviv artist and former Okean Elzy band member Pavlo Gudimov. The eternally youthful Gudimov has long been a well-loved figure in Lviv and in recent years he has added art and design to his musical experimentations