Slovak theatre lacks quality criticism

THE ORGANISERS of the annual International Theatrical Festival in Nitra have prepared a seminar entitled the Death of Slovak Theatre Criticism to discuss what festival director Darina Kárová calls the "dire state of theatre criticism in Slovakia". The seminar will run between September 22 and 29.

"Slovak theatre criticism, as a scientific-artistic craft, has significantly deteriorated over the last decades," Kárová said in a media press release.

"There's practically no regular theatre magazine. The existing print and electronic media offer minimum space to it. Theatre artists have all but lost interest in professional reflection on their work. And performances are being evaluated based on attendance and sold tickets, not reviews."

The six-day seminar will be open to professional Slovak reviewers and culture publicists, as well as students, and will be led by Czech reviewer and publicist Nina Vangeli.

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