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* Stupava, a small Small Carpathian town located about 10 km from Bratislava, played host to the 21st World Journalist Tennis Championships from September 6 to 12.
Silvano Touceri, President of International Association of Journalists and over 120 journalists from over twenty countries spent their time retrieving net balls and attending press conferences on foreign investment and the Slovak economy.
Part of the journalists' time was also spent in another Small Carpathians town, known as the "town of wine" - Limbach

British Council kicks off fall season

* The British Council is staging many events in the month of September, and is kicking the fall season off with photographic exhibition by a first-rate photographer, Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). The exhibition is being prepared in conjunction with the House of Photography in Poprad. Beaton, the English fashion photographer, portraitist and pioneer of modern colour photography, began his career in 1928 as the photographic editor of Vogue magazine. He made portraits of famous American, French and British cultural and political figures, and became the official photographer of British royalty.
The exhibition is being arranged with Philipe Garner, the curator of the Beaton archive, and stages exhibits with names like High Standard, Beautiful Magic Illusions, Hollywood Fashion, Happy Trails, New Boheme, Historical Allegories and Art Passage Idyll. The photographs were lent by the Beaton archives in London and by Sotheby's London.
In the past, the British Council in cooperation with the House of Photography in Poprad has highlighted exhibitions such as Fox Talbot in 1996, Generation '60 in 1997 and has held lecture series by Craig Barber from the US and Colin Jacobson from Great Britain. The House of Photography in Poprad is a non-profit cultural institution which holds 8-10 photo exhibitions a year. In the past the House of Photography has brought to Poprad many important names in world photography and the current East-European photo scene. For more information call 092/ 723 818, or e-mail: galeria@internet.sk.

Friends of Slovakia win community service award

* On July 17th, the Friends of Slovakia Association was awarded the National Peace Corps Association's annual Loret Ruppe Award for outstanding community service during 1998. The prize was awarded to FSA for the restoration work it did on the synagogue and Jewish Cemetery in the town of Spišské Podhradie. Work at both the synagogue and the cemetery is now proceeding at a rapid pace and it is hoped that the restoration will be completed during the next few months. The building will become a municipal concert hall and a Jewish Museum. The courtyard area will be house outdoor concerts and will provide a place for reflection. During the summer months, FSA had its first summer exchange volunteer working in Spišské Podhradie.
FSA is now taking steps to register as a Slovak civic association. It is hoped that this will allow FSA to engage in a wider range of activities to support its goals of helping Slovakia. The association is now open to any person, Slovak or non-Slovak who is wants to help improve the image of Slovakia in the world. Interested? Call Henry Siegel at 07/ 375 056.

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