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Tour the Danube's channels


Part of the Gabčíkovo educational trail is a boat excursion.
photo: TASR

A NEW educational trail with a boat excursion down the Danube's channels opened around the area of the Gabčíkovo Dam in mid May.

"Our intention is to acquaint people with the Danube floodplain forests, which spread on the inland delta of the Danube and are atypical," said Juraj Bielik, head of the forest administration in Gabčíkovo. The state-owned forestry company Lesy SR is behind the project.

The trail has four stops. In the Ásás part, tourists will find exhibited samples of wood species typical for the location. Then down the Bakanské channel in a motor boat for about 40 minutes to Dedinský Island, where they will see a historical raft that was used to transport wood on the Danube.

"We run the trail along with the voyage free of charge," Bielik told the TASR news wire. The path is open to the public on Wednesday and Friday until mid October.


British Ambassador praises Astorka


BRITISH Ambassador to Slovakia Judith Anne Macgregor and her husband, John Macgregor, attended a performance of Romeo and Juliet in the Astorka Korzo '90 theatre on June 17. The ambassador praised the performance and called it an innovative adaptation, adding it would not be her last time to the theatre.

Afterwards, the ambassador and her husband, both of whom speak Slovak very well, met with theatre director Vlado Černý, the performers and the creators of the show.

To bridge the language barrier, the theatre plans simultaneous translation of some of its plays into English and German as of September.


European Central Bank shows Slovaks


THE PRESIDENT of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, and Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS), Ivan Šramko, opened an exhibition entitled Contemporary Art from Slovakia in ECB headquarters in Frankfurt am Main on July 2. The exhibition is part of a programme presenting arts by European Union member countries.

Curator Heike Sütter says the exhibition focuses in particular on artworks by the youngest graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and the middle generation. Her priority was to catch the current trends of contemporary Slovak arts that can also apply to foreign spectators. Apart from objects, installations, photos and video art, the display also shows painting, which has mounted a vigorous return to the contemporary art scene.

The list of 20 exhibiting artists includes Erik Binder, Ivan Csudai, Michal Czinege, Ilona Németh, Lucia Tkáčová and Anetta Mona Chisa and Erik Šille.

The NBS also exhibits masterpieces from its collections, including works by Albín Brunovský, Vladimír Kompánek, Rudolf Krivoš, Milan Laluha and Koloman Sokol. Oliver Leššo represents the young generation working with glass.

The exhibition in Frankfurt am Main will last until September 8.


Read about Slovak film directors


ON JUNE 27, the Slovak Film Institute (SFÚ) released Filmové profily: Slovenskí režiséri hraných filmov (Film profiles: Slovak Feature Film Directors), a book by Renáta Šmatláková and Martin Šmatlák that profiles 68 Slovak film directors. Former Culture Minister Rudolf Chmel, SFÚ general director Peter Dubecký and a dozen of the film directors featured in the book attended its launch.

Šmatláková worked three years on the project, and said the criterion for making it into the book was to have made at least one feature film.

Among the featured artists are Stanislav Barabáš, Paľo Bielik, Eva Borušovičová, Dušan Hanák, Elo Havetta, Martin Hollý, Juraj Jakubisko, Miloslav Luther, Štefan Uher and Miroslav Šindelka.

In the book, Martin Šmatlák provides an extensive study of the film scene.


Foreigners learn Slovak dance


THE COMMUNITY foundation Modrá Torysa in the eastern Slovak village of Lipany will organise an international exchange of 33 young people from France, Poland, Latvia, Great Britain and Slovakia between July 9 and 17.

The aim of the exchange is to preserve cultural heritage by acquainting oneself with another culture's traditional crafts and artistic movements. During their stay in Lipany, the young people will try to make pottery or jewels from wire and learn traditional Slovak dances. Project coordinator Katarína Dulinová told the SITA new wire the public can view the results on Friday, July 14.

Seven young people from the region of Upper Torysa will attend a similar international exchange programme in France between July 31 and August 31. There, they will, together with young people from France, Egypt and Algeria, take part in a project to protect the environment and practice untraditional sports.

English will be the language of communication in both exchanges. The project is supported by funds from the EU's Youth Programme.


Prepared by Jana Liptáková

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