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Mysteries of a certain name History talks Locked THE VILLAGE of Spišské Bystré lies in the Hornád river basin. In the past, it used to have a different name that should have been long forgotten as ordered by authorities. It was called Kubachy, but in the wave of revanchism against everything German that swept across Slovakia after World War II, the new regime had no problem changing the name. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Physicality in motion prevails Locked THE INTERNATIONAL Festival of Contemporary Dance Bratislava in Movement / Bratislava v pohybe offered an insight into where this genre is heading, and it seems that the prevailing feature is physical theatre and the fusion of different forms and genres that jointly create a homogenous whole that keeps surprising audiences. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Return to the Burning House screened in Bratislava Culture in short Locked THE PREVIEW of the documentary film Return to the Burning House directed by Anna Grusková took place at the Mladosť Cinema in Bratislava on November 18. It tells the story of Haviva Reik (1914-1944), lesser-known heroine of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), member of the British intelligence service, activist and Zionist. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
The perception of culture to change Culture in short Locked THE NEW action plan for culture for years 2015-2017 should change the paradigm of the perception of culture in society, Culture Minister Marek Maďarič said on November 18 at a meeting of experts who should prepare the document. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Concert to open Slovak-Italian festival Culture in short Locked THE DEMONSTRATION of Italian culture, concerts and various educational and economic forums will be part of the second year of the Days of Italian-Slovak Friendship event which starts in Slovakia on November 24. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Females vs Shakespeare Locked THE WORKS of William Shakespeare have been, since he wrote them, provoking various perceptions and re-makes, and hardly any author has been interpreted and re-interpreted more than the Bard. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovaks discover their music Locked THERE are only a few genres as diverse as classical music. From the very early stages, through Romanticism and later periods, all the way to contemporary compositions – from vocal works to instrumental – there is something for everyone to choose from. Some bigger music festivals try to present this wide offering of classical music, presenting a rich variety of composers, works and performers. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Catchy stories, winner films attract most Locked THE INTERNATIONAL Film Festival (IFF) Bratislava has experienced its ups and downs during its 16 years of history. In 2014, the situation seems to have been somewhere in the middle. The festival had somewhat constricted finances and it took place rather in smaller film clubs than in big cinema complexes, but it managed to fill the theaters, introduce foreign film-makers and present, among other works, also movies that won awards at big global cinema festivals. 24 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Viera Ďuricová to get French award Culture in short HEAD OF the film events department of the Slovak Film Institute (SFÚ) Viera Ďuricová will get a prestigious French order in November, the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, granted by French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti. She is the only foreigner to receive it this year, the SFÚ informed in a press release. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Architectural awards granted Culture in short THE SLOVAK Architects Society (SAS) granted the awards for 2014. The Emil Belluš Award went to the head of SAS, one of the organisers, and professor at the University of Visual Arts in Bratislava Ján M. Bahna. He became the 25th laureate of this prize for lifetime achievement. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Spa of lumberjacks History talks RECENTLY, news of existential problems at the Brusno spa appeared in media. It can be only hoped that this spa, almost 200 years old, in which ailments of the pancreas, liver, as well as digestive system are treated, will not cease to exist. The spa is also known for being the only one exporting its mineral water to Russia. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
One World marks 25 years of freedom AMONG the many film festivals that take place in Bratislava, or in Slovakia more generally, One World stands out as the one oriented on socially engaged films and human rights. It includes dozens of documentaries, several debates, exhibitions and concerts; and this year it takes place between November 20 and 25 at four venues downtown in the capital. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Something for every photo-freak THE MONTH of Photography is an event that has been bringing this genre of visual art to Bratislava annually for 24 years now. Thus, November is the highlight of the year for all photo freaks in and around Slovakia. 17 Nov 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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