Is Lviv Multicultural?
July 31, 2015

On July 31, 2015 a discussion ‘Multicultural Lviv: Imaginary, Desirable, Or Problematic?’ was held at at ‘Ratusha’ restaurant (1, Rynok Square). The entry is free.

The discussion was a part of the program "Jewish Days at the City Hall: Common Heritage and Responsibility".

Some 50 years ago Lviv still had over 100 000 Jewish citizens. As of today, Lviv has crucially changed its ethnical and cultural face. Occupation regimes were eradicating personalities and communities and cultivated on the emptied place stereotypes and myths about the ‘inconvenient’ groups. Jewish population of Lviv were also ranked as such. Which prejudice and manifest fictitious narratives are popular in the city with the word ‘openness’ in a promo motto? Who is responsible for them? How could they be overcome?

These questions was discussed by a literary historian Iryna Starovoyt, a historian Roman Holyk, a sociologist Anna Chebotariova, and a journalist Vitaliy Portnikov. Moderator – a culturologist Zoryana Rybchynska.


Center for Urban History of East and Central Europe;
German Society for International Cooperation GIZ;
Office for Preservation of Historical Environment of Lviv City Council;
Office for Culture of Lviv City Council.