It is a city of Galician princes, Polish kings, and Austrian emperors. It is a city of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Stanislaw Lem, Ivan Franko and Roman Viktyuk, Solomiia Krushelnytska and Volodymyr  Ivasiuk. Who can tell about the city better than those who were born in it, who grew up or studied there? Ukrainian celebrities talk about “their city" for whom Lviv is not just a tiny dot on the map.

Olena Onufriv is the well-known Ukrainian artist and the owner of Couture de FIleur brand. Her works are full of positive energy and are really beautiful.

We hope that this quick-fire quiz of successful foreign businessmen in Ukraine can help other entrepreneurs from abroad to set up their business in this country.

The associate professor of Lviv Ivan Franko National University, in 1999 Ihor Lylo has defended a thesis and is the author of "Touring Lviv", "A motorcar trip through  Ukraine” guides. He is a co-author of "Our Lviv" and "Our Chernivtsi" DVD-projects. Ihor is a co-owner of an excursion studio and the author of “Lviv cuisine” book. We are happy to share with you our conversation with Ihor about Lviv city.

We’ve met with Dmytro Sholomko, Director of Google Ukraine, in the office at Podil in Kyiv, just in the first days of 2017. It was very quiet there - some employees were at Christmas vacation still. Dmytro offered me to take a look at some rooms of Google Ukraine and to choose a place where we can have a sit and talk. Well, Google office in Kyiv keeps its reputation of innovative and extraordinary one with comfortable zones and inspiring areas for creativity and work. Our interview with Dmytro turned to be inspiring as well!

Lidia Selianko is a young, but talented artist. She owns the collection of awards. Lidia participated into numerous international exhibitions. Her works evoke the most positive emotions, give joy and inspiration. We talked with Lidia in one of Kyiv's cafes about her perception of art.

She is very famous painter in Ukraine and also abroad. Her works are full of happiness and positive messages and send out light and warmth. And it has been always like this.

She conquered the stages of Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, China, and Korea. Ballet public from all over the world loves and admires her. The Honored Artist of Ukraine, prime-ballerina of the National Opera of Ukraine – Ekaterina Kukhar – tells about her life, her mission, grateful spectators, ballet duet with her husband Alexander Stoyanov and her children.

While talking to Steven Fisher, CEO of Citibank Ukraine and Chairman of Board of American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, you really feel his commitment to this country and his perception of Ukraine is worth sharing.

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Nowadays there are foreigners living in Ukraine and making their own input in terms of changing the country for the better. But also they search for the better ways for their own success in business in Ukraine. How is it to integrate into another culture and how can we do it in the best way to get all possible profits? Are we all so different and what approach can help us to succeed in a new country, in a new culture? That was the topic of our conversation with George Lupascu-Pruna.

Every time when we meet with Dima Borisov I get recharged thanks to his energy and positive approach to life. We meet now in Ohota na Ovets restaurant in a cozy atmosphere drinking tea and enjoying the best tiramisu in the city. Dima shares some news especially for Destinations. 

Claude Bulté - EBA Board Member and Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv General Manager and District Director for Ukraine and Georgia - shares his impression about Ukraine with the readers of Destinations.

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Bogdan Triboy is known as the emcee with extensive experience. He worked on TRK Ukraina TV channel for many programs and TV shows; He was a host of "AutoCity" program on CITY TV. Bogdan is the winner of the "Best TV host of Odessa" nomination; he is known as the host of "Fashionable People" program of "Voice of Odessa" channel. Moreover, he was the famous face of BIZ TV music channel. In recent years he is known as DJ Deepositiv and plays the tracks at many parties and clubs in Odessa and Kiev. I accidentally "heard" Bogdan at “Easy Place” location one pleasant summer evening. Lovely atmosphere that night was created by his music. Deepositiv name describes perfectly Bogdan’s approach to music and life in general. We’ve met with him in One Love Coffee café in Kiev to talk about modern electronic music in Ukraine, and not only about that.

Boryspil Airport is a kind of gates through which a lot of foreign guests arrive to Ukraine. In recent years the airport has undergone many qualitative changes which allowed it to enter the Top-3 airports in Eastern Europe. ‘Destinations’ editor has talked to Evgeny Dykhne, the Acting General Director of Boryspil airport, to learn firsthand about the development of one of the main airport in the country.

Daniel Mitel visited Kiev early May 2016. Daniel is Canadian coach who offers a variety of training courses helping to improve a person's inner world and get the new understanding of life based on the interaction of mind and heart.

Photo: Shevchenko Museum
Mykola Kononenko’s paintings inspire with hope even in the most difficult times. They are full of light, beauty and timeless philosophy that everything will be fine, we just need to believe in ourselves. His works helped his daughter, Yana Antonova, to find her own way in pictural art and to create amazing paintings, which are well-known in Ukraine. “Destinations” editor was lucky to meet these artists on a sunny day in Kiev.

Iryna Danylevska is the most famous person in the world of Ukrainian Fashion. In 1997 she’s established Ukrainian Fashion Week and up to now does everything to develop and promote Ukrainian design not only in our country but also abroad.

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