Community Corner

Austrian Embassy Shrovetide Concert and Exhibitions

The Austrian Culture Centre will hold a Shrovetide concert at 19:30 on January 11 in the Slovenský Rozhlas (Slovak Radio) Concert Studio on Mýtna 1. Famous opera arias composed by Strauss, Lehár and Dusík will be performed by tenorHeinz Rank and soprano Eva Chíba together with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, led under the baton of Karl Solak.
Shrovetide, the period between the Epiphany (January 6) and AshWednesday (40 days before Easter), is still celebrated in some regions where parties, dances and masked parades are held. Tickets will be sold from January 8-11, 13:00 - 18:00, at the Slovak Radio ticket office.
Tel: 5727 3479.

The Austrian Culture Centre together with Docomomo Slovakia (Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement) is holding an exhibition of the architect Christian Ludwig. Born in Slovakia in 1901, Ludwig created the best of his works in Bratislava (i.e. Café Regina), before he moved to Germany in 1944. His architecture is documented by photographs, plan designs and models, and will be exhibited in the Austrian Culture Center on Zelená 7. The exhibition will run till the end of January 2001.
The institution is also holding an exhibition of the works of Ludwig's son Christian Ludwig Attersee. Also born in Slovakia, Attersee is considered to be one of the founders of the "New Paintings" style in central Europe and is the most successful contemporary Austrian painter. The exhibition will take place in Slovenská národná galéria (Slovak National Gallery) on Riečna 1 and will end on February 28, 2001.
Tel: 5443 2985.

French Institute exhibition

An exhibition of the artist Ester Šimerová-Martinčeková entitled 'Cameos on Saint-John Persea's Poems', organised by the French Institute, will feature cut semi-precious stones with carved reliefs on a background visualising Persea's poems. Šimerová-Martinčeková, was born in Bratislava in 1909. The official opening of the exhibition will take place at 17:00 on January 10 in the Institute's Gallery on Sedlárska 7. The exhibition will run till February 12, 2001. Tel: 5934 7777.

Goethe Institute Exhibition

The German Culture Institute hosts a photo exhibition of André Gelpke's work entitled 'Homesickness'. It is a series of photographs Gelpke took between 1983 and 1986 in his hometown of that time, Düsseldorf, and neighbouring countries capturing people during carnivals, peace demonstrations, in museums and at balls. The exhibition runs at the Goethe's Institute on Panenská 33 till January 19. Tel: 5443 3130.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

An "Alcoholics Anonymous" group for English-speakers meets every Wednesday at 18:30 in Petržalka on Kopčianska 14, 2nd floor. The building is located across from the Petržalka train station and has a Matador sign. For more information call Frank at 4342 1637.

Bratislava Zen Centre

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 18:30 to 20:00, the Slovak Zen Buddhism school Kuan Um in Bratislava invites beginners as well as long-term students to practice and learn about Zen Buddhism. Those interested can attend the meetings at Ľudovíta Fullu 58/22. To get there, take bus #32 from the Main Train Station till the end of the line, get off and walk down Beniakova street to Ľudovíta Fullu street. Or take trams 1, 5, 9, or 12 from the centre in the direction of Karlova Ves, get off at the Nad Lúčkami bus stop and go up the hill to Ľudovíta Fullu street. For more information, call the centre at 6531 4096, or call Peter Košút for English-language information at 0903 134 853.

Bahá'í Community

Every Tuesday, at 19:00, the Bahá'í Community in Bratislava invites you to an informal English or Slovak discussion evening on social, moral and global issues, focused on achieving true spiritual destiny in modern-day life. For more information call Vahid at tel: 4329 3075.

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