Old streets and mysterious atmosphere, hardened in stone, create special aura of Lviv by filling it with thing aspiration of creativity. This is the place where you can feel active pulse of modern art that helps to turn banal holidays into a new format of cultural events – various theme festivals.
Coming to Lviv in winter you will find yourself in a colorful fairly-tale where every street radiates old traditions, rituals and legends carefully stored from the deep centuries; and winter air is impregnated with atmosphere of warmth and holiday. Holiday season starts in December, on Saint Nicholas Day, when the city lights the main New Year tree.
A winter month of January gives you special color of Christmas holidays accompanied with a great variety of popular rituals, hospitable fair and Pampukha holiday that can teach you to cook pampushki, a popular Christmas meal! A cold February offers you to warm at Holiday of chocolate whose cooking secrets were revealed by local confectioners in the medieval times (it’s not for nothing that Lviv is considered to be the second capital of chocolate after Bern, the capital of Switzerland).
Spring Lviv is a period when the air is filled with aroma of fresh leaves, the first flowers and sun. After winter cold one can see tables and sofas of cozy cafes on the city paving blocks start and new season of festivals opens. Welcome to traditional Fashion Week and followed by colorful holiday of Easter in all its variety of folklore funs, ethnographic festivals and national rides. April invited you to Street dance Festival and ethnic and jazz festival “Weathervanes of Lviv”. May meets you with a unique festival called “Lviv is the capital of handicrafts” where you can speak with beer and cheese making, artists, potters, weavers and jewelers. Moreover, in spring season Lviv celebrates its birthday and it will be very glad to see you as an honorary guest at its unique carnival-parade.
In summer Lviv is turned into the most romantic city of Ukraine – this the time of love and weddings and period when wishes come true! Walking along narrow city streets you will meet couples and residents of Lviv dancing to the music of Lviv jazz, hot rumba and passionate tango at the central square in the evenings! The following events will help you to cool summer heat: City beer festival, International world classics festival “Virtuosos”, historical festival restoring Cossack traditions “Hey, Sokoly”, chorus festival “Singing field”, festival of medieval culture “Old Lviv”, organ music festival “Diapason”, international contest “Golden easel” and theatrical festival of children’s collectives where young actors will revive ancient legends for you!
If you visit the city in July you can attend a modern art festival «Fort.Missia», the most color international festival of Jewish music «LvivKlezFest» and modern drama festival “Drama.ua”. August will give an opportunity to visit a folklore festival “Ethnovir” and “Actual art week” raising questions on modern art problems.
In Autumn Lviv has become an original Ukrainian brand because this is the time of active street festivals, bright events and magic ball of golden leaves. Autumn season opens with September “Festival of Diana”, a real present for fans of hunting and fishing. Moreover, you will attend patriotic festival “Tape for tape”, romantic “Night of poetry”, authentic art festival “Spindle”, author doll festival and «Lviv Lumines» fluro-art festival.
In October you can visit an international theatrical festival “Golden Lion in street” that turns the city into one big theatrical stage; the only one in Ukraine Festival of ancient music and modern music festival “Contrasts”; holiday of cheese and wine and unique blacksmith festival “Iron lion”.
November will gift you fresh emotions at modern drama festival «Ladder». A year is ended with international festival «Jazz Bez» that will warm you with hot rhythm of syncope in a cold evening of December! Magic holiday of St.Nicholas and tasty culinary contest “Lviv pan”, where cooks of Lviv restaurants compete for the best one, are ready to open their arms to you.
Come to Lviv, whirl in an orgy of its festivals and feel that life can smell in an absolutely different way!
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