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New academic program opens in Bratislava

Academia Istropolitana Nova (AI Nova), established last October, is an independent academic institution established by group of specialists to provide a private and independent institutional home for four academic programs: Applied Economics, Environmental Policy, European Studies and Conservation Studies. All programs are taught in English by experienced domestic and foreign lecturers. Interested students should already have a University degree.

The purpose of AI Nova is to preserve and promote liberal and independent post-graduate education in a variety of professional fields that relate to special needs of Slovakia and other central European countries. They plan to open the first academic year at AI Nova in September 1997. For more information call Alena Brunovská, AI Nova Director, Na vřšku 8, 81419 Bratislava, tel./fax: 533-2192; e-mail: ainovastudy@ainova.sk.

Celtic Days come caroling

The British Council has orgainized an event that will bring Celtic life to Slovakia during "Celtic Days" in May and June. Four Slovak cities, Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, Košice and Prešov will take part in this considerable event. It started on May 6 with the official opening of a photographic exhibition by world famous architect and interior designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Bratislava's Archaeological Museum, _i_kova 12. There will also be a similar archaeological exhibition in Košice.

The dance group Anao-Atao will perform together with Slovak ensembles on May 10 during the Days of Europe festival in Bratislava. A concert given by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Wind Ensemble will take place at the Reduta on May 24. The cinema Mladost will show Scottish and Irish films between May 13 - 17, and many more interesting music events, films and exhibitions are planned.

For further information about specific events contact The British Council, Ingrid Fa_iangová, co-ordinator of "Celtic Days," or visit the British Council at Panská 17 Bratislava, tel.: 533-1185, 533-1261, e-mail: bc.slovakia@british-council.sprint.com.

Don't miss the Days of Europe Festival

Bratislava has throughout its history always been a multinational city with a multicultural tradition. Only during the last 40 years of totalitarianism did the character of the city change into quite the opposite. Now "The Beauty on the Danube " (the old nickname of Bratislava) is searching for a new face which will revive the European traditions and bring back its multicultural past.

The festival European Days in Bratislava - a symbol of European efforts in unification and cooperation, will be part of an international multicultural event. The city will echo with music, delight with drama, and show off with exhibitions. The main square will kick off the festival with music from Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Everything else will happen near the Danube: Slovak folklore, jazz, rock, majorettes, and also roller-bladers.

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