Christmas Eve Worship in English
English speakers of all nationalities are invited to the International English-language Congregation of Bratislava for a Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 16:30. There will be the traditional carols of the season, the familiar Christmas readings, and a candlelight setting. Worship services are held at "Malý Kostol", the small evangelical (Lutheran) church on Panenská, at the corner of Lýcejná Street. Bus stop: Hodžovo námestie. Parking available on Panenská. For more information, call Pastor Hanson at 5443 3263.
Italian Film Festival
The Italian Embassy and Italian Cultural Institute in Bratislava present another Italian film - Little Seagull and Tomcat by Enzo d' Aló. The film is based on a novel by Chilean writer Luis Sepuveld about a tomcat who teaches a little seagull to fly. The movie will be shown at 20:00 on December 20, in Mladosť cinema at Hviezdoslavovo námestie 14. Tickets: 40 Sk. Tel: 5443 5003.
Austrian Embassy Christmas Concert and Exhibitions
An International Christmas Concert, organised by foreign culture institutions in Bratislava, will be held at 19:00 on December 18 in Veľký evanjelický kostol (Big Evangelical Church), on Panenská Street. Artists from European countries, the US and Canada will play and sing traditional Christmas songs as well as new compositions. Tel: 5443 2985.
The Austrian Culture Center 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 concert and exhibition
The French Institute will hold an exhibition of the works 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. Tel: 5934 7777.
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.
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.
Winners of the Second International Film Festival in Bratislava
More than 120 films from over 40 world countries were screened at the second International Bratislava Film Festival. Nineteen films from 20 different countries competed in the festival's main section - the competition of debut films or second release films. Slovakia's entry was Hannah and Her Brothers by Vladimír Adásek.
The competition winners were: Best Film (award: $10,000): Ratcatcher (Great Britain) by Lynne Ramsay. Best Director ($3,000) Lee Chang-dong for the film Peppermint Candy (Korea). Best Actress ($1,000): Mandy Matthews in Ratcatcher. Best Actor ($1,000): Sol Kyung-gu in Peppermint Candy.
The Special Jury Prize was given to the films Djomeh (Iran), Marshal Tito's Spirit (Croatia) and Together (Sweden, Denmark, Italy). Together (Tillsammans) by Lukas Moodysson won both the Audience Award and the Journalists' Award.
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