Upcoming Lviv

Robertino Loretti in concert, Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre, February 11 from 19.30

Issue 31, January 2011.
Italian former child pop sensation Robertino Loretti may no longer possess the youthful voice which made him a continent-wide sensation in the 1960s, but he continues to command a huge fan base in the former Soviet Union and he will delight Leopolitan fans with a St. Valentine’s Day performance on the eve of the romantic holiday this February.

Lviv Chocolate Festival, 11-14 February, locations across town

Issue 31, January 2011.
For centuries Lviv has been famed as the sweet-toothed capital of Eastern Europe, with the city’s strategic location at the centre of regional trade routes linking Europe and Asia making it a repository of sugary secrets and chocolate-coated delight. This tradition has been latched onto by city officials in recent years in their bid to make modern Lviv more tourist friendly, with the introduction three years ago of an annual Chocolate Festival.

French short films, February 10-16, Kino Palace Cinema Art Hall (22 Teatralna Street. Tel.: +38032-2975050) & Lviv art Palace (17 Kopernika Street. Tel.: +38032-2614733)

Issue 31, January 2011.
Lviv’s love affair with all things French continues this February with a festival of contemporary short films dedicated to St. Valentine’s Day. For centuries Lviv has been known locally as ‘the Paris of the East’ and this cultural affinity is reflected in local kino tastes, which share much with Gallic sympathies.

British Film Festival, from December 16, Kopernik Kino Palace (9 Kopernika Street, Tel.: +38032 297-51-77

Issue 30, December 2010.
For the tenth year running Ukraine will greet the onset of winter with an array of contemporary British kino, with the Lviv leg of a nationwide cinematic tour kicking off on December 16.

Taras Chubay Unplugged together with Plach Yeremiyi, Lviv Opera House, (28, Svobody Ave.) January 3 from 20.30

Issue 30, December 2010.
During its hectic and colourful 20-year career Plach Yeremiyi became a legendary band with a string of songs which are beloved by music fans not only in Lviv but across Ukraine.

Children’s New Year Show, daily performances at 18.00 from December 17 until January 3, Palace of Culture (3 Petrushevycha Square)

Issue 30, December 2010.
New Year and Christmas are very special events in the life of every young Ukrainian and are by far the most hotly anticipated holidays of the year.

Benefactor of the Year 2010, Lviv Philharmonic Theatre (7, Chaikovskoho Street) January 2 from 19.00

Issue 30, December 2010.
This festive holiday season event aims to provide a boost to the tireless folk working in Ukraine’s charitable sector. In particular it seeks to highlight the generosity and commitment of the Lviv region’s leading charitable benefactors — both in the private sector and among businesses and corporations.

Christmas cross-cultural initiative: From Roman to Jordan

Issue 30, December 2010.
Historically multicultural Lviv will be marking Christmas in its own traditional diverse manner this year. This novel arts initiative is bringing a group of creative Leopolitans together and encouraging others in the arts community to join them in an arts marathon designed to promote the ideals of the festive season.

Third Annual Pampukh Holiday 8-10 January, Rynok Square (City Hall Courtyard)

Issue 30, December 2010.
Pampushky are local Lviv delicacies that share many characteristics with donuts but which also play a big role in the culinary aspects of a traditional Leopolitan Christmas celebration. These small fried balls of dough are traditionally powdered with sugar and can come with sweet fillings.

Celebrating the Lviv Christmas Star! Christmas Star Shine Festival 7-8 January, Museum of Folklore and Traditional Architecture (1 Chernecha Hora Street)

Issue 30, December 2010.
This festival honours the ancient Ukrainian tradition of celebrating large Christmas stars as the main symbol of the New Year festive season. This traditional association of Christmas with the astrological sign of the star which we encounter in Lviv region fits in with the Christian tradition of the Nativity but it also hints at more ancient strological interests, reflecting traditional Ukraine’s deep roots into the mysteries of the pagan past.