There are 33 higher education institutions in Lviv. More than 30000 students graduate annually. Young people are very active. They won for Lviv the title European Youth Capital 2025. They organized the biggest festival for youth policy - Molodvizh that gathers more than 3000 young people from Ukraine and abroad.
Every year there are more than 100 festivals. The most famous is JazzFest that gathers more than 100,000 guests from Ukraine and foreign countries. In 2016 The Guardian included the festival in the list of the best European festivals. Performers include an A-list of worldwide Jazz musicians and composers such as Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin and so many others.
LvivMozArt is another major festival. The biggest attraction is conductor Oksana Lyniv, a world-class phenomenon in the still male-dominated world of orchestral conductors. She made history in March, 2021 when she was appointed the first female conductor of the Bayreuth Festival in Germany since its founding in 1876.
Lviv during the war became a shelter for more than 150,000 temporarily displaced people from all over Ukraine, center for humanitarian aid, the biggest volunteer hub in Ukraine, meeting place of international press, office for international diplomacy, and a place for business relocation. In addition, Lviv was also a destination for conferences, forums, and meetings which will create legacies for the future. In 2022, Lviv hosted almost 600 conferences that united thousands of professionals all over the world to help rebuild Ukraine and to help communities to recover. Lviv became the gateway to Ukraine, a back room for Ukrainian reconstruction projects, a platform for discussing recovery plans, and the place to start creating legacies for the future.
In March 2023 Lviv was full of international lawyers, diplomats, politicians and NGOs representatives. The United for Justice conference brought together the world community for the common goal of ensuring the global rule of law by creating a network of comprehensive accountability for international crimes.
Important initiatives were put forward on the margins of the Conference, including the Dialogue Group on Accountability for Ukraine, the announcement of official decisions, etc.
In April 2023 the International Rehabilitation Forum was held in Lviv. International institutions, foundations, and European countries, as well as representatives of national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, came to Lviv to provide quality rehabilitation to people affected by the Russian war.
During the Forum the first section of the Rehabilitation Center was opened. It aims to be Europe’s largest most advanced rehabilitation facility to serve 10,000 people annually equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
In 2022 1000 attendees gathered at one of the biggest IT conferences in Eastern Europe – IT Arena. It-specialist, entrepreneurs, investors, startups, and media from Ukraine and all over the world come to Lviv to talk about IT business and support Ukraine Armed Forces.
IT specialists donated UAH 2,000,000 to the Boryviter school, which trains the military. They organized a project called “SKY”. It aims at technical modernization of the command and reporting centers of the Air Command West.
In June 2023 Lviv hosted the Urban Forum. More than 700 participants and 40 speakers took part in conference, workshop and city excursions. For 3 days they discussed how to rebuild Ukraine. Forum unites experts in architecture, urbanism, and city planning.
After the forum, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban started working on the project of the new surgical building for the national rehabilitation center UNBROKEN in Lviv. He has already presented the first concept and visualization of the building.