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Medzilaborce invests into tourism


MEDZILABORCE, the eastern Slovak town that houses the Andy Warhol Museum, plans to invest Sk45 million (€1.2 million) into tourism.

Andy Warhol was an American artist of Ruthenian (Rusyn) origin, whose parents came from Miková, a municipality near Medzilaborce. Slovaks, therefore, feel a kinship to this king of pop art and wish to promote his connection to the region. The Warhol City project was created to attract tourists to Medzilaborce by improving the town's services, infrastructure and attractions.

"We will build new parking places and paths in the town, and install new public lighting. Moreover, the old amphitheatre will get a facelift and will be rebuilt into an open air museum," Adrián Kaliňák from the town office in Medzilaborce told TASR.

The next phase of the project calls for the local roads on the Vrch estate to be completely recon-structed and a 150-kilometre-long network of tourist paths that join with Polish trails to be built. "We will also prepare new maps, brochures and similar materials for tourists," added Kaliňák.

The third project involves creating a tourist information office.


Museum waits 50 years for new guide


THE CENTRAL-Slovak Museum in Banská Bystrica, which is one of the country's oldest, has published its first promotional material in more than 50 years.

"Three guidebooks were published in the first 50 years of the museum's existence, but this is the first since 1953," Vladimír Sklenka, who compiled the new publication, told SITA news wire.

The new publication is divided into three parts: a brief description of Banská Bystrica's history, a history of the buildings in which the museum resides - the Thurzo House, Matej House and Tihányi Manor House - and information about the museum's collections.

The museum published 3,000 copies of the guide, 2,000 in Slovak and the rest in English. The Culture Ministry and the Banská Bystrica regional government contributed to the Sk150,000 (€4,050) project.

The Central-Slovak Museum was established in Banská Bystrica in 1889 as the City Museum. Its collections currently consist of 157,000 exhibits that depict the history, social life and natural beauty of the region.


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