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* The British Council, in conjunction with the Istropolis Congress Centre, is supporting a series of theatre performances and workshops organized by the Department of British and American Studies, Comenius University. The productions will be presented by the University's Drama School and take place on the 25th, 26th and 27th of April. The scheduled plays include: "Puss in Boots" by Angela Carter and "Secret Rapture" by David Hare (both performed by groups from Bratislava), "Sorry, Wrong Number" by Louise Fletcher (a cast from Ružomberok), an original sketch called "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the British but Were Afraid to Ask", by Mike Houten from Banská Bystrica, and George Orwell's "Animal Farm", put on by a group from Prešov. Lectures on cinematography, theater and culture will be held at Comenius University and the British Council seminar room. The coordinators of this event are hoping also stimulate students to create a more active cultural life at their own universities.
The British Council, Panská 17, Bratislava, tel. 07 533 11 85, 5 33 17 93.

* Drop in to The English Speakers Club on Námestie SNP in Banská Bystrica. Bystrica's cosmopolitan elements have been getting together every Wednesday since last September, from 7 till late midnight, to chew the fat on every topic unimaginable with students taking business or political science classes.
The English Club was formed for friendly meetings in the Zlatý Bažant pub on Námestie SNP, where people could chat or discuss serious topics, have a cup of coffee or a beer. It gives students opportunity to exchange ideas on cultural experiences in Slovakia or to meet the native English speakers in town.
Wednesday nights have never been quite the same since a young Peace Corps volunteer and lecturer, Sotha Lor {24}, decided that his Matej Bel Univercity students needed a little "extra-curricular" help with their conversational English. The club has now grown to include some Europeans among its members.
For further information call Mr. Sotha Lor, tel. 088 747 260

* The coolest musical tip for a long time - a Pavarotti concert will be held in Košice! The open-air concert will be held on May 16 at 4pm in the Amfiteáter, and will last approximately 2 hours and 20 min.
Tickets are from 850 to to 6.500 Sk, and are available in Košice at CK Tatratour, CK Prominent and CK Trgotour: in Banská Bystrica at Agency Mana s.r.o.: and in Bratislava at the Travel Service Agency, tel. 531 86 17.

* The British Council presents a special photography exhibition called "Soccer Wonderland," a fan's vision of football created by Julian Germain of Košice. The images in this exhibition reflect the author's own perception of football, and are accompanied by a photography competition for children from football clubs in Košice. Football's atmosphere, drama and sheer excitement are perfectly conveyed.
Slovak Technical Museum, Košice. Ends May 30.

* If you happen to be in Prague on April 19 - 22, visit the beat generation festival, known as "Nonstop Ferlinghetti (1919)," which takes place at Salvator's Church. The Festival is supported by Artforum, along with the 7th International Book Fair in Lucerna. You might wind up listening to a 72 hour non-stop reading of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poetry. Other events on the list are: a seminar about the beat generation in Rokoko theater, Ferlinghetti's theater masterpiece "Unfair Life Arguments", an exhibition about the beat generation in the USA and Czechoslovakia, a presentation by City Lights Bookstore and an exhibition of 50 drawings by Ferlinghetti.

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