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Nitra prepares fortheatre festival

THE WESTERN Slovak town of Nitra will be holding the 11th annual international Divadelná Nitra theatre festival from September 20 till 25, presenting fourteen theatre groups from nine different countries.
Two countries will be participating for the first time in the festival - Israel, represented by Tel Aviv's Inbal Pinto Dance Company and Norway, with the participation of Oslo-based theatre company Det Norske Teatret.

THE WESTERN Slovak town of Nitra will be holding the 11th annual international Divadelná Nitra theatre festival from September 20 till 25, presenting fourteen theatre groups from nine different countries.

Two countries will be participating for the first time in the festival - Israel, represented by Tel Aviv's Inbal Pinto Dance Company and Norway, with the participation of Oslo-based theatre company Det Norske Teatret.

Among other international guests will be artists from Hungary, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russia, The Czech Republic and Poland. The festival will also welcome Slovak theatre groups from Bratislava, Košice, Martin and last but not least, Nitra.

The week will offer a wide range of novel staging methods of mostly young artists. The dramaturgy of this year's festival is focused on contemporary plays, many of them to be performed in Slovakia for the first time.

In addition to the theatre programme, there will also be a number of film screenings, poetry readings, a live concert of experimental music, the public recording of a radio play, as well as various art exhibitions. The annual 'Dosky' Theatre Awards Ceremony will also take place during the festival to crown the best actors, actresses and performances of the 2001-2002 theatre season.

Also planned is a presentation of works by contemporary Slovak dramatists in English, as well as a series of events for children, who can participate in a theatre workshop, learn about how theatre make-up works, and watch a performance by a local children's theatre group.

Divadelná Nitra 2002 is held under the auspices of the head of the European Commission Delegation to Slovakia, Ambassador Eric van der Linden, Slovak Culture Minister Milan Kňažko and Nitra mayor Jozef Prokeš.

For further information, tickets and accommodation visit www.nitrafest.sk or call Divadlo Andreja Bagara (Andrej Bagar Theatre) at 037/7721-580 or 037/6524-875.

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