Community Corner

Bach Christmas Concert

A Christmas concert paying homage to Johann Sebastian Bach will conclude the 'Slovakia 2000 Bach Year Festival', organised by the Bach Union in Slovakia. The performance will be held in Veľký evanjelický kostol (Big Evangelist Church) on Panenská street on December 17, at 17:00 and will be led by American conductor Stephen Stubbs. Tickets cost 100 Sk and can be bought in advance at the Bratislava Information Centre on Klobučnícka 2, or at the church doors. Tel: 5596 8837.

Italian Film Festival

The Italian Embassy and Italian Cultural Institute in Bratislava present the Italian film Turkish Bath, by Ferzan Ozpetek, which tells the story of a successful young Italian, whose life is changed by travelling to Istanbul to pick up an inheritance. At 20:00 on December 14, in Mladosť cinema on Hviezdoslavovo námestie 14. Tickets: 40 sk. Tel: 5443 5003.

Austrian Embassy Exhibitions

The Austrian Cultural Centre and Docomomo Slovakia are holding an exhibition of architect Christian Ludwig. Born in Slovakia in 1901, Ludwig created the best of his works here in Bratislava (i.e. Café Regina), before he moved to Germany in 1944. His architecture is documented by photographs, plan designs and models. At the Austrian Culture Center on Zelená 7. Exhibition runs 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. At the Slovenská národná galéria (Slovak National Gallery) on Riečna 1. Exhibition runs till February 28, 2001. Tel: 5443 2985.

French Institute concert and exhibition

The Slovak chamber quintet 'Mimeza', founded by Peter Zajíček, will play selected pieces from French composers Marais, Campra and Charpentier. The concert starts at 18:00 on December 15, in the French Institute's Gallery on Sedlárska 7. Tel: 5934 7777.
Also, the French Institute will also hold an exhibition of William Schiffer, a sculptor born in Slovakia who now lives in France. The exhibition featuring his medal works sits in the Institute's Gallery on Sedlárska 7. The exhibition runs till January 6, 2001.

Welcome Understanding

The Association for Art and Communication in co-operation with the German Marshall Fund of the US in Bratislava and the Slovak Embassy in Yugoslavia is organising an exhibition of Yugoslav contemporary art entitled 'Welcome Understanding'. The diversified and colourful works of 17 artists, mostly paintings and drawings, depict everyday life in Yugoslavia. At Zámocká ulica 6 (behind the Chez David Restaurant) in an old, derelict building symbolic of the current situation in the country. Exhibition runs till December 12. Tel: 5441 7212.

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.

AmCham's Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the most popular holidays in the US, and it was in the spirit of giving thanks and wishing to show support to the community in which the American Chamber of Commerce operates that the AmCham organised the Sixth Annual Thanksgiving Charity Fund Drive.
The Charity Fund Drive was a great success. The goal of raising 500,000 crowns, was surpassed with the funds going to four worthy, charitable, non-governmental, non-profit organisations, selected from over 60 projects. This year's recipients were: the League against Cancer, the Center For Social Care in Bojnice, Quo Vadis - "Mládež Ulice" and Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity.
The League Against Cancer will use the gift of 200,000 crowns from AmCham to buy an electrocardiograph machine for the Oncological Institute of St. Alžbeta in Bratislava. The Center for Social Care in Bojnice, a refuge for approximately 21 children and elderly people, will use its gift of 150,000 crowns to furnish reconstructed rooms so that they have a common space for their activities.
Quo Vadis - "Mládež Ulice", a centre working with young street people with drug and/or alcohol addictions received a donation of a computer, printer and software in the value of 55,000 crowns. Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity for homeless people and single mothers, which provides shelter and meals, received 100,000 crowns for a new stove for their Soup Kitchen.

Does your embassy, institute, or organisation have an upcoming event? Tell the expat community in Slovakia all about it in The Slovak Spectator's Community Corner. To place a notice of your group's events, please contact Zuzana Habšudová at tel: 5923 3304. Or send her a notice by e-mail at

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