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Gemer Roma on show in Brno


VISITORS to the Roma Culture Museum in Brno, the Czech Republic, can learn of the life of Slovak Roma in the Gemer region. The exhibition, prepared by the Gemer-Malohont Museum (Ge-mersko-malohotské múzeum) in Rimavská Sobota, which specializes in documenting Roma culture in the region, will run until mid 2006.

The Gemer-Malohont Museum director Oľga Bodorová told the TASR news wire that the exhibition is the result of several years of research by museum workers, in particular in the localities of Klenovec, Rimavská Píla, Rimavské Brezovo, Jesenské, Hrnčiarska Ves and Rimavské Zaližany, as well as of nomadic Romas in Rimavská Sobota. The research also focused on the life of the settled Hungarian Romas, known as Rumungers, close to the Hungarian border.

On display are photos, texts, models of dwellings and artworks.

"The exhibition was already on display in the municipal museum in Croatian Bjelovar," recalled Bodorová.

A selection of woodcarvings by significant Roma artist Dezider Fertő (1921-1996) is part of the exhibition. The Gemer-Malohont Museum owns a part of the artist's oeuvre, and the Brno-based museum has another. The exhibition has now joined the two parts together, for the first time in history.

The Museum of Roma Culture in Brno is the only museum in Central Europe that focuses exclusively on research, documentation and presentation of Roma culture.


Roskopf to juggle for another record


ONE SLOVAK who will take part in the traditional Bank of America Empire State Building Run-up on February 7 in New York, is the juggler Milan Roskopf. While running up the building's 1,576 stairs he will also juggle three one-kilo balls. If he succeeds, his collection of world records will grow to 30.

The record breaker already made a similar attempt when he ran up a 45-floor skyscraper in New York while juggling in 2004. It took him 5 minutes and 28 seconds to reach the roof.


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