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Virtual prehistoric life in Domica


VISITORS to the Domica cave can now see how prehistoric people used to live.

A virtual presentation of the past can be found at a new environmental centre, which the Slovak Caves Administration (SSJ) opened near the cave in February. SSJ director Jozef Hlaváč told SITA news wire that visitors can also see documentary films about spelunking, including the discovery of the Domica cave.

Overall, SSJ's preparation for the upcoming summer season included new entrance building to the Jasovská cave and reconstruction of the entrance building to the Dobšinská ice cave. The Gombasecká cave received a new trail with information tables linked to it and the ground carst. The SSJ pays to administer 12 caves, five of which are included in the World Natural Heritage, from its own revenues.

"The cabinet contributed Sk13 million [€347,590] to us last year," Hlaváč said.

The SSJ also received Sk27 million (€720,925) in EU funds. In 2005, almost 700,000 people visited its caves.



Pezinok promotes local cuisine


THE CULINARY Paths project, which is carried out by the western Slovak town of Pezinok and its Austrian partner town, Neusiedl am See, promotes a return to traditional regional meals. Eva Lupová from the Pezinok town office told TASR news wire that selected restaurants will bear signboards in the two languages.

At the same time, the town is preparing to publish a cookbook that includes traditional local specialities with poetic names, such as scískanice, džgance, gerheň, opantance and frkacule, which are still remembered by Pezinok's older inhabitants. Wines will be included as well, as the region of Malé Karpaty is well-known for its wine production.

The project has received €44,000 in support from the Phare fund. A special commission selected ten restaurants in Pezinok, such as the Mestská vinotéka, Preš and U magistra cellars and Vinársky dom hotel, and nine restaurants in Austria for this year.

The Culinary Paths is connected with another project that focuses on developing tourism in the region, the Pezinské panstvo (Pezinok Estate), whose members can get discounts in selected restaurants, accommodation, sports and culture facilities.


Slovak design on display in Vienna


AN EXHIBITION of Slovak design in furniture and lifestyle is part of the largest furniture fair in Vienna, Austria, Wohnen & Interieur, which will run March 11-19.

The exposition, organised by the Design Slovakia association, aims to introduce the Austrian public to renowned Slovak producers and designers of furniture, interior accessories and products, which put the final touches on living a modern lifestyle.

Along with the trademark furniture brands from Slovakia (Domark, Domenica, Javorina, Vital), visitors can also see the products of well-known professional designers, like musical instruments by Tomáš Brichta, glass works by Patrik Illo, soft furnishings by Alžbeta Burianová, and jewellery by Peter Janík.

The youngest talents displaying their work are from the Industrial Design department at the Academy of Fine Arts and Designs (VŠVU). The exhibition also features a video that presents finished interiors by prominent Slovak architects Siebert and Talaš, Katarína Viskupičová, and Martin Fleischmann. Suggestive photos by Martin Varholík depict unconventional fashion created by young Slovak designers Boris Hanečka, Lukáš Kimlička, Izabela Komjati and Jana Kuzmová.

"The exhibition is an attractive collage of outstanding products by Slovak producers, architects and designers, innovative fashion concepts, and fresh ideas by design students. It inspires products and concepts that bring more quality, beauty and fun into life," said Ľubica Fábry, who serves as the exhibition's managing curator and director of the Design Slovakia association.


Compiled by Jana Liptáková from press reports

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