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Bratislava violinmaker wins Guild Award


A TOTAL of eleven violin makers enrolled in the first annual national search for the best violin manufacturer that took place in Banská Bystrica between November 15 and 16. In the end, the jury selected a violin made by Juraj Vančík of Bratislava as the best and awarded it the Guild of Violin Makers.

"The competitors were evenly matched. We didn't expect the quality of sound or craftsmanship to be so high," Rudolf Veselovský, secretary of the Guild of Violin Makers, told the TASR news wire.

The winning instrument's value was set at Sk80,000, but it was immediately bought for Sk25,000 by the Museum of Literature and Music in Banská Bystrica, which will include it in its collections.

"The competition's aim is to give all Slovak violin makers a chance to challenge themselves and present their work," Veselovský said. "At the same time, we wish to create a forum in which to exchange experiences, make new contacts and document the current situation of violin production in Slovakia."

Contest rules stated the violin makers could only enter instruments made between 2003 and 2006. Foreign and Slovak experts evaluated the sound, as well as technological and artistic qualities of the instruments.



Slovak writers at Christmas Market


SLOVAK writers are a new attraction at this year's Christmas Market in Bratislava. The LCA publishing house, which specializes in contemporary Slovak literature, is hosting a different writer associated with LCA for a "Tea at five with..." every day on the Main Square until December 23. Between 17:00 and 18:00 visitors have an opportunity to talk with literary personalities, including Marek Vadas, Daniela Kapitáňová, Dado Nagy, Peter Krištúfek, Lajos Grendel, and Ivan Štrpka and buy a book from the author. The whole event has a small ironic undertone: during this hour literature will be weighed on scales with the slogan, "We weigh Slovak literature". (The word for "weigh" in Slovak also means to respect or value.)



First Lady opens golf centre for youth


FIRST Lady Silvia Gašparovičová, as a representative of the Education and Health for All Foundation, attended the opening of an indoor golf centre at Strečnianska Street in Petržalka on November 24. The centre is meant to help keep children clear of addictions such as drugs, alcohol, smoking and even computers, the TASR news wire wrote.

Located within the Stredná Zdravotnícka Škola medical school, the centre offers four teeing grounds and a five-hole putting green. It is open to the general public weekdays from November 27 to April 15 between 10:00 and 22:00.


By Jana Liptáková

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