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Norwegian poet wins Ján Smrek Award

NORWEGIAN POET Knut Odegard accepted the Ján Smrek Award in Bratislava on October 2, the SITA newswire wrote. The award, which is named after the influential 20th century Slovak poet, translator, editor, and promoter of Slovak culture, is given out each year by the Ján Smrek International Literature Festival.

"I accept with great humility this award, which has been bestowed upon some of the best poets of Europe," Odegard said during the ceremony, the Pravda daily wrote.

The festival took place in four locations in western Slovakia - Bratislava, Trnava, Pezinok and Modra - between October 1 and 4. Poets from Scandinavia, Austria, Taiwan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic and Slovakia attended.

This year's festival marked the 175th anniversary of the birth of Björnstjerne Björnson, the first Scandinavian laureate of the Nobel Prize.

Slovak art presented in Washington

THE KOLOMAN Sokol Gallery at the Slovak Embassy in Washington, DC opened an exhibit entitled Visual Artist Oskár Čepan on September 27, the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry informed The Slovak Spectator.

The exhibit's main purpose is to familiarise audiences abroad with the important Slovak art historian's work.

The exhibit was organised by the Slovak Culture Ministry, the Trnava Region office, the Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, the Foundation of the Centre of Contemporary Art, and the Vydavateľstvo Michala Vaška publishing house in Prešov. It runs until December 10.

Slovak art in Finland

SLOVAK Ambassador to Finland Viera Štupáková opened on September 28 an exhibition by Finnish and Slovak artists in the town of Heinola. The exhibition is part of the fifth year of the Bridges project, the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry informed The Slovak Spectator.

The Slovak artists span generations and represent various genres and diverse artistic techniques. Young artist Robert Jančovič is exhibiting graphic works; Martin Augustín is showing works created by combined techniques; Pavol Muška is presenting tapestries; and Eva Kyselicová, who represents the older generation, is displaying paintings combined with lace.

Heinola is Piešťany's sister town.

Slovak designer is Henkel finalist

SLOVAK Roman Ficek has been named a finalist for the Henkel Art Award, which promotes artists and designers from Central and Eastern European and Central Asia.

The competition's jury, which includes director of the Slovak Design Centre Katarína Hubová, short-listed the finalists from among 140 participants. The other finalists are from Estonia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Hungary.

The winners of the competition's Young Designer Prizes - one each for Austria and the CEE region - have already been chosen as well. All the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Vienna on October 30.

By Jana Liptáková

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